ENJOY A CUP OF CALM…

Tea has lots of health benefits and with so many flavours to choose from it can become a bit of dilemma which one to choose.

If you need a up of something calming after a stressful day then brew up a pot of Clearspring Mu Tea (£4.39) – ‘Mu’ means ‘an ideal state of balance’ in  Japanese and the tea is a blend of 12 organic plant ingredients designed to help restore stability to your mood.

It’s caffeine-free and contains mandarin orange peel, liquorice root, Japanese ginseng, cinnamon and other exotic oriental herbs that combine to create a sweet tasting, spicy and aromatic blend.

Mu Tea was formulated by the Japanese diet and health philosopher, George Ohsawa (founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy), in the 1950s based on his studies of the energetic properties of traditional oriental herbs.

COOK FASTER…

Home is where the heart is

If you are looking for a new hob then try the ‘induction’ hob from Beko as it saves time and energy by cooking at an amazing 36% faster than a gas hob and yet uses 56% less energy.

This is because it only heats the surface that’s in contact with the pain. It has nine cooking levels per zone and its black ceramic suface is easy to clean.

More details can be found at http://www.beko.co.uk

THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA TEA ROOM….

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While on our break in Edinburgh we decided to visit the famous Royal Yacht Britannia which is now based in the historic port of Leith and classes as a ‘must-see’ tourist attraction.

It has played host to some of the most famous people in the world but home to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family has been its main business.

You can view the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences on either a guided tour or walk round yourself listening to all its history via a mobile phone.

I found it absolutely beautiful and had to sample some gorgeous cake in the ‘Royal Deck Tea Room’, which was built when the boat was retired. We had a choice of fruit and cheese scones,lemon drizzle cake and carrot cake, all of which were delicious and a must if you get chance to go round it, http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/

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TEA MAKING TIPS…

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When you infuse a tea bag, cover your cup or mug to keep it hot and prevent therapeutic oils from evaporating into the air.

If you prefer loose tea but want the convenience of a tea bag then buy a ‘tea ball’ which is a neat wire mesh holder that’s like a reusable tea bag.

To make infusing easier, use a coffee cafeteria. Put in herbs, add hot water, leave for five minutes, press and pour.

Make your own tea bags using favourite herbs and empty tea bags called ‘T-Sac Tea Salters’ from Napiers.

For a medicinal tea, use an ounce of loose herbs to a pint of water, brewed for five minutes to make it strong. Use two – three teaspoons in a pot, then infuse for at least five minutes.