A GREAT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS – YOUR OWN TEA PLANT TO GROW YOUR OWN TEA…

Grow Your Own Tea Plant

Not On The High Street have a great Grow Your Own Tea plant Kit for £17.95 which would make a great Christmas gift for any tea lover.

These amazing kits have all you need to grow your own tea plant at home. Harvest and dry the leaves for the ultimate in homegrown tea.

Whether a keen gardener or someone who enjoys herbal tea, there’s nothing more satisfying than growing your own chamomile flowers and drinking some tea you’ve brewed at home.

Our Grow your own tea kit has been specifically designed to the highest quality.

A greenhouse, conservatory or even a sunny window are all adequate to grow this amazing plant.

Inside the Tea Plant Kit are two large terracotta-coloured small plant pots (one 9cm tall, the other 6cm tall), one saucer (9cm in diameter), two professional grow pelles, two plant pot trays, two wooden label sticks and your tea plant seeds. An instruction sheet is also included on how to grow and take care of your new arrival. Their seeds have a shelf life of 12-18 months.

We are not talking about herbal teas either, but real tea: Camellia sinensis. You don’t need a large garden to grow your own tea, a planter on a balcony would work just fine.

‘You could try growing Camellia sinensis in a greenhouse, or in a pot that you can bring indoors during cold winters.

The Camellia sinensis plant is a small shrub about 1-2 meters in height, though it will grow taller if you don’t prune it. In the fall, your tea shrub will flower with small white blossoms that have a delightful scent. These plants are often grown as ornamentals. For planting, Camellia sinensis likes well-drained and sandy soil that is on the acidic side. If you are going to grow your tea in a container, add some sphagnum moss to the potting mix. You’ll need some patience, too. Your plant should be around 3 years old before you start harvesting leaves.

A great site with all the details on growing your own tea is ‘Guide to Growing Tea’, and you might be able to get seeds at your local nursery or try online at Amazon.

From that plant, you could make black, green or oolong tea. Fascinating stuff and for all us tea lovers, its another thing we can try growing in the garden.

 

SOME OF MY HYGGE LIFESTYLE IMAGES TO CHILL WITH…

I am in love with everything Hygge means and have started a facebook page and soon a blog on the beautiful images I find on the web which shows how peaceful and homely a Hygge lifestyle is.

If you haven’t heard of Hygge before then the true definition is ‘Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. Hygge (or to be “hyggeligt”) doesn’t require learning “how to”, adopting it as a lifestyle or buying anything.’

Check out these 20 things to start doing to enjoy a Hygge way of life that I found on Pinterest… 

Which one is your favourite?

9 TIPS ON USING EGGS IN BAKING…

1.If you add a beaten egg slowly to your batter mix it prevents the batter from becoming too stiff.

2.Always use eggs at room temperature when baking with them.

3.Eggs will whip more easily if left for 10 minutes in cold water before breaking.

4.Place the egg in a bowl of water, if it sinks and lies on its side, it’s fresh.If it sinks and stands large-end up, it’s on the turn so use within a couple of days. If it floats, bin it, as it’s gone off.

5.When making your cake, leave the eggs and fat our overnight so that they will be at the same temperature.

6.If you want firm meringues, add a teaspoon of cornflour to the sugar before beating into the egg white, and to make meringue with the same number of eggs, add one tablespoon of water per egg.

7.To make sure the essence you use adds flavour to the whole cake, mix it into the egg before adding the egg to the mixture.

8.Eggs will stay fresher longer if you store them pointed end down.

9.If you forgot to get your eggs out for baking then just pop them into a bowl and cover with hot water. Take them out after a couple of minutes and use for baking as normal.

 

 

 

NATIONAL TEA DAY 21ST APRIL…

National Tea Day on 21st April is celebrated with many but especially with the National Tea Day organizers.

They hold events all over the Country to enjoy this event including a National Tea Day Festival which takes place at Kensington Roof Gardens in West London where guests can enjoy the feeling of an afternoon garden party in the heart of the Capital.

Some featured Afternoon Tea Day events were held at Hoar Cross Hall, Derbyshire. The Midland Hotel, Manchester, brewbabu in Peterborough, The Chase Hotel, Coventry and many more exciting places. After looking through the National Tea Day list of locations I am sure you will find many you have never tried before.

They even have a number of charities which benefit from National Tea Day. They believe that tea is all about bringing people together, whether it be families, friends or communities. National Tea Day is working with charitable organisation’s in order to raise awareness of good causes.