• When using two fillings (jam and cream), spread each one on a different half of the cake and then sandwich together.
  • .If you haven’t got time to decorate your cake then wrap it with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight before you decorate it.
  • Incorporate dry ingredients together with a whisk before adding them to wet ingredients.
  • Always start and end with dry ingredients when alternating with wet ones.
  • .Ingredients for cakes should always be at room temperature.
  • Put a tablespoon of tapioca into your apple pie, it will absorb excess water while baking.
  • .Store flour in an airtight container as it keeps better that way.
  • .To keep cartons of double cream fresher for longer, turn the carton upside down in the fridge.
  • If your custard goes lumpy then quickly pop the base of the pan into some cold water and keep whisking until it is smooth again.
  • For firmer whipped cream, beat with honey rather than sugar.
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Not a green tea fan? Well the good news is that you don’t need to drink this to help with weight loss as they have now found that ‘Oolong’ tea helps even more.

A Chinese study showed that if we drink oolong tea for six weeks it will help with weight loss. In fact the data confirmed that a component other than just caffeine was responsible for promoting the preferential use of fat as an energy source.

A further Japanese study compared the benefits of oolong tea and green tea on weight loss. The results were that after drinking oolong tea you will use more energy than if you were drinking green tea or water and that it can last up to two hours.

For the best results they suggest you have a cup of oolong around 30 minutes to 1 hour before you do any form of exercise or walk, and drink it in the afternoon to help late afternoon sweet cravings and energy slumps.

Anyone fancy a cup of oolong tea?…

Tieguanyin Tea



With lots of Hotels and Restaurants offering romantic dinner for two for Valentine’s Night, it is nice to see that there are other ways to enjoy Valentines Day with a themed “Valentine Afternoon Tea”.

The Ampersand Hotel in London offers a ‘Science of Love’, afternoon tea, an enchanting journey of romantic exploration with the Science of Love Afternoon Tea. A menu of romantically-themed treats including warm plain and white chocolate heart-shaped scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. Those with a passion for pasty should look no further than the Science of Love’s sweet selection. Lychee, raspberry and rose marshmallow is complemented by pink guava and apple Opera cake followed by flower-shaped peach and strawberry mousse, Valentine’s shortbread and a special ‘Love Elixir’ mocktail.

Finally, they invite you to discover miniature Cupid chocolates hidden within a fossil box of white chocolate ‘soil’, a honey toffee squeeze tube and freeze dried raspberry and chocolate biscuit crunch ball.

What more could you ask…

The Science of Love Afternoon Tea will be available from 6 – 15 February 2017, for £32.50 per person, or £45.50 with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne.


They are not the only place doing ‘Valentine Afternoon Teas’, I just thought this one looked rather special but if you head over to ‘Afternoon Tea UK‘, you will find an array of Valentine Afternoon Teas on offer throughout the UK, in fact 87 of them.


From Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at ‘The Occasions Tea Room‘, in Leicester from £13.50 per person to a ‘Valentine Afternoon Tea and Tea Dance’ at The Waldorf in London from £89.00 per person.

Whichever you choose I am sure you will find one to suit you.






Teatourist brings the world of loose tea for you to try.

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Discover new teas. They find the hottest specialist tea companies across the UK and choose one of their best-selling teas to feature in their monthly boxes. Each month they send different teas from different companies.


Get ultimate variety. Their subscribers (called teatourists!) receive 6 yummy teas from 6 different companies to try every month. Each one presented in a perfect 4-cup sample sized pouch.
You call the shots teatourist subscriptions are rolling month to month. Boxes ship monthly around 20th. There are no contracts and you can cancel anytime.


Their monthly subscription delivers: • A tasting selection of 6 x different teas from 6 different companies each month. Infinite variety with no waste. • Tasting notes and juicy details of each tea they feature in the box and online •

Special offers and discounts on products from the companies they feature and a Flexible monthly subscription. Rolling month to month, cancel anytime Price: £14.95 per month (billed monthly)


As a special offer to my visitors and subscribers Teatourist are happy to offer a discount code just for me, entitling you 30% off your first box, when you take out a monthly subscription. Message me for the code.

I will be featuring some of their teas of the the next few weeks so keep your eyes on my blog posts.




For anyone who didn’t know it’s Burns Night on January 25th and according to the Awareness Days website it is ‘annually celebrated in Scotland on or around January 25. It commemorates the life and work of the bard (poet) Robert Burns, who was born on January 25, 1759. The day also celebrates Burns’ contribution to Scottish culture. Burns’ best known work is “Auld Lang Syne”.

A typical Burns Night Menu would have :

  • Haggis.
  • Neeps and tatties.       haggis_0 download-3
  • Cranachan. – Although I married a Scotsman I have never tried any of these traditional dishes so on Wednesday we are going out for a typical Burns Night supper. I’m not sure about the Haggis but the Neeps and tatties looks good, but I will post on here on Thursday.



Part of my Christmas present from my daughter was a selection of Hotel Chocolat’s teaolat Cacao Infusion’s. This morning I tried their Invigorate which has Cacao & Ginger in it.

Hand-cut into big, chunky pieces, their ginger comes alive when steeped in hot water. They suggest that a slice of fresh lemon makes an energising addition to this delicious cacao shell infusion, but I enjoyed it without.

The delicate shells that wrap around every cacao bean as they grow are discarded by many chocolate-makers, but Hotel Chocolat love them for their wonderfully malty notes and uplifting properties. They’re also naturally vegan and known for being high in antioxidants.

I found the taste very palatable and a lovely drink around coffee time as a change from a cup of coffee. The ginger is not overpowering but you still get a kick from it’s taste with the tea.

It’s available from Hotel Chocolat for £5 for 10 pyramids.