THE VINTAGE TEA COSY BACK IN FASHION WITH A BANG…

 

The first documented tea cosy in Britain was in 1867 and it was probably the Duchess of Bedford, who by establishing the activity of afternoon tea in 1840, increased the popularity of tea cosy.

They then flourished during the late 19th Century and were also starting to be used in North America during the same period.

It is defined in Wikipedia as ‘a cover for a teapot, traditionally made of cloth or wool, which is used to insulate the tea, keeping it warm while it brews’.

Cloth tea cosies often have padded inserts which can be washed separately and many are hand knitted looking just like a woollen hat with a bobble on the top.

A company called Start Knitting have the patterns, which are free, of most of the images I have put on here. For a more traditional tea cosy you could either copy the pattern from Castoncastoff Blog.

Of course they don’t have to be knitted you can buy tea cosies made from fabric like this tweed fabric one from Folksy at £28

 

 

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PRETTY TEA ROOMS IN PRETTY EASINGWOLD…

It’s worth a visit to the lovely Georgian village of Easingwold to appreciate the lovely tea rooms and cafes available. The Clark’s have two to choose from, Clark’s Tea Rooms, Market Place, Easingwold, Yorkshire, YO6 3AG Tel No 01347 823143. This tea shop has all the same cakes, breads and pastries sold at their other shop ‘Clark’s Cafe’ bakery.

It’s divided into three rooms with walls adorned with local artists work and a smokers parlour at the back.The position of this tea shop in the central Market Place is perfect for a stop while shopping where you can enjoy their delicious home-made cakes and a refreshing pot of tea.

Clark’s Cafe, 195 Long Street, Easingwold, Yorkshire, YO6 3JB Tel No 01347 821285. This shop started back in 1925 when the Clark’s grandmother-in-law used to make scones and tea and sell it from the kitchen window to road repair men and cyclists.

You can see from the displays of canal-wares around the room that the owners enjoy narrow boats.

There is also a pretty garden with outside seating for the good weather months.

Everything is made on the premises with the speciality being the all day breakfast, ploughman’s lunch and the set afternoon or cream tea. This comes with a selection of sandwiches, scones with cream and cakes and tea.

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. 

SEVEN WAYS TO STORE TEA…

  1. It’s best to transfer both loose tea and teabags from a cardboard or paper packet or tub into an air-tight container.
  2. Tins and caddies with tight-fitting lids are good as they can keep out other smells and humidity which can affect the tea.
  3. Storing the jars in a dark cupboard will mean the tea will keep well.
  4. You should never keep it in the fridge as there is always the chance that water will get into the packet.
  5. You should always be careful with flavoured teas, as the added flavourings can be very powerful and easily taint other teas nearby.
  6. For loose tea, it is essential that you check that the spoon or scoop that you use is completely dry.
  7. If there is even a drop of moisture on the spoon, the humidity introduced to the interior of the packet or caddy will have an effect on the quality of flavour.

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AFTERNOON TEA IN STYLE…

As I not only write on this Afternoon Tea Blog but also for a local Tea/Coffee shop I have the best excuse ever to go and try out different afternoon teas and write a blog post about them.
 
Today I went quite local to me to Cockliffe Country House Hotel – which is a 17th century former farmhouse set in the heart of rural Nottingham, bordering the historically significant Sherwood Forest. Situated in the heart of Burntstump Country Park.
 
They specialise in banqueting and conferences, and offer a peaceful and private environment in 3 acres of private grounds.and is well known in the area for it’s intimate restaurant experience.
 
There was a choice of an afternoon tea menus –
 
A freshly baked plain scone and sultana scone with clotted cream and traditional preserve. A selection homemade pastries and cake to include; Double chocolate brownie Traditional Bakewell Tart Carrot & Walnut cake and a selection of Traditional sandwiches Scottish smoked salmon & cream cheese Honey roast ham & wholegrain mustard Rare roast beef & horseradish Lincolnshire poacher & red onion marmalade. A choice of free flowing tea or Coffee for £18.95p
or a Joseph Perrier Champagne Afternoon Tea of A Traditional Cockliffe Afternoon Tea served with a Rhubarb & stem ginger tart and a glass of chilled Joseph Perrier champagne for £21.95pp
or a Traditional Cream Tea Homemade plain & sultana scone, Devonshire clotted cream and Preserve served with free flowing tea or coffee for £5.95pp
 
We had the Champagne Afternoon Tea. The sandwiches were fresh and delicious especially the Rare roast beef & horseradish. The scones were warm and tasty and far to many cakes to choose from. I managed the double chocolate brownie and the carrot and walnut cake which was excellent and my friend had a lemon curd tart which she really enjoyed. There was still so many cakes left over that I asked for a doggy bag to bring home for hubby to enjoy (which he did). All in all a lovely afternoon tea but a shame that we were the only customers in the Restaurant.

FAMOUS ITALIAN COCKTAIL NOW IN TEA FORM – WHITE BELLINI…

My usual box of tea’s to taste came from the Tea Tourist who deliver surprise selections of loose leaf teas from some of the hottest artisan tea companies each month. They are supplied in taster-sized portions for you to try.

In this month’s choice was one called ‘White Bellini’ from a tea company based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire called ‘The Tea Experience‘. Their company started in 2010 as a way to bring affordable high-quality teas to teal lovers and is run by owners Paul and Ann ad offers a range of orthodox teas, flowering tea blooms and a collection of beautiful glass teaware.

Obviously the name popped out straight away and after reading the info on this tea as a fruity and refreshing take on the traditional Peach Bellini Cocktail, I couldn’t wait to give it a try.

I also had a friend here at the time and with the sun beaming down outside we followed the instructions and added 1-2 teaspoons of the loose leaf tea and steeped it for 4-5 minutes.

This white tea served up a light-coloured brew with a fruity peachy aroma and was absolutely delicious and refreshing. The ingredients include white tea, freeze dried raspberries, peach pieces, currants and flavouring and they say could be enjoyed hot, cold, or shaken up as an iced tea cocktail.

I couldn’t wait to have another cup and tried a second one cold which was just as refreshing as a warm one.