Pineapple Upside Down Cake — Whiskey & Tea

Growing up I never particularly liked the traditional pineapple upside down cake my mom make. Then when I was a teenager she switched to this recipe, which uses crushed pineapple as opposed to the typical sliced pineapple rings. The texture is much more appealing to me — and the cup of brown sugar you mix […]

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MATCHING YOUR TEA WITH YOUR FOOD…

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With Christmas now well and truly on countdown I thought it might be nice to write a post on tea pairings with some of the festive foods we eat.

When drinking Lapsang have it with chicken or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food.

Of course, Christmas isn’t Christmas without chocolate but with different strengths of chocolate, this does mean there is a choice of pairings. With dark chocolate, try Assam, Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Gyokuro, or Oolong. With milk or white chocolate try Darjeeling, Dragonwell, or Oolong,

When drinking Earl Grey have it with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or Crème Brulee or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food.

When drinking Ceylon tea try having it with cucumber or tomato sandwiches or tarte au citron or mature cheddar cheese.

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SOME OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS TO BETTER BAKING…

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Here are some of the best kept secrets to better baking.

Leave your cake on a wire rack in the tin you have baked it in for 5 minutes before you turn it out.

When making your cake, leave the eggs and fat our overnight so that they will be at the same temperature.

For a really moist fruit cake, use marmalade instead of candied peel.

For an extra rich, tasty fruit cake, use cold coffee instead of milk.

Measure all your ingredients accurately.

Bake your cake immediately once mixed as the baking powder begins to act as soon as its combined with liquid.

Leave scones for a minute before you pop them into the oven as resting them allow the baking powder to become active.

To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the…

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THE HISTORY OF THE MINCE PIE…

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According to Why Christmas, mince pies, like Christmas Puddings, were originally filled with meat, such as lamb, rather than the dried fruits and spices mix as they are today. They were also first made in an oval shape to represent the manger that Jesus slept in as a baby, with the top representing his swaddling clothes. Sometimes they even had a ‘pastry baby Jesus’ on the top!

During the Stuart and Georgian times, in the UK, mince pies were a status symbol at Christmas. Very rich people liked to show off at their Christmas parties by having pies made is different shapes (like stars, crescents, hearts, tears, & flowers); they fancy shaped pies could often fit together a bit like a jigsaw! They also looked like the ‘knot gardens’ that were popular during those periods. Having pies like this meant you were rich and could afford to employ…

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GREAT GIFTS AVAILABLE AT THE VILLAGE KITCHEN…

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We have a large selection of great foodie gifts for all food lovers, including lovely homemade jars of goodies and our great hamper small, medium or large £4.50-£6.50

Or buy some of our local honey made in Farnsfield add another local company to their long list of products available for purchase.

We also stock the award-winningSauce Shop, based in Nottingham who have six amazing tasty sauces to choose from.

They have all their Great Taste Award winning products in one collection.

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CHRISTMAS TIED UP IN A TEA CUP AND MORE…

Last minute handmade gift ideas that are great for #christmas. Easy to follow these lovely teacup candles infographic from Pinterest.

If you haven’t got any tea cups to use how about these shells instead, also from Pinterest

If you are handy with the knitting needles and have some spare wool around why not get this free tea cosy pattern from Love Knitting on Pinterest.

Or copy this DIY cup cosy also found on Pinterest

There are lots of easy handmade gifts all around tea which could soon be knocked up for any tea lover. These were just a few I found on Pinterest. It has inspired me to quickly knit up some of the cup cosy for my friends.

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