Recipe – Chocolate Eclairs

Eclairs are made from Choux (shoo) pastry and are not the easiest thing in the world to make, do not keep well unless you freeze them but, taste amazing! You will need to start these early because the pastry needs to cool down half way through. Trust me, though - the wait will be worth …

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February 2015 Teas of the Month – Chocolate Mint

What do you give a tea lover for Valentine's Day? Chocolates. Chocolate Mint Tea, that is, and it happens to be our other Tea of the Month for February. The Chocolate Mint Flavored Black Tea blend from English Tea Store is the delectable paring of chocolate and mint. This tea delivers a bright and coppery infusion …

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Recipe – Peppermint Creams

With St. Valentine's day approaching I thought you might like to try some sweets.  These are so easy to make but look good especially if given as a present in a nice box.  You will need: 2 medium eggs (whites only) 1 lb icing sugar a few drops of peppermint oil green food colouring (optional) …

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February 2015 Teas of the Month – Ceylon Green

Our first February tea of the month is ceylon green. Imported from Sri Lanka, our Ceylon Green is characterized as smooth and subtle. According to wikipedia, tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for Sri Lanka. Originally known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocean. Great Britain occupied …

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Recipe – flapjack

Flapjacks are easy to make and last a while in an airtight tin.  I sometimes double up the recipe and hide half of them to make them last longer! 250 g (2 sticks) butter 250 g sugar (1 cup) (either caster of a mixture of brown sugar and caster) 4 tablespoons of Golden Syrup 500 …

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Recipe – Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

For the shortbread: 170g plain flour 60g caster sugar 120g unsalted butter For the caramel: 1 tin of condensed milk (397g) 2tbsp golden syrup 60g caster sugar 1 cup of soft brown sugar 120g butter 1 tbsp vanilla essence For topping: 1 (100g) bar of milk chocolate melted Method: Preheat oven to 170 deg C …

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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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Prepping for the Holidays — Cocoa and Chocolate Drinks

Tea and water may be the top two beverages on the planet, but cocoa is definitely on the top ten list. And during the holiday season here in the U.S., it climbs into the top five. Having some cocoa and chocolate drinks on hand is a great way to prep for those holiday visitors. And …

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Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! (and Tea)

The other day I was drinking tea (as always) and thinking of chocolate (also as always). Then, I had some chocolate and started thinking about tea! It seems to be a fairly common occurrence, as a bit of online searching revealed. Awhile back, Lainie Petersen, well known to readers of this blog, had a chocothon …

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Review — The English Tea Store’s Godiva Roche Rooibos

Name: Godiva Roche Rooibos Brand: English Tea Store Type: Herbal Tisane, Rooibos Form: Loose leaf Review: Looking for a chocolate rooibos? Godiva Roche Rooibos is a good one. Made from rooibos, cacao beans and peels, vanilla and what appears to be a handful of calandula petals, this is certainly a rich treat for chocolate fans. …

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