We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.
‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.
The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.
From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.
This is a great recipe for Pumpkin Loaf Cake for Halloween which I found on the Oakhillhomestead site…
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?
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…
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.
The most popular post I wrote in September was all about soups, Five Reasons Why Soup is the Ultimate Comfort Food.
I am sure it was so popular due to the change in the seasons at the moment with Autumn on our doorstep and feeling more like a lovely warm soup rather than a salad seems to tempt us.
Nowadays you could just about make any type of soup in a matter of minutes but and you can find an abundance of recipes on the internet but how many of you have a soup maker to cook it in and if so which is your favourite?
My husband adores making soup and we have gone through a number of soup makers but one he bought recently was the Tefal Easy Soup Maker which we bought on Amazon. It can create different soup texture combinations, also, creates compote and blends without heat and comes with a manual and with a 1 year warranty.
We had a Morphy Richards soup maker before for a few years and used it regularly but just fancied a change of dealer this time. Theirs had a 2 year warranty and does all the usual a soup maker does including a motorised blending blade in the lid and was a doddle to clean.
To get the best reviews on soup makers head directly to the Soup Makers Reviews website.which has their 2018 top 10 soup makers table. They have ranked them based on value for money, so if money is no object for you, you’re likely to want to head over to our premium soup maker section for the best of the best. Their number one choice, funnily enough, is the Morphy Richard’s one which I have just written about.