UK COFFEE WEEK 16th-22nd APRIL 2018…

UK Coffee Week is 16th-22nd April 2108 and is a nationwide celebration of coffee that also raises funds for coffee growing communities.

100% of donations received from UK Coffee Week will go to Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities.

Coffee is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the world. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally each year, and every one of those cups is an opportunity to make a difference.

They believe the coffee industry and coffee drinkers have the power to make a real and positive impact on the communities that grow our coffee.

Water is intrinsically linked with the creation of a perfect cup of coffee. From the 140l of water it takes to produce a single cup of coffee to creation of the final cup, water is integral to the creation of a perfect cup of coffee.

Water is also integral to the lives of the farmers who grow our coffee. 663 million people around the world do not have access to safe, clean water.

Access to clean water can break the cycle of poverty. Clean water not only improves the health and well-being of communities facing the global water crisis; it also means great access to education, income and ultimately a better life.

Taking part in UK Coffee Week is easy. Each participating store (find out more on UK Coffee Week website)  can fundraise in many different ways; from donating 5p from every coffee sold during the week to hosting a creative workshop in store, there are unlimited possibilities for unique fundraising.

They are gearing up for our 2018 campaign, which will run 16-22 April! You can help Project Waterfall by signing up your coffee shop, pub, school or restaurant to take part in UK Coffee Week for 2018.

They have a whole page of fundraising ideas from hosting a raffle to a coffee cocktail night. Sign up now and get your UK Coffee Week marketing materials to help support this worthy charity.




The Country’s first tea shop was opened in 1864 by the Manageress of the Aerated Bread Company. The company directors allowed the manageress to serve refreshments to favoured customers.

Then, demand for her service grew, which then sparked a new trend for similar shops across the UK. Within two years the Aerated Bread Company had opened 250 of its self-service tea shops.

These also helped to liberate the lives of women, as it was considered ‘perfectly proper’ and acceptable for a woman to meet her friends in a tea shop without needing an escort and without risk to her reputation.

Wikipedia explains how the business was created as an incorporated company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). When the company was floated, its failure was predicted and its initial public offering was poorly supported.[4] However, its initial £1 shares eventually rose to £5 7s8d by 1890.[5] By 1898, shares had more than doubled from their 1890 value and were trading at £12 per share and declaring a dividend of 37½ percent.[6] By 1899, A.B.C. shares had increased a further 16⅔ percent and were trading at £14 per share.[4]

J. Lyons & Co opened their first Lyons tea shop in 1894 at 213 Piccadilly. It was the forerunner of some 250 white and gold fronted tea shops which occupied prominent positions in many of London’s high streets.

As well as the tea shops and Corner Houses, Lyons ran other large restaurants such as the Angel Cafe Restaurant in Islington and the Throgmorton in Throgmorton Street. Its chains have included Steak Houses (1961–1988), Wimpy Bars (1953–1976), Baskin-Robbins (1974-) and Dunkin’ Donuts (1989-). The artist Kay Lipton designed all the windows for the Corner Houses under the jurisdiction of Norman Joseph, the director post-war.


Have you heard of International Carrot Day 4th April 2018?

The Carrot Day was founded 2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its good attributes around the world.

The day is increasingly popular and April 4th, 2012 carrot celebration was reported from France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, UK, and Japan.

If you love carrots then you will love The World Carrot Museum which is the first virtual museum in the world entirely devoted to the history, evolution, science, sociology, and art of Carrots. The mission is to educate, inform and amuse visitors through the discovery, collection, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of objects relating to the Carrot. This site provides lots of interesting and useful information about the humble carrot. 

To celebrate International Carrot Day on the 4th April I thought I would add my Carrot Loaf Cake Recipe to my blog. Enjoy…

Carrot Loaf Cake


150g Butter or Margarine

175g Self Raising Flour

200g Brown Sugar

50g chopped walnuts

50g sultanas

2 eggs (whisked)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 large grated carrots


Preheat oven to 150C or Gas 2

Place loaf cake liner or parchment paper in the tin

Put all ingredients except carrots and nuts into a large bowl and whisk well

Fold in the carrots and nuts

Pour into tin

Cook for around 60 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean

Leave to stand for five minutes before removing from the tin












Ethical food and drink consumption might sound like some hippie idea when you first hear about it, but it could actually be something for you to consider. It doesn’t have to be hard work, and it can do a lot for the environment and the people who produce the food and drink you consume each day of the week. There are some things you should know before you get started, as well as some myths that need to be dispelled, so read on to find out more.

