In An English Garden

Your typical Englishman thinks his home is his castle and woe betide anyone who crosses him!  An Englishman's garden, however is something else. Most men cut the lawn and leave the other stuff to the wife but occasionally you see the odd man weeding, mostly they like growing vegetables and flowers for showing. The English …

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Tea Infusers

As a tea lover, I can’t go a day without at least one cup of tea. I brew my tea either using teabags, self-made teabags with loose leaf tea, or loose leaf in a strainer. Lately in my efforts to go green, I have begun to use the strainer as much as I possibly can. …

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Recipe – Empire Biscuits

Last year The English Tea Store mentioned that I would be writing a blog of recipes and also trying those recipes out. Penny Shiel asked for a good recipe for Empire biscuits and I have now found one. The basic biscuits are shortbread and two biscuits are sandwiched together with jam and then icing put on …

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Afternoon Tea

According to British history writers, afternoon tea was introduced in 1840 by Anna the seventh Duchess of Bedford. She became very hungry around four o'clock in the afternoon but dinner was not served until 8 in the evening - to her, a big gap between lunch and dinner. She asked for tea to be delivered …

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April 2015 Tea of Month – Bingo Blueberry

Our other Tea of the Month is Bingo Blueberry, a full flavored tea with a strong blueberry character. Enjoy 15% off this tea for the rest of the month. This particular tea was specially formulated to acknowledge the great taste and known health benefits of blueberries. In addition to the antioxidants in the blueberries, hibiscus brings …

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Earth-friendly Reusable Cups

Everyone is always on the run, myself included. If you're like me, you may have a good collection of not just mugs, but also travel mugs. Not only can  you bring your drink of choice with you whether it's a hot cup of coffee or a nice cup of tea, but you can also do …

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Care and Feeding of the Brown Betty – Part 5 Plus Bonus Recipe!

Part of the Brown Betty's charm and claim to fame is that it is made from red clay, or terra cotta, making it a ceramic tea pot. What the heck is terra cotta, though? It translates from the Italian to "baked earth." It is a porous clay that is mostly used for sculptures and flower pots …

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Recipe – Eve’s Pudding

Tomorrow we will publish Julia's bonus recipe for an apple compote but she also wanted to share this variation, called Eve's Pudding. She says, "This is delicious with either custard or cream.  It also works with rhubarb which is just coming into season! Here is one I made with apricots." About 12 ozs fruit (baking apples or …

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