If like me, you love a cold coffee and also find iced tea rather tasty as well, then you should look through these great cold coffee and iced tea makers.

My first choice is the VonShef Cold Coffee Brewer Maker 1.5 Quart/1700ML | Iced Coffee/Jug/Bottle with Filter | Iced Tea Infuser | Glass Pitcher/Carafe | Non-BPA | Removable/Reusable Mesh Filter at £19.99 Amazon and other retailers.

I mean how beautiful is the container to do this. I would love this on my worktop just to look at but it can work wonders for your cold coffee and iced tea –

  • To make a cold brew you’ll use cold or room temperature water, and leave it to infuse for around 8 hours in the fridge for the richest results. The tight mesh filter maintains a smooth, filtered consistency for a barista-quality coffee
  • RICH FLAVOR – unlike traditional coffee, the cold brew process produces a coffee concentrate 60% less acidic than hot brewed coffee, so it’s gentler on your stomach and is generally less bitter
  • SODA LIME GLASS – high quality glassware is incredibly durable, lightweight, non-BPA, eco-friendly, hard-wearing and reusable – ideal for taking your brewer on the daily commute, to the office or out into the garden
  • FRUIT INFUSIONS – in addition to cold brew coffee, you can also use the filter with fruit to create fruit flavored water or juice. It’s also suitable for loose tea or tea bags, making this brewer a versatile addition to your kitchen cupboard
  • 1.5QT CAPACITY – the coffee brewer is small enough for easy storage (H12.5” x W6” x D3.5”) yet large enough to make big batches that’ll stay fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks

My second choice at an even more reasonable price is the Andronicas Cold Brew Coffee Maker & Ice Tea Pitcher 850 ML Double Wall Glass Pot Airtight Cold Brewer Carafe with Removable Coffee Fine Mesh Filter- 850ML- Coffee Gift and another good looking item for your worktop. This one is £18.95 from Amazon

  • NOT JUST COLD COFFEE: With the Cold Brew Coffee Maker, only desirable flavours are released, creating a smooth, concentrated coffee which can be drunk either hot or cold.
  • The traditional hot water brewing process releases undesirable acids and oils, resulting in bitter flavor and acidity. With cold brewing, only leaving naturally delicious coffee flavour are extracted, leaving behind the bitter oils and acids.
  • PREPARATION IS CHILD’S PLAY : Pour Water on the top, Place cap on top & store in fridge , Take out, remove the lid, take out center piece & enjoy.
  • DOUBLE WALL GLASS : For perfect coffee atmosphere

My final choice is actually a coffee cooler – Coffee Cooler- Ready in One Minute, Reusable for Iced Tea, Wine, Spirits, Alcohol, Juice Chiller, 12.5 oz(350ml), Black,304 Stainless Steel Inside Cups(INNOVECO) on Amazon as an offer of £21.25 instead of £28.99

  • It uses regular water to chill and because there are no chemicals or Gels, all parts of the Coffee Cooler are dishwasher safe!
  • Iced coffee maker-The HyperChiller will chill your Coffee in less than 60 seconds!
  • It works with ALL types of coffee makers whether you use a single brew or a K-Cup by brewing directly in to your HyperChiller! Drip style model, no problem, simply pour the Coffee from the carafe and you are Iced in 60 seconds!
  • Your CoffeeCooler is perfect for chilling all of your favorite beverages whether it’s a special blend of tea, juice, wine or other adult beverages without dilution… you can even chill a glass of wine!
  • This is the easiest and most convenient item to make iced Coffee without dilution. Simply fill with water and place in the freezer, remove and place in your Coffee maker and brew or pour from a carafe in to the Coffee Cooler and then into your cup.


African, exotic and plant based foods are so much healthier for us and yet many of us have never even tasted any of them.

A healthier plant-based diet emphasis is mainly on plant foods, like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and healthy oils. Plant-based diet also tends to not including much of animal foods, like dairy, eggs, fish, meat and foods that contain animal products.

Of course, many of us would not enjoy our diet without animal foods and dairy but if we can substitute some of this with a plant-based recipe it will be a much healthier way to eat. Using exotic fruits in your recipes as well as African spices can change the taste straight away with popular exotic fruits like lemon, lime, peach and strawberry being popular for a long time but some up and coming exotic fruits include blood orange, passion fruit and guava.

We are not looking out for more adventurous sensory tastes with sauces becoming an extremely popular item to have in your pantry. They say there are 3 flavour categories in the exotic food range which are ethnic flavours, fruit flavours and spices. Many of which come in package form for us to try before we start cooking with it.

The African meal comes from spending a lot of time and attention to detail using basic ingredients, spices etc to make a beautiful meal.

Going back to the taste of African food, some of the most popular ones used throughout the world are Jollof Rice which is a meal prepared and enjoyed across the West African sub-regions It is a pot of rice prepared with tomato sauce and served with meat, fish or chicken.

Koki-Bean Cake (Cameroon) is a popular appetizer not to be missed and made with cow peas as its main ingredient. Koki is made when the peas are mashed then wrapped in banana leaves and steamed.

Pap en Vleis/Shisa Nyama (South Africa) is a food regarded as an institution, not only in South Africa but across the length and breadth of the region. Nyama na irio (Kenya) is another national favourite in East Africa which comprises of mashed up potatoes, peas, beans, corn and onion and served with spiced roasted meat.

Koshari (Egypt) North Africa is a vegetarian serving of rice, lentils, macaroni, garlic and chickpeas, mixed with a spicy tomato sauce and topped off with friend onion.

Finally, Alloco (Ivory Coast) is considered as a snack, and consists of Ivorian fried plantain served with chilled pepper, onions or egg and tasty tomato sauce.

Some delicious tasty sauces and pastes already prepared to add to mouth-watering meals like Spiced Lamb Tangine, Somali Vegetable Hotpot or Ethiopian Berbere Lentil Stew are from a business called Saida Mia. Saida’s sauces include Spiced Tagine Sauce, Spiced Tangine Paste, Berbere Sauce, Berbere Paste, Moraq-Style Sauce and Moraq-Style Paste. The Paste’s are £4.30 and Sauces £4.95

Saida Mia was born in Somalia, East Africa then moved to Italy when she was six and enjoyed quite different food cultures. Her grandmother was an inspiring cook who travelled around Africa, the Middle East, Italy and Portugal. Her recipes have been passed down through the family for generations.

Saida’s tasty sauces and pastes offer you a culinary adventure which will tickle your taste buds to want more and more. She has recipes on the website for her Spiced Lamb Tangine, Spiced Chicken Tangine, Somali Vegetable Hot Pot, Somala Salmon with Vegetables, Ethiopian Berbere Lentil Stew and Ethiopian Berbere Kale Hotpot.