7 WAYS TO MAKE AN EGG SANDWICH…

Seven ways to make a traditional egg sandwich for that special afternoon tea from selected Pinterest posts…

Deviled Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches

Mini Bacon Jalapeno Egg Salad Sandwiches

Spicy Avocado Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches

Downton Abbey Egg Tea Sandwiches

Classic Egg and Cress Sandwich

Perfect Easy Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado and Quail Egg Tea Sandwich

 

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FOUR OF THE BEST TEAS TO HELP YOU SLEEP…

According to an article on Step to Health, six of the best teas to drink to help you sleep well are –

1.   Chamomile and Tila – Tila is known for being a natural sedative which is highly recommended for relaxation and for relieving tension.I think we all know about how relaxing and calming Chamomile is.

2.  Lemon Balm – has an acidic aroma. Using its flowers and leaves to make teas helps one get a deep sleep.

3.  Mint Tea –  it contains anti-inflammatories and sedatives, and is a great way to get a better night’s sleep.

4.  Passion Flower and Valerian – Passion flowers contain natural anxiolytics and acts as a natural tranquilizer and Valerian is one of the best known natural sedatives. Although its taste is not very pleasant, it induces sleep and reduces nervousness.

 

8 GREAT TIPS ON BAKING PASTRY…

For the flakiest upper pie crust, brush the top lightly with cold water before baking.

To avoid your pie crust from becoming too soggy, sprinkle it with equal parts of sugar and flour before adding filling.

If you haven’t got a pastry cutter for your pies then improvise with an aerosol lid instead.

To stop pastry sticking to your rolling pin, put the pin in the freezer or fridge so that it’s cold before you use it.

Buy a Silicon Pastry Brush – non stick and heat resistant to 315C so you can baste with hot oils.

A common mistake when rolling out pastry is to change the direction of the pin rather than the pastry which then encourages the pastry to stick. To prevent this, give the pastry a quarter turn every few seconds while rolling with the pin in the same position and lightly dust the surface frequently with flour.

A back pain baking tip – to avoid hurting your back, don’t turn your body at an angle when rolling pastry. Turn the pastry around instead.

Always let pie pastry dry throughout before adding filling as it will prevent it from seeping while cooking.

SOME FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT TEA YOU MAY NOT KNOW…

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

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

During 648-749 a Japanese monk ‘Gyoki’ planted the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.

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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.

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.

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THE #MINIMALIST CLEANING METHOD…

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I just couldn’t resist downloading this book,The Minimalist Cleaning Method
I mean I am sure we are ALL house proud (defo me) but anything that would do it quicker is a must for me. This book is brilliant it has lists on minimalist cleaning supplies, how to protect your home from dirt and cleaning recipes for all the the following –

Spray cleaners
Bucket cleaners
Furniture polish
Powdered cleansers
Liquid soaps
Drain cleaners
Toilet bowl cleaners
Air fresheners
Laundry supplies
Dishwashing liquid
Personal care recipes
Insect control solutions

If you are tired of the old inefficient, expensive ways of cleaning then, The Minimalist Cleaning Method contains the answers you have been looking for.

After my daughter moved recently the shower screen was always difficult to keep clean (hard water problem etc) until I used one of the cleaning recipes on here and now it looks just like new.

#THE GREAT INTERIOR DESIGN CHALLENGE…

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I’m just loving this year’s ‘Great Interior Design Challenge’,  Tom Dyckhoff, architecture and design critic for The Times, presents this 12-part BBC Two series, which puts 24 of Britain’s keenest amateur interior designers to the test.

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Throughout the series, brave homeowners give over their bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, dining rooms, hallways, and studies to put them all to the test. Each episode will follow the wannabe designer’s trials and tribulations as they source materials, select products and try to find everything they need to make their room look great while staying in budget.

The series travels across the country, from Dorset to Liverpool, and through the ages, from Georgian terraces to Art Deco cul-de-sacs, to introduce a new street and house design in each episode so viewers can learn about their history and how they have affected the architecture of the homes there. The show is also be packed full of handy tips and guides for keen home decorators everywhere. I’ve already put a couple of tips into fruition.

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SOME TIPS ON THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS WHEN BAKING YOUR CAKE…

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1.When using two fillings (jam and cream), spread each one on a different half of the cake and then sandwich together.

2.If you haven’t got time to decorate your cake then wrap it with cling film and leave in the fridge overnight before you decorate it.

3.Incorporate dry ingredients together with a whisk before adding them to wet ingredients.

4.Always start and end with dry ingredients when alternating with wet ones.

5.Ingredients for cakes should always be at room temperature.

6.Put a tablespoon of tapioca into your apple pie, it will absorb excess water while baking.

7.Store flour in an airtight container as it keeps better that way.

8.To keep cartons of double cream fresher for longer, turn the carton upside down in the fridge.

9.If your custard goes lumpy then quickly pop the base of the pan into some cold water and keep whisking until it is smooth again.

10.For firmer whipped cream, beat with honey rather than sugar.

11.Use sunflower oil spray to grease as this saves messing with butter.