THE WORLD’S HEALTHIEST AFTERNOON TEA WEEK 17th-24th MAY 2021…

The World’s Healthiest Afternoon Tea Week takes place between 17th-24th May 21 and is fundraising for holiday food provision for children living in poverty and from low-income backgrounds.

The Caroline Walker Trust is raising funds for activities which improve the quality of holiday and after school food provision for children living in poverty and low-income families.  The Trust is also acutely aware that due to the recent closures of schools and the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation, more children will be in need of adequate nutritious food during extended breaks.

Host your own healthy afternoon tea with family, friends and colleagues, at your work, local school, community centre, place of worship, park, club or café, to support activities that provide healthier food options for children during the holidays, extended breaks and after school.

There are over four million children in the UK who already live below the breadline that go hungry every holiday.  In some areas, over a third of school children would normally have access to a free school meal during term time.  For many, this may also be their only meal. Unfortunately, school breaks hit them particularly hard, forcing them to go without adequate food.  For those from low-incomes, after school provision of food options in most areas often comprises unhealthy takeaway options, leading to obesity and rising health inequalities at an early age.

The number of children in poverty is set to increase over the coming months as self-isolation and the uncertainty of employment continues.  It may be that schools reopen and periodically close again, leaving more children without adequate and/or nutritious food for lunch and afternoon tea.  The Caroline Walker Trust aims to improve holiday, term breaks and after school food provision for children living in poverty and from low-incomes.

You can make a massive difference to the lives of children by hosting a healthy afternoon tea at your work, school or favourite community organisation. 

All the monies raised will provide;

  • Activities which support and improve the quality of holiday food provision for children living in poverty,
  • After school projects supporting healthier food options for children from low income-based families,
  • Resources, information and expertise to enhance the quality of food and the improvement of the nation’s health.

TEN TEA PAIRINGS WITH FOOD…

Ten tea pairings with food for you to enjoy…

Earl Grey Tea

Have Earl Grey with fine pate or ham and mustard sandwich’s or crème Brule or Leicester cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food.

Fruit Teas

These make fantastic pairings with Brie. Sweet, citrus flavour’s bite through the buttery cheese, producing a wonderful and unique taste sensation.

Oolong Teas

They range in character between green and black teas, many can be paired with food along the same lines as their green or black counterparts. For instance, greener oolongs tend to go well with scallops, lobster and other sweet rich foods, while darker oolongs compliment somewhat stronger-flavoured foods such as duck and grilled meal.

Kenya Tea

Have this with beef and horseradish or ham sandwiches or chocolate cake or Austrian smoked cheese.

Ceylon Tea –

Try this with cucumber or tomato sandwiches or tarte au citron or mature cheddar cheese.

Lapsang Tea

Enjoy it with chicken or smoked salmon sandwiches or walnut cake or Stilton cheese, to enhance the flavour of the tea and/or food. 

Green Tea

In general, the subtle, vegetative flavour and aroma of most green tea is well suited to mild or subtly-flavoured foods, such as seafood, rice, salads, melon or chicken.

White Tea –

Because of the extremely subtle flavour of white teas, we recommend pairing them with only the mildest of flavours, so as to not miss the sweetness that is so loved in white tea.

Black Tea –

The more robust flavours and aromas of most black teas, as well as the most pronounced tannins, are well suited to pairing with full-flavored foods such as meat and spicy dishes.

Pu-erh Tea –

Worthy of special note, pu-erh teas are known for their digestive benefits. Not only do these teas pair well with meats and oily foods, but they can also offer a welcome settling effect after large, multi-course meals!

SIXTEEN REASONS TO LOOK OVER APRIL POSTS ON AFTERNOON TEA4TWO…

They say that ‘getting your readers interested in the first paragraph’ is the key to getting your reader keen and wanting more. So, I hope you enjoyed some of my posts over April which included Easter Eggs, chocolate of course. Lots on tea and tea facts, some lovely quotes and more on my favourite food ‘chocolate’.

1, Chocolate Eggs for Easter – need I say more 🙂

2. A Lovely Coffee Quote – I am really into quotes at the moment there are so many beautiful ones to choose from.

3. Guess How Many Different Teas there are in the World – this will surprise you.

4. Ten Uses for Coffee Other Than for Drinking – another one that will make you think.

5. A re-blog from another site on Some Common Baking Mistakes – some great tips on this post.

6. 6 Fascinating Facts About Tea You have never Head of – well I did say fascinating…

7. National Asparagus Day – for all asparagus lovers.

8. Another re-blog on Chocolate Ganache Cake – anything chocolate gets my thumbs up.

9. A lovely Afternoon Tea Quote – yet another quote

10. Earth Day – Its Time to Change your Eating Habits – this was on another of my sites but I felt it was important to repost it for my tea readers to read.

