One of the great decisions in life part from deciding which tea to drink is what to have with it. Do you attack a packet of digestives and partake in a bit of dunking or go for the cream tea with a scone, jam and cream?
The scone must be one little piece of gorgeousness that whips up two of the most talked about debates around. I mean forget Brexit, for starters there is the pronunciation of the word scone, in some parts of the country we say scone (rhyming with 'own') or Scon' (rhyming with 'one'). I'm a scone kind of girl so I can say that I 'own that scone' and sound like a poet.
The other big dilemma is jam first or cream? So you've purchased this wonderful warm home baked scone (or scon) and you grab your knife and slice it in half, what are you going to do now? The Cornish way is to spread the jam on first and then the cream on top but those in Devon go for the cream first and then the jam on top.
I'm with the Cornish on this one and apparently so is the Queen when she settled this debate sometime ago. Surely if you spread the cream on first the jam doesn't spread on the cream as easy as the other way around, cream seems to be a natural topping to me. How to people do it with cream first? The jam is thicker so it will just get all mixed up with the cream, it's just not right. Calm down Sue from the Brew let's not get carried away but some people do take this very seriously.
Oh I'll probably cause a bit of a kafuffle now and I don't suppose it really matters as long as you enjoy it. There was actually a 'jamfirst' hashtag on Twitter which was trending big time last year, people do get quite heated on this subject.
Well cream teas have been served since the 11th century so we may still be discussing this subject for years to come. There is no right or wrong just pop your toppings on and get it down ya peeps with a good slosh of tea. Do you feel that tension though in a tearoom when you've done the cut? All eyes on you......whether you go Cornish or do it the Devon way. I wonder if the tension is more severe if you are actually eating your scone in Devon or Cornwall. I can almost visualise an eery silence, tumbleweed blowing down the road, a tut from people in Devon when you spread the jam on first.
I will leave that one with you.....maybe you would like to tell me which one you prefer but please no fighting it's only a scone or scon. Thank you so much for reading today, please join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.....
Oh we have a bit of a regular thing now with the garden centre cafe at Findern in Derby. Me plus Mum and Dad from the Brew pop off for our regular weekly shop and then fall, quite literally into the lovely cafe here in the centre of one of nicest garden centre's in Derby.
It has a lovely atmosphere and the staff are so friendly it's really difficult not to keep going back. We usually opt for the soup of the day but if it isn't gluten free then there are plenty of other options available and if you tell them you have a dietary requirement they will accommodate it without any bother.
There are a few good food offers on especially if you are 60 or over and they do a fabulous afternoon tea. Get in for their Valentines Day offer - 2 for £14 and there is bubbly on offer too, There is nothing like having a brew, munchin on a few cakes and staring into each other's eyes romantically......perfect!! Wonder if they do a buy one get one free for singles, I could take a mirror and look into my own eyes.
Yes we are quite happy here, it isn't too busy and plenty of room to get seated. There is a soft play area, obviously we are all a bit too grown up for that so I didn't get to test that out but it seems quite popular if you have young ones. I tried, they said I was too old......shame really I could have put Frank Lampard to shame with my bouncing (Derby FC fans will get that).
The garden centre itself has lots to offer with clothes and gifts too so you could spend a while looking round if you fancy it. I was a bit miffed at first as they replaced my favourite Klass clothing store with a Regatta one but blimey there are bargains to be had there. I picked up a jacket for £24 marked down from £60 so if you like your sales and picking up a good bargain then get yourself down there.
Overall a top place and a top brew to enjoy. Food and cakes galore on offer so what is there not to enjoy? If you would like more information you can go to their website:
Let me know if you have been, have you enjoyed it? If you do go I might see you there after doing my big shop.....phew. Thank you for reading today, please come back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.....
It's that song isn't it? 'I can see clearly now the rain has gone, I can see all obstacles in my way'. Oh yes all obstacles - I've had new glasses and get this I'm breaking in varifocals too. Now I'm a varifocal virgin and so far it's going ok. I've had a few of the moments when I've probably shifted my head a bit quick and the shelf at Aldi looked as though it was going to fall down. I got a slightly weird look from a member of staff as I went to save the crumpets from falling to their death but you'll be glad to know the crumpets are safe and I am getting used to these babies. Woah it was like being on some sort of hallucinating drug for a moment (not that I know what that feels like, I'm just imagining).
