THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF TEA & COFFEE…

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AFTERNOON TEA OF THE WEEK…

My Afternoon Tea of the week choice this week has to be The Village Kitchen in Edwinstowe which is a small village in Nottinghamshire. The Village Kitchen is located within a small courtyard and is opposite the church that legend says Robin Hood married Maid Marion.

You couldn’t get a more idyllic setting for a delicious afternoon tea. The menu choice is amazing –

 

 

Savoury Afternoon Tea for Two – served 1.30-3.0pm

Toasted sandwiches of cheese & ham, tomato or onion

Dressed salad, coleslaw & crisps

Two cups of homemade soup of the day

Homemade warm cheese scone with cheese, pickles & chutney

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

£8.95 per person

 

Traditional Afternoon Tea for Two – served 1.30-3.0pm

Sandwich of choice – cheese, ham & tomato chutney, tuna mayonnaise & cucumber, chicken & bacon mayonnaise or smoked salmon and cream cheese

Dressed salad, coleslaw & crisps

Two choices of cakes (see counter)

Warm fruit scone, jam, clotted cream & strawberries

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

£8.95 per person

 

Morning Tea for Two – 

Bacon Sandwiches on buttered bloomer

Warm cheese & ham croissants

Cheese tomato & chive muffins

Roasted balsamic tomatoes

Pan chocolate

Yoghurt & strawberries

Granola slices 

Pot of award winning tea or cafetiere of freshly ground coffee

Glass of Orange Juice

£8.95 per person

 

 

The Village Kitchen are also introducing themed afternoon teas from Monday 4th June.

Themed Afternoon Tea’s

We are introducing a themed afternoon tea on a MONDAY (when we are usually closed) 4th June. Our first one will be an American Theme and bookings are ESSENTIAL for this event. Please phone 07890913127 or message on Facebook to book your table.

We will also be holding one on MONDAY 20th August to coincide with Afternoon Tea Week and again you will need to book your table for this event.

HOW TO CREATE A MODERN KITCHEN DINER THAT’S FIT FOR PURPOSE…

If you’re still living in a home that has a separate kitchen and dining room, you need to make the changes that’ll help you make better use of the space. That usually means creating a united kitchen diner. It makes the whole space feel much more open, but how do you go about creating a fully functional kitchen diner that’s going to be fit for purpose and aesthetically pleasing? That’s what we’re about to delve into, so read on.

CONNECT THE SPACE WITH YOUR GARDEN…

The great thing about having an open plan kitchen diner is that it allows you to connect the space to the garden too. You should make the most of this by having modern sliding glass doors in place. These can then open out into a patio area so that everyone in your family can eat on the patio when the weather is nice and you don’t necessarily want your dining space to be confined to the indoors.

CHOOSE A DURABLE AND SUITABLE FLOORING…

The flooring you choose in your dining room needs to feel suitable for both a kitchen and a dining context, so you probably don’t want a conventional carpet because that’s not really ideal for a kitchen. You will also want the flooring to be durable and so a stone or hard tile option could be what you need.

ZONE THE SPACE CAREFULLY…

Zoning the space is something that you will definitely need to do very carefully because it will dictate how you ultimately end up using the space. Make the wrong call and you could end up with a strange and dysfunctional space that doesn’t really meet the needs of your family, so dedicate plenty of planning and thought to this. You want the space to be appropriate, don’t you?

CHOOSE YOUR COLOUR THEME AND STICK TO IT THROUGHOUT…

It’s important to have consistency in terms of colour throughout your kitchen diner if you want it to look unified. Remember, you’re talking about one space now, not two. So you can’t have one design in the kitchen part and another entirely different one in the dining area; that would look ridiculous. You could choose white chairs and black tablecloths. That black and white aesthetic is very popular right now. But ultimately, it’s up to you.

PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LIGHTING…

Natural light is really important in a dining space, so make sure you have as much of it as possible. But you should also try to make sure that you have decent artificial lighting for those long evenings when you’re entertaining in your dining space. Ensure your dining table is always lit up with a light source hanging above it if possible.

Kitchen diners are ideal for most people, especially families. It’s good to have that open space because you simply don’t need barriers between rooms anymore. It helps the space flow so much better, and it can also help the natural light to pour through the space without any unnecessary barriers.

 

6 DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEAPOTS FOR PREPARING YOUR TEA…

Here are 6 different types of teapots and cups for preparing your tea from traditional to old fashioned.

  1. The classic teapot – They were originally developed from the little round-bodied teapots that were imported from China to Europe and North America on the same ships that brought the tea.
  2. Yixing teapots – Yixing is famous for its many coloured clays and for the teapots made from them. Since the 1500’s potters in the Chinese Lakeside town have been making the teapots in the form of houses, lotus flowers, pumpkins, Buddhist priests, boxes, bundles of bamboo, dragons, fruit, vegetables and lots more. This gorgeous handcrafted Qie Duan Yixing Clay teapot is ideal for black and oolong teas, as well as aged pu-erh teas.
    Yixing clay teapots are made from Zisha or purple sand from Yixing, a small town on the west bank of Lake Tai about 120 miles west of Shanghai.
    The composition of the clay allows for minimal shrinking during firing, and this makes for a tightly fitting lid, which reduces oxidation and holds the tea’s flavour. The porosity of Yixing clay also helps it to absorb the flavour of the tea brewed in the teapot. Teapots made of purple sand keep tea fresh and they make tea vibrate with taste. Although this very special clay has been known since the 10th century, but the production of Yixing teapots flourished with the popular fashion for tea drinking among the literati in the late Ming dynasty. In Yixing you have to dig 10 meters down to find the clay, then sift and purify it and let it settle in a hole for a certain period before you can mix it with other ingredients. According to the classics no family would ever share its recipe with another.

