WHAT TEA IS THE BEST TEA TO DRINK WITH CHOCOLATE ?… — The Village Kitchen…

What is the best tea to drink with chocolate? Successful combinations of tea and chocolate can be achieved in a variety of ways. You can look for tea/chocolate pairings that share similar flavor characteristics, thereby enhancing one another. Conversely, you can also find very satisfying combinations where the flavors of the tea and chocolate contrast […]

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AMAZING OFFERS FROM WHITTARDS OF CHELSEA…

Amazing offers from Whittards of Chelsea

Starting all today and finishing 14th November…

For all tea lovers there’s 3 for 2 on Instant Tea with code 3FOR2 on check out.

For all international friends, get free delivery off of orders £60+

Use Code: FREEDEL on check out.

And finally, for big spenders… Save £10 when you spend £40 – Use Code: SAVE10 on check out. Save £15 then you spend £60 – Use Code: SAVE15 on check out & Save £20 when you spend £80 – Use Code: SAVE20 on check out.

Get your Christmas orders in now while these great offers are available.

THE BRITISH CORNER SHOP…

The British Corner Shop is a unique online supermarket for expats from around the world.

Whether they miss Marmite or crave Warburtons crumpets, they can deliver your British favourites straight to the door. Their website stocks over 10,000 products from Britain’s most loved brands, meaning you can enjoy the British food you miss, wherever you are in the world.

You don’t have to be a British expat to use the service. If you have friends or relatives overseas who may be missing the taste of home they order them a box of British Happiness.

PUMPKIN LOAF CAKE FOR HALLOWEEN…

This is a great recipe for Pumpkin Loaf Cake for Halloween which I found on the Oakhillhomestead site…

Pumpkin Bread

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp mace
1/8 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
3 cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups of fresh pumpkin or 16 oz of canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water if pumpkin is fresh or frozen OR 2/3 cup water if pumpkin is canned
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Combine the flour, soda, salt, spices and sugar in a large mixing bowl. In another large bowl, combine eggs, water, oil and pumpkin; stir until blended. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, add nuts if you’re using them and mix well. Lightly grease the bottoms of two 9×5″ loaf pans and pour in the batter. Bake for one hour. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the middle of the loaves; the toothpick should come out clean. Cool slightly and take out of the pans to cool completely on a rack.

#CHOCOLATE – IS IT GOOD OR BAD FOR YOU?…

#Chocolate – is it good or bad for you?

There has been lots written in the tabloids about the benefits of eating #chocolate but is this true or false?

Well, according to Medical News Today, #chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. Its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. … #chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.

Some studies have suggested #chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.

Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the U.K. found that “After eating dark #chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”

Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage linked with premature ageing. It can be found in foods such as beans, fruit and dark #chocolate.  Dark #chocolate ranks higher than many fruit and vegetables for its antioxidant power.

Healthline says dark #chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark #chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

So, I guess eaten properly the answer is a definite ‘yes’  #chocolate can be good for you. How appropriate is that with #Chocolate Week this week from 15th – 21st October. ENJOY

 

NATIONAL BAKING WEEK 15TH-21ST OCTOBER, 2018…

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National Baking Weekthis year takes place during 15th-21st October.

Pyrex originally founded National Baking Week back in 2007 with other like-minded #baking brands, with the aim of encouraging people of all abilities to bake at home.

With Britain’s fascination with #baking and cooking shows growing year on year, #baking at home is as popular as ever, no matter what the level of ability.

Here are a few reasons why #baking at home has other benefits than just eating the yummy creations!

1. #baking stimulates the senses

2. Nourishing activities feel good

3. Cooking is Meditative

4. #baking is creative

5. #baking makes other people happy.

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CHOCOLATE WEEK 15-21st OCTOBER, 2018…

Chocolate Week, the nation’s favourite themed week, returns for a 14th consecutive year, celebrating the world of fine #chocolate from 15 to 21 October 2018.

Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and #chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, #chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best #chocolate brands from around the world.

Chocolate Week aims to promote fine flavour #chocolate, the independent artisan chocolatiers and the #chocolate companies who work in direct partnership with cocoa farmers, encouraging consumers to pay a fairer price for their #chocolate.

A list of participants can be found on the Chocolate Week website.