COFFEE V TEA – WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH…

 

With so much being written about how tea is good for so many things, now they are saying that coffee also is good for you.

According to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

Two cups a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, according to a US study in 2006, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

Coffee, like tea, is packed with antioxidants which can potentially cut the risk of cancer, however, more than three cups a day could mean that you are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

BBC Health say that ‘three cups a day may have some health benefits according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ’. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.’

With benefits from drinking some teas and coffee, I guess it’s up to the individual to not overdo taking neither tea nor coffee but enjoy it and the possible health benefits that go with it.

 

 

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WEIGHT LOSS TIP – DRIED CINNAMON AND CINNAMON TEA…

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great addition to your diet as it lowers blood sugar levels. They suggest you only have one teaspoon to help lower you blood sugar level.

Cinnamon is a popular spice, especially for baked goods and desserts. Aside from its distinctive aroma, cinnamon is believed to help lower the blood sugar level, making it suitable for obese patients who are at higher risk of diabetes. However, consumption should be limited to one teaspoon per day, as excessive amounts can result in liver problems.

The website Livestrong say whether or not you take your coffee with cream and sugar, milk and honey or with nothing at all, cinnamon tea is a simple, healthful beverage that many enjoy. Cinnamon tea has a sweet, spicy flavor as well as significant health benefits. To prepare this tea, boil a 3-inch piece of cinnamon stick in 1 1/4 cups of water for 15 to 25 minutes, and then let it steep and rest for another 15 minutes. Or, mix 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with hot water and stir. One gram of cinnamon equals 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1/2 cinnamon stick.

Failing that there are a number of Cinnamon Teas you can buy like Pukka Teas Organic Three Cinnamon Tea Bags, Holland and Barrett Yogi Organic Cinnamon Spiced Tea or Rooibos Ahmad Cinnamon Tea.

LIEBSTER AWARD 2018 FOR AFTERNOON TEA 4 TWO…

Thanks to Grapefruitviolins for nominating me for the Liebster award! It’s my first award for my Afternoon Tea4Two blog so I am really chuffed. The award is supposed to be for those with under 200 followers, so I have nominated bloggers who I really enjoy reading.

Here are the rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions your nominator asked
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers
  • Ask them 11 questions
  • Let them know you have nominated them

Let’s get to it, starting with Grapefruitviolins questions!

  1. Do you prefer typing or writing out by hand? Why? Typing as I can get it done so much quicker and my writing has gone worse over the years. 
  2. Is this your first blog? No, my first blog is my Back Pain Blog which I started after having four failed back surgeries and got hooked on blogging.
  3. Which of your blog posts are you most proud of? The ones where I write about the awards I have won, like this one 🙂
  4. What is your favourite place that you have only been to once? That’s are hard one as I like to go back to places I love. I think it will have to be Lake Como in Italy. 
  5. What pet peeve of yours do others not share?  Putting dirty pots in the dishwasher 🙂 
  6. Which is better- a riddle or a joke? A riddle I remember those better.
  7. How would you rate your most recent camping experience out of 10? Not been camping since school so can’t really rate it but I know my daugther and her husband love it 🙂
  8. What is your favourite hot drink? Hot chocolate.
  9. Have you ever been to the zoo? Yes, quite a few of them actually. Shocking news over Christmas that two had fires. 
  10. Can you describe your time at school in 3 words? Fun, happy, memories.
  11. How do you feel about horror films? If I watch them late they keep me awake 🙂

Now for the 11 bloggers I nominate to receive the award, and pass it on if they wish:

Hutts New World 

Brainless Blogger

Green, Health & Wellness

God school’s Blog

FibroBloggerDirectory

The F Word

Blogged Foodies

Fighterzine

FibroFlutters

Wannatalkavenscent

Make Some Extra Money

Here are my 11 (hopefully easy) questions to you:

  1. What prompted you to write a blog?
  2. Why do you blog?
  3. Where was your last holiday?
  4. Cat or Dog?
  5. If you could meet anyone dead or alive who would it be?
  6. Describe yourself in three words.
  7. What are three things you cannot live without?
  8. What advice would you give to a new blogger?
  9. What’s your biggest weakness?
  10. Movies or books?
  11. How was your day today?       

 

KNITTING FOR EVERYONE…

If you haven’t learnt how to knit before then now is the time to do so. Knitting is back in fashion from knitting simple tea cosies to bed throws and even recycling old sweaters into new ones.

The web has an abundance of sites with some giving tutorials on how to knit and others giving you a choice of many free patterns to start your knitting.