You Don’t Need to Grow a Thing…

Many people think about ethical consumption and they imagine people living on a communal farm producing their own food. However, that’s confusing ethical consumption with self-sufficiency. Those two things are not the same, and you don’t actually have to grow anything yourself if you want to consume more ethically going forward. Of course, you can if you want to but don’t be put off by this idea.

Know How the Animals Were Kept During Production…

Knowing how the animals were raised and how they were kept should be in your mind when you’re buying food. For example, egg-producing hens living on free range farms are treated far more ethically than those kept in battery cages. No one really wants to be complicit in the abuse of animals, but it’s so easy to be unless you make ethical decisions when shopping.

Use Brands That Are Open and Honest…

Some brands are very upfront about their ethical methods and procedures, and if they’ve got nothing to hide, why wouldn’t they be? Places like are very open about their policies, so this is a trait you should look for in all the companies you buy from. There’s nothing wrong with expecting and demanding the best

Source Local Ingredients When You Can…

If you want to be 100% sure that you’re consuming ethically, you should try to source ingredients from the local area. If there’s a farm nearby that produces and sells its own meat and dairy products, buy from there and cut out all of those middlemen. This is great for the environment because the food you’re buying won’t need to be transported halfway across the world before it gets to you.

Search for a Fair Trade Seal of Approval…

The Fair Trade Organisation is known for approving products that have been sourced by ethical means. This primarily means that the people who grew and created the product in countries around the world, generally the more deprived ones, are properly compensated for their work. That’s important because larger global companies can often exploit people in developing countries in order to turn a profit. By looking for their seal of approval, you’ll find it easy to buy ethically.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to make more ethical and positive decisions when it comes to the food you eat and the liquids you drink each day. It’s all about paying a tiny bit more attention to what you’re buying.

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Easter eggs have turned into designer eggs with some unique ways to celebrate Easter.

Design your own Easter egg with Cuckooland who have a Melt & Make Chocolate Egg Heads Create your own Chocolate Eggheads with this fun kit. This melt and make chocolate egg kit is fun and simple.  This chocolate gift is perfect for kids parties, a rainy day and obviously a great Easter gift for kids.
Made with delicious Belgium Chocolate. Each kit includes A chefs hat, moulds for the chocolate, milk chocolate buttons for melting and bags of sweet for decoration. £12.95

or their Easter chocolate pizza which is made by The Gourmet Chocolate Pizza Company. Presented in a pizza delivery box and surrounded in tissue paper, this delicious sweet treat is such a unique and fun gift! With a Belgian milk chocolate base covered with milk chocolate curls and decorated with iced carrots, candy-coated chocolate eggs, colourful rainbow drops and handmade white chocolate bunnies. £15.50

How about a personalised Cadbury’s creme egg chocolate sweet tree which can be personalised with up to 25 characters. The centre of the tree is fully edible with a crispy crunchy chocolate centre, so once you’ve devoured all the eggs, you can keep on munching! £24.95

My personal favourite is this Terry’s Chocolate Orange Bunny Bum with Brown Tail, It isTerry’s chocolate orange finished with Lindt chocolate bunny paws and a scrummy Ferrero Rocher tail, and can be personalised with white chocolate lettering to make someone feel truly special this season! £14.95


Sweetpea Pantry is a company who are passionate about delicious real ingredients, free-from choices and helping you feel amazing by providing nutritious and good-for-you Ready Mixes.

What is there not to like? Their pancakes, brownie and flapjack Mixes are gluten-free and dairy-free, with no added sugar and vegan-friendly. All their ingredients are from ethical producers with most of them grown in the UK.

They use lots of flax, quinoa, chia, oats and other super grains and flours.

You can use their mixes to make meals like pancakes, pizza dough, flapjack, brownies and carrot cake, yum, yum.also energy bars, waffles, crackers and fruit crumble.

You can find Sweetpea Pantry at most Sainsbury’s, Ocado the online supermarket, and at all the best local farm shops, health or speciality food stores, or you can buy from Sweetpea Pantry website where you can also find recipes and reviews.

Gotta dash, need to get baking the Sweetpea Pantry way…

 Super Oat Flapjack Mix (gluten-free)  Super Oat Flapjack Mix (gluten-free)


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.

What’s your favourite British Cake?