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Monthly Archives: February 2013

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas

    It is not long to go until Mother’s Day and we have some ideal gifts available to spoil your Mum with this year.

    Brand new in this week we have the Belle range of tea cups, saucers and cake stand from Bombay Duck. The beautiful pastel colours trimmed with gold edging give them a vintage feel and would look stunning in any home and the cake plate means that there will always be an excuse to have some cakes in-stock!

    If your Mum would prefer something brighter in her kitchen, why not treat her to a mug from our Dunoon fine bone china range. Choose from spots, hearts, stripes or stars and brighten up her morning tea with one of the colourful designs.

    Tea always makes a fantastic gift and you could pick a tin of our organic tea to go with a mug, or you could give her a selection presented in one of our gift boxes. For busy Mum’s why not pick from our organic tea bag range, enabling her to get our finest tea in a handy and convenient way.

    Our Tea of the Month for March is camomile and you can win some for your Mum by emailing us her details to or by popping them into the teapot in-store.

    Whatever you decide to do this Mother’s Day, make sure your Mum is spoilt rotten even if it is just by making her cups of tea all day. Let her sit back, relax and put her feet up!

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Melissa, February 2013

  • Date and Walnut Pudding with Hot Fudge Sauce

    This is the most popular pudding in the Disney household and whenever my Mum asks which pudding she should do after a Sunday Roast this is always the answer! The fudge sauce is also good re-heated and poured over ice cream, so you could always double the sauce part and then you will definitely have leftovers! She can't remember where she originally got the recipe from but I think it has been adapted over the years.

    Date and Walnut Pudding with Hot Fudge Sauce - Google Images

    (Picture courtesy of Google Images - not one I made earlier)

    Serves 4-6

    • Oven 180 (electric)/ 160 (fan)
    • 1 buttered 1 litre deep dish
    • 175g Butter
    • 175g Light Muscovado Sugar
    • 300ml Double Cream
    • 100g Dates
    • 100ml Boiling Water
    • ½ tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
    • 1 Egg Beaten
    • 110g Self Raising Flour
    • 50g Walnuts Chopped


    1. Over a low heat, heat half the butter, 110g sugar and all the cream, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
    2. Bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes.
    3. Pour a little of the sauce into a buttered 1 litre deep dish to just cover the base.
    4. Pour the boiling water over the dates, add the bicarbonate of soda and leave for 10 minutes. Then add and beat the remaining sugar with 50g butter until light.
    5. Beat in the egg with the date mixture – don’t worry if it curdles!
    6. Stir in the flour and walnuts and pour into the dish.
    7. Bake for 50 minutes until firm to touch.
    8. Cool in the dish for a few minutes then turn out onto a plate.
    9. Re-heat the sauce and serve.

    Warning - you may need some of our organic peppermint tea after this pudding as it is quite rich!

    Melissa, February 2013

  • Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

    Valentine’s Day is less than a week away and at Luponde we have some fantastic and unusual gifts for your loved ones, or for those that you would like to impress!

    Our Tea of the Month for February is our organic finest orthodox black tea and with its striking fuchsia label makes the perfect tea for Valentine’s Day. Pair it with one of our stunning mugs and a handy infuser and you will set your partner up with all the tools they need for that extra special cup of tea.

    You can’t go wrong with an item from our Dunoon fine bone china ‘Warm Hearts’ collection. Treat someone to the full range with a teapot, tea cup and saucer and set of mugs or get them something different with a beautiful tea-for-one.

    Visit us in-store to see our Dunoon Romeo and Juliet mugs, ideal to buy as a pair and you then also have one for you! If you are looking for something slightly quirky and different why not give one of our King or Queen of Hearts mugs. They would stand out in any kitchen or office and make an excellent gift paired with one of our teas.

    We hope you all have a wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Day and that your secret admirer buys you something fabulous! Valentines Day Dunoon Romeo and Juliet Mugs

    Dunoon Romeo and Juliet Mugs

    Melissa, February 2013

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