HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN TEA BAG…

THE VINTAGE TEA COSY BACK IN FASHION WITH A BANG…

 

The first documented tea cosy in Britain was in 1867 and it was probably the Duchess of Bedford, who by establishing the activity of afternoon tea in 1840, increased the popularity of tea cosy.

They then flourished during the late 19th Century and were also starting to be used in North America during the same period.

It is defined in Wikipedia as ‘a cover for a teapot, traditionally made of cloth or wool, which is used to insulate the tea, keeping it warm while it brews’.

Cloth tea cosies often have padded inserts which can be washed separately and many are hand knitted looking just like a woollen hat with a bobble on the top.

A company called Start Knitting have the patterns, which are free, of most of the images I have put on here. For a more traditional tea cosy you could either copy the pattern from Castoncastoff Blog.

Of course they don’t have to be knitted you can buy tea cosies made from fabric like this tweed fabric one from Folksy at £28

 

 

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.

 

FOUR TIPS ON MAKING GREAT FOOD FOR WHEN YOU’RE ON THE MOVE…

There is no better feeling in the world than sitting down to a hot cup of freshly poured tea and a slice of moist, crumbly cake. As delightful as this always is, you don’t always have time to sit down and prepare your favourite meals and snacks. We all lead hectic and busy lives which can often feel us longing for warming breakfast teas and comforting snacks. You don’t need to go without your favourite foods and beverages when you’re on the move. Just make sure you’re prepared with all of your ideal treats for every occasion. Here’s how you can make sure your tummy is never rumbling when you’re out and about.

1.Savvy Snacks

When you are out of the house all day or going on a long journey it is so important to be prepared with handy and healthy snacks to keep your stomach rumbles at bay. Whether you are a fan of sweet or savoury treats Halal food to go will always be able to provide you with a nutrient-dense snack to keep you satisfied all day long. You will never have to worry about your hungry tummy ever again, as long as you stay prepared.

2.Brilliant Breakfast

Too busy to eat breakfast? This is the most important meal of the day and most certainly should never be missed, even if you are feeling pushed for time. There are so many ways to fill up on a hearty breakfast without spending hours in the kitchen. Everybody loves cake, so why not consider cake for breakfast? Whip up some healthy banana, blueberry and oat muffins on a Sunday evening. Your breakfasts will be sorted for the entire week. Just grab a cake and go, it has never been simpler!

  1. Lovely Lunch

You would always opt for afternoon tea if you had the choice from the lunch menu. Unfortunately, you don’t always have the time to indulge in this type of treat. Pack your own Tupperware full of traditional English sandwiches and you will never have to miss out on your afternoon tea fix every again. From cucumber to smoked salmon and cream cheese, choose your favourite and enjoy your sophisticated lunch on the go.

  1. Dazzling Desserts

No matter how filling your breakfast or lunch was, there is always room for dessert. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then get your hands dirty in the kitchen and start baking some batch treats. You can slice up freshly made caramel shortbread, strawberry cheesecake or even a classic Victoria sponge cake. Share your homemade baked goods with your work colleagues and friends and you’ll be everybody’s favourite person.

Whatever time of day it is, you can be sure that your belly is satisfied and you have a smile on your face. Even the busiest of people have the chance to enjoy their favourite foods when they’re travelling, at work or on a day trip. Be prepared with your favourite recipes and you won’t ever feel like you’ve neglected your sweet treats.