Each summer, the best of the best in tennis come together for an all-out tournament in Wimbledon, UK. As you know, the Championships at Wimbledon are the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis championship in the world. The start of Wimbledon according to some marks the official start of summer.

A well-known food at Wimbledon is strawberries and cream. When most Americans think of strawberries and cream, the cream is usually whipped. The English, however, take their strawberries with cream simply as-is. During each tournament, about 28kg (about 61lbs) strawberries are grown and consumed by spectators and sometimes the competitors! That’s about 2 million strawberries! Strawberries are in season and irresistible this time of year so try them with cream while you can!

You may or may not know this, but Robinson’s squash has been the official soft drink of Wimbledon since 1935. Their signature barley waters were created specially for Wimbledon in 1934 to help hydrate the players. Ever since then, people of all ages have enjoyed the fresh and fruity taste of Robinsons Squash. Try traditional orange and lemon barley water or go for plain squash. We’re not talking about the game of squash or the vegetable. Squash is another name for a juice that you dilute with water.

Here is some Wimbledon trivia. Test your guests if they are big fans of Wimbledon!

  • The type of strawberry used at Wimbledon is called the Elsanta strawberry. The Elsanta is considered one of the best strawberries for the summer.
  • The first Wimbledon championship was held in 1877 at the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club. They were first televised on the BBC in 1937. To this date, it is the oldest tennis championship games.
  • Wimbledon is the only tennis tournament that plays on all-natural grass.
  • People from celebrities to royalty attend the Wimbledon tournament. When royalty like Queen Elizabeth or Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend, they sit in a special section known as the Royal Box. Players used to bow or curtsy whenever they were in front of it but the tradition ended in 2003. They still do bow or curtsy whenever the Queen or Prince of Wales is in attendance.
  • The players must adhere to a strict dress code. They must wear all-white clothes and shoes along with their gear.

 

-CD

 

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To celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, why not make a traditional Canadian dessert called Nanaimo Bars (pronounced na-nai-mo). The name Nanaimo comes from the city of Nanaimo on the Vancouver Island of British Columbia. The name itself means “big strong tribe” in the local native language. Nanaimo Bars are very popular in Canada and have been since the 1950s when a woman named Mrs. E. MacDougall created it for a cookbook.

Prep time: 30 mins

Total time: 4 hours

Servings: About 32 if cut into 33g bars.

6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided

3/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter, softened and divided (12 tablespoons + 1 = 13 tablespoons butter)

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups graham cracker crumbs (you can buy these pre-crushed or take some graham crackers and crush them yourself by hand or in a food processor)

1 cup flaked coconut

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

3 tbsp milk

2 Tbsp. Bird’s Custard Powder (You can purchase the custard powder here)

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Microwave the 2 oz. of chocolate and 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) in a large microwaveable bowl on medium power for 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted. Add the egg and vanilla. Once blended, stir in graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Press the base mixture onto the bottom of a 9-inch square pan and bake for 8 min. Cool completely once removed from the oven.

When the base has cooled, mix the custard powder and milk together in a medium bowl with a whisk until blended. Add 1/4 cup of the remaining butter and mix well. Gradually beat in the sugar until well-blended, then spread onto crust. Refrigerate for about 15 min.

Microwave remaining chocolate and butter in a microwaveable bowl for 2 to 3 min. or at least until the butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread the chocolate butter mixture over the custard layer and cool completely. Cut using a sharp knife and enjoy!

Enjoy Nanaimo Bars with a cup of our Ontario Breakfast Tea, a black tea with a malty flavor and hints of Earl Grey. Nanaimo Bars are very easy to make and taste divine.

 

-CD

 

Note: This recipe has been provided courtesy of The Kraft Heinz Company. Re-written with permission.

We’ve all heard of tea with milk and maybe even cream, but have you ever heard of tea with cheese? Yes, you read that correctly! Cheese tea is the latest trend among tea connoisseurs. Many are taking to social media to post their refreshing tea topped with creamy cheese. It sounds a bit odd, but fans say it is not once you try it.

Where did cheese tea come from?

