A TOWER OF TREATS…

This Tower of Treats from Watts Farms makes a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone with five box’s of treats. Starting from the top it has –

Allergens – (milk, may contain nuts, wheat, egg, soya)

Tower of Treats  – Each

5 luxury boxes filled with goodies.

8 x Milk Chocolates with Hazelnut cream filling

200g creamy vanilla fudge

175g traditional stem ginger biscuits

270g Chocolate covered Heart Palmiers

500g Classis Chocolate Chop Panettone

Available at a few places online but the best price I found was one at Watts Farm for £29.99

BUY THE RIGHT TEA TO PAIR WITH CHRISTMAS FOOD…

To enjoy your cuppa at Christmas, make sure you have the right flavour to pair with your Christmas food.

When drinking Lapsang have it with turkey or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. Try Twinings Lapsang Souchong, smoked pine flavour.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate but with different strengths of chocolate, this does mean there is a choice of pairings. With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong. Try this Whittards Loose Leaf Darjeeling Black Tea. A distinctly delicate loose leaf black tea, picked by hand in the Himalayan foothills. Fresh and fruity, with a muscatel sweetness.

With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong. This Gingersnap Oolong from Whittards will go perfectly with white chocolate. A speciality of China’s Fujian and Guangdong provinces and Taiwan, oolong tea is semi-oxidised for an astonishing spectrum of flavours, ranging from “green” floral high-grown varieties to distinctive dark oolongs with nutty, chocolatey tones. A Whittard twist on a traditional chai, we’ve opted for a delicate, creamy loose leaf oolong base and layered it with sugar and spice, and all things gingery nice.

When drinking Earl Grey try The Tea Makers Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or Crème Brulee or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. This stunning version of classic Supreme Earl Grey has been conveniently packed into our biodegradable tea bags. This tea offers a blend of exquisite Ceylon teas scented with flavours of bergamot oil and blue cornflowers. 

Fortnum and Mason have some amazing goodies paired with specific teas like their Christmas Green Tea created especially for Christmas, their gently warming blend of green tea, star anise, liquorice, coconut and a hint of vanilla is a festive treat that can be enjoyed by a crackling fire at any time of day.

If you don’t want to buy lots of different flavoured tea blends then you could always go for this Twinings Christmas Loose Tea Caddy A Black Tea with Spice Flavour.

A wonderful tea for the Christmas season. A Christmas Tea spiced malty black tea that has been expertly blended with warming, spicy, Christmas flavours off safflowers and orange peel. Enjoy with or without milk for a delicious festive treat.

The caddy depicts a wintery scene in the heart of London where Twinings was founded in 1706. When Thomas Twining opened his Golden Lyon shop at 216 Strand, it was the first of its kind and London’s love affair with tea started to blossom. The Twinings flagship store recently celebrated its 300 year anniversary and now offers Tea Experience masterclasses.

With so many black friday offers I decided to not add prices to the teas as they are on offer at the moment but may not be when you try the link. Enjoy…

TWININGS TEA BLACK FRIDAY OFFERS 26th November – 2nd December…

TWININGS Tea have Black Friday offers starting 26th November – 2nd December…Offer: 20% off sitewide plus free delivery when you spend over £20 at Twinings. No code required.

Make your list early. Here are some great gifts from Twinings Tea…

Winter Hot Chocolate Gift Bag Snuggle up with a luxury hot chocolate in your new favourite mug. Create your ideal winter warmer by adding Monin Vanilla or Caramel Syrup. Dreamy nature-inspired crockery completes this lovely gift set. £15

This gift bag includes:

Individual products worth £18.78 –


Twinings Deluxe Compartment Wooden Tea Box filled with 24 individually wrapped teas.

Made from fine dark wood and finished with “Twinings” and solid brass hinges and openings. £26

Supplied filled with 24 mixed enveloped tea bags worth £6.00

Superblends Advent Calendar –

Tis the season to be merry with 24 days of wondrous winter warmers.

A selection of green teas and infusions with botanical ingredients or an added vitamin or mineral.

HOW DO I DRINK IT?

Simple use fresh boiled water and infuse the bag far at least 3 minutes. Give the teabag a few little stirs and gentle squeeze to release the flavour before removing it from the cup. £7.49

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

3 x Vitality Single Envelopes
3 x Defence Single Envelopes
2 x Heartea Single Envelopes
3 x Detox Single Envelopes
3 x Glow Single Envelopes
3 x Digest Single Envelopes
2 x Moment of Calm Single Envelopes
3 x Sleep Single Envelopes
2 x Boost Single Envelopes

TWININGS Glow – Strawberry and Cucumber Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Green Tea, Aloe Vera and added Biotin.

Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and normal hair. Enjoy at least 1 cup a day as part of a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

When your skin and hair glows, you radiate confidence and feel great. This is the inspiration behind this carefully crafted Glow blend. This blend is a delicious mix of refreshing Green tea, Aloe Vera and Cucumber flavouring. A touch of gorgeously sweet, strawberry flavouring ensures this is the tastiest part of your beauty regime. £2.69

What does it taste like?
This delicious green tea is sweet, refreshing and easy to drink at any time of the day.

Seasons Greeting Christmas Tea – Loose Leaf Caddy – £6.37

Black Tea with Spice Flavour

A wonderful tea for the Christmas season. Our Christmas Tea is a spiced malty black tea that has been expertly blended with warming, spicy, Christmas flavours off safflowers and orange peel. Enjoy with or without milk for a delicious festive treat.

The caddy depicts a wintery scene in the heart of London where Twinings was founded in 1706. When Thomas Twining opened his Golden Lyon shop at 216 Strand, it was the first of its kind and London’s love affair with tea started to blossom. The Twinings flagship store recently celebrated its 300 year anniversary and now offers Tea Experience masterclasses.

You might also like our Spiced Chai Christmas Caddy.

Rise & Shine Breakfast Hamper – £40 –

You won’t want to rush the most important meal of the day with this Twinings deluxe morning hamper. Sip our fine English Breakfast pyramid tea bag blends from handmade artisan mugs, and enjoy Cartwright & Butler’s delicious fruit jam and buttery biscuits at your leisure. Some things are worth savouring!

This hamper includes:

Individual products worth £56.23

GORGEOUS BOOKS AS GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS GIFTS…

It’s that time of year again where we see lots of books and new releases up for sale and you are spoilt for choice as to which one to buy for yourself or as a gift. Well, I thought I would put my pennies worth in and have three of my favourite not entirely cooking books but books about cooking, the history of the biscuit and stuff every cook should know about.

My first choice is The Biscuit; The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham£12.99

Did you know that British people eat more biscuits than any other nation; they are as embedded in our culture as fish and chips or the Sunday roast. But biscuits are not only tasty treats to go with a cup of tea, the sustenance they afford is often emotional, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood.

Lizzie Collingham begins in Roman times when biscuits – literally, ‘twice-baked’ bread – became the staple of the poor; she takes us to the Middle East, where the addition of sugar to the dough created the art of confectionery. Yet it was in Britain that bakers experimented to create the huge variety of biscuits which populate our world today. And when the Industrial Revolution led to their mass production, biscuits became integral to the British diet.

We follow the humble biscuit’s transformation from durable staple for sailors, explorers and colonists to sweet luxury for the middling classes to comfort food for an entire nation. Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something to offer for everyone, combining recipes for hardtack and macaroons, Shrewsbury biscuits and Garibaldis, with entertaining and eye-opening vignettes of social history.

I love reading about life in times gone by and this book is full of fascinating social insights and delicious recipes. If you are someone who is fascinated by the history of food, then this book is definitely worth having. As a blog writer on all things Hygge it was interesting to read that The Dutch word “koek” means cake / biscuit / wafer and the diminutive is koekje, another word which I am sure will soon become popular.

This book is one for the coffee table to pick up and learn something else you didn’t know about tea and biscuits.

Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning £7.99

Stuff Every Cook Should Know is as indispensable to cooks as a good sturdy knife and just as sharp. Compact enough to fit on the smallest shelf or countertop, this sous-chef-in-a-book tells how to make a meal plan, how to use common ingredient substitutions, how to throw a dinner party, how to organize your kitchen, and much more. It s a pocket-sized problem solver that makes a great gift for seasoned culinary artists, novice chefs, and anyone who loves to cook.

I’ve still got my first cookery book which I was given at school and love to read through it with my pencil notes fading by the day, but this gives you a hint at everything you might want to know about in your kitchen and full of helpful tips and reminders.

It really is a book about stuff every cook should know. While it won’t make one a master cook, it is definitely most helpful for someone starting out. A great little stocking filler for the novice student about to embark on their first cooking venture.

My final one for the time being is a bit different as it has stories as well recipes and one I plan to keep this one for my granddaughter.

Fairytale Baking Recipes And Stories, by Christin Gewekes £14.23

Once upon a time, many moons ago, there was a little girl who discovered her love for baking … Thus begins author Christin Geweke’s culinary journey through magical bakes that make you dream of fairytale forests and are guaranteed to be liked by the fussiest of cake eaters, just like the princess of the Princess and the Pea fame. Here are recipes and exquisite photographs of forest berry ice cream cake, mini gingerbread kuglofs, marzipan chocolate rolls, dreamy peach rose cups.

Like old family recipes, fairytales and stories are also handed down from one generation to the next. And delicious baking can delight the senses and bring back memories just like a good story, for both old and young alike. Lose yourself in fairytales to while away the time until your goodies are ready to take out of the oven and devour.

I love this book and the beautiful images inside it. I can’t wait for my granddaughter who is only one to be old enough to enjoy baking with me with this book. It’s definitely one for the coffee table and a real conversation starter. The recipes are clear and very easy to follow with a choice of some unusual ones (for me anyway), and it makes a nice change.

