THE BEST CHILDREN’S AFTERNOON TEAS…

Yes, there is a guide to the best Children’s Afternoon Teas. The guide is written by The London Mother and although we can’t enjoy these lovely places at the moment it doesn’t mean we could make up our own at home. Here are just a few from the guide to the best Children’s Afternoon Tea in London.

Little Ones Afternoon Tea | Lanesborough Hotel

The Lanesborough has created a yummy tea for children up to age 12 that starts with hot chocolate or fruit juice and includes honey roast ham, mint yoghurt and cucumber cheddar cheese and strawberry jam sandwiches.Sweet treats include American pancakes with Nutella, Smarties and marshmallows, and homemade plain and raisin scones with strawberry jam and clotted Devonshire cream.

Children’s Afternoon Tea at Dorset Square Hotel 

Kids get to decorate their own cupcake at the Children’s Afternoon Tea in The Potting Shed Restaurant. Flex their creative muscles with different icing and toppings on their cupcakes and tuck into a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, fruit and ice cream.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea at One Aldwych 

This Roald Dahl inspired tea is just as fantastical as you’d imagine his afternoon tea with children to be; think fizzy drinks, snozzberry jam and chocolate milkshake mixed by waterfall. Tuck into not-quite-as-it-seems salmon and beetroot macaron and cheddar scones with bacon toffee jam, luscious lemon floss and plates piled high with wondrous cakes, sweets, mousses and scones – all washed down with chocolate or lemon sherbet tea or swimming pool fizz.

Rock n Roll Afternoon Tea | The Gore

Afternoon tea isn’t all hearts and flowers, older kids will enjoy Rock ‘n’ Roll afternoon tea. The unique afternoon tea experience is inspired by artists like The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Queen and David Bowie.

Lots more to look through on The London Mother site but plenty to inspire you here.

LESSONS ON AFTERNOON TEA A GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS…

If you have never enjoyed an afternoon tea, or if your an enthusiastic lover of afternoon teas then I’m sure one of the course from the company English Afternoon Tea,’ will be suitable for you.

They specialise in traditional afternoon tea courses and you learn in a friendly, informal environment and the courses are designed to introduce you to the world of afternoon tea.

They offer one-to-one tuition, covering baking through to the social history of tea. Course varies from one to five days. The courses, which take place in Sandgate, Kent offer are One-Day Gluten-Free Baking Course, One-Day Cream Tea Course, One-Day Brief History of Afternoon Tea with Baking, One-Day Academic Course and a Five-Day English Afternoon Tea course with a tea party.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA…


Instructions for an afternoon tea in the Victorian Era

Serve rolled bread and butter, sandwiches made of ham paste, potted ham, tongue or chicken.

The crusts of the bread should be cut off, and the sandwiches cut into three corner shapes or fingers.

Anchovy sandwiches or those made with cheese paste are liked by Gentlemen.

Salads are allowable nowadays at afternoon tea; egg, oysters, or chicken are suitable with brown bread and biscuits.

Cakes for this purpose should be very small.

Wine and cordial should always be on the sideboard, claret cup or champagne cup on the table.

CHOCOLATE WEEK 9th-15th OCTOBER 2017…

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Chocolate Week 9-15th October 2017

If you love chocolate (like I do) then you have to go over to the Chocolate Week website to check out what events and tastings are going on during this week.

The Chocolate Show – London Logo

The Chocolate Show takes place at the Olympia National Hall on the 13th-15th October where some of the delightful and delectable things happening at The Chocolate Show include:
– A selection of the finest chocolatiers and pastry makers from the UK and around the world
– Celebrity chef demonstrations
– Workshops for adults and budding chefs
– Tastings
– Sculptures
– A pop-up chocolate restaurant
– a Chocolate Bar with chocolate and drink pairings
and much more!

There is also a Participants Page which lists all the chocolate makers who are staging events during Chocolate week ( all based in London).

There is also a page just on chocolate where you will learn things you never knew about chocolate.

TEA & CAKE AT TIMMERMANS GARDEN CENTRE IN WOODBOROUGH, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE…

After being indoors for over 5 days with a throat, chest and ear infection I decided a breath of fresh air was the next best medicine. Hubby decided a trip over to our local garden centre ‘Timmermans’, would be a better option then we could have a cup of tea and a cake.

Timmermans has been updated a great deal over the last twelve months and have won awards from the Garden Industry. They have a delightful eating area which is called ‘Belle & Joe’s Kitchen’. Belle & Joe’s Kitchen was voted as the ‘BEST GARDEN CENTRE CAFE IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE’ by the Nottingham Post (May 2013).

They say that ‘Our homemade cakes are gaining a following all of their own and we make an effort to provide a varied range of freshly baked cakes with unusual flavours our speciality; elderflower, courgette, frosted blueberry. We communicate what has just come out of the oven on the ‘Just Made’ chalkboard at the entrance to the restaurant We use quality ingredients from local food producers and suppliers – our eggs come from Peter in the village, our milk and dairy come from the local dairy, our aim is always to use fresh, seasonal produce which is locally grown wherever possible.’

