LOVE IS IN THE AIR WITH WHITTARD’S CHOICE OF VALENTINE GIFTS..

With Valentine’s Day around the corner it’s nice to think of something different to give to the one you love. Well, how about some unique Valentine gifts from Whittard’s –

Limited Edition Chocolate Cherry Brownie Flavour Hot Chocolate – Imagine warm, melt-in-the-middle brownies fresh out of the oven, magicked into a heavenly hot chocolate. This is it. With flavours of ultra-chocolatey brownie and fruity cherry layered on a classic Luxury base, our deliciously decadent Chocolate Cherry Brownie is love at first sip. Tuck in…@£9

The Recipe for Romance Gift Box – A special edition Valentine’s medium roast coffee, Let Love Brew, our Dark Chocolate Loose Tea, and our latest limited edition hot chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Brownie, at £29.00

Limited Edition Let Love Brew Ground Coffee Caddy – Presented in a special edition Valentine’s tin, Let Love Brew is a marriage of milk chocolate and fruity cherry notes, medium roasted for depth of flavour. A roast with romance, this irresistible Brazilian cup is best shared with a fellow coffee lover, at £12

Be My Valentine Gift Box – Love can be found in the simplest of places – like a soothing cup of tea. This set combines two favourites: our Dark Chocolate Loose Tea, a blend of black tea from India and Indonesia with a (very) generous helping of cocoa nibs, and our sleek Glass Pao Infuser Mug, ideal for keeping tea toasty, at £26.00

HEART BISCUITS FOR VALENTINES DAY…

Gorgeous Valentine inspired biscuits from Biscuiteers – hand-iced biscuits are the perfect way to show that special someone that you love them this Valentine’s Day. Some of their Valentine’s collection can even be personalised with a love note of your choice.

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This one is their personalised love letter collection at £35.00

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or this flower biscuit card for £9.00

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or this little box of love chocolates for £11.95

 

Failing that have a go at your own with the recipe below…

Ingredients
115g butter
55g caster sugar
150g plain flour
25g cornflour
A couple of drops of Vanilla extract
250g Royal Icing Sugar
Food colouring to decorate

Method
Preheat up to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4
Mix butter, caster sugar, and vanilla extract
Stir in the flour and cornflour
Wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes
Roll out to thickness of around a £1 coin
Cut different shapes of hearts
Bake for 10 minutes
Leave to cool on a wire rack
Decorate as you like

Heart Biscuits

VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED AFTERNOON TEAS…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was interested to see if venues were theming their afternoon teas around Valentines Day. Well, lot’s are and the best place to find them is on the Afternoon Tea’s site.

They start from £18.95 – £75.00 ( some are per couple and others are pp) and they have a choice of 70 on their site. 

One of my favourites on the list and also one of the most expensive ones are at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel London who is promoting a Valentine Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two and Dirty Dancing Screening.

They say “Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s to a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea followed by a screening of the timeless classic, Dirty Dancing. Have the time of your life with that special someone in this romantic experience available on 18th February.

The Afternoon Tea features a selection of handcrafted delicate cakes and sweets, mini rich butter fruit scones served with fruit preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea can be booked between 12:00 and 15:00 with the screening of the film starting at 4pm.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel London offers a first-class destination to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This hotel is set in a yacht that is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. 

This impressive 108-metre floating hotel possesses stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding Docklands.

Afternoon Tea is served in their sophisticated Lands End restaurant.”   More about Sunborn Yacht Hotel London.

Check out the long list of Valentine Afternoon Teas available on the Afternoon Tea website. 

 

 

 

 

I’VE ONLY GONE AND DONE IT…

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I’ve only gone and done what my other half has been telling me to do for a while, and opened an Etsy shop with my hand made cards.

I’ve been making hand made cards for years but have only sold them in a local Post Office and given them to friends and family. But because I love making them so much I have quite a lot of them and my husband has been saying for a while that I ought to open an online shop with my cards.

I knew I quite fancied the idea but felt that the competition was so great that maybe it wasn’t worth the effort. But I have finally made the leap and opened up Cards By Barmac on Etsy.

So here are a few made earlier. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated, just as long as it’s good. No, only joking the more reviews I get the harder I will try.

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Obviously there are lots more but I shall keep popping some on here for you to look through. Thanks for taking the time to read this post.

VALENTINE THEMED AFTERNOON TEA…

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With lots of Hotels and Restaurants offering romantic dinner for two for Valentine’s Night, it is nice to see that there are other ways to enjoy Valentines Day with a themed “Valentine Afternoon Tea”.

The Ampersand Hotel in London offers a ‘Science of Love’, afternoon tea, an enchanting journey of romantic exploration with the Science of Love Afternoon Tea. A menu of romantically-themed treats including warm plain and white chocolate heart-shaped scones, served with Devonshire clotted cream and homemade strawberry preserve. Those with a passion for pasty should look no further than the Science of Love’s sweet selection. Lychee, raspberry and rose marshmallow is complemented by pink guava and apple Opera cake followed by flower-shaped peach and strawberry mousse, Valentine’s shortbread and a special ‘Love Elixir’ mocktail.

Finally, they invite you to discover miniature Cupid chocolates hidden within a fossil box of white chocolate ‘soil’, a honey toffee squeeze tube and freeze dried raspberry and chocolate biscuit crunch ball.

What more could you ask…

The Science of Love Afternoon Tea will be available from 6 – 15 February 2017, for £32.50 per person, or £45.50 with a glass of Ruinart Rosé Champagne.

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They are not the only place doing ‘Valentine Afternoon Teas’, I just thought this one looked rather special but if you head over to ‘Afternoon Tea UK‘, you will find an array of Valentine Afternoon Teas on offer throughout the UK, in fact 87 of them.

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From Valentines Day Afternoon Tea at ‘The Occasions Tea Room‘, in Leicester from £13.50 per person to a ‘Valentine Afternoon Tea and Tea Dance’ at The Waldorf in London from £89.00 per person.

Whichever you choose I am sure you will find one to suit you.

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