The question is are there any other foods or drink that have been reported to have as many health benefits as green tea?
The Chinese have known about the medicinal benefits of green tea since ancient times. It is made using the leaves of the Chinese Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are then applied to heat quickly after picking which minimizes oxidation. This is thought to give the green tea it’s many benefits.
1. Researchers have suggested that it can help slash the risk of developing cancer by shrinking tumours.
2. It has been known to stabilise your cholesterol levels.
3. It has shown significant reductions in deaths of cardiovascular disease.
4. It can boost your immune system and aid weight loss.
5. It has been effective in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis.
6. It can reduce tooth decay.
7. A recent report has shown that it can also slow the onset of Alzheimers and Parkinsons Disease.
8. It can help fight infections and allergies to the body.
9. They also say it can slow the ageing.
10. The latest news on Green tea is that it can enhance the ability of our brains’ cognitive functions especially on the working memory, a Swiss scientists suggest.Researchers have recommended further study into how green tea can help with cognitive impairments such as dementia.
11. Green tea’s other benefits include reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. This research was conducted at the University Hospital of Basel Switzerland and led by Professors Christoph Beglinger and Stefan.
12. Drinking green tea ‘may’ reduce the risk of age related functional disabilities like osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
13. They say that for people who consume 1 2 cups of green tea per day have a ten percent lower risk of becoming disabled.
Bread comes in so many different types, from bagels, ciabatta, tortillas, potato, garlic, you name it you will find one out there.
Bread is a low-fat staple food for many people and a good source of carbohydrates.
They are made with different flours including white, wholemeal or wholegrain.
Whole grains are grain foods in which all parts of the train are intact and retained during any processing.
According to wikipedia ‘ Bread is a staple food prepared by cooking a dough of flour and water and often additional ingredients’.
The Real Bread Campaign has absolutely everything you need to know about bread and more. The Real Bread Campaign are fighting for better bread in Britain. The national network brings together everyone who care about the state of bread in Britain.
It has an online guide dedicated to helping you discover places to buy ‘Real Bread‘ and bread making courses and lessons on loaf.
For me, ‘realbread‘ taste very different from processed breads and loaves and something I can never say ‘no’ to if it’s a freshly made one in a Restaurant.
We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.
‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.
The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.
A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’,and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.
From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.
1. Welsh cake – A traditional Welsh snack which is made from flour, sultanas, raisins and currants.
2. French Fancy – A very British iced sponge cake topped with buttercream and fondant icing.
3. Fat Rascal – A rough domed-shaped type of cake, similar to a scone, made with currants and candied peel.
4. The Victoria sponge – this was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea.
5. Lemon Drizzle – A classic sponge cake made in many parts of England for Easter Sunday.
6. Bakewell tart – Bakewell pudding (a puff pastry and almond paste delicacy) is thought to be made as a mistake by the cook of Derbyshire landlady Mrs. Greaves who misunderstood her instructions.
7. Battenburg – it has a distinctive check-patterned marzipan-covered cake is alternately coloured pink and yellow.
8. Eccles cake – A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter and can sometimes be topped with demerara sugar named after the English town of Eccles in Manchester. (My Dad’s favourite) 🙂
9. Jaffa Cake – An orange-flavoured snack which is either a cake or a biscuit.
10. Chelsea bun – Made of a rich dough flavoured with lemon and cinnamon and rolled into a square spiral shape, which was first created in the ’18th Century’, at a Bun House in London.
I think these are gorgeous cards for Mother’s Day and other occasions. They are made by Flower Card and are artist created cards adorned with delicate rose heads or pops of vibrant craspedia balls, a buttonhole sprig of fresh floral loveliness to send love and hugs.
The one above is a miniature hand-tied posy of pinks, carefully attached to a contemporary, butterfly-print easel card.
The one above is their Vintage Mothering Sunday flower card. You add your special greeting and they will add a sweet little corsage of pink buds and foliage to the front as a floral flourish.
Or this lovely ‘Scent’ flower card for Mothers Day which has a sweet miniature sprig of fragrant lavender and rosemary – all available online at Flower Card for only £12 – a fabulous gift for your special Mum.
Gyokuro Asahi Tea is the rarest Japenese tea of all, being grown in the Kyoto region under special bamboo shades to control the amount of sunlight to the plants.The fine emerald needle-shaped leaves give a bright, delicate exquisite infusion.
Its high grade and premium reputation are the result of the special processing methods that this tea undergoes.This Japanese green tea is unique and quite rare.
First grown in 1835, today this tea is mainly produced in the regions of Yame, Uiji and Asahina in Japan.
Gyokuro tea, also known as Pearl Dew or Jade Dew, undergoes a special processing method and is harvested just once a year and then only in certain tea plantations. This makes this Japanese green tea quite expensive and difficult to find, but it is definitely worth the investment and the time.
According to The Right Tea, Gyokuro Tea is grown in different conditions from other green teas. This tea undergoes a special process to alter the chemical composition of its leaves.This green tea is grown in a misty and rainy climate at a lower altitude than sencha, a more common Japanese green tea.
Gyokuro Tea is rich in antioxidants, which means that every cup of tea you drink may provide you with wonderful health benefits that will make you feel great.
3 tbsp Double Cream
4 eating apples
Half a packet of Duchy Originals Butterscotch Shortbread, crushed
Preheat the oven to 200C Gas 6
Place butter honey and cream in a small saucepan and heat, stirring until melted, to make a fudge sauce
Place the mixture into a large ramekin dish
Top with a layer of apples slices, then add half the crushed shortbread then layer the remaining apple and shortbread
Pour over the sauce
Place on a baking sheet for 20 minutes until golden and bubbling
Gorgeous Valentine inspired biscuits from Biscuiteers – hand-iced biscuits are the perfect way to show that special someone that you love them this Valentine’s Day. Some of their Valentine’s collection can even be personalised with a love note of your choice.
This one is their personalised love letter collection at £35.00
or this flower biscuit card for £9.00
or this little box of love chocolates for £11.95
Failing that have a go at your own with the recipe below…
55g caster sugar
150g plain flour
A couple of drops of Vanilla extract
250g Royal Icing Sugar
Food colouring to decorate
Preheat up to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
Mix butter, caster sugar, and vanilla extract
Stir in the flour and cornflour
Wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes
Roll out to thickness of around a £1 coin
Cut different shapes of hearts
Bake for 10 minutes
Leave to cool on a wire rack
Decorate as you like