A GREAT GIFT FOR ANY TEA, CAKE AND CHOCOLATE DEVOTEE…

I have just published my book ‘A Little Book on Tea Cake & Chocolatewhich would make a great gift for anyone who loves tea, cake and chocolate. 

This little book on tea and cake is a guide about one of our favourite beverages. It explains tea pairings, tea and chocolate, tea and health, tea and sandwiches, fascinating tea facts, buying the right tea, tea to help you sleep and tea cozies and teapots. It also features over one hundred tips on baking cakes and has some recipes for delicious loaf cakes. It finishes with several lovely tea quotes.

A great book for any tea devotee. It’s available on Amazon for £2.99

Over the last three months of spending hours after hours and days after days at the hospital, where my Dad was,  I started making notes of some of my posts on tea, cake and chocolate as I felt sure I could use it in a book.

There are nineteen chapters which cover all the tea topics I have mentioned above plus tips on how to make the best cake, pastry, and more. I also cover baking apps and recipe books old and new.

I finally finished it at the weekend and it is now available to buy as a paperback and hopefully as a kindle read soon. I would love some feedback if any readers bought the book.

 

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NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK 15th-24th JUNE 2018…

It’s National Picnic Week this week 15th-24th June.

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National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to take the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic with advice, tips, recipes, and information to make sure everything from the food and drink to the location and surroundings are spot on.

​Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

Since National Picnic Week was founded a decade ago, it has grown significantly and become a staple date in the media calendar. Timed at the peak of the picnicking season, broadcasters, radio and television channels are keen to get involved.



With the likes of ITV’s Lorraine, national newspapers and both BBC and commercial radio stations covering the week in the past, it is a great platform to promote your brand.

Here are their top ten facts about picnics to get you inspired:
  1. The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.
  2.  According to research done in 2013 the average family spends £26 per picnic, totaling a cool £2,479,720,000.
  3. Originally a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
  4. The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
  5. The use of the phrase “no picnic” to describe something difficult dates back to 1884.
  6. The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
  7. The most popular day for picnics in the US is the 4th of July. In Italy it’s Easter Monday. In France, it’s Bastille Day. In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week.
  8. Fortnum & Mason, the London department store, claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738. They still sell them today.
  9. Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been, in 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.

#SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD SATURDAY ( A BIT LATE :) )…

Scrumptious food Saturday is a tad late this week but better late than never as they say.

My three choices for this week’s scrumptious food Saturday are –

Scrumptious and Simply Delicious is a high quality catering company in North Yorkshire. They specialise in wedding and event catering, corporate entertaining, holiday cottage catering and private home dining.

If it is to do with catering then they can get it, cook it and serve it. They have a wealth of experience in Providing First Class Catering for all.

Scrumptious Creams - A Bite of Goodness

Scrumptious Creams is focused on providing high-quality cakes and customer satisfaction – They say they will do everything they can to meet your cake expectations.

With a high demand for Bespoke Cakes for weddings, baby showers, birthdays and much more all with a variety of offerings to choose from, they are sure you’ll be happy working with them. They have been baking and decorating for 6 years and decided to branch out and take on the new adventure of being well known in the cake industry. Their gallery will have your mouth salivating from the first picture.

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Boxes of 24 £36.00
Scrumptious Romanian Inspired Recipes: A complete cookbook of Romanian Dish Ideas by Anthony Boundy.
Scrumptious Romanian Inspired Recipes: A Complete Cookbook of Romanian Dish Ideas! by [Boundy, Anthony]
This book will show you how to cook the various types of meat & vegetable stew and soups, along with other foods influenced by Romania. Many of their dishes show the impact of other European foods.

From breakfasts to lunches, dinners, side dishes and desserts, they have shared genuine Romanian recipes in this helpful book, to get you well on your way to preparing Romanian dishes right at home.

#SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD SATURDAY…

It’s back again, Scrumptious Food Saturday, I have no idea where the last seven days disappeared to but I’m back with my choice of three websites with Scrumptious in their title.

The three I am going to cover this week is Purely Scrumptious‘ Cakes, Clearly  Scrumptious’  The Healthy Treat Company and Scrumptious‘ blog from South Africa.

Purely Scrumptious specialise in Cupcakes with a Conscience. Gorgeous hand baked little cakes with a BIG difference… ALL their cupcakes are dairy and egg free so YES that makes every flavour suitable for vegans! Many months of testing and tasting have gone into the creation of these recipes to ensure that neither flavour nor texture was compromised.