The fact is I can Make a Brew in them which is all that is important and I have also noticed that my brew is a better colour lending to a better flavour. Oh it's been a revelation. My kitchen work top did go all floaty part way through brewing process but there again, probably moved too quick, my eyes just got excited at the sight of a delish hot cuppa. I feel like Specsavers may ring up soon and check how I'm progressing to which I will reply "I can see my brew so all is well'.
It's only been a few days but I have got quite used to them, in fact I popped my old ones on and thought 'oh noooooo the dark side, I'm not going back there.' I've driven and shopped and I've just got to road test them at Rock Choir tomorrow then I think I may progress to advanced varifocal wearer. You see at choir I had to keep taking my glasses of to read my lyrics then put them back on to look up at what was going on, not good, so it should be better now. Not sure they'll improve my singing but hey I can't have everything.
I've studied in them so the computer is clear now, I may learn something now as I can actually see what I'm reading and even writing this blog is a better experience, what's that? I'm still writing the same rubbish? Aww you don't mean that.....well get me now, it helps if you can read proper eh?
Everything looks a lot clearer and I don't have to keep throwing my glasses off in frustration, I can see up close and hellllooooo I can see you over there, marvellous! A great experience so far. I did notice the difference a bit when going out for my walk, it was the shift between looking where I'm going and looking if I'm stepping in dog poo, at least I can see the dog poo though now so that's a bonus, just have to make sure Im not having a wobbly moment and slip over in it. Knowing my luck someone would come up to me and say ' you should have gone to Specsavers'.
Well thank you for allowing me to tell you all about my new experience, I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday where I will be going way down to the other end of the body, to the toes......tune in tomorrow.
Take care for now.
I ordered some more tea online, I know, as if I need more but I had run out of Rooibos and I love this tea so much. I have always liked it but after gathering quite a bit of information about it at a recent tea tasting session I decided that this might me the tea for me on a regular basis.
I have had tea from the York Emporium before as I enjoy their Decaf Irish Breakfast Tea which I did write about back in January last year here is the post if you missed it top-of-the-morning-with-this-brew.html so I was chuffed to know they sold the Rooibos too.
Rooibos which means Red Bush is available in teabag style at most major supermarkets but I just love the loose leaf, I feel you get a better taste from it. This tea has many health benefits as it includes antioxidants which can protect against cancer, heart disease and stroke. The benefits are endless really, Rooibos is known as a bronchodilator (phew that's a big word) which not only relieves respiratory conditions but is known to reduce blood pressure. It is also a decaffeinated tea so it can alleviate stress and anxiety and aid in a good nights sleep.
Now I am not sleeping to well at all at the moment, in fact I'm writing this post at silly o' clock in the morning and I'm thinking I should really start having a cuppa of this before bedtime. I'm going to try and do that so I will keep you posted as to whether it helps. I am also back on the dreaded diet again and I find Rooibos tea a little sweeter so I don't have to add a lot of sugar to it. Also because of the antioxidants again, it is believed to balance the old blood sugar so a positive if you are dieting.
It's blooming super tea isn't it? I feel my teapot may need a little cape around it as it does everything. I love the taste though, it's a nice woody, roasty sort of flavour which is completely different to any other teas. Try it if you haven't already, you can drink it with or without milk and it certainly counts as a good health drink.
Oh I am so happy if my brew is doing some good and because it's decaf I can drink it all day, just have to be careful with my old bladder. Too much information Sue from the Brew, well it's now become an occupational hazard with drinking all this tea. I'm just going to think it's all the toxic stuff leaving my body.....be gone with you toxic stuff!!
Thank you so much for reading today, if you fancy a bit more then do join me again tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now......
My Christmas and New Year definitely had a tea theme to it all. I suppose if you like tea as much as I do and create a blog about it then people click onto to presents based around a brew. That's brilliant by the way and I really couldn't ask for any more, just tea tea tea and more tea.
I had a lovely surprise package from Adagio Teas which was a winter, or should I say Christmas selection of their teas. I have written a few posts about their tea and some of their products. If you click on Adagio teas in the categories section to the right of this page then you can read all about them.
