2 TIPS ON USING MILK IN BAKING… — The Village Kitchen…

Two tips on using milk in baking from The Village Kitchen… Chilled evaporated milk, whipped until fluffy, can be used as the base for several frozen desserts by the addition of different flavours, like fruits, nuts, instant coffee, cocoa, and other flavourings. If you have a recipe that requires you to boil the milk, first […]

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HOUSEKEEPING BOOKS THROUGH THE CENTURIES… — The Village Kitchen…

Before 1800, housekeeping books tended to be handwritten collections of recipes and instructions tried and tested by the household cook. By the 1850’s they were developed into books for ‘adult women’, in particular for your brides who were setting up home. They were intended as work manuals, they were without lavish photography or even set […]

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Chocolates — daneelyunus

Chocolates – It is very popular sweet among in kids, children, and youngsters and also adult. Chocolates are especially popular in kids and children. Chocolates are present in ice cream, cake, pastry, pudding and candy. It is made up of the seeds of a cacao bean, sugar and milk so the taste of chocolate is […]

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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

 

 

TEA FACT…

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Tea for the British…

An English collector of traveller’s tales by the name of Samuel Purchas mentioned in 1625 in ‘Purchas His Pilgrimes’ that the Chinese ‘use much the powder of a certaine herbe called chia of which they put as much a a walnut shell may containe, into a dish Porcelane, and drink it with hot water’….In 1637, the Cornish traveller Peter Mundy wrote that the people of Fukien in China’s Fujian Province ‘gave us a certain Drinke called Chaa which is only water with a kind of herb boyled on it’.

So when Thomas Garraway started offering tea for sale at his general store in Exchange Alley in the City of London in 1657, it was not a totally unknown drink, but till Garraway recognised the need to advertise and, in 1660, wrote his famous broadsheet entitled ‘An Exact Description for the Growth, Quality and Vertues of the…

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FREE CAKE FRIDAY (terms & conditions apply) #THEVILLAGEKITCHEN…

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If you haven’t tasted our ‘Apple and Blackberry Crumble Cake’ cake of the week, then you don’t know what you have been missing.

Enjoy it with a pot of delicious tea ( lots of choice) for just £4.75 of take a piece home for tea for just £2.25. Or Enjoy aFREE slice of cake on a Friday when you purchase a meal and a drink to enjoy after your meal or to take home for later.

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