A VERY SPECIAL COOKING CHOCOLATE…

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William Harcourt-Cooze (famous for getting people talking about chocolate) have made ‘Willie’s Cacao Chef’s Drops.

The cooking chocolate has a high percentage of cacao buter so it melts easily and gives a glossy sheen.

Plus the drops mean easier measuring.

They have different flavours from Rio Caribe 72, for coffee and nutty notes, or Sambirano 71, for summer and fruit flavours, http://www.williescacao.com

Enter the website and click the link to Willies TV and you will be inspired by his recipes and read his diary or read about the farm he has which has been growing cacao since 1996, at the Hacienda El Tesoro, a beautiful farm in the breathtaking heights of the Henri Pittier National Park in Venezuala.

Read about how the chocolate is harvested, and the step by step process into making the cacao. Then browse through the products until your mouth waters thinking of the choice available.

Along with cacao being available to buy online they also have books and gifts which can also be purchased from stockists, which are also listed on the site.

The journey through this site was fascinating from beginning to end which is beautifully written and fabulous to look through.

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TWININGS WELL BEING TEA GIFT BAGS…

Twinings Tea

Whether you’re looking to detox, support your immune system or simply want to feel the best you can – we have a tea to suit every intention.

Until the end of January, we want to help get you back to you – and save you some money on your shop.

Benefits Tea Gift Bag

Maintain that happy new you for longer with our Benefits Tea Gift Bag, everything you need to keep you feeling at your best throughout the year
Well Being Green Tea Gift Bag

Take time to relax with our green tea offer

Indulgent Sensations Gift Bag

Indulge in a selection of great tasting Sensations and Herbal Infusion teas. With maximum taste and only 4 calories.
Mint Tea & Bodum Mugs Gift Bag

Enjoy the flavour our gorgeous Mint loose teas in these lovely porcelain Bodum mugs, perfect for when you need some time out

Mint Tea & Bodum Mugs Gift
Whole Leaf Silky Pyramids & PiP Studio Gift Bag

Take time for yourself and indulge in some ‘me time’ with two of our new range of Whole Leaf Silky Pyramid teas.
Well Being & Indulgence Gift Bag

Help support your body’s defences with our gift bag of well-being teas, perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather or when you need a little pick me up.

http://shop.twinings.co.uk/shop/special-offers-1/tea-gift-special-offers/health-and-well-being-bundles.html

IDEAL HOME SHOW CAKE DECORATOR OR THE YEAR COMPETITION…

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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 http://www.idealhomeshow.co.uk/latest-news/show-news/169-for-all-cake-decorators-lets-celebrate-150-year-of-the-london-underground

RED NOSE DAY 15th March, Limited Edition Homeware…

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Emma Bridgewater has designed a homeware range for Red Nose Day, with up to £6.50 going to Comic Relief, helping to change lives at home in the UK and across Africa.

The full range of Emma’s limited edition homeware is available exclusively at Home Sense and TK Maxx.

What a lovely way to support this great cause.
For more details on what’s going on for Red Nose Day http://www.rednoseday.com/

THE CHOCOLATE MUSEUM…

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The Chocolate Museum is a new attraction with opens in London on 10th January. You can go to the all day chocolate workshops and see a gallery of photos from days gone by. You can also purchase artisan chocolate bars and see an exhibition area that is filled with chocolate based artefacts.

The Chocolate Museum Shop and Safe are at 187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA. It’s an independent establishment in the cosmopolitan, and historic conservation are of Ferndale Road.
http://thechocolatemuseum.co.uk/

TEA PARTY LOVE…

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One of the YOU and Clarins ‘Britain’s Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year award runner up Laura Young, set up a children’s charity The Teapot Trust, in memory of her daughter Verity, who died of cancer at just eight years of age, to help youngsters in hospital.

When her daughter was ill in bed, with no hair and no energy, she said she realised that it can be a bit shocking for her young friends so she decided to hold a doll’s tea party or teddy bears picnic or princess tea party. She could see how it made it easier for them to relax and have fun and that’s where the idea of the Teapot Trust came from.

Art as a form of therapy is crucial to many children with chronic diseases, but unfortunately it is not always available. Their aim is to provide professional art therapy for chronically ill children in ‘Sick Kids’ i.e. Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh and Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow. In particular the Teapot Trust will offer support for children who suffer from Lupus (Systemic Lupus Erythematosis SLE) and related conditions.

Head to the trust website http://www.teapot-trust.org/ to see the beautiful art gallery submitted by children in the hospital or to make a donation.

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DRINK GREEN TEA AND COCOA TO KEEP YOURSELF YOUNG…

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A Chinese study has shown that people who drank three or more cups of green tea daily were biologically five years younger than those who drank less than a cup a day.

Another research showed that a cup of cocoa every day may help maintain brain health due to the naturally high levels of antioxidants it contains.

Failing that, just drink three cups of ordinary tea a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 11 per cent and lessen the build up of plaque in the arteries.

BAKING WITH THE NATIONAL TRUST…

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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 http://www.shop.nationaltrust.org.uk and also http://www.amazon.co.uk

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’.

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MY TOP LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS SUBSCRIPTIONS…

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If your stuck for a last minute present then why not try a subscription. Whether its for someone who loves coffee, tea, cakes, cheese or chocolate you can find lots of ideas to choose from. My favouties are listed below.

http://www.kopi.co.uk/
You get a bag of coffee from a different part of the world every month. You can choose from beans or ground and the accompanying booklet includes notes and brewing tips.

http://www.eteaket.co.uk/
The tea club – you get unusual and tasty varieties of tea delivered through your door. A years subscription includes two initial samples, tasting notes, and a tea press to brew up in. Then each month two more to try.

http://www.megrivers.co.uk/
You join the cake club and receive a different cake every month – their full list of cakes is on their website.

http://www.unionroasted.com/
You get two 250g packs of freshly roaster coffee every month and you can choose between beans or already ground.

http://www.finechesse.co.uk
You get a 600g collection of cheese delivered to your door ever month, with a pack of speciality made crackers.

http://www.montezumas.co.uk
For chocaholics – you get a 600g box selection of chocolate every month.

http://www.glut.co.uk/home-page
Delicious gardening and foodie gifts, lovingly packed in their unique Gluttonous Gardeners wooden crates and dispatched to your friends.