The flavours in this box were candy cane, chestnut, gingerbread, pumpkin spice, cranberry, and candy apple. All really nice and refreshing flavours which do warm your cockles ( a phrase for just warming you up). The only one I didn't get on with if I'm honest is the chestnut tea, for me it made me wonder whether in fact I should have been drinking a gravy. Not sure if I just had it in my head that I associated chestnuts more with gravy or stuffing but for me I didn't warm to that one. I cannot grumble at all though as this was a fabulous surprise and I did appreciate it very much. Thank you to them.
My niece gave me a lovely picture of a 'teacup for auntie' which is standing proud in my lounge and it makes me smile as I think of the nice 'get togethers' we have drinking tea when she takes a break from University. Her mum also jumped on the tea wagon and bought me the pants with 'positivi-tea' on and so I am now a girl with great pants who will now spell positivity very differently from now on. It's like girl power with a brew - high five sisters!! Some wear sexy undies and feel empowered well me I'm ok in my teacup positivi-tea pants. I am going places - probably to the nearest tea shop but I will feel great on the way.
I treated myself to the watering can teapot as I actually bought one for someone else and then thought that I may like one too. So Mum from the Brew insisted on taking it off me and wrapping it as a present from my boys. No I was not allowed to have it until Christmas Day, oh the pain. In fact I wrote a poem about it for my Verse for Thursday feature which you can read here if you missed it the-forbidden-teapot.html
It was quickly unwrapped on the big day and that's how I celebrated the first brew of Christmas. Oh I feel a song coming on .......'on the first brew of Christmas , my true love sent to me'.......no maybe not. Great pressie thank you Boys from the Brew (cough cough).
Overall a lovely time was had over Christmas and New Year too. Didn't go mad but then didn't really have to, it was just nice to spend time with family. We did go out and have a brew and cake after a necessary run to the supermarket for emergency supplies in between Christmas and New Year, well I didn't want to starve or run out of cheese. My crackers would have been bare and that is just not good. They are pretty bare now I can tell you, in fact I can't even have the crackers now otherwise the syn police at Slimming World will catch me. yes it's back on the diet after gaining quite a few pounds.....yikes!!!
It's good though to have a bit of a blow out or splurge and eat what you like from time to time. For me though I know it can't last and do love the feeling of losing those pounds again. I have also enjoyed getting out walking again, it's free and it keeps me fit so that's what I am going to do.
I hope you are all getting on ok getting back to your usual routines. Don't forget to relax and have a brew, it's the best thing you can do!! Me I'm off again now but I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday.
Take care for now.
How are your heads this morning? I hope you had a great time bringing in the new year but I am going to talk about tea and cake so if your stomach is doing the old hangover shuffle you may want to put off reading this until a bit later, when the Alka Seltzer has done it magic.
A couple of weeks ago now I went to a lovely afternoon tea, no ordinary afternoon tea, this one was one was held to raise money for the lovely local charity Me and Dee. In case you don’t know Me and Dee are based in Derby and provide holidays for those people who face life threatening and life shortening conditions and also for military members with serious psychological and physical injuries. There are two holiday homes in the seaside town of Mablethorpe where these holidays can be taken with the added use of a modern beach hut which includes electricity and running water. So it really is a great opportunity for people to be allowed to make some precious memories together.
We gathered at a beautiful little tea shop called Scoff and Shop in the Derbyshire village of Ticknall and enjoyed a great selection of sandwiches, tea and cake. There were options for dietary needs and I enjoyed a very generous portion of gluten free goodies. There was a chance to buy raffle tickets and win some lovely prizes so overall we had a fabulous afternoon here.
Scoff and Shop is a quaint village tea shop with gifts to buy and all those essentials for the home too. They have a great lunchtime menu including a Sunday roast. They open from 7am for breakfast (8am at weekends) until 5.30pm (4pm on Sunday) so there is plenty of opportunity to get down there and devour lots of food and refreshments including mighty fine cakes. I’ll definitely be returning soon. The staff are so lovely and friendly and this is a great place to go to if you are visiting nearby Calke Abbey. Check them out on their Facebook page here www.facebook.com/Scoff-Shop
Me and Dee plan to hold more of these afternoon teas so keep an eye out for more information. they have a Facebook page here www.facebook.com/MeandDeeCharity/ and also a website if you would like to know more about the charity here www.meanddee.co.uk
So a Happy New Year to you all and I will return tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now recover well and take care.
