A TOWER OF TREATS…

This Tower of Treats from Watts Farms makes a fantastic Christmas gift for anyone with five box’s of treats. Starting from the top it has –

Allergens – (milk, may contain nuts, wheat, egg, soya)

Tower of Treats  – Each

5 luxury boxes filled with goodies.

8 x Milk Chocolates with Hazelnut cream filling

200g creamy vanilla fudge

175g traditional stem ginger biscuits

270g Chocolate covered Heart Palmiers

500g Classis Chocolate Chop Panettone

Available at a few places online but the best price I found was one at Watts Farm for £29.99

GORGEOUS BOOKS AS GORGEOUS CHRISTMAS GIFTS…

It’s that time of year again where we see lots of books and new releases up for sale and you are spoilt for choice as to which one to buy for yourself or as a gift. Well, I thought I would put my pennies worth in and have three of my favourite not entirely cooking books but books about cooking, the history of the biscuit and stuff every cook should know about.

My first choice is The Biscuit; The History of a Very British Indulgence by Lizzie Collingham£12.99

Did you know that British people eat more biscuits than any other nation; they are as embedded in our culture as fish and chips or the Sunday roast. But biscuits are not only tasty treats to go with a cup of tea, the sustenance they afford is often emotional, evoking nostalgic memories of childhood.

Lizzie Collingham begins in Roman times when biscuits – literally, ‘twice-baked’ bread – became the staple of the poor; she takes us to the Middle East, where the addition of sugar to the dough created the art of confectionery. Yet it was in Britain that bakers experimented to create the huge variety of biscuits which populate our world today. And when the Industrial Revolution led to their mass production, biscuits became integral to the British diet.

We follow the humble biscuit’s transformation from durable staple for sailors, explorers and colonists to sweet luxury for the middling classes to comfort food for an entire nation. Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something to offer for everyone, combining recipes for hardtack and macaroons, Shrewsbury biscuits and Garibaldis, with entertaining and eye-opening vignettes of social history.

I love reading about life in times gone by and this book is full of fascinating social insights and delicious recipes. If you are someone who is fascinated by the history of food, then this book is definitely worth having. As a blog writer on all things Hygge it was interesting to read that The Dutch word “koek” means cake / biscuit / wafer and the diminutive is koekje, another word which I am sure will soon become popular.

This book is one for the coffee table to pick up and learn something else you didn’t know about tea and biscuits.

Stuff Every Cook Should Know by Joy Manning £7.99

Stuff Every Cook Should Know is as indispensable to cooks as a good sturdy knife and just as sharp. Compact enough to fit on the smallest shelf or countertop, this sous-chef-in-a-book tells how to make a meal plan, how to use common ingredient substitutions, how to throw a dinner party, how to organize your kitchen, and much more. It s a pocket-sized problem solver that makes a great gift for seasoned culinary artists, novice chefs, and anyone who loves to cook.

I’ve still got my first cookery book which I was given at school and love to read through it with my pencil notes fading by the day, but this gives you a hint at everything you might want to know about in your kitchen and full of helpful tips and reminders.

It really is a book about stuff every cook should know. While it won’t make one a master cook, it is definitely most helpful for someone starting out. A great little stocking filler for the novice student about to embark on their first cooking venture.

My final one for the time being is a bit different as it has stories as well recipes and one I plan to keep this one for my granddaughter.

Fairytale Baking Recipes And Stories, by Christin Gewekes £14.23

Once upon a time, many moons ago, there was a little girl who discovered her love for baking … Thus begins author Christin Geweke’s culinary journey through magical bakes that make you dream of fairytale forests and are guaranteed to be liked by the fussiest of cake eaters, just like the princess of the Princess and the Pea fame. Here are recipes and exquisite photographs of forest berry ice cream cake, mini gingerbread kuglofs, marzipan chocolate rolls, dreamy peach rose cups.

Like old family recipes, fairytales and stories are also handed down from one generation to the next. And delicious baking can delight the senses and bring back memories just like a good story, for both old and young alike. Lose yourself in fairytales to while away the time until your goodies are ready to take out of the oven and devour.

I love this book and the beautiful images inside it. I can’t wait for my granddaughter who is only one to be old enough to enjoy baking with me with this book. It’s definitely one for the coffee table and a real conversation starter. The recipes are clear and very easy to follow with a choice of some unusual ones (for me anyway), and it makes a nice change.

4 DELICIOUS COFFEES WITH CBD IN THEM..

If you haven’t tried tea with CBD or any CBD products then coffee with CBD in it is well worth trying.

London Nootropics takes its name from the “brain boosters” that are known to enhance brain performance and improve memory, focus, motivation and creativity. So, you can expect its adaptogenic coffee blends to come with more than a buzz. Their Zen Adaptogenic coffee with CBD & Ashwagandha, is a balancing and calming blend designed to promote a sense of peace, combatting the effects of stress, tension and irritability. Feel alert, calm, focused and adapt to physical & mental stressors. Unwind, chill and add some Zen to your life. It’s Free from preservatives & artificial sweeteners. Just pure natural ingredients and costs £15 for a 12 sachet box.

