STICKY APPLE PUDDINGS RECIPE – Sooooooo easy…

EASY STICKY APPLE PUDDING…

Ingredients

75g/2.5oz Butter
75g/2.5oz Honey
3 tbsp Double Cream
4 eating apples
Half a packet of Duchy Originals Butterscotch Shortbread, crushed

Method

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
Enjoy !

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HEART BISCUITS FOR VALENTINES DAY…

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.

personalised vintage love letter collection

This one is their personalised love letter collection at £35.00

flowers biscuit card

or this flower biscuit card for £9.00

little box love chocolates

or this little box of love chocolates for £11.95

 

Failing that have a go at your own with the recipe below…

Ingredients
115g butter
55g caster sugar
150g plain flour
25g cornflour
A couple of drops of Vanilla extract
250g Royal Icing Sugar
Food colouring to decorate

Method
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

Heart Biscuits

PANCAKE DAY OR SHROVE TUESDAY…

PANCAKE DAY

Shrove Tuesday (or pancake day) is next Tuesday, which marks the last day before lent when people eat pancakes before the start 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 and is in its 15th Year. This 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’.

Other pancake races that take place in London are the ‘Great Spitalfields Pancake Race, from the Old Truman Brewery, The ‘Inter-Livery Pancake Race foam Guildhall Yard and Better Bankside Pancake Day Race from Borough Market.

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).

The Independent has three alternative pancake recipes for Shrove Tuesday which include Courgette and halloumi pancakes, buttermilk pancakes and masala dosas.

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…

Pancake stack with a sprinkling of lemon zest and a drizzle of syrup

BEST HERBAL TEAS FOR DIGESTIVE HEALTH…

Tea has been used medicinally as a natural remedy for centuries for the body as well as the mind. Drinking tea is something that I’ve added to my daily self-care routine and I’ve noticed a difference in my overall health and mood. There is literally a tea for every type of ailment out there […]

via Best Herbal Teas for Digestive Health — PURELY NATURAL

SOME OF MY HYGGE LIFESTYLE IMAGES TO CHILL WITH…

I am in love with everything Hygge means and have started a facebook page and soon a blog on the beautiful images I find on the web which shows how peaceful and homely a Hygge lifestyle is.

If you haven’t heard of Hygge before then the true definition is ‘Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything.’

Check out these 20 things to start doing to enjoy a Hygge way of life that I found on Pinterest… 

Which one is your favourite?

THE VINTAGE TEA PARTY…

The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree is not your average book on recipes and pictures on all things vintage. This book is one you will keep on your table in the lounge for friends to pick up and browse through.

Amongst many great reviews are some from famous magazines like Glamour Magazine and The Independent Newspaper.

The Vintage Tea Party helps you plan not only stunning recipes for all sorts of delicious treats but also gives you countless styling tips for the perfect occasion.” – Glamour Magazine (SA)

“Bring out the bone china for this book from vintage guru Angel Adoree…” – The Independent

Angel Adoree cordially invites you to accompany her on a journey to create your perfect vintage tea party! Angel received £100k investment from Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis from Dragons Den for developing her website and for buying a shop/property in Soho for her business – Vintage Patisserie.

The Vintage Patisserie is a haven of all things glamour, vintage and retro. Run by Angel Adoree, the outstanding character you may have seen on Dragon’s Den, the Vintage Patisserie is a vintage hosting company offering bespoke tea parties from a bygone era. For that reason, there’s nowhere better to get simple, elegant advice for hosting your very own Vintage Tea Party at home than from Angel and The Vintage Tea Party Book.

As well as providing sumptuous elegant recipes to cover every time of the day, Angel’s The Vintage Tea Party Book covers the full breadth of those little touches that make the perfect vintage party: Invitations, attire, decorations, props and more. The book is broken into:

BRUNCH
What do you mean, morning is no time for a party?! High Breakfast is the height of civilization and, here, I share my most refined brunch dishes, for a morning tea party fit for a Queen. Don your headscarf and on with the preparations!

AFTERNOON
Is your pinkie finger raised at the ready? There’s nothing more British than Afternoon Tea. This chapter is a treasure trove of tea-time delights, from classics to decadent treats, and I show how to make a Union Flag for the ultimate traditional tea party.

EVENING
The evening tea party is all about glamour, giggles and good friends. On these pages, I share my most impressive recipes, for maximum impact on the eye and taste buds, to give the special people in your life the treat they deserve.

STYLE
You’ve organized the perfect vintage do, now it’s time for the perfect vintage hairdo, and the perfect vintage dress, and for getting your make-up – and your man – looking just stunning. You’ll be the most glamorous hostess in town!

The Vintage Tea Party Book embraces the style and class of the trendy London Vintage scene and illustrates how to beautifully recreate the tasty treats and classic styles at home. With a unique mixture of recipes and feature spreads with accessible tips on hairstyling, makeup methods and where to collect vintage china

Since writing The Vintage Tea Party Book Angel has written and published The Vintage Sweets Book, Vintage Tea Party Treasury, and The Vintage Tea Party Year.

COFFEE V TEA – WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH…

 

With so much being written about how tea is good for so many things, now they are saying that coffee also is good for you.

According to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

Two cups a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, according to a US study in 2006, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

Coffee, like tea, is packed with antioxidants which can potentially cut the risk of cancer, however, more than three cups a day could mean that you are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

BBC Health say that ‘three cups a day may have some health benefits according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ’. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.’

With benefits from drinking some teas and coffee, I guess it’s up to the individual to not overdo taking neither tea nor coffee but enjoy it and the possible health benefits that go with it.