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…

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.

TOP 12 DEVON & CORNWALL CREAM TEA COMPANIES THAT DELIVER TO YOUR DOOR…

There are several traditional Devon and Cornwall cream tea companies who are open to delivery, and they don’t just delivery to Devon and Cornwall.

You can get a delivery to your home from any of the following companies:

  • Devon Heaven – Cream Tea Hampers from £19.95 by post
  • Delimann – Cream Tea Hampers delivered to your door from £20.95
  • Devon Hampers – Cream Tea Hampers delivered to your door from £13.95

TURMERIC WITH ORANGE & STAR ANISE TEA LOAF RECIPE…

I don’t know about you but once the temperature has dropped I start craving for more filling loaf cakes especially fruit ones and with all the different types of tea infusions available today it can change the taste easily.

I used Twinning’s Turmeric with Orange & Star Anise for this recipe as it has such a strong taste and I thought it would really compliment the fruit. I wasn’t wrong it was really tasty.

In the recipe I had put 300g of caster sugar but over the years I have made lots of fruit cakes for my Dad who was a diabetic and I just cut out the caster sugar and added a couple of tablespoons of Canderel or similar. It tastes just as nice.

Ingredients – Serves 12

4 Twinning’s Turmeric with Orange & Star Anise teabags, 400g dried fruit, 1 Orange, 1 Large Egg, 300g Caster Sugar (or 2 Tables Canderel), 400g self-raising flour, 2 tablespoons Orange Marmalade (Diabetic Sugar Free if preferred).

Method

Put your four teabags into a measuring jug and add 300ml of boiling water. Leave to brew for a few minutes then remove the tea bags. Put the dried fruit into a large mixing bowl and grate over the zest of the orange. Stir well. Pour over the dried fruit and leave to infuse for about four hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4. Line a litre loaf tin with loaf tin liner. Whisk the egg and add the bowl of fruit and the sugar. Add the flour and squeeze in the juice of the orange.

Mix until you have a dough like consistency then spoon the mixture into your tin and bake for around 1 hour 10 minutes until cooked through after testing with a skewer to see if it comes out clean.

Pop two tablespoons of the orange marmalade into a bowl and pop into your microwave for 20 seconds then brush over the top of the cake.

THRILL-SEEKERS SHOULD VISIT THE STRAT HOTEL IN LAS VEGAS…

If you’ve heard anything about Vegas, then you know that the area is absolutely wild. Las Vegas has a ton to offer those that are looking for excitement and thrills, making it the perfect place for adventurous types to get away to. You certainly don’t need to look for Las Vegas houses for sale in order to get the whole Vegas experience, as there are plenty of great places to stay in the city. One of the best areas to stay at is The Strat Hotel, a place that has plenty of amenities to satisfy your every desire. So what does The Strat Hotel have that can satiate your needs for thrills and excitement? Here’s why thrill-seekers should visit and stay at The Strat Hotel in Las Vegas. 

CASINOS…

The first thing that thrill-seekers will notice about The Strat Hotel is its amazing casino. It’s no secret that many people come to Vegas to gamble, as Vegas and gambling are essentially intertwined. Gambling can be a huge thrill, as you can risk thousands of dollars in the hope of gaining even more money. Thankfully for thrill-seekers, The Strat Hotel’s casino is home to hundreds of machines and dozens of card tables, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities for you to chase your gambling highs. Thrill-seekers go to Vegas to gamble, and there’s no better place to do it at than The Strat Hotel.

DINING…

You might not expect dining to be a part of the thrills, but at The Strat Hotel it certainly is. Here you can wine and dine hundreds of feet above Las Vegas, giving you a fantastic view of the city’s skyline as you eat your meal. At the hotel’s “Top of the World”, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner while the restaurant revolves 360 degrees every eighty minutes. Alternatively you can enjoy any of the other eateries in the hotel, offering up food that ranges from heartland classics to exotic foreign dishes. The Strat Hotel is so adventurous and awe inspiring that even its dining experience is perfect for thrill seekers. 

SKYPOD…

One of the more interesting things about The Strat Hotel is the SkyPod. The SkyPod offers plenty of thrills for guests, and is the perfect location for those seeking some excitement in your life. One can ride to the top, enjoying one of the best views of the Las Vegas skyline. Here you can drink and dine, taking in the gorgeous view of Vegas the entire time. If that isn’t thrilling enough for you, the SkyPod has an extra feature. The Skypod actually has rides, just like an amusement park would. Here you can ride thrilling rides that will suspend you dozens of stories in the air, or dangle you at the precipice of falling. These rides are extremely intense, and are only recommended to the biggest thrillseekers. 

ENTERTAINMENT…

Thrill-seekers will surely find some amazing entertainment that is right up their alley at The Strat Hotel. At The Strat Hotel, you’ll find entertainers such as acrobats, aerialists, and magicians. These entertainers all put on amazing performances that you’ve never seen before, performances that are guaranteed to thrill and excite you. Although many people may be fine with common cookie-cutter entertainment options like musical or dance numbers, thrill-seekers want something a little more. Thankfully The Strat Hotel obliges and provides some truly memorable entertainment for their Vegas guests. If you’re looking for some wild and unpredictable shows in Vegas, then you can find them at The Strat Hotel.

Create the Perfect Afternoon Tea at Home — A Cup Of Me

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Create the Perfect Afternoon Tea at Home — A Cup Of Me