The husband and wife team behind Trip, Olivia and Dan, first discovered CBD in 2018 when it helped Dan recover from knee surgery in time for their wedding. Armed with their own experiences, they set about to create a range that was as tasty as it was beneficial to the body. Their COLD BREW COFFEE is designed for jitter-free energy. A deliciously rich, Guatemalan specialty grade coffee brewed for 24 hours in East London, infused with 15 MG CBD. Dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, no added sugar and no compromises – made in the UK in 100% recyclable cans, and £17.99 for a six pack.

The team behind Silly Goose Coffee wanted to create something that was disruptive but in a positive way. Their mission is to make coffee that benefits not only the drinker, but their suppliers, partners and the planet. Not only do they source delicious and ethical coffee but they work with a pod manufacturer that makes home-compostable and biodegradable pods, and Ecologi, who help plant trees to offset Silly Goose Coffee’s carbon footprint. Their pods are Nespresso Compatible, Home Compostable & Biodegradable. They come in a box of 10 and are roasted in small batches from Centra America and Africa. Available in Lungo, Espresso & Decaf. An Italian Roast Coffee for £9.99 CBD Range includes 10mg CBD per capsule & 0% THC

Pothead Coffee is another leading UK CBD Coffee market right now. They use Tanzanian arabica coffee beans, which have an amazing flavour profile and are filled with nutrients from the earth.

Infused with CBD and a broad spectrum of cannabinoids, this coffee is a real winner.

Their most popular and #1 BestSeller is their original, and strongest CBD-infused, arabica coffee. Ridiculously smooth tasting and uber calming coffee, with a flavour of nuts, berries and a subtle hemo aroma.

CBD PER CUP: 10mg CBD + a broad spectrum of cannabinoids. Laboratory tested. THC Content: Less than 0.03% which is £23.95 for 200g ground coffee.

CBD Coffee shot by @morewithmat

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NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd…

National Sandwich Day is Tuesday November 3rd and is dedicated to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, following the claim he was the innovator of it. The legend has it, during the year 1762, the earl commanded his cook to make a meal which wouldn’t interrupt his gambling and would require no cutlery either. The cook served 2 toast pieces containing sliced meat in the middle. It provided the earl with a free one hand to keep continuing his gambling game! During the great depression sandwich, its making felt in America and since it has been an all-time favorite food of Americans and most of the rest world alike.

The event provides the perfect opportunity for professional sandwich makers to share details of their businesses visa social media. Companies are encouraged to offer special deals and promotions related to special sandwiches that they offer and share details of their promotions on all media sites.

It is a great time to celebrate the mighty sandwich by creating special fillings and combinations to tempt hungry people and perhaps even organizing a sandwich party to help add a festive feel to the day.

Of course, anyone who has a love for sandwiches will want to make sure that they keep a keen eye out for deals and promotions on National Sandwich Day. Some well known companies that are set to join in the fun with special deals include Subway, McDonald’s, Quiznos and Firehouse Subs.

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5 TEAS WITH A BIT OF CBD TO RELAX AND ENJOY…

Why not try a tea infused with a bit of CBD in it. We could all do with a pick up on a wet and dark day.

According to The Brothers Apothecary CBD tea is a great and effective way to boost your mood and manage your stress even if you have no health problems. And, even though there are many ways to take CBD, ingesting it in tea is a natural and healthy way to enjoy the benefits of it. They say it is full of antioxidants and vitamins to support a healthy body while giving you the right nutrients.

The Brothers Apothecary point out *The Apothecary LLC are not doctors and we do not provide medical advice. None of the information on this site, including information in any press release or blog post, constitutes legal or medical advice by us.

CBD Tea UK explain a bit more about CBD tea into two types: hemp tea and water-soluble tea. Some companies also offer sparkling CBD tea, but that’s more of a sweetened beverage than a proper tea. Hemp tea is the closest equivalent to the regular (black and green) and herbal tea millions of people drink every day. It’s made by steeping hemp leaves or other parts of the plant in hot water. Hemp tea has an earthy, bitter flavour that’s somewhat reminiscent of an unflavored full-spectrum CBD oil.

Water-soluble or more accurately “water-dispersible” CBD tea contains CBD powder that’s been processed with nanotechnology to make it easier to mix in water. It can contain either pure CBD (isolate) or whole-plant hemp extract (full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD). Most water-soluble CBD teas also contain regular or herbal tea to give the tea added flavour and benefits.

Hempura CBD Tea (Natural Raspberry) £9.99 from CBD UK
TEA + CBD Infused Tea 7 Bags

This CBD Tea is available from Holland and Barrett and is £5.24

  • 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per tea bag
  • Organic blend of tea and CBD. Naturally caffeine free.
  • Naturally apple & baobab flavoured.

Part of a range of vitamin, mineral and CBD infused teas from TEA+. TEA+ CBD delivers 3mg of 100% bioavailable CBD per tea bag. Delivered in an organic caffeine free blend of rooibos, apple & baobab, TEA+ CBD offers a new, refreshing way to consume CBD.

