SHROVE TUESDAY/PANCAKE DAY FOLLOWED BY ASH WEDNESDAY…

Straight after Valentines Day comes Shrove Tuesday/ Pancake Day on Tuesday 16th February.

The day always falls on the seventh week before Easter.

It is also the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of the the period known as Lent.

The tradition of eating pancakes stems from the time when people were trying to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of Lent. It is traditionally a period where you stop eating certain foods i.e. sugar, fats, flour and eggs. They would empty their cupboards of these products and make lots of pancakes before lent started.

It takes place 47 days before Easter Sunday and pancake races have been going around for years. London has a number of famous ones.The Parliamentary Pancake Race starts from the Victoria Tower Gardens but due to Covid-19 has been cancelled this year as have many other well known pancake races in the UK. . The Parliamentary Pancake Race has has probably the most high-profile participants which feature three teams made up of MP’s, Lords and members of the press to help raise funds for the charity ‘Rehab’.

Some original fillings for your pancakes start with chocolate (yum, yum) fruits, syrups, fudge, sugar and ice cream, or of course, flamed with brandy (crepe Suzette).

My favourite site for recipes is the BBC Good Food Pancake Day Selection with 56 to choose from including Red Velvet Pancakes and G & T Pancakes and yet G & T as in gin and tonic. What more could you ask…

The following day is Ash Wednesday.

It marks the first day of fasting, repentance, prayer and self-control. Luxury or rich foods such as meat and dairy are often avoided by those taking part in Lent. Also abstention from personal ‘bad habit’s such as watching television or eating too much sugar is also commonly practised. It is a day in which Christians go through a period of 40 days of fasting, designed to help them remember the same amount of time Jesus spent fasting in the Wilderness. 

5 TEAS WITH A BIT OF CBD TO RELAX AND ENJOY…

Why not try a tea infused with a bit of CBD in it. We could all do with a pick up on a wet and dark day.

According to The Brothers Apothecary CBD tea is a great and effective way to boost your mood and manage your stress even if you have no health problems. And, even though there are many ways to take CBD, ingesting it in tea is a natural and healthy way to enjoy the benefits of it. They say it is full of antioxidants and vitamins to support a healthy body while giving you the right nutrients.

The Brothers Apothecary point out *The Apothecary LLC are not doctors and we do not provide medical advice. None of the information on this site, including information in any press release or blog post, constitutes legal or medical advice by us.

CBD Tea UK explain a bit more about CBD tea into two types: hemp tea and water-soluble tea. Some companies also offer sparkling CBD tea, but that’s more of a sweetened beverage than a proper tea. Hemp tea is the closest equivalent to the regular (black and green) and herbal tea millions of people drink every day. It’s made by steeping hemp leaves or other parts of the plant in hot water. Hemp tea has an earthy, bitter flavour that’s somewhat reminiscent of an unflavored full-spectrum CBD oil.

Water-soluble or more accurately “water-dispersible” CBD tea contains CBD powder that’s been processed with nanotechnology to make it easier to mix in water. It can contain either pure CBD (isolate) or whole-plant hemp extract (full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD). Most water-soluble CBD teas also contain regular or herbal tea to give the tea added flavour and benefits.

Hempura CBD Tea (Natural Raspberry) £9.99 from CBD UK
TEA + CBD Infused Tea 7 Bags

This CBD Tea is available from Holland and Barrett and is £5.24

  • 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per tea bag
  • Organic blend of tea and CBD. Naturally caffeine free.
  • Naturally apple & baobab flavoured.

Part of a range of vitamin, mineral and CBD infused teas from TEA+. TEA+ CBD delivers 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per tea bag. Delivered in an organic caffeine free blend of rooibos, apple & baobab, TEA+ CBD offers a new, refreshing way to consume CBD.

Body & Mind Botanicals have a couple of CBD to choose from. The most efficient & natural way to take CBD to contribute to relieving stress, anxiety, pain and improving sleep and mood. With added Peppermint or natural for a new great flavour and the benefits peppermint provide.

 BioBloom Hemp Tea from 50g of loose hemp flower tea high in CBDa. Produced from organic hemp this product is additive free, rich in flavonoids, terpenes and cannabinoids. Available in a paper bag or in a glass jar for improved storage at £18.90 from Fortheglass.

Buddha Teas UK have an Organic CBD Turmeric & Ginger Infusion which sounds delicious. Used traditionally for thousands of years, earthy turmeric and spicy ginger combine perfectly. Add 5 mg of water-soluble CBD, and the results are a stunning cup of ancient, yet modern delight. Finally, our CBD Turmeric & Ginger Infusion has been tested to reveal zero percent THC Water-Soluble CBD, 18 Bleach Free Tea Bags / Box at £16.99 Frequently paired for consumption, the combination of turmeric and ginger is an obvious winner when seeking a warming, stimulating cuppa. Considered close relatives as far as roots go, in this instance together really is better, which is then topped off with 5 mg of our water-soluble CBD. The pungent, mildly bitter taste of turmeric, when combined with slightly pungent, delightfully sweet ginger, makes an obviously perfect combo.

COVID INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEAS…

Everyone is trying to do their bit to help people out at the moment including a North-East church who are delivering hundreds of afternoon teas in a bid to combat loneliness.

According to the Evening Express Skene Parish Church teamed up with several Aberdeenshire-based organisations to form the Westhill Community Resilience Support Group. They provided 190 teas to people who were shielding or at risk of loneliness over lockdown.

The Resilience Support Group has also been involved with delivering shortbread to sheltered accommodation alongside a card made by a local primary school pupil. The group also plans to deliver an afternoon tea to a care home. To find out more about Skene Parish Church, or to donate. go to the Skene Parish Church website.

From tapas to afternoon tea : 18 Sunderland cafes and restaurants doing delivery in local lockdown. The Sunderland Echo write that with restrictions changing regularly as part of the local lockdown, Sunderland businesses have had to adapt to survive. While some cafes and restaurants have had to close their doors to sit in custom temporarily due to the difficulties caused by social distancing, they are still offering a takeout and delivery service.

The Sunderland Echo has rounded up some of the ways locals can still support local businesses from the comfort of their home. The ”Crumb On In’, Holmeside is a tearoom that kept everyone’s spirits up with their afternoon tea and treat boxes- and they continued their delivery options with plenty of sweet treat choices such as Biscoff cheesecake.

Other tea shops happy to delivery delicious afternoon teas include –

Once Upon A Time Tea Room in Cheltenham – local delivery area covers a radius of 10 miles from their Cheltenham based Tea Room.

Afternoon Tea for One-A Selection of three finger sandwiches, a scone with jam and clotted cream, a selection of two miniature cakes, a macaron, your choice of soft drink & our hot drink home kit (contains Tea & Coffee). £14.95