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Bee and Stillness

Tea and Mindfulness … and Love Island

I was at an event recently where the speakers asked if anyone in the audience meditated at all.  There was a wide range of answers; from those who set time aside usually at the same hour religiously every day to others who dip in and out or those who they (think) don’t meditate at all.…

Stir To Relase

Elderflower Cordial

It’s that time of year when going for walks can be very useful.  Walks that include a bit of foraging of elderflowers for summer coolers, ice lollies and flavourings.  Best to make the cordial within 2 hours of picking the flowers. Ingredients 1kg sugar juice of two large lemons Zest of 2 large lemons 15-20…

Tea That's Been Browned Up

How Brown is your Every Day Cup of Black Tea?

I once heard a management consultant say he takes a brown colour chart from a DIY store with him to each new project.  When he is asked if he wants tea and how he takes it.  All he has to do is point to the shade of brown on the colour chart, showing how strong…

The Quince is There!

Chocolate, Almond Paste and Quince Tart

The quince preserve I made in late January is crying out to be let out to be enjoyed.  I had some left over chocolate pastry from the tea tasting event, and I wanted to make something to say thank you.  So, all I had to do was roll out the pastry for the tart base,…

Quince on a bed of Almond Paste

Chocolate, Almond and Quince Tart

The quince preserve I made in late January is crying out to be let out to be enjoyed.  I had some left over chocolate pastry from the tea tasting event, and I wanted to make something to say thank you.  So, all I had to do was roll out the pastry for the tart base,…

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Cherry, Chocolate and Ginger Mini Bundts with Brandy Buttercream

I heard a podcast by Laura Jackson and Alice Levine speak about their book – Jackson and Levine, all about supper clubs and so I got the book.  A fantastic book, I love that they type up their menu on a typewriter!! I love typewriters; it reminds me of my grandfather who would type all…

The Greenness of Young Tea Leaves

Your Tea Drinking Habits – Ingrained or Open to Change?

Hello! I want to understand how and why you drink tea, do you drink black tea only(with milk and sugar) and at a particular time of day? Or do you drink tea though-out the day?  Do you drink tea blends or tisanes(herbal tea) for example green tea and jasmine or green tea and lemon? How…

Roll up! For Pancakes!!

Pancakes with Coconut and Jaggery

Topping or fillings for pancakes using freshly grated coconut is usually a weekend treat.  The coconut is sweetened with sugar or jaggery or sweet and juicy enough as they are.  Pancakes are served in this fashion In South East Asia. I had the most delicious pancakes in Malaysia some years ago.  They were flavoured and…

Cashew nuts, chopped

Love Cake

Love Cake I am obsessed with this cake, its rich, multi textured and made for special occasions.  Every time I go to Sri Lanka, I buy this cake in bulk and then freeze it when I bring it back to London.  There are so many variations on how to make this cake that it’s taken…

Tea and Tea Bread!  Never too much Tea

Honey Cinnamon and Black Tea Bread

The honey is from Kazakhstan, given to my sister from a friend who had gone there on a hiking holiday.  The honey is thick, lush and has a slight nutty taste and ideal for this recipe.   The honey stands up very well to the strong black Ceylon tea. Ingredients 115g white spelt white flour 115g…