Cheese tea was originally created in Taiwan several years ago and was a hit in Asian countries. In recent years, the trend has reached America and it’s taking the country by storm.

What is cheese tea?

Cheese tea is made with any type of tea and a cheese mixture that varies. Some cheese tea blends are made with cheese and a mixture of cream cheese, condensed milk, and heavy cream, although there are more variations of cheese tea cheese. The cheese is whipped into a frothy texture and then poured straight on top of the cup of iced tea. Cheese tea is said to taste more dessert-like than savory. It is best to drink cheese tea like you would a beer (since they look like pints of foamy Guinness). The result is a foamy cheese moustache!

How do I try cheese tea?

For those of you brave enough to want to try cheese tea, some bubble tea shops carry the drink. It is sold in tea shops in many major cities but if one near you does not carry it yet, fear not. Like bubble tea, cheese tea is likely to reach a tea spot near you. If you want to be even more brave, you can try to make it yourself, although there are not many recipes for this just yet. Once I figure out a way to make the frothy cheese, there will be a recipe!

If you have ever tried a cheese tea, tell us in the comments! Your blogger is very curious as to how it tastes!

 

-CD

With National Iced Tea Month in full swing, you might be wondering what kind of iced tea to make. Do you want to try something different from your normal iced tea? Then why not try a new tea to ice! Here are the types of tea that you can make into a refreshing glass of heaven. There is something for everyone.

Fruit and Caffeine Free – There has always been black or green tea with fruit but have you ever had a plain fruit tea? Fruit teas are usually tisanes, or otherwise known as herbal tea since it does not have caffeine in it. Many fruit teas made are usually fruit pieces, peels, flowers, and sometimes tea. Some herbal teas like chamomile and rooibos are the tea itself. More traditional teas like black and green sometimes have caffeine taken out, but take note that they are not completely caffeine free. Fruit teas are perfect for kids!

Green Tea is growing in popularity, so it is no surprise that iced green tea is trending. Many coffee and tea cafes sell iced green tea, either unflavored, unsweetened, or flavored and sweetened. Popular flavors for iced green tea include mint, lemon, and strawberry. The result is a cool, refreshing taste that will make you forget it’s summer.

White Tea is a young tea leaf with silvery white hairs that is picked early so get your iced tea early in the summer! Basic white is a good way to start but if you want to be more adventurous, try your white iced tea with a floral note and mild taste, the Pai Mu Tan White Tea. For a tropical flavor, go for the Oasis Mango White Tea, which provides a delicate but sweet flavor that will take you to the beach. Plus, white tea has a small amount of caffeine so iced white tea could give you a little pick-me-up.

Black Tea – The classic! Iced tea is normally made with black tea, especially in the case of Southern Sweet Tea. In general, iced black tea is the most popular type of iced tea in the US with raspberry, peach, and lemon being the most popular flavors. The best part about black tea is that there is so much variety of black tea. Darjeeling, Ceylon, Chai, if there is a black tea you prefer, you can ice it! Homemade iced tea allows you to customize it however you please. Add milk and sugar, unsweetened, or add some of your favorite fruit.

-CD

garden-parties

If you have been a customer of ours for a while, you may have noticed a tea called the Buckingham Palace Garden Party. Did you know that it is inspired after an actual garden party? It’s true! The Buckingham Palace Garden Party is a tea party held annually so that members of the public can be invited and have a chance to see the gorgeous gardens of Buckingham Palace. The Queen actually hosts three garden parties during the summer at Buckingham Palace and one at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.

Garden parties were originally presentation parties in which debutantes attended but over the years, it has evolved as a way of recognizing those in public service. This is not an ordinary event in which you pay to attend. There is not even a way to apply for attendance directly through the Buckingham Palace. Guests are usually nominated by certain people who are connected to the Queen or the Royal Family such as Lord-Lieutenants, Government, Churches, or Services. Garden Parties are a way for the Queen to speak to a range of people who come from all walks of life and making a positive impact on the community. It is a way for members of the general public to be rewarded for being good samaritans.

