BREW MONDAY 2020…

Brew Monday 2020 is run by the Samaritans.

When it’s cold and grey outside, getting people together to connect over a warming cuppa and a good conversation helps to make us feel better and manage the ups and downs of life.

Have a Brew Monday any Monday this January or February, or a day that’s good for you.

And by using your get-together to raise money for Samaritans, you’ll help give people having a tough time somewhere to turn when they need to talk.

Kick start the New Year with a morale boosting workplace get together. Having a Brew Monday helps pick people up, let’s colleagues get to know each other, and is a lovely way for employers to show they care about wellbeing.

Keep it small or make it big. A Brew Monday is a good excuse to invite over neighbours, or parents after the morning school run. Or just to get friends together you haven’t seen for a while, for a really good chat.

At school. At the gym or the rugby club. In the village hall or the church. Introduce people to each other, make new friends, feel your community enjoying itself. On a Monday, or another day. Whatever works.

It costs just £5 for Samaritans to be able to answer a call for help from someone struggling to cope with big, difficult feelings, who may feel so alone.

A donation to Samaritans for a lovely cuppa and a piece of cake – or two – can bring warmth to someone at the toughest time of their life.

It can even save their life.

Imagine what a Brew could do.

7 QUICK TIPS ON BAKING CAKES…

  1. When baking shortbread cookies, substitute half of your plain flour with cornflour. It gives them a really nice taste.
  2. Before icing a cake, sprinkle the top with some flour, this will stop the icing from running down over the edges of the cake.
  3. To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.
  4. Don’t crowd the oven with Baking tins. The pans should never touch each other or the sides of the oven or be placed over or under each other on the racks.
  5. 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. A small amount of pan spray may be used and spread over the pan, also using the paper towel technique.
  6. Prevent sharp edges on muffins, bar cookies 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 use a pan spray.
  7. To test for doneness in cakes, quick breads and bar cookies, use a toothpick inserted in the center. The toothpick should come out clean and dry or have only a few crumbs clinging to it.

For more great tips on baking check out my book on Amazon.

A Little Book On Tea, Cake and Chocolate: TEA pairings, TEA and chocolate, TEA and its health benefits plus over 100 tips on BAKING cakes.

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.

 

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.

Scrumptious South Africa

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.