9 REASONS TO DRINK TEA…

1.Drinking three cups of tea daily can protect against heart attacks and stroke.

2.A new review study shows regular drinking of either black or green tea can reduce the risk of heart problems by 11 percent.

3.It cuts plaque build-up in arteries – a combination of dangerous fat and cholesterol.

4.In terms of the delivery of antioxidants, two cups of tea is equivalent to five portions of vegetables or two apples, reports the journal Molecular Aspects of Medicine.

5.The review by researchers at the University of Western Australia says the benefits of tea are largely due to the flavonoid content, antioxidant ingredients that counteract cardiovascular disease, according to the Daily Mail.

6.One cup of tea provides 150-200 mg of flavonoids.

7.The review also found the flavonoid content of black tea is equal to that of green tea. Almost 80 percent of Britons are tea drinkers.

8.Four cups of tea with milk provides 21% of daily calcium requirement.

9.Catherine Hood from the industry-backed Tea Advisory Panel said: ‘Compared with the US studies, the cardiovascular benefits of tea are particularly strong in European studies. This includes UK studies where most of the tea consumed is black.’ Tea and Health Facts are available on the Tea Advisory Panel. 

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA…


Instructions for an afternoon tea in the Victorian Era

Serve rolled bread and butter, sandwiches made of ham paste, potted ham, tongue or chicken.

The crusts of the bread should be cut off, and the sandwiches cut into three corner shapes or fingers.

Anchovy sandwiches or those made with cheese paste are liked by Gentlemen.

Salads are allowable nowadays at afternoon tea; egg, oysters, or chicken are suitable with brown bread and biscuits.

Cakes for this purpose should be very small.

Wine and cordial should always be on the sideboard, claret cup or champagne cup on the table.

#NATIONAL CAKE WEEK – 2nd – 8th OCTOBER…

It’s National Cake Week this week in the UK so get out your scales and pop on that Pinney to make your special cake this week.

A movable feast that is always celebrated in the first full week of October. National Cake Week was founded by Lynn Hill in 2011, with the sole purpose of celebrating and sharing a whole cake together with family and friends. You will find a cake at the heart of almost every formal and informal gathering, whether in the office, a family birthday party, or a wedding and who doesn’t love a slice or two?

Cakes come in all shape sharing sizes, round, square and rectangular. Semi-naked, the cake of course, not the baker, with a feather-light sponge, filled and topped with fresh fruit, or a chocoholic overload that is sure to send you into a sugar rush high.

Whatever the occasion, National Cake Week is the time to celebrate the humble cake in all its glory. Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #nationalcakeweek

Also, share in here for us all to admire.

 

HOW TO STEEP TEA…

Did you know that there is an art to steeping your tea ? Get it wrong and the tea can taste quite different.

Tea Type Temperature Steep.it for
Black 206°F – 97°C 23 minutes
Green 175°F – 79°C 1 minute
Herbal 208°F – 98°C 45 minutes
Oolong 195°F – 90°C 3 minutes
White 175°F – 80°C 30 seconds
Mate 208°F – 98°C 56 minutes
Rooibos 208°F – 98°C 56 minutes
Chai low boil 1010 minutes

If you go to a site Sexy Red Head Nuns (great name:) you can find out exactly what to steep each type of tea in and anything else you may want to find out about steeping your tea.

5 TOP TIPS ON CLEANING AN OVEN…

 

To clean any spills in the oven, sprinkle with automatic dishwasher powder, cover with a wet paper towel, let stand for a few hours, then clean with a damp sponge.

Or make your own oven cleaner from 1 tablesp of bicarbonate of soda mixed with a good cup of hot water. Wipe over the whole oven, including the glass door and shelves and the stains will gradually disappear.

Soak oven shelves, trays etc overnight in a solution of biological washing powder or dis washing powder and hot water and next day just rinse

Put one cup of ammonia in a glass bowl, and place it inside the oven and close the door. Let the bowl stay in the oven over night. The next day, use a green scrubby and wipe away those stubborn stains.

Lemon is a great grease cutter. To make lemon oven cleaner, mix equal parts of lemon juice and salt. Apply the lemon oven cleaner to oven stains and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use a green scrubby and rinse and wipe the oven clean.

A MUG OR A CUP FOR YOUR TEA?…

Which do you prefer a mug or a tea cup and saucer?

Personally, I think both are appropriate in certain situations. You would give the builder a mug, and yourself one while sitting reading your favourite magazine. Although if you were sitting in a nice tea room or having a cup of tea with a friend, I’m sure you would probably prefer the cup and saucer.

The other problem is which one to buy? Do you go for Cath Kidston’s latest designer mugs, Tesco’s Spell Out Mug ‘ Home is where the Heart is’, or an antique china tea cup and saucer that is so delicate that you cannot pop it into your dishwasher.

Personally, I only like my tea or coffee from a ‘china’ mug and would buy both Cath Kidston’s designs as well as quirky ones from Amazon like this classic Lionel Richie one ‘Is it tea you’re looking for’.

As for the antique china cup and saucers, well, I have plenty of those and now tend to buy them for my daughter who has started collecting them but NONE of them will go anywhere near my dishwasher.