On the day of the garden party, the gates open at 3pm and the party officially begins when the Queen and her family arrive an hour later at 4pm. You will know she is there when you hear God Save the Queen being played by a military band. During the party, guests often consume delicious cakes, delectable sandwiches, and refreshing cups of tea while strolling and marveling at the beautiful gardens of Buckingham Palace. The Queen and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh make rounds and talk to groups of people, so that they are able to mingle with everyone.

If you are lucky enough to receive an invitation to a Buckingham Palace garden party, one must dress for the occasion. Ladies wear dresses with a hat or a fascinator while men wear lounge suits or other casual morning wear. For those in military and other important guests wear official clothing such as uniforms. The fashion the Royal Family has worn to past garden parties have always been the talk of the town, the Queen, especially! At the 2017 Garden Party, Her Majesty wore a vibrant yellow ensemble

A Bit of History: Garden parties were being held as early as 1897!

Numbers: In just one garden party, around 27,000 cups of tea, 20,000 sandwiches, and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed*! Can you imagine how much work must go into making so much food?

-CD

*Source: https://royal.uk/garden-parties

In the month celebrating iced tea, it’s time to accessorize and there’s no better place to look than our new arrivals for some of our newest teawares suitable for your iced tea needs this summer. Take our newest teawares on the go, in your backyard, or to the beach while staying in style!

 

 

The Lucent Glass Iced Tea Jug w/ Capsule Infuser is a beautiful glass jug that is lead free and heat resistant. The stainless steel infuser allows you to brew straight into the jug and then serve it right away. This jug is also easy to clean with detachable parts, so you can use this over and over again this summer.

 

The Charlie Glass Iced Tea Carafe is a 1.5 liter carafe with a filter in the lid. You will easily be able to make sun tea or just regular iced tea when you can add tea to the filter and steep straight on!

The Blair White Leaf Pattern Glass Travel Infuser Mug will liberate you from brewing your tea strictly at home! If you want to make your iced tea and have it on the go, now you can thanks to the detachable strainer and double walled glass. This mug has a lovely white leaf design but you can also choose from colorful posies or delicate white flowers.

 

-CD

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June is National Iced Tea Month in the US, marking the beginning of iced tea season. Around 85 percent of Americans take their tea iced, so it’s no surprise that it was given its own month and official day (June 10). To honor this day, here are a few things you can do to honor the icy cold drink.

 

Make ice from tea! If you love your tea iced but hate the watery taste coming from the ice, then make tea ice from your iced tea! Brew your tea as you normally would, flavor it to your liking and let it cool it down.  Once your tea is cool, pour some into an ice cube tray. Let it sit in the freezer until completely frozen. Add to your iced tea once it’s ready!

 

 

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Add your favorite juice to your iced tea! The late Arnold Palmer was not only known for golf but also his drink, the Arnold Palmer. An Arnold Palmer is a mix of half lemonade and half iced tea. You could also add other juices, like orange or watermelon, to make your iced tea even more refreshing!

 

 

 

Make sun tea! Sun tea is tea that is brewed and sitting in the sun. To make sun tea, get any size clear container with a lid and some tea bags of your choice. Fill the container with water and add the teabags. Let the container sit in the sun for about 2-4 hours. Once your sun tea is brewed, pour some in a glass and add ice!

 

Try a new iced tea like Thai iced tea, Taiwanese bubble tea, or iced Indian Chai. It’s funIndian Spiced Chai Tea  - Loose Leaf to be adventurous so when an opportunity comes to try a new iced tea, take it! Thai iced tea is Ceylon tea, milk, and sugar while bubble tea is made with Oolong tea (or any other tea to your liking) and has cooked and sweetened black tapioca pearls to add the bubble effect. Finally, Indian Chai tea is a mixture of black tea and Indian spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves. Iced chai tea is so delicious and refreshing that you’ll wonder how you lived without it.

 

-CD

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So we talk a lot of the “do’s” of English tea but what about the “don’t’s”. Today we are bringing to you three things you should not do while enjoying English Tea. As always, this is for fun and you are perfectly allowed to drink your tea however you would like! We promise the tea police will not come after you. Or will they?