Knitting groups have been set up one very popular one is called Stitch and Bitch there is also a great book from Amazon, Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook – The Stitch ‘n Bitch Handbook covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to and why-to. Writing with wit and attitude, Debbie Stoller explains why young women are taking up knitting in droves and covers everything you need to know to get your knit on – from the tools of the trade to casting on and binding off to getting fancy – all with step-by-step illustrated techniques. Then it’s time to pick up the sticks: at the heart of this book are forty stylish patterns that are as hip to wear as they are to knit, as good for beginners as they are for purly pros.

Another popular one is UK Hand Knitting where you all meet for a natter while knitting your favourite jumper. Just click on your area on their map to find your nearest group.

Some great sites for knitters include The Daily Knitter where you can find lots of Free patterns and  Knitting Help which has free tutorial videos to help you knit.

According to Wikipedia, Knitting is a method by which thread or yarn may be turned into cloth or other fine crafts. Knitted fabric consists of consecutive rows of loops, called stitches. As each row progresses, a new loop is pulled through an existing loop. The active stitches are held on a needle until another loop can be passed through them. This process eventually results in a final product, often a garment.

Knitting may be done by hand or by machine. There exist numerous styles and methods of hand knitting.

Different yarns and knitting needles may be used to achieve different end products by giving the final piece a different colour, texture, weight, and/or integrity. Using needles of varying shape and thickness as well as different varieties of yarn can also change the effect.

THE LEGEND OF TEAPOTS…

Legend says that the Chinese were the first to invent tea and also teapots. The first ones were made around the 8th century, and appeared during the Sung Dynasty (960-1270) and the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

These teapots were made of porcelain and were commissioned directly from Chinese artisans. They were very expensive as they were brought half way around the world which in those days took around three years to get there and back.

They were also quite a status symbol of the well to do, however, the desire of the middle classes to also enjoy a nice cuppa fuelled a huge new market for teapots not made in porcelain but other alternatives.

Now in the 21st century, we have some 300 years of European teapot tradition and innovation to draw upon. Our teapot, heritage runs from ‘Wedgewood’s Creamware’ to the many and varied influences of Victorian teapots.

teapot 

THE TEA LADY…

Henrietta Lovell, nicknamed The Tea Lady wants to reintroduce us to the joys of real tea. She would like you to sip it from a vintage bone china cup and enjoyed with a crunchie biscuit or a cucumber sarnie.

She sources and sells exclusive, uncommonly tasty teas from Asia and Africa.

She started ‘The Rare Tea Company’, after losing her father to cancer within three months of him being diagnosed with it. Feeling that she wanted to seize the moment, she researched her passion for tea and in 2004 started the rate tea company.

Part of Henrietta’s time is now actually spent offering tea tasting to would be connoisseurs.

Her teas are available from Waitrose and Sainsbury’s and has some strange names like the ‘Royal Air Force Tea’, which she said is ‘calming in times of national peril and fortifying when courage is required’.

They also have some amazing gifts you can buy from The Rare Tea Company website. 

 

In 2016 they established the Rare Charity. The founding principle of Rare Charity is sustainability. The partnership between Rare Charity and Satemwa supports focussed intervention at the point of need. We are creating local role models who represent young Malawians aspirations and encourage their peers to develop their skills and change their own and their community’s future. Inherent to Rare Charity’s values is advocating gender equality by promoting the opportunity to female students in particular. We will support change agents who are leading a new way of eradicating poverty by gaining tertiary education and later financial independence.

Rare Charity is currently supporting four young Malawians through tertiary education with scholarships: Osman, Ongani, Alex and Lisnet. Rare Charity’s vision goes beyond the day-to-day we are establishing a platform that will educate generations of young people to come.

EASY SULTANA, BANANA AND CINAMMON COOKIES…

 

EASY SULTANA, BANANA AND CINNAMON COOKIES….

Ingredients

85g/3oz Butter
55g/2oz Brown Sugar
1 Banana (mashed)
1 Egg (beaten)
115g/4oz Self Raising Flour
55g/2oz Oats
170g/6oz raisins
1 tsp Cinnamon

Method

Preheat oven to 180C, 350F or Gas 4
Beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Add mashed banana
Add beaten egg
Sift in the flour
Fold in the oats, raisins and cinnamon
Spray your baking sheets (2/3 depending on what size you want)
Drop heaped teaspoonfuls onto baking sheet, making sure you leave enough room to spread
Bake for 10 – 20 minutes until brown.