I love tea. I also love a good cup of coffee. But tea has always had an extra special place in my heart.
Being half English & half Turkish, I have grown up with two cultures who are avid tea drinkers. The English like their tea in a mug, piping hot with milk. The Turks on the other hand enjoy black tea in a tall shapely glass with a slice of lemon, or just as it is.
So to celebrate today I would like to share with you my favourite tea of the moment. Of course I have many favourites, but this tea has an exceptional taste which I know you will all love.
The Tea –
English Tea Shop is steeped in tradition by using the finest quality tea leaves and age-old practises to bring us a superb tea from the heart of Sri Lanka. Working with the finest organic and Fairtrade farmers, English Tea Shop is able to create unique blends of quality tea.
Grown in the heart of Sri Lanka, English Tea Shop’s English Breakfast boasts a strong, full-bodied and robust flavour guaranteed to satisfy the palate of those who love a proper brew. For the ultimate tea break, pair with a citrus cake or lemon biscuit wih the tart flavours complimenting the brew perfectly.
English Tea Shop’s tantalising blend of Earl Grey encompasses the finest Ceylon black tea with aromas of fresh Bergamot boasting an aromatic and refined flavour.
It is just sooooo yummy! I like it with milk or black with a slice of lemon.
It just tastes exactly of tea. Deep flavours so yummy and not at all over powering, but just right.
English Tea Shop products can be purchased from Amazon, and whilst the offices are based in the UK, the tea is farmed in Sri Lanka. You can also find this yummy tea in Harrods, Selfridges and in some other stores around the UK.
I have lots of tools in my kitchen. Some I use daily, others weekly, some very rarely. Ive always belived in saving time by using the right tool for the task. Why slave over a task for hours on end when there is a tool that can do it for you in minutes?
I adore cooking as you all know, but baking is my hidden pleasure. I have always loved baking since I was little. Cakes, biscuits, desserts are such a pleasure to put together.
There has been on kitchen gadget which I have always used when baking. It is amazing and I think every household should have one.
The Tala Cook’s Dry Measure
So what does it do?
The Cook’s dry measure is an invaluable kitchen tool. Simply pour ingredients up to the desired level for speed and accuracy without using weighing scales.
The measure is calibrated in both metric and imperial, making it easy to follow favourite old cookery books, and recipes passed down from a mother or grandmother.
The measure is also calibrated for fluid measurements and can be used to measure liquids for immediate use, but is not watertight. The cooks measure has been made by hand, in England, in which the production method remains the same since the 1920s.
If you haven’t got one get one asap! You will wonder how you lived without it.
No more messy scales, simply put in the dry ingredients up to the point stated and voila perfectly measured ingredients!
I think mine must be 10years old!
You can buy them pretty much anywhere. See below for more details –
I am a self proclaimed seed-a-holic! I have always loved seeds – pumpkin, sunflower, chia. Way before the whole seed fashion came about, I would choose pumpkin seeds as my go to snack at anytime of the day.
My addiction continues to this day, I can honestly get through packets and packets of pumpkin seeds. My favourites are the ones with the shell on, and I love snacking on them.
The nutritional benefits of seeds and grains are endless. Filled with fibre and vitamins, they are essential for our bodies.
The only thing which I find so annoying with seed and grains is getting them from the packet to my bowl or in to the pot without spilling them everywhere. But one of my favourite brands ‘Andean Sol’ who is a specialist in healthy eating, has come up with the perfect solution.
The Products –
Andean Sol Chia Seeds range
Available in two variants – Organic Black Chia and Organic White Chia. Like our Organic Royal Quinoa range, they are also available in resealable spout pouches.
High in Omega-3
High in Fibre
High in Plant Protein
High in Iron
Andean Sol Royal Quinoa range
Available in two variants – Organic White Royal Quinoa and Organic Tricolour Royal Quinoa in handy resealable spout pouches.
High in fibre
Source of Plant Protein
High in Iron
I loved both these products immensely! Not only because of the super handy pouch that they come in, but that is a very added bonus, but because the quality of the seeds is 100%.
So easy to store, so easy to dispense. Thank you Andean Sol!
The benefits of Chia & Quinoa are endless.
I add Chia seeds to my porridge, granola, salads, pasta salads and I love adding a sprinkle to my smoothies! They are tasteless but add so much goodness. Watch my blog and Instagram accounts for lots of fun recipes coming soon using these cute seeds.
Quinoa is such a versatile grain. As a side dish with fish, meats. Perfectly filling and light as a replacement for oats in porridge. Royal Quinoa is a premium, larger variety of quinoa that cooks up fluffier and tastes nuttier.
Watch this space for some super yummy, healthy and easy recipes using these lovely seeds! xxx
In the meantime get hold of these cool punches via the Andean Sol website below or on Ocado!