Each batch of Purely Scrumptios cakes are home baked to order to ensure that they reach you in perfect condition. They use only the finest quality organic and Fairtrade ingredients and NO animal products are used in any of our recipes or decorations. All their flavourings are as natural as possible – some are even home grown! 

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Clearly Scrumptious The Healthy Treat Company was formed from an idea when the two founders were out enjoying the Yorkshire Dales. They wanted to produce scrumptious snacks to keep you going that were good for you. They sourced the finest of ingredients which had to be unprocessed, free from, tasty and nutritious.

Clearly Scrumptious

Their treats are the perfect natural break from the busy lives of kids to grown-ups.

Scrumptious a blog in South Africa is written by Jane Ann Hobbs who is an award-winning social media strategist, a cook, a food writer, a recipe developer and professional freelance journalist & editor with over 25 years’ worth of experience in print & digital media.

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She is the author of three books, and lives with her husband Philip Rayner and their three children in Hout Bay, not far from Cape Town, South Africa. Her first cookbook was published in hardback by Random House Struik in July 2012.

The site Scrumptious, which pioneered recipe blogging in South Africa nine years ago, is an independent food blog all about careful, patient home cooking, and about how to prepare excellent food for family and friends.

The recipes on the blog are, with a few early exceptions, her original work: She has devised, developed and thoroughly tested them herself. Of course, there are very few recipes these days that can be called truly original: every recipe builds on the work and patient testing of many generations of talented cooks, chefs and alchemists.

 

 

SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD SATURDAY…

Scrumptious food Saturday, where every Saturday I will write about three websites that include the word ‘scrumptious‘ somewhere in its title. From food and books to quotes, pop over here every Saturday for your ‘Scrumptious Food Saturday’, hit.

The three I am going to cover this week are “Scrumptious Food for Family & Friends”, which is a book by Jane Hobbs. “Scrumptious Food Photography” and “Scrumptious” sprinkles to add to your cakes.

Scrumptious Food for Family and Friends – Jane-Anne Hobbs has created over 90 original, triple-tested recipes designed to take the fuss out of home entertaining and bring smiles to the faces of the people you love. Whether you’re planning a relaxed get-together over a homely dish of soup, stew or salad, or a lavish spread with all the bells and whistles, you’ll find plenty of inspiring new ideas here, plus top tips for planning and preparing a meal to remember.

Scrumptious Food Photography is a food photography website by Rhowena Maccuish who is passionate about food. Your mouth will start salivating the minute you see these amazing pictures which are obviously not available for me to pop on here. Her blog page on the website has a link to a newsletter you can sign up for, and of course, you can follow her on Instagram for all the latest pictures.

My third choice this week is Scrumptious Sprinkletti. They have Sprinklers of the week and this week is Glimmer Strands – Party.  A mix of colours to give all of your bakes the party feel!   A small sample is sent out with every order!

They also sell cupcake cases, muffin tulips, mini muffin cases and cupcake pods. Everything you could possibly need to make your muffins or cupcakes special is available from the Scrumptious website. They even have a page of gift ideas to give to that special person you know that loves baking.

Once you start looking on the Scrumptious website you will find time pass by as you browse through their large selection of items for baking.

ONE OF MY FAVOURITE CAKE RECIPES PASSED DOWN FROM MY MUM…

One of my favourite cake recipes passed down from my Mum is Spiced Fruit Cake. 

Spiced Fruit Cake

Ingredients

150 g Marg or Butter

6 level tbsp golden syrup

250g raisins

250g currants

120g sultanas

120g mixed peel

120g chopped stone dates

1/2 pint plus 2 tables milk

Ingredients

1/2 teasp bicarbonate of soda

2 beaten eggs

250g plain flour

1 rounded teasp mixed spice

1 level teasp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

1 tbsp Apricot Jam, melted

 

Method

Preheat oven to Gas 3, 165C, 325F

Line a 7″ deep cake tin

Place all of the first list of ingredients in a saucepan and heat slowly until the butter is melted, then simmer gently for 5 mins. Cool

Stir in the bicarbonate of soda.

Add the 2 beaten eggs into the flour with the mixed spice, cinnamon, and salt but do not stir.

Beat both mixtures together thoroughly.

Place in the cake tin and bake for 13/4 – 2 hrs.

Brush edge with the heated apricot jam and arrange nuts and cherries around.