We have some funny times as a family and I think Christmas Eve was one of the funniest for a while. I bet no one else was plugging a new Virgin Media TiVo box and a new hub in yesterday were they? I've heard of Santa bringing some weird stuff but this bordered on the ridiculous.
I can't even remember what sparked the conversation off that Mum and Dad from the Brew had tucked away a brand new TiVo box and a new broadband hub. We worked out that these pieces had been hanging around for nine months so it was time they were finally born. Mum and dad had been waiting to watch all their recordings before making the change and then probably didn't think there was any need and so it all got forgotten.
Well as soon as it was mentioned in front of Brother from the Brew that was it, it was all 'go go go' for a Virgin Media upgrade on the folks system. I've not seen anyone move at NASA this quick, in fact I don't think I have ever moved this quick on Christmas Eve. I bet the lady at Virgin Media was a bit stumped and thinking what the heck are you wanting to activate all this at this time on Christmas Eve?
Dad from the Brew kept the brews coming and it felt we had drank an ocean of tea. The living room table was beginning to look like the photo above. One of mine went slightly cold as I had broadband duty so I had the upstairs shift and left my brew on table downstairs, it's ok I'll add the inconvenience onto the installation bill later on. More tea kept coming and eventually we did get it all installed and even got a remote control triple attempted, though paired at last to the tv and everyone was happy.
I pinched mums old remote for my old fashioned TiVo Box (I'm not even gonna mention an upgrade on mine) and now I have words I didn't even know existed on my remote. In fact my pause button fell off a long time ago so my telly has been stuck, paused in the past......I'm still ready for the results of last years Strictly. I can catch up now.....no spoilers now.
Overall it was such an entertaining evening. Christmas Eve went from a nice chilled event, just getting slightly podged on chocolate to operation tv/broadband upgrade. I didn't even receive that message Tom Cruise gets on Mission Impossible asking if I choose to accept the mission......I may have said, 'well we could do it the day after Boxing Day, it's been nine months, whats another couple of days', but no bish bosh it was done.
I'll tell you what, it will be one to remember, we will be saying for years now, 'oh remember when we installed all that equipment on Christmas Eve'? Thank you so much for popping along and sharing this lovely memory. I hope you have all had a fabulous Christmas Day. I will be back tomorrow, if I'm not installing anyone else's tv or broadband services, with What to Buy Wednesday but for now you all take care.
We go from last weeks broken teapot to a plethora of teapots that need drinking from. Well it's a dirty job but someone has got to do it so it may as well be me. After writing this post a-place-with-all-the-elements.html about Elements Tea and Coffee House I was invited to go on a tea tasting evening which Elements were hosting.
I had never been to a proper tea tasting session before and to be honest I didn't know what to expect. I thought I may have to seem professional and swill tea round, make slurpy noises and nod in all the right places but no it was so relaxed and very informative. I learnt so much about tea, yes more than I ever thought I knew. This session contained a bit of geography and history, it was like school but better because we drank tea.
We were hosted by a lovely chap from Elements who really knew his stuff about tea and we were able to sample a large range of teas from white tea, green tea, black tea to the lovely tasty Rooibos which I think had to be my favourite. It was quite cleverly organised so that we started with the white teas which are not so strong and as we worked down the teapots, the tea got a little stronger. As I've mentioned we learnt where all these teas originated from, how they became to be popular and we also learnt the important bit......how to brew them or steep them.
All of the teas were presented in a shot glass which I thought was quite amusing at first but it made sense, we were tasting not on a marathon mug drinking sesh. Although I am now thinking that may be a great idea, to be sponsored to drink tea for charity? Only me then......ok.
We were given some bread as well to cleanse the pallet enabling us to get a real taste for all the different flavours. I was able to get some gluten free bread so very impressed there. We used the chart pictured above to describe the flavours we were tasting. It is very interesting how everyone's taste buds are slightly different and how some people interpret the taste of different teas. That's how we all discovered that we were drawn to different types of tea.......tea is very like people or should I say people are like tea. Life is one great big teapot.
