Flowering Teas

I have a friend in Hawaii who sends me her regional delicacies once or twice a year. A few years ago, she blessed me with a flowering tea. What a novelty! I thought. I had recently begun my foray into tea and was armed with the arrogance that came with knowing herbal tea is actually tisane, …

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December Tea Roundup

With December coming to a close, the frantic holiday rush picks up and it’s hard to find a good time to wind down and relax with a good cup of tea. My seasonal picks for the month of December from the English Tea Store are sure to delight and soothe even some of the most …

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Boxing Day

Boxing Day is actually a holiday in the Commonwealth nations, including the UK and Canada. It is considered a bank holiday, so many buildings like the banks and post offices are closed that day. It is also said to give people an extra day to spend with family and friends who they were unable to …

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Christmas Foods Around the World – Part 3 of 3

One more British Christmas must-have is the Christmas pudding. Figgy or fruity, it’s usually on the mind of nearly everyone in Britain during the holiday season. Purchased in shops or homemade, a pudding is always a staple in a British home for Christmas. Christmas puddings date back to at least the Middle Ages but it …

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Marmalade for Paddington

Have you ever read the story of Paddington Bear as a child, or to your child? Whether in the US or the UK, Paddington by Michael Bond has been in classrooms and families over the years. Recently Paddington has been adapted from the book and into a film, released to the theatres in the UK …

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Meet our New Writers!

As you who follow us on our social media know, we are very pleased to announce that we have two wonderful additions to our blog staff. Judging by the metrics we see, you agree! We wanted to take some time to introduce you more fully to them and let you know what you can expect. You …

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Christmas Food Around the World – Part 2 of 3

As we get closer to Christmas, the demand for holiday foods grow, especially the sweet ones. While sugar cookies are baking and gingerbread houses are being constructed in the US, over in the UK people are whipping up or purchasing Christmas cakes. The German stollen cake (Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen in German), Italian panettone, the French …

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Recipe – Trifle

This is basically a recipe for a sherry trifle but you can adapt it to your own taste. The layers are simply soaked cake, fruit, custard, and whipped cream. So you will need; 8 Sponge Boudoir Fingers or 4 small buns (sponge or pound cake) 2 tablespoons of sherry Jelly of your choice, I used …

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Christmas Foods Around the World – part 1 of 3

Over the recent years, I have been learning new Christmas traditions and rituals in other parts of the world, particularly the UK. In one of my recent posts, I talked about Christmas crackers which was something new to me. Growing up in California, Christmas was a totally different thing. For one, we didn’t have snow …

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Recipe – Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are a typical English savoury snack and I can honestly say I have never seen them in any other Country.  They are easy to make as long as you have the ingredients.  I used a ready rolled sheet of flaky pastry but you can use shortcrust and a packet of skinless sausages.  The …

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