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.



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.

Fortnum and Mason have some amazing goodies paired with specific teas like the festively fragrant notes of zesty clementine, festive spices and cocoa nibs in their Christmas Tea and our deliciously sweet, individually-wrapped Marrons Glacé – a traditional 16th-century French speciality of chestnuts candied in a syrup and then dried,

Some partnerships succeed against the odds, others are so well-matched it’s hard to imagine one without the other – like their Blanc de Noirs Champagne NV and our Golden Oscietra Caviar.

A hand-graded, deep gold and deliciously nutty treat for any true caviar connoisseurs, it pairs perfectly with any Fortnum’s Champagne – but particularly with the honey, spice and dark fruit notes of our Blanc de Noirs Champagne.

Forget a nightcap liqueur coffee – the finest way to round off a full day of feasting is with a cup of our bold Christmas Coffee and a box – to share or snaffle solo – of their exceptional Christmas Chocolate Liqueurs.

The sugar-steeped sweetness of their Glacé Apricots making the perfect counterpoint to our full-bodied Fortnum’s Stilton.

I bet your mouth is watering after reading about these delicious pairings.



Hotel Chocolat selection of cocoa tea infusions make a great Christmas.

They have a selection of light and malty cocoa shell infusions, including cocoa, peppermint & cocoa and ginger & cocoa. Rich in antioxidants and stimulants to help you stay calm, focused and relaxed and of course, utterly delicious. Created from their cocoa plantation in Saint Lucia; now brought straight to your teapot.


The tin of Ginger and Cocoa infusion above can be personalised with a gift message card and at only £`10 a great stocking filler.


A Love for Food

A Love for Food 4th Edition

The ultimate in delicious, fresh food from the company who are dedicated to growing, producing and cooking real food, organically.

Gilbert Scott

The Gilbert Scott Book of British Food, Marcus Wareing with Chantelle Nicholson

Next to the hustle and bustle of London’s St Pancras station, The Gilbert Scott, Marcus Wareing’s latest venture, is one of the hottest restaurants in town. Situated in the recently restored architectural gem that is the Renaissance Hotel, critics and food lovers alike have flocked to this stunning new brasserie and bar.

Food DIY – How to make your own everything Tim Hayward

Food DIY

Over recent years, across much of the world, people have started rejecting shop bought food and are getting into making it themselves. The DIY food movement is spreading.

Leith’s How to Cook Claire MacDonald and Jenny Stringer


At over 600 pages long, Leiths How to Cook is quite simply the best and most comprehensive cookery course on the market. This book takes the reader subject by subject – through 500 contemporary recipes which cover every aspect of food preparation and cooking, from classics with a modern twist, to international cuisines. 130 skills and techniques are comprehensively explained and clearly illustrated with over 800 clear step-by-step photographs.

The Collection Mark Hix

Mark Hix

Celebrated chef, restaurateur and food writer Mark Hix has spent the past two decades at the forefront of British cooking. In this stunning book Mark has selected over 300 of his finest recipes, reflecting his general philosophy towards British food


Mrs Hopes Chocolate Box

I chose this fantastic book to inspire you all to make your handmade foodie gifts.

This is a gorgeous chocolate book where Miss Hope presents 50 of her favourite chocolate recipes, such as Passion Fruit Truffles and Sea Salt Caramels, Walnut Whips, Chocolate Ginger Creams and Chocolate Truffle Cake.

Like the confectionery and chocolate Hope and Greenwood sell in their shops and through their website, everything in the book will recommend the use of the best ingredients, including fresh cream, butter and natural vanilla. So, don’t buy this book if you are on a diet 🙂

Miss Hope will also be treating you to her irresistible titbits and chocolatey anecdotes which are guaranteed to make you chuckle.

It’s beautifully designed and lavishly photographed, Miss Hope’s Chocolate Box would make a perfect gift.


Ideal Cake Decorator

For the fourth year running, this year’s Ideal Home Show is inviting professional and amateur cake decorators from across the UK to show off their decorating skills by entering the ‘ideal Cake Decorator of the Year’ competition, this year in the theme of the London Underground, to mark its 150th Birthday.

With a desire to promote the art of cake decorating and celebrate a true symbol of London life, this year’s competition is looking to find the most creative interpretations of the London Underground, in cake craft.

To find our more visit


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They say ‘take eggs, flour and a little inspiration from visits to National Trust sites, and you will have the ideal ingredients for a day’s delicious baking’.

They have a book written by Sybil Kapoor, who took the culinary inspiration from the special places at the National Trust.

‘Simply Baking’ is available from the National Trust Website and also

Recipes include sweet scones, roast pears with rosemary to Buckland Abbey’s Honey Cake.

‘Inspiration’ Sybil said ‘could be found everywhere you look, it might be a Tudor Watermill, where the scent of stone ground locally grown wheat is quite unlike mass produced flour’.

Simply Baking