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Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • BUCS Lacrosse Final!

    My sister, Kirsten, has been studying at Birmingham University for 6 years and has been an integral member of the lacrosse team. Yesterday was her last ever match for them.

    The British University and Colleges Sport premiership league has a North and South division, each with six teams. Once you have played each other, both home and away, you are ranked and this determines who you play in the Championship knockouts for the cup.

    In 2009/2010 Birmingham had a host of England players and an unbeaten league season, cruising to the final and winning the cup. With time at University for most students only three years the turnover of players is high and at the start of this season they struggled. However, they managed to finish second in the league, giving them a BYE in the last 16 round of the knockout stage and a quarter-final at home to Exeter. They beat them comfortably 12-3, only to face reigning champions Cambridge in the semi’s. Cambridge stormed ahead. Halfway through the second half Birmingham started to claw their way back finally beating them 11-10! Onto the final…

    …against Durham. Not only are they the Premier North league winners but Birmingham had lost to them 4-14 at home and 6-15 away. Durham were the outright favourites.

    In the freezing cold and pouring rain we shouted and screamed. Lacrosse is fast paced, end to end and fairly violent. At this level it is always exciting to watch. Birmingham had managed to keep the score level at 5-5 by half-time. They were playing with everything they had. With only 4 minutes to go in the second half they were 2 goals up! When they scored again we all went mental. Durham got one back and the last 30 seconds were agonizing.

    The final whistle blew and no-one from Birmingham could quite believe they had done it. What a perfect way to end 6 years of dedication to the University team by winning the BUCS Championship Cup! The fact that they had practically been ruled out from the start made the win all the sweeter. I have never been a prouder sister and Kirsten didn’t quite know whether to laugh or cry. She just kept saying “I can’t believe we beat them.”

    It’s a long drive back to Birmingham from Guildford but it will have been a big party on the coach and some very sore heads today!

    Well done Birmingham!

    Tamsin, March 2014

  • Mother's Day

    With just under a week to go until Mother’s Day it is not too late to buy her something fabulous and really spoil her. Here are some wonderful gift options we have at Luponde.

    Why not treat her to a selection of tea packaged in one of our stunning gift boxes. Choose either a gift box of two, four or six and select the tea you think she would enjoy the most. For busy Mums you could choose from our tea bag range meaning she gets our finest tea in a more convenient way!

    Any of the items from our beautiful Dunoon Fine Bone China would make a fantastic present for your Mum. Bright and colourful they would look stunning on her desk at work or on the kitchen table at home. In particular the Love Hearts mug would be ideal for Mother’s Day.

    If you are feeling very generous or are joining together with siblings to get a gift our One Year Tea Subscription would be perfect. That way she will never run out of tea and she will also get one of our glass teapots to enjoy her tea in!

    Make sure you spoil your Mum this Sunday, even if it is just making her a well-deserved cup of tea in bed!

     Melissa, March 2014

  • Happiness is...

    Today is International Day of Happiness and I have asked Hannah from the Luponde Team what 10 things make her happy and I thought I would see if any of them match mine! Hopefully she gets to do one or two of these today!

    Here is what she said:

    1. Swimming outside on a hot day
    2. Beers in the sun (in fact anything in the sun)
    3. Frozen yoghurt
    4. Watching murder mysteries with my Grandma
    5. Camping out on the beach
    6. Riding my bike in the city
    7. Performing on stage
    8. Music nostalgia
    9. Eggs Royale

     

    Here are mine:

    1. Animals (particularly dogs and penguins)
    2. Cocktails
    3. Licking the bowl when making cakes
    4. Brunch
    5. Summer days in the park
    6. New York
    7. Getting into a freshly made bed
    8. Exploring new cities
    9. Tennis viewing
    10. Board games/pub quizzes

     

    Whatever you do today make sure you do something that makes you happy and keep smiling!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, March 2014

  • St Patrick's Day

    Happy St Patrick’s Day! What a beautiful sunny weekend it has been and I am sure many of you were out celebrating not only St Patrick’s Day but the Irish Six Nations win. I also have no doubt that a lot of Guinness, Irish Whiskey and Irish Coffee was consumed!

    This means that today you should be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with our organic Green Tea. It is full of antioxidants which will get you back on track after an over-indulgent weekend and it is also in-keeping with the Irish colour theme!

    At Luponde our Green Tea is handpicked and steamed as quickly as possible, keeping the oxidisation process to a minimum, locking in the antioxidants and detoxifying properties. The leaves are then rolled and dried. It gives our Green Tea a fresh and light taste.

    Brewing Tip: Green Tea should be made with water that is about 80oC. If you make it with boiling water it will burn the leaves and give it a bitter taste.

    Enjoy enjoy the rest of St Patrick’s Day and I will leave you with this quote:

    May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night - Irish Blessing

    Luponde Tea St Patrick's Day

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, March 2014

  • All things bright and beautiful....

    Spots, starts, hearts, stripes, squares….the list goes on. These are some of the great designs of Dunoon fine bone china mugs we have available and not only that but they also come in some stunningly beautiful colours. Dunoon are the market leader in fine bone china mugs and here at Luponde we are thrilled to be able to stock a huge range of these. It’s not just mugs either. We have teapots, tea cups, breakfast cups and tea-for-ones meaning that you can pick and choose the perfect item to go with your favourite tea.

    Tea makes a fantastic gift and by pairing a tin of Luponde tea with a Dunoon mug you get a beautiful and unusual present for family or friends. Ideal for Mother's Day which is slowly creeping up on us!

    Come and visit us in-store to see in person the great quality and design of the Dunnon range we have or alternatively take a look online.

    My personal favourite is the ‘Starburst’ mug!

    Luponde Tea Dunoon Hot Spots

    Melissa, March 2014

  • Nigella Lawson Earl Grey Tea Cakes

    I stumbled across this Nigella Lawson recipe and as it is Earl Grey month at Luponde I thought I would share it as it sounds like an incredibly yummy way to use your Earl Grey tea bags! Everyone needs an afternoon treat of a tea cake with their cup of tea. If you decide to make them we would love to hear how you got on and see some photos of the results!

    Serves 12

    Ingredients

    • 2 earl grey tea bags

    • butter (for greasing)

    • 60 ml boiling water

    • 80 ml milk

    • 100 grams unsalted butter (at room temperature)

    • 2 eggs

    • 160 grams caster sugar

    • 190 grams self-raising flour

    • 230 grams icing sugar

    • 1 ½ teaspoons breakfast marmalade

    • 1 ½ teaspoons orange juice

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 180C

    2. Brush 12 medium muffin pans with melted butter to lightly grease

    3. Empty the tea leaves from the tea bags into a cup and add the boiling water

    4. Set aside for 3 minutes

    5. Stir in the milk and then transfer to a large bowl

    6. Add the butter, eggs, sugar and flour to the tea mixture

    7. Use electric beaters on low speed to beat until just combined

    8. Increase speed to medium and beat until the mixture is pale and creamy (the mixture may look slightly curdled)

    9. Spoon the mixture evenly into the greased pans

    10. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-22 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in the cakes comes out clean

    11. Remove from the oven and set aside for 2-3 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool

    12. Meanwhile, to make the marmalade icing, combine the icing sugar and marmalade in a small bowl

    13. Add enough juice to make a very thick past

    14. Use a teaspoon dipped in hot water to spread the icing over the tops of the cooled cakes

    15. Set aside for 15-20 minutes to allow the icing to set

    16. Enjoy with a cup of tea

    Always Time For Tea And Cake

    (Image Courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, March 2014

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