FAMOUS ITALIAN COCKTAIL NOW IN TEA FORM – WHITE BELLINI…

My usual box of tea’s to taste came from the Tea Tourist who deliver surprise selections of loose leaf teas from some of the hottest artisan tea companies each month. They are supplied in taster-sized portions for you to try.

In this month’s choice was one called ‘White Bellini’ from a tea company based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire called ‘The Tea Experience‘. Their company started in 2010 as a way to bring affordable high-quality teas to teal lovers and is run by owners Paul and Ann ad offers a range of orthodox teas, flowering tea blooms and a collection of beautiful glass teaware.

Obviously the name popped out straight away and after reading the info on this tea as a fruity and refreshing take on the traditional Peach Bellini Cocktail, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

I also had a friend here at the time and with the sun beaming down outside we followed the instructions and added 1-2 teaspoons of the loose leaf tea and steeped it for 4-5 minutes.

This white tea served up a light-coloured brew with a fruity peachy aroma and was absolutely delicious and refreshing. The ingredients include white tea, freeze dried raspberries, peach pieces, currants and flavouring and they say could be enjoyed hot, cold, or shaken up as an iced tea cocktail.

I couldn’t wait to have another cup and tried a second one cold which was just as refreshing as a warm one.

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EASY RAISIN TEA LOAF CAKE…

Ingredients

225g seedless raisins (or other dried fruit)

100g soft brown sugar

1 cup of cold fruit or chamomile tea

225g self raising flour

½ level teaspoon mixed spice

1 x Orange

1 Medium Egg

Method

Preheat oven to 325F 160C Gas 3

Line or grease loaf tin

Grate the rind of the orange

Put the dried fruit and sugar into a large basin

Add the orange rind

Pour over the cold tea and leave overnight or for 12 hours

Gently mix the egg

Add the sifted flour, mixed spice and egg to the mixture

Pour into loaf tin

Bake for 1½ hours

Leave to cool for 15 minutes before turning out of tin

Cool on wire rack

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE GADGET OF THE 70’s

I have to say I would find it hard to say which was my favourite gadget of the 70’s as there were so many iconic devices that I would still us them now.

Can you remember the Breville toasted sandwich maker, the Swan Teasmade and the Soda Stream. Hostess trolleys, the pressure cooker and the stand mixer?

Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition at Olympia.

I  loved the toasted sandwich maker put I do remember it being a bit of a beast to clean and as for the Swan Teasmade well, I am not ashamed to say that I still have a Teasmade but not the original 1970’s one. I just love the fact that |I can wake up in a morning and have an instant cuppa.

The Soda Stream which was invented by Guy Gilbey (of the gin dynasty) in 1903. The reincarnated version is black and sleek. You do have to cough up around £50 for the basic model, but long-term, it could save you cash.

The Hostess trolley was another of my well used items of the 70’s and to be honest if I had the room I would have kept it as it is still useful when having parties but that was back in the day when ALL vegetables were overcooked and soggy so leaving them in the hostess trolley didn’t ruin the flavour at all.

Do you remember the pressure cooker ? It used to frighten me to death, I was sure it was going to blow up every time I used it and as for the stand mixer well I have some friends that still have their Kenwood stand mixer. The only piece left of that I have is the bowl used with the mixer which I still use when baking cakes.

What was your favourite 1970’s kitchen gadget, I’d love to know?

SUPER CACAO FOR A HEALTHY HEART…

According to an article today in the Daily Mail’s health section Aduna’s Super-Cacao uses a type of cacao bean which contains eight times the flavanols (thought to maintain elasticity of blood vessels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems) of a normal cacao powder.

It’s heart health claims have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

The Mail’s verdict – sprinkle over porridge or make into a drink with milk – another thing that is useful for helping your heart. However if you use as an ingredient in a brownie, then the heart health benefits aren’t going to negate the fact that you’re making something high in fat and sugar. It has to be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Aduna have an offer on at the moment where if you buy a pouch of your choice you get a beautiful matching gift tin! Whether it’s a thoughtful present for a health conscious loved one or a treat for yourself, the Aduna Gift Set brings with it a whole host of health & beauty benefits. Their handy, food-safe storage tins are decorated in our iconic Africa-inspired patterns fusing traditional African wax print designs with a pop-art twist; perfect for storing your favourite superfood powders, and bringing a burst of African vibrancy into your kitchen, £14.99 instead of £19.99

A LITTLE HISTORY OF TEA FROM 2737 B.C – 907…

In 2737 B.C.the second emperor of China, Shen Nung, discovers tea when tea leaves blow into his cup of hot water or so the story goes.

In 350A.D. a Chinese dictionary cites tea for the first time as Erh Ya.

In 400-600 demand for tea as a medicinal beverage rises in China and cultivation processes are developed. Many tea drinkers add onion, ginger, spices, or orange to their teas.

In 400 tea was called  Kuang Ya in the Chinese dictionary, tea and its detailed infusion and preparation steps are defined.

In 479 Turkish traders bargain for tea on the border of Mongolia.

In 618-907 T’ang Dynasty Tea becomes a popular drink in China for both its flavor and medicinal qualities.

 

TESCO NEW FREE FROM CHOCOLATE SPONGE PUDDING REVIEW..

Now I am a girl who likes a naughty pudding as an occasional treat. One pudding I like to indulge in are steamed puddings. Now I have to confess to not making my own and relying on ready-made ones that you can ping in the microwave. Now being dairy free its quiet hard to find […]

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7 TIPS ON USING YOUR OVEN TO BAKE A CAKE…

  1. If you don’t have a skewer or something similar to check your cake try using a piece of dried spaghetti instead.
  2. Before putting your cake mixture into the oven, tap the cake tin on a counter to release any large air bubbles in the mixture.
  3. Never open the oven door in the first half hour of baking as the cold air will interfere with the rising of your cake.
  4. For a moister fruit cake in electric ovens or Aga’s, place a dish of water on the floor of the oven when baking.
  5. ‘Always’ turn Your oven on before you start, to ensure it is the correct temperature.
  6. Avoid opening the oven door to often as this reduces the temperature of your oven and can then cause the cake to sink.
  7. Do not overcrowd your oven, the pans should never touch each other, or be placed over or under each other.