 

  1. DO NOT Stir Vigorously

This is almost common knowledge to a lot of people. Tea is a liquid and there is no need to be scraping your cup or sending flying tea off your spoon at your neighbor! Simply try not to make any sound while stirring, staying away from the bottom and sides of the cup. This is also helps to keep your cups looking perfectly new.

 

2. DO NOT Leave Your Spoon in the Cup

This is seen as lazy by those who are serious tea drinkers. Always remove your teaspoon and set it beside the cup. This is also helps so that you don’t hit yourself in the face with it!

 

3. DO NOT Place Lemon Wedges in your Tea

You know how we go out to dinner and get lemon in our water and simply let it float. This is not correct for proper English Tea. You may squeeze the lemon into your tea but do not keep the entire wedge in your tea.

 

Pinkies Up!!

 

-Alexis

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Seven years after the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Royal

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Wedding fever has once again spread! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are due to wed on May 19, 2018. The wedding will be televised by many networks, with coverage beginning as early as 4:00 AM Eastern time with the actual wedding beginning at 7:00 AM Eastern. Whether you are watching the wedding live or having a party in general, it’s a reason to celebrate!

A very important element is the flags. Prince Harry is a British prince marrying an American so that means Union Jacks and Stars and Stripes everywhere! Adorn the room with a large Union Jack or wave smaller ones. Head over to our sister site, United States Flag Store for American flags. Either way, it’s red, white, and blue!

Put the kettle on for anyone who drinks tea. Twinings is the tea of choice for Queen Elizabeth. In fact, she has her seal of approval on it, or Royal Warrant. Set out a box along with some biscuits. In fact, Prince William’s own wedding cake was a chocolate biscuit cake, which is chocolate and crushed digestives.

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You can make your own by using the Betty Crocker recipe below.

• Cake
o 1 pkg (8.8 oz) McVitie’s® chocolate digestives tea biscuits, rich tea biscuits, or sugar cookies.
o 1 ⅓ cups dark chocolate chips (8 oz)
o ⅔ cup whipping cream
o 2 tablespoons butter
• Frosting
o ⅔ cup dark chocolate chips (4 oz)
o ⅓ cup whipping cream
o 1 tablespoon butter
Directions
• 1. Line a 6- or 8-inch round cake pan with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Break each of the biscuits into 1-inch pieces; set aside.
• 2. In medium bowl, place 1 1/3 cup chocolate chips; set aside. In 1-quart saucepan, heat 2/3 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and stir smooth.
• 3. Add biscuit pieces to chocolate mixture, gently fold until all pieces are coated. Spoon into the prepared cake pan. Gently press mixture into pan. Refrigerate cake for 3 hours or until firm.
• 4. Remove cake from cake pan and turn upside down onto a serving plate. Remove foil. In small bowl place remaining 2/3 cup chocolate chips. In 1-quart saucepan, heat remaining 1/3 cup whipping cream and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat, stirring until butter is melted and mixture comes to a boil. Pour cream mixture over chocolate and stir smooth. Pour the melted chocolate over the cake; frost top and sides using a butter knife or offset spatula. If desired, decorate with melted milk chocolate.
These are just a few ways to help get ready for the Royal Wedding. I know that I will be getting up early in the morning to watch it! Are you?
-CD

Thanks to Ahmad Tea of London we are bringing you a simple explanation of a few more types of tea time in England that we haven’t talked much about in our blog yet! These might fit some of our tea lovers lifestyles better than the ones we have already mentioned.

Cream Tea:

This type of tea often includes scones, clotted cream, marmalade or lemon curd and a cup of nice warm tea.

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Royale Tea:

This tea includes friends & family served with some alcohol (aka: champagne) at the beginning! You can also serve sherry at the end.

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Elevensies:

This one is simple & to the point and is my personal favorite. It is morning tea or coffee hour in England! So take a break from those emails and enjoy!

 

Celebration Tea:

Very similar to afternoon tea but with a cake to celebrate an occasion!

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There are many different types of tea depending on your schedule, who you are enjoying it with and why you are enjoying it. Most importantly, make sure to have fun with it! Bring out your fancy cups and best tea! (Don’t forget to take a picture for our Facebook page also!

 

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