THE RIGHT TEA TO PAIR WITH YOUR CHRISTMAS FOOD & 5 POPULAR TEA GIFTS…

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 sandwiches 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.

5 popular teas to buy this Christmas are –

  1. Whittards selection of eight classic black, green and white teas. There are 40 individually wrapped teabags in total, and the whole collection is stunningly packaged in a decorative seasonal display box.
  2. Not On The High Street, Festive themed Book & Tea Box including a riveting read, divine tea and decadent biscuits.
  3. T2 Mulled Wine Loose Leaf Tube Fruity, zesty and oh-so warming, this fragrant loose-leaf drop comes in a festive feature box.
  4. Betty’s Tea & China Mug Gift Bag. A collectable gift for tea-lovers.  This limited edition china mug will have a special place in the heart of whoever receives this lovely little gift bag. Comes with a box of Tea Room Blend for a combination that tastes as good as it looks.
  5. Pukka Herbs | Herbal Tea Selection Box – Perfect For All Day Self Care | 45 Sachets | 9 Flavours – Made from premium recyclable packaging and finished with intricate gold foiling details and pukka flourishes, our selection boxes are the perfect thoughtful gift for all your friends and family, for any occasion from warming herbs to keep you feeling strong to soothing blends to help you drift off into a peaceful rest, our Selection Box is the perfect way to discover the delicious flavours of our herbal teas.

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…

10 TIPS ON USING DIFFERENT TYPES OF OILS IN BAKING…

THE VILLAGE KITCHEN

1. Use Sunflower Oil Spray – it saves messing with butter, try using the low-fat cooking spray which will get into the corners of the tin if you have no liners in stock.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of salad oil to your cake mixture, as this can keep the mixture moist and less crumbly.

3. Take your butter out of the fridge in advance so it’s nice and soft, NEVER use it straight from the fridge.

4. Grease pans using a piece of paper towel, rub a small amount of shortening, butter or margarine evenly over the bottom and on sides of pans if directed.

5, Prevent sharp edges on muffins, bar cookies or quick bread by greasing the muffin cups or pans only on the bottom and halfway up the sides so the batter is higher than the grease line. This is one time you might not want to…

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