Overall I can really recommend this event if you are thinking of going. They do have another one scheduled for Sunday 27th January 3pm - 4.30pm. For £15 per person. You can enjoy a light buffet and taste a diverse range of teas including white, green, oolong, and black tea. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/elements-tea-tasting-workshop-tickets-53767759817?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete
.....or you can get them from Elements too. So what are you waiting for? Get yourself booked in. The staff are so friendly and really spend time enabling you to get the most out of this experience. If you love tea this is a must and even if you don't please still think about going as you may learn something you didn't know or you may fall in love with a tea you hadn't even thought of loving. I'm making it sound like dating now eh? Go and meet your brew match........oh and let me know which tea was your favourite and which one you decided to take home.
Thank you to the staff at Elements for providing a great evening for us. I hope all their events are successful as I'm sure they will be. Thank you so much for reading today. I will return tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now.........
What's this I hear you cry? I can hear Tragedy by the Bee Gees being played (I remember it the first time around, sorry Steps). It's a terrible sight, a broken teapot. Not sure about the teapot but I'm broken too, this was my Mother's Day pressie from a couple of years ago.
I used this pot a lot, it would just hold two mugs of brew and I just loved looking at the message 'I love you Mum' on the side......it reminded me that my Boys from the Brew really cared about me. Am I making you cry yet? Is this just the saddest blog post yet in tea world? The thing is it's not too bad as it didn't have a brew in it when. it broke, now that would have been tragic.
It fell through my hands when unloading the dishwasher and boom, it didn't bounce but have you noticed that it has kind of broken in a heart shape. In teapot death it was still trying to tell me it loved me.
Oh enough of this woe now, the good news is I have found another one exactly the same on the inter web so I can replace it and brew another day. Wow that sounds like a spoof James Bond movie.........oh the original was Die Another Day wasn't it? I think Brew Another Day sounds a lot better.......what's ya name? Bond......Brooke Bond, I like by tea.....one sugar stirred not shaken.
So for every tragedy there is a solution somewhere. To be honest i's not that I'm short of teapots but this had real sentimental value and there was real love in that pot. I love the thought of spreading love through the power of tea.....tea love, nice.
Ok so I'm happy now knowing I can replace the broken pot, I just need to be careful with them from now on. Not sure I've seen a teapot that bounces, that would be good fun.....errrrrr maybe not.
I'm signing off another Teapot Tuesday but please do come back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday......take care for now and also, take care of your teapots.
I know what you're thinking, my brew's gone all mouldy. No I hadn't waited that long, the service was better than that. It's a Matcha Latte which is delicious even with a bit of vanilla syrup added... ooooh yummeeee.
Matcha is a Japanese green tea and when mixed with steamed milk and a bit of sweetness it makes the perfect latte. Matcha is meant to have so many health benefits, it's high in a catechin called epigallocatechin gallate EGCG which is believed to have cancer fighting effects on the body. It tastes lovely as well, something between a milkshake and custard, probably not a great description but go and try one.
In fact go to this lovely place called Elements and try all sorts of tea and coffee. There are other drinks available and lots of tasty food. They cater for the gluten freer's and vegan ones amongst us which is great and there are events you can join in on as well. There is a Tea Tasting evening coming up and they have opportunities for you to purchase vouchers for afternoon tea and even a vegan afternoon tea too.
If you need a space to hold a workshop or meeting there is a space available to hire so this place just has everything. Free Wifi, changing facilities for the little ones and a friendly atmosphere. I loved it here, it was busy on a Saturday which is good......always think it's a good sign if it's busy.
I first became aware of Elements when I attended the tea festival in Derby recently and they ran the teashop there. They haven't been open for long but from what I can see it's a successful little place so far. The staff are so friendly and I think I will be returning very soon.
If you would like some more information on Elements Tea and Coffee House they have a website here: www.elementsderby.co.uk or if you fancy a visit then they can be found at 6 Royal Buildings, Victoria Street, Derby. DE1 1ES. I tend to follow them on Instagram, they put up some lovely photos and a lot of info including links to their events.
So go and have a brew and let me know what you think. I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Thank you for reading today, I will be back tomorrow for What to Buy Wednesday but for now, take care.
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