VINTAGE CAKE BAKING TIP…

A great baking tip from a few decades ago. “To extend the life of your cake store with an apple or a couple of sugar lumps. “It’s a long time since I’ve seen sugar lumps but I am sure you can still buy them.

6 HALLOWEEN INSPIRED TABLE SETTINGS…

With Halloween nearly here and most of us in lockdown it means we can only stay at home to celebrate Halloween. But that doesn’t mean we cannot create our own atmosphere at home so here are some Halloween Themed table settings to inspire you.

Judy1980 50Pcs Harvest Decorations, Artificial Mini Fake Pumpkins Blend maple Leaves Gourd Pine Cones Acorns Set for Thanksgiving Christmas Autumn Fall Halloween Party Home Table Supplies from Amazon
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Halloween light up wine bottles from Etsy
Skull Centrepiece in Country Living Magazine with another 30 to choose from.

COVID INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEAS…

Everyone is trying to do their bit to help people out at the moment including a North-East church who are delivering hundreds of afternoon teas in a bid to combat loneliness.

According to the Evening Express Skene Parish Church teamed up with several Aberdeenshire-based organisations to form the Westhill Community Resilience Support Group. They provided 190 teas to people who were shielding or at risk of loneliness over lockdown.

The Resilience Support Group has also been involved with delivering shortbread to sheltered accommodation alongside a card made by a local primary school pupil. The group also plans to deliver an afternoon tea to a care home. To find out more about Skene Parish Church, or to donate. go to the Skene Parish Church website.

From tapas to afternoon tea : 18 Sunderland cafes and restaurants doing delivery in local lockdown. The Sunderland Echo write that with restrictions changing regularly as part of the local lockdown, Sunderland businesses have had to adapt to survive. While some cafes and restaurants have had to close their doors to sit in custom temporarily due to the difficulties caused by social distancing, they are still offering a takeout and delivery service.

The Sunderland Echo has rounded up some of the ways locals can still support local businesses from the comfort of their home. The ”Crumb On In’, Holmeside is a tearoom that kept everyone’s spirits up with their afternoon tea and treat boxes- and they continued their delivery options with plenty of sweet treat choices such as Biscoff cheesecake.

Other tea shops happy to delivery delicious afternoon teas include –

Once Upon A Time Tea Room in Cheltenham – local delivery area covers a radius of 10 miles from their Cheltenham based Tea Room.

Afternoon Tea for One-A Selection of three finger sandwiches, a scone with jam and clotted cream, a selection of two miniature cakes, a macaron, your choice of soft drink & our hot drink home kit (contains Tea & Coffee). £14.95

TEA PAIRINGS FOR BLACK TEA…

Black Tea Pairing Ideas

The more robust flavours and aromas of most black teas, as well as the most pronounced tannins, are well suited to pairing with full-flavoured foods such as meat, spicy dishes and rich foods such as roast meats like beef, lamb and venison or heavy pasta dishes like lasagna.

Suggestions:

  • Darjeeling + egg dishes; creamy desserts
  • Keemun + meats; fish; Chinese foods; spicy Mexican, Italian, or Indian dishes
  • Yunnan + highly seasoned foods
  • Lapsang Souchong + chicken, smoked salmon, lemony desserts
  • Assam + hearty foods; breakfast foods; chocolate, custard or lemon desserts

TEA COCKTAILS, A DIFFERENT TASTE ON TEA…

If you go to the Tate Galleries in London, Liverpool or St.Ives you will see that they supply JING teas.

JING One Cup Tea-iere for Loose Leaf tea

JING is run by Edward Eisler and his team. By building relationships with the worlds finest tea farmers in China, India, Sri Lanka, Japan and Taiwan, JING hand sources not only the finest teas and herbal infusions, but also special, rare teas which are seldom seen outside their country of origin.

They supply tea and teaware directly to customers through their website and offer full tea service concepts for the world’s best hotels, restaurants and retailers, in the finest British and modern-oriental styles.

Tate has a carefully selected JING tea range, including some of our most popular loose teas and herbal infusions including Darjeeling 2nd Flush, White Peony, Jasmine Pearls, Yellow Gold oolong, Rooibos and Lemon Verbena. Our whole leaf tea bags are also available to take away at Tate Modern.

Matcha Shaker

The barmen on the top floor of Tate Modern have put together some great cocktail recipes using their teas. The menu includes inspired twists on established classics like Martini, Negroni and Rob Roy, using our Earl Grey, herbal infusions and Lapsang.

All of the tea cocktails use tea syrups. To make these syrups, simply pour into a pan a 300ml cup of tea and add 150ml of sugar. Heat the mixture and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Taste for strength and add more tea leaves if needed. Depending on the cocktail, this syrup should be enough for 10 or more cocktails.

Bamboo Tea Tray