JOIN THE ParTEA PEOPLE TO CELEBRATE TEA…

The ParTEA People are there to help you explore and savour the wonderful world of tea.  Join them on a journey to make tea a more delicious, fun, social, fair and sustainable part of our lives. With fun being at the centre of what they do, you will be transported to a world of tea parings, mixology, beauty and wellness. Does that mean that everyones welcome, indeed, there is a tea for everyone. Most of us might associate a cup of tea with our very classic british take, i.e then builders brew. But who can honesty say that they have tried a yellow tea, a white tea or even a grain tea?

ParTEA People are there to help you explore and savour the wonderful world of tea. Join them on the journey to make tea a more delicious, fun, social, fair and sustainable part of our lives. 

They have an amazing shop full of tea in hampers, a tea box and teaware.

The Little VitaliTea Box – Containing samples of antioxidant and immunity-boosting teas and treats at £7.99

  •        Teaspec Opus Raw Pu’er Sachet ( Can be brewed up to 8 times)
  •        The Amber Rose Tea Company Chamomile Tea Sachet
  •        Tea People Moringa Passion Fruit Tea Sachet
  •        I love Snacks Mixed Nuts 30g
  •        Go Bites Raspberry and Cacao Balls 24g

One of their 3 hampers, Amba Rose for £15.99 has Jasmine Green Tea20 bio Teabags. The finest green tea infused with white jasmine blossoms. A light, refreshing cup with a beautiful floral bouquet.

Royal Darjeeling20 bio Teabags, Known as the Champagne of teas and sourced from the high elevations of the Himalayan mountains. Our finest Darjeeling is light and refreshing with classic muscatel flavours.
Harvest: June

Their largest hamper Big Vitalitea Box which is £34.99 contains antioxidant and immunity-boosting teas and treats

  •       Tea People Pomegranate Rose White Tea Loose Leaf 75g
  •        The Amber Rose Tea Company Jasmine Green Tea Box with 20 Silky Sachets
  •        Nazani Tea Pumpkin Sugar Crystals 100g
  •        I Love Snacks Mixed Nuts 30g
  •        I Love Snacks Cashews 22g
  •        Indie Bay Snacks Cheese Pretzels 26g
  •        Doisy and Dam Dark Chocolate Snaps 80g

Their teaware Lazy Go Travel Tumbler is £40 and the perfect solution to your perfect cup of tea whether you’re on the way to work, the gym, or hiking in the hills.

This unique double-walled glass tumbler is perfect for brewing loose-leaf teas whilst on the go. The double walls help to insulate your tea within a neat and clean package. The built-in strainer allows easy, mess-free multi brews of our heavenly TEASPEC tea range. All you need to do is simple: Invert the tumbler!

To the Gym enthusiasts and summer thrill-seekers out there, we’ve got you covered. Hydration and utility are never far from reach with the TEASPEC Lazy Go!

Lazy Go’s versatility lets you quench your thirst with flavour infused water too! Add your favourite fruits to the mix, infuse with water, and it’s ready to go. Simply unscrew the cover to use the Lazy Go as a travel cup.

Sleek and handy, Lazy Go is definitely the ultimate travel buddy for all your drinks solution. A great idea as a Christmas present for any tea lover.

There is soooo much to offer from joining The ParTEA People.

If you are ready to learn about lots of different types of tea, have a conversation with the loveliest of celebrities? oh, and who wants to become a baking and mixology expert as well? Surely that’s a ✔️✔️✔️? 

Tea is a bringer together of people and this has always been their mantra, putting a smile on peoples faces through a joyous tea time. Staying connected with each other has never seemed more important and they are fortunate to have a community of tea lovers that come together at their events and virtually every month.

You can sign up for their newsletter, you can bake with them, enjoy a tea experience, celebrate their love of tea, and become your own tea expert, learn more about the world of tea and join their Insta Communi- Tea

From live baking, brunching and mental health discussion to retail therapy and mixology with a ‘Queen’. Every month they celebrate their love for tea and human connectiviTea over virtual cuppas, cakes and fun galore.

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7 WAYS TO ADD HYGGE TO YOUR HOME…

IMAGES OF A HYGGE LIFESTYLE...

I’m sure by now everyone knows what Hygge means but for someone novice to this beautiful word here are seven ways to make your home Hygge style.

Try to add natural elements like wood, wool, stone and plants to your rooms for warmth.

Create a cosy corner to add a cosy nook, where you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea and a good book.

Add candles, real or fake, but lots and lots of them.

Enjoy books, from the latest best seller to the Nordic diet.

Turn your bathroom into your own spa with candles, warm lights, heating up high and a bath caddy to hold your glass of wine and book.

Create a beautiful simple cosy bedroom without clutter, clean and white with an accent of colour of your choice.

Fill your house with treasured memories of times gone by as or add a Hygge statement…

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