11. Tea and your Teeth – definitely worth a read if you are a tea drinker like me.

12. A Beautiful Tea Quote for Monday Morning 🙂

13. Ten of the Best Herbal Teas with so many teas out there here are my pick of the best herbal ones.

14. Ten Fascinating Facts About Chocolate – being a chocaholic I was bound to add more chocolate posts.

15. 7 Unusual Ways to Use Tea – tea can be used for lots of different things.

16. Household Items and Food You May Not Know Contain Plastic – this was also from my other blog. Some of the things on the list will amaze you.

I hope you have enjoyed reading through my April posts. Thanks for checking in.

6 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT TEA YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF…

1.In the 400-600’s demand for tea being used as a medicinal drink rose in China.

2. Tea in Japan during this period was rare and expensive, and enjoyed most by high priests and the aristocracy.

3. During 648-749 a Japanese Monk Gyoki planted the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.

4. Buddhism and tea devotion spread and the Japanese Buddhist Saint and Priest Saicho and Monk Kubo Daishi, brought tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from China and planted them in the gardens in Japanese temples.

5. In 951 a period when disease was rife, Kuya started Obukucha, green tea served at the New Year to ward off illness.

6. Tea is first mentioned in the ancient texts as an offering. In the Buddhist scriptures it is often spoken as an offering made to the Buddha.

TOP FIVE CHOCOLATE TEAS WITHOUT THE CALORIES…

If you are true chocaholic like me then when they invented chocolate tea you went to heaven and back. The trouble is there are now lots of chocolate teas to choose from so of course I had to sample them. Getting your chocolate fix without the calories has to be a winner for any chocolate lover. Here are my top five chocolate teas.

1.Teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea Made With Whole Leaves (1 Pack of 15 Tea Bags) These are an award winning blend of chocolate flake tea which is a black tea with a hint of dark chocolate. Absolutely perfect for a treat with a dash of milk. They are made up in a biodegradable bag (hooray) and their packaging has been certified plastic-free by A Plastic Planet and at only £4.15 for 15 tea bags it will soon tickle your fancies.

2.Yogi Teas – Ayurvedic Organic Fairtrade Choco Tea Bags 17bags – these are delicious. They contain pure South American cocoa shells and ginger and cinnamon. To get the best taste allow the tea to steep for 7 minutes in boiling water. The only trouble with these are that I want another cup the minute I have finished my first one. Another great price at £3.02 for a bag of 17.

3.Suki Tea have a Chocolate Tea Bundle to die for. They say this bundle provides all the chocolate indulgence without the calories so I was straight in there. It has Mint Choc Chai, a black tea base with all the spiced flavour you would expect in a chair, with rich, dark cocol beans and fresh peppermint leaf. Enjoy it with steamed mill and you will be heaven.

Raspberry Ruffle, Black Tea with Coconut, Chocolate & Raspberry, yes please! The rich dark chocolate accentuated with the nostalgic combination of sweet coconut and a dash of zingy raspberry makes this amazing tea. 

Dark Cocoa Tea, Black tea and cocoa kernels blend for a rich chocolatey cuppa. The whole bundle for £14.80 for serious chocolate lovers.

4.Whittard’s have a Dark Chocolate Loose Tea Pouch, which is a blended loose leaf black tea from India and Indonesia with a (very) generous helping of cocoa nibs, creating a tea that’s full-bodied, aromatic and seriously chocolatey. It is truly indulgent and another one that you will probably drink two cups of. And, yet another they say is a sugar-free chocolate fix. What more could we ask for us chocaholics. The cost is a reasonable £6.00 for 100g.

5.Twinings Nutty Chocolate Flavour Assam Loose Tea – if you love a bit of nuts with your chocolate then you will enjoy this one from Twinings which is a Hazelnut and chocolate flavour black tea. Inspired by tea & chocolate, a match made in heaven.  Rich Assam loose leaf tea is a perfect partner to the flavour of delicious chocolate & hazelnuts. A 125g pouch is £9 another great price to get your chocolate fix without the calories.