Tag: vintage tea
We love tea. We love a quick brew with a decent tea bag when needs must but what we REALLY love is taking the time to make a beautiful, special cup of tea with fabulous quality loose leaf blends, lovely filtered water and of course drinking it in gorgeous vintage china! There are so many different types of tea on the market ranging from the black, white and green through to the fruit and wonderfully named oolong but you really do need to go to a specialist shop for some of the very best and flavoursome teas to give yourself a real treat every now and then. The Gilded Teapot in Dorchester is one of those very special shops and the bubbly, very knowledgeable Jo certainly knows a thing or three about tea (and coffee!). Pop into the shop for a hand wrapped bag of tea and Jo will tell you all about your chosen blend, where it comes from, what’s in it and how to brew it! Here we’ve highlighted just a very few of the exceptional teas she sells – something a little out of the ordinary, not your normal run of the mill tea!
We do hasten to add that the comments on the flavours are entirely based on our own taste buds – different people will have different likes and dislikes so we recommend getting a few varieties, some tasting notes and have yourself a lovely tea tasting evening with some good friends and some good food – heaven!
Well – it should be all about bunnies, tulips, simnel cake, spring lambs and all things green and new – but you just have to look out the window or at the news to see we still seem to be in the very depths of winter! So we thought we’d put aside the Easter things this week and bring out our winter woolly design biscuits again!
It’s really good fun to make home made cakes and biscuits – and it’s very “in” at the moment with every other programme on the TV seemingly to do with cooking, baking or bread making (we love it – especially that very gorgeous Paul Hollywood….. mmmm…………oops where were we?) – right yes - and icing them with fondant paste is a really easy and traditional pastime when it’s cold outside and the kids are running round looking for something to do (other than playing those high tech thingy whatsit blackberry/tablet/iphone/playstations) – get them out for a walk in the cold to wear them out then come in, make a big jug of hot chocolate and get baking!
The biscuits are really simple to make and the marshmallow icing is fabulous as you can make the fondant in small batches of lots of colours (or alternatively you can buy ready made fondant icing but it’s not as fun!)
To make and ice these biscuits…