I had a slice of my favourite which is ‘carrot cake’which was delicious and worth every penny. The tea for two came in a pot which gave us both two cups and it was all extremely good value for money. I don’t think it will be long before I am back sampling their mouth watering afternoon tea.

We love Timmermans for their plants and never manage to go for a visit without bringing something back with us but all their plants are extremely good so it’s hard to not buy something.

 

TEA PAIRINGS WITH CHOCOLATE…

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Of course 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.

With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong,

According to Linda Villano from SerendipiTea. “When approaching the Tea & Chocolate pairing, the possibilities are endless so first narrow down the number of teas you will be pairing within each category and identify them on paper. Keep things simple and well organized. Focus on specific groupings using your basic tea tasting rules, for example work with White Tea first, then move along the color spectrum from light to dark, ending with Pu-erh.  Taste the tea independently of the chocolate carefully minding the general characteristics, aroma, flavor notes, and mouth-feel of each tea you plan to pair. Do the same with each of the chocolates independently of the tea.  Take your time, munch on a bit of plain cracker between each tasting to clear your palate, and take copious notes. But most importantly, enjoy the process.”

Right I’m off for a cuppa and some chocolate 🙂

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BAKEWELL BAKING FESTIVAL 12th-13th AUGUST…

BAKING, VINTAGE, MUSIC AND FAMILY FUN…

The World’s Baking Festival is back for it’s 4th year with it’s new bigger Baking Theatres and a World Baking Theme.

Live Music, Tea Dances, Baking and Food Village, Vintage Games, Camping, Custard Pie Fight, World Alternative Games, Masterclasses, Vintage Car Display, Competitions, Circus Skills, Great Food and Drink, Birds of Prey, Comedy Night and more…

Tickets available online . Take a look at last years video here .

Bakewell has been voted the second best town in Britain by the Times, and is the quintessential English market town in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, deriving its name from ‘Beadeca’s Well’.

It is the only town included in the Peak District National Park, and is well known for the local confection Bakewell Pudding (often mistaken for the Bakewell Tart).

It is located on the River Wye, about thirteen miles (21 km) southwest of Sheffield, 31 miles (50 km) southeast of Manchester, and 30 miles (48 km) north of the county town of Derby; nearby towns include Chesterfield to the east and Buxton to the west northwest.

Not the biggest town in the UK according to the 2001 Census the civil parish of Bakewell had a population of 3,979.
The town is close to the tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall

CHOCOLATE…

Chocolate is …

Luscious

Decadent

Divine

Seductive

Heavenly

and tastes good with…

Almonds

Walnuts

Hazelnuts

Pecans

Peanuts

Ice-cream

Strawberries

It’s also …

Velvety

Dark

Rewarding

Delicate

Exciting

And it makes the world go round ! and so say all of us CHOCAHOLICS…

 

SUPER CACAO FOR A HEALTHY HEART…

According to an article today in the Daily Mail’s health section Aduna’s Super-Cacao uses a type of cacao bean which contains eight times the flavanols (thought to maintain elasticity of blood vessels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems) of a normal cacao powder.

It’s heart health claims have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority.

The Mail’s verdict – sprinkle over porridge or make into a drink with milk – another thing that is useful for helping your heart. However if you use as an ingredient in a brownie, then the heart health benefits aren’t going to negate the fact that you’re making something high in fat and sugar. It has to be eaten as part of a healthy balanced diet.

Aduna have an offer on at the moment where if you buy a pouch of your choice you get a beautiful matching gift tin! Whether it’s a thoughtful present for a health conscious loved one or a treat for yourself, the Aduna Gift Set brings with it a whole host of health & beauty benefits. Their handy, food-safe storage tins are decorated in our iconic Africa-inspired patterns fusing traditional African wax print designs with a pop-art twist; perfect for storing your favourite superfood powders, and bringing a burst of African vibrancy into your kitchen, £14.99 instead of £19.99

EASY PEASEY CHOCOLATE LOAF CAKE RECIPE……..Mmmmmm

INGREDIENTS

50 g Plain Chocolate (grated)

4 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

85 g Ground Almonds

140 g Self Raising Flour (sieved)

3 Large Eggs (beaten)

175 g Castor Sugar

175 g Softened Butter or Margarine

100ml Milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

Preheat oven 160C 140C Fan Gas Mark 3

Grease or line a 2lb loaf tin ( or use loaf liners)

Put all the above ingredients into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer for no more than 2 mins.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 45 – 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Leave to rest for 5 mins before taking out of loaf tin and placing on a wire rack.

This loaf can be coated with sieved icing sugar when cold or you could melt some chocolate and drizzle over the top of the cake.

Enjoy