Body & Mind Botanicals have a couple of CBD to choose from. The most efficient & natural way to take CBD to contribute to relieving stress, anxiety, pain and improving sleep and mood. With added Peppermint or natural for a new great flavour and the benefits peppermint provide.

 BioBloom Hemp Tea from 50g of loose hemp flower tea high in CBDa. Produced from organic hemp this product is additive free, rich in flavonoids, terpenes and cannabinoids. Available in a paper bag or in a glass jar for improved storage at £18.90 from Fortheglass.

Buddha Teas UK have an Organic CBD Turmeric & Ginger Infusion which sounds delicious. Used traditionally for thousands of years, earthy turmeric and spicy ginger combine perfectly. Add 5 mg of water-soluble CBD, and the results are a stunning cup of ancient, yet modern delight. Finally, our CBD Turmeric & Ginger Infusion has been tested to reveal zero percent THC Water-Soluble CBD, 18 Bleach Free Tea Bags / Box at £16.99 Frequently paired for consumption, the combination of turmeric and ginger is an obvious winner when seeking a warming, stimulating cuppa. Considered close relatives as far as roots go, in this instance together really is better, which is then topped off with 5 mg of our water-soluble CBD. The pungent, mildly bitter taste of turmeric, when combined with slightly pungent, delightfully sweet ginger, makes an obviously perfect combo.

NATIONAL CHEESE TOASTIE DAY TODAY 27th OCTOBER, 2020…

Today is National Cheese Toastie Day, ( I’m salivating just thinking about it).

Cheese toasties are undeniably one of the nation’s favourite comfort foods – delicious cheese wrapped in a blanket of crispy golden bread and cut into perfectly nostalgic triangles – nothing hits the spot quite like a cheese toastie.

Americans have their grilled cheese, the French have the Croque monsieur but Brits have the king of them all, the mighty cheese toastie! It’s claimed that people have been enjoying this dish in one way or another since Ancient Roman times and it’s brought comfort to many for generations before us, so it’s about time it got the recognition it deserves as we celebrate one of our finest dishes with its own dedicated National Cheese Toastie Day (27thOctober).

Each year, on 27th October, Yorkshire Creamery invite the nation to celebrate its love for the mighty cheese toastie. Dust off your toastie machine, dig out your grill pan or whip out your toastie bags and get ready to cook up the ultimate snack.

Whether you’re enjoying it with fan-favourite fillings such as cheddar, ham, tomato and chutney, dunking it in soup or dipping it in mustard, it’s time to give this age-old snack the recognition it deserves.

Yorkshire Creamery launch National Cheese Toastie Day to continue our promise to take a stand against bland and deliver great-tasting dairy products that ‘taste like they ought to’! So grab one of our delicious cheeses (Extra Mature Yorkshire Cheddar, Yorkshire Red and Double Yorkshire) and our rich and creamy Yorkshire Butter and let’s #ToastieTogether.

6 HALLOWEEN INSPIRED TABLE SETTINGS…

With Halloween nearly here and most of us in lockdown it means we can only stay at home to celebrate Halloween. But that doesn’t mean we cannot create our own atmosphere at home so here are some Halloween Themed table settings to inspire you.

Judy1980 50Pcs Harvest Decorations, Artificial Mini Fake Pumpkins Blend maple Leaves Gourd Pine Cones Acorns Set for Thanksgiving Christmas Autumn Fall Halloween Party Home Table Supplies from Amazon
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Halloween light up wine bottles from Etsy
Skull Centrepiece in Country Living Magazine with another 30 to choose from.

COVID INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEAS…

Everyone is trying to do their bit to help people out at the moment including a North-East church who are delivering hundreds of afternoon teas in a bid to combat loneliness.

According to the Evening Express Skene Parish Church teamed up with several Aberdeenshire-based organisations to form the Westhill Community Resilience Support Group. They provided 190 teas to people who were shielding or at risk of loneliness over lockdown.

The Resilience Support Group has also been involved with delivering shortbread to sheltered accommodation alongside a card made by a local primary school pupil. The group also plans to deliver an afternoon tea to a care home. To find out more about Skene Parish Church, or to donate. go to the Skene Parish Church website.

From tapas to afternoon tea : 18 Sunderland cafes and restaurants doing delivery in local lockdown. The Sunderland Echo write that with restrictions changing regularly as part of the local lockdown, Sunderland businesses have had to adapt to survive. While some cafes and restaurants have had to close their doors to sit in custom temporarily due to the difficulties caused by social distancing, they are still offering a takeout and delivery service.

The Sunderland Echo has rounded up some of the ways locals can still support local businesses from the comfort of their home. The ”Crumb On In’, Holmeside is a tearoom that kept everyone’s spirits up with their afternoon tea and treat boxes- and they continued their delivery options with plenty of sweet treat choices such as Biscoff cheesecake.

Other tea shops happy to delivery delicious afternoon teas include –

Once Upon A Time Tea Room in Cheltenham – local delivery area covers a radius of 10 miles from their Cheltenham based Tea Room.

Afternoon Tea for One-A Selection of three finger sandwiches, a scone with jam and clotted cream, a selection of two miniature cakes, a macaron, your choice of soft drink & our hot drink home kit (contains Tea & Coffee). £14.95