Your perfect Christmas day
lunch does not have to be a chore as long as you plan ahead and do some research into what your guests ordinarily prefer. A good host will always take the trouble of making a list of items and then researching online to what is available - we recommend you do this before hitting any of the specialist supermarkets or food stores - especially during the mad Christmas rush...
Demand for premium quality chocolates is now at an all-time high! However, unfortunately, not all types of chocolates are good for your health. Did you know that the darker, the bitter variety of chocolates is more beneficial for people than light coloured or white chocolates? Dark chocolates have been described as super foods by many scientists - great as stress busters and also induce romantic feelings. That's great news!
We all have those friends that like to think of themselves as a bit of a foodie. Someone who enjoys sampling a variety of foods and feels that there is nothing better than heading to a first-class restaurant for dinner. So, with this in mind, it makes perfect sense to try and find a food themed Christmas food gift for them? But where do you start?
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is now more popular than ever due to its various health benefits, detoxing weight-loss properties and low caffeine. Amazingly Chinese green tea is believed to have originated in ancient China more than 4,000 years ago, which makes it the oldest beverage (after water) in the history of human civilisation. Much has changed since then but one thing is certain green tea is here to stay...
If you love tea, we are pretty confident you have your favourite mug. But did you know as old as tea itself, teapots have an equally rich history? With green tea originating in China over 5,000 years ago and brought to England, Japan and even India - this is where our story begins but takes us all the way back to our kitchen in London sipping an English breakfast tea from a beautiful English bone China teapot set for one...
It is especially exciting to see a friend bring a hamper
containing a selection of fine food and drink items for your family at Christmas
. This tradition of giving food baskets dates back to centuries-old English tradition. Prized by those who receive them and convey feelings of joy and happiness, especially on these special occasions - they have a fascinating history...
Second only to water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world
. While green tea deserves most of the attention for its health benefits and widespread popularity in large parts of Asia; Earl Grey tea is gradually becoming fashionable again. Like English Breakfast tea
, there is no official recorded account of how this blend of black tea with bergamot oil originated, but there are a few likely stories...
We take inspiration from history, food and cultural evolution, reflecting our obsession for exquisitely flavoured jams and preserves. Did you know that jam making as we know it today dates back centuries and as far back as the Paleolithic period (a long time ago!). We need to thank Napoleon Bonaparte for starting the 'jam revolution'; who would have thought a slice of toast and jam could hold so much history...
The tradition of drinking hot chocolate
dates all the way back to the time of the Mayan's when cocoa beans were so precious they were traded as currency in exchange for commodities. Explore the rich history of chocolate
from the Aztecs and their encounters with early Spanish explorers, to the chocolate houses of Europe and the new artisan chocolatiers we've come to love today.
In April this year, the Financial Times ran an article about vanilla prices reaching an all time high
. Why would something so vanilla, as vanilla, make it into the mainstream press? Because the price of vanilla has grown exponentially in recent years, thanks to our love of this little plant. In April of this year, vanilla was trading at $600 per kilo, up from $100 per kilo in 2015. Important for us as is what we use in our Earl Grey tea
Violent protests in India wouldn’t normally pique our interest, but when those political protests start affecting our afternoon tea habit, it’s enough to make us, a nation of tea lovers, sit up and take note. But it isn’t all tea production in India that is affected, just Darjeeling teas, only grown and produced in the state of Darjeeling. Read More
It's summer holidays! An excellent way to keep your children entertained when you are looking for something new and different to do is by hosting their very own kiddies tea party. Be it 'Disney princess' themed, Superhero or even Ninja Turtles they will love it! And unlike traditional afternoon teas, that can be very formal at times; this is your chance to have as much fun as possible...
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