    Many of the teapots are small enough to fit in the palm of the hand. They hold very little tea, which was to be consumed like a fine liqueur.”They are meant to be intimately appreciated”, this one is available from The Tea Makers for £62.50
  3. Infuser and plunger teapots – This type of teapot with a plunger similar to the plunger in a cafeteria allows the separation of tea from the liquor once the tea has brewed. This one I have chosen is from Amazon and the tea pot has an infuser placed within the teapot itself, for £8 This provides a convenient way to steep the tea without having to worry about sediment floating around, or having to use multiple tea ball infusers for a single pot. This tea maker is suitable for flower tea and leaf tea. Allows for excellent visibility when brewing teas that have blooming flowers or stylish leaves unfurling, teapot infuser. Watch the delicate leaves dance gently when immersed in the hot water, slowly developing their unique color and telling you when it’s perfectly ready for the first sip.Our gracefully shaped teapot is handcrafted of clear glass, so you can watch the steeping process in action and know exactly when your tea is ready. tea strainers teapot with diffuser. 
  4. Infusers – These are in a range of plastic, metal, cloth and paper infusers which allow the easy separation of the leaf from the water. Whittard Tea Makers have a selection of tea strainers and infusers with this Alice Themed infuser for only £6. 
  5. The Guywan – This is one of China’s traditional brewing vessels. It consists of a deep bowl that has no handle, a lid and a saucer. The loose tea leaves are measured into the guywan (or gaiwan), water is added and with the lid in place, the leaves are allowed to brew. The liquid is then drunk from the cup while the lid is carefully angled to hold the leaves back inside the cup. Teasenz point out that Gaiwans are more efficient steeping tool. You can steep tea in a matter of seconds without the need for a tea table. The only things you’ll need is a pitcher (with a strainer) and a cup. However, if you plan to drink from the gaiwan, then you don’t need anything else. Though the tea might get bitter. But you can easily avoid this, steep it without the lid on and apply a lower water temperature. It’s kind of like drinking green tea in a straight glass. They sell different kinds from 12 Euros. A disadvantage that should be mentioned is that it’s easy to burn your hands while using a gaiwan.
  6. Japanese Tea Bowls – These were used during the Japanese Tea Ceremony and are handmade pottery bowls used to whisk the tea. They have been made in the same way for almost 1,200 years.Imperial Teas sell a selection of tea bowls with this pretty Lotus porcelain tea bowl for only £5. 

10 SECRETS TO BETTER BAKING…

10 secrets to better baking –

  1. Leave your cake on a wire rack in the tin you have baked it in for 5 minutes before you turn it out.
  2. When making your cake, leave the eggs and fat our overnight so that they will be at the same temperature.
  3. For a really moist fruit cake, use marmalade instead of candied peel.
  4. For an extra rich, tasty fruit cake, use cold coffee instead of milk.
  5. Measure all your ingredients accurately.
  6. Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking powder begins to act as soon as its combined with liquid.
  7. Leave scones for a minute before you pop them into the oven as resting them allow the baking powder to become active.
  8. To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.
  9. When baking cakes, always sift the flour first as this will incorporate air and will create a light bake.
  10. NEVER open the oven for at least the first half of the baking time as the cold air will interfere with the rising of the cake.

MARMITE IN BAKING, LOVE IT OR HATE IT…

Marmite love it or hate it that’s the question? Well, according to The Telegraph there are some fascinating facts that you might not know about.

Marmite may boost brain power and could even help stave off dementia, research suggests. A study has shown that those who ate just a teaspoon of the yeast extract each day saw changes in the electrical activity of their brain.

Researchers from York University said the high concentration of Vitamin B12 in Marmite increases levels of chemicals which are thought to protect against neurological disorders.

The study found that those who consumed a teaspoon a day for a month showed a 30 percent decrease in their brains’ response to visual patterns, compared with those who were given peanut butter.
Marmite was thought of as an essential food for a healthy diet. So essential in fact that it was included in soldiers’ ration packs during World War One and has subsequently been used to treat conditions ranging from malaria to malnutrition.
It can help you sleep better, add it to two slices of wholemeal toast in the morning (each of which will provide around 8pc of that RDI) and you’ll be well on the way to sleeping well come nightfall.
Marmite is packed with B vitamins (not just B3) that are essential for good health – containing so much per serving that you can probably do away with taking expensive B supplements. It’s high content of Vitamin B1 could also be highly beneficial for preventing cardiovascular disease, particularly among diabetics.
Marmite can also help you with a hangover. Alcohol consumption depletes your body’s store of B Vitamins, which can leave you feeling low and anxious, and so a teaspoon of Marmite on toast can help replenish your body’s supplies in no time. If you can’t stomach the thought of solids, try the Sri Lankan hangover cure: apparently they dissolve Marmite in hot water, before adding lime juice and a sliced fried onion.
A study published by the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggested that niacin (of which Marmite is plentiful) can help the body fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as MRSA.
As for using it in cooking, there are lots of recipes online using Marmite including Chocolate Cake with Marmite Caramel Butter Cream. , Marmite Popcorn, and even Marmite Sausage Rolls.
There is also a gene test you can now take called The Marmite Gene Project, the study commissioned by the Unilever brand gives weight to its long-time marketing slogan, “Love it or hate it”. DNAFit, the genetic testing centre behind the research, has published a scientific white paper detailing how people are genetically more likely to be lovers or haters of Marmite.