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Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Pretty Glass Teapots

    Here at Luponde we love our glass teapot range. They look fantastic, are practical, extremely durable and affordable. What more could you want?! Oh yes they are dishwasher safe too! They are and have been one of our most popular ranges and still draw people into our shop on a daily basis.

    What we love about them is that they are brilliant for making loose leaf teas. The fact they are glass means you can see the leaves infuse and the beautiful colours they turn. You can also take the infuser out to use for flowering teas or tea bags. They have also been known to make a good vase!

    There are always questions over their durability and if they are too fragile for daily use but Tamsin and I are proof that this is not the case. We have travelled up and down the country with our teapots ready for many a retail show where we use our sample pots every day for tea tastings. We continuously get them in and out of their boxes, wash them, display them and use them day in day out. Tamsin regularly takes them on the tube or bus for our daily sampling of our tea of the month and monthly tea tastings in the shop and then takes them home to go through the dishwasher. I think I can remember one occasion in the last 3 years where I dropped one and it broke. Of course like any teapot they can brake but they are much tougher than they look! Also remember if you are using them in the dishwasher pop the lid and infuser on a flat part of the dishwasher not on one of the spikes! If of course a part of the teapot does break give us a call or email as we can sell you parts separately

    Have a look at our website for the range of sizes we have and if buying as a gift why not team it with a couple of the stunning glass teacups and saucers or glass sugar bowl and milk jug. They look so pretty in any kitchen or home.

    Melissa, April 2014

  • Banana and Oat Muffins

    We all want to feel a little bit healthier now and again but don’t want to miss out on treats either! This is where Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite Book comes into its own. Rob and I have come back to this book time and time again for new healthy ideas and there are a couple of recipes we do on a regular basis. One of these is his Banana and Oat Muffins. They are great for your mid-morning cup of tea or when you need a pick me up in the afternoon. They don’t disappoint on taste and you can rest assured that they won’t go straight to your hips! Although I am not sure if it counts when I have more than one in one sitting!

    Enjoy!

    Ingredients:

    • 200g plain flour

    • 1.5 tsp baking powder

    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

    • 0.25 tsp salt

    • 100g oats

    • 100g light brown sugar

    • 4 ripe bananas

    • 60g melted butter

    • 1 large egg

    • 75g chopped walnuts

    Method:

    • Preheat the oven to 180c (160c fan).

    • Put muffin wrappers into a 12-hole muffin tin.

    • Sift the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a mixing bowl. Add the oats and sugar and mix well.

    • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork and then mix in the egg and the melted butter. Add to the dry ingredients.

    • Spoon the mixture into the cake cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

     

    Melissa, April 2014

  • St George's Day!

    It is St George’s Day and to celebrate I have done some research into what makes England so great and stumbled across these fun and interesting facts (obviously starting with the most important):

    • An Englishman drinks more tea than any person of any other nation. (2.5 times more than the Japanese and 22 times more than the Americans or French)

    • The highest temperature ever recorded in England was 38.5ºC in Brogdale, Kent on 10th August 2003

    • Windsor castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world still in use

    • French was the official language of England from 1066 to 1362

    • Windsor castle is the oldest and largest royal residence in the world still in use

    • Police in England do not carry guns except in emergencies

    • One of England’s quaintest traditional event is the cheese rolling competition in Brockworth, Gloucestershire (I’d love to go to this)

    • England is 74 times smaller than the USA, 59 times smaller than Australia and 3 times smaller than Japan. England is however 2.5 times more populous than Australia

    • It’s considered treason to place a stamp bearing the King or Queen’s image upside-down

    • The shortest war against England was with Zanzibar in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes

     

    Here are some reasons why I love England:

    • Afternoon Tea

    • English countryside – rolling hills

    • English pubs – you can’t beat an English pub garden in the summer or a warm, cosy pub with a fire on a winter afternoon

    • London – the architecture, the history, the shops!

    • English sense of humour

    • English food – a roast dinner, pie and mash, full English breakfast, crumpets, apple crumble and custard – my list could go on!

    • Football and English sport in general. Especially how we come together as a country in a World Cup! Bring on June!

    • The NHS – I know we complain a lot about it at times but the fact we have this service in England is huge and something we should feel lucky to have!

     

    Whatever your reasons are for loving England make sure you celebrate St George’s Day today with a nice big cup of tea, cake or crumpets and a big hearty roast dinner this evening!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, April 2014

  • All hail the mighty tea bag!

    Where would we be today without the Tea Bag? Over 96% of the Tea drunk in Britain is made with a tea bag and here at Luponde we really appreciate the convenience of a tea bag. That is why we bring you (where possible) our range both loose leaf and in tea bags without compromising on taste. Our tea bag tins are ideal for your desk at work or in your kitchen as a quick solution when you need your tea fix!

    The history of tea bags and their discovery is fascinating and it all began with Thomas Sullivan who was a tea and coffee merchant from New York. He tried to cut sampling costs by sending loose tea in small silk sacks. His clients were confused by the new packaging and so put the whole thing into hot water. He started receiving many requests for these ‘tea bags’ and that was the beginning of the tea bag! Tea bags first began to appear commercially around 1904, but didn’t take off in Britain until the 1970s. It’s funny to think that something we see so often now and take for granted has actually only been popular in this country for 44 years!

    Our tea bags are available is different size tins or in individual pyramid boxes and make a perfect gift. Explore our tea page for more information. Next time you have your afternoon mug of tea give thanks to Thomas Sullivan and his confused clients as without them we may not have the tea bag!

    Melissa, April 2014

  • Creme Egg Brownies

    I came across these yummy creme egg brownies on the Jamie Oliver website.They are perfect for the Easter weekend with a cup of our organic black tea. The gooey texture melts in your mouth and there is no way you can stop at just one! I can guarantee these won’t last long!

    • Ingredients:
    • 185g unsalted butter
    • 185g best dark chocolate
    • 85g plain flour
    • 40g cocoa powder
    • 100g cadburys mini creme eggs (they sell the mini one is 100g bags)
    • 3 large eggs
    • 275g golden caster sugar
    • 20cm square tin (greased and lined)
    • Method:
    • Preheat oven to 160°C
    • Melt the butter and dark chocolate together in a bowl over boiling water
    • Break 3 large eggs into a large bowl and tip in 275g golden caster sugar
    • With an electric mixer on max speed, whisk the eggs and sugar until they look thick and creamy, like a milkshake. This can take 3-8 minutes. It will become very pale and about double its original volume
    • Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse and then gently fold together with a rubber spatula
    • Hold a sieve over the bowl of eggy, chocolate mixture and sift the cocoa and flour mixture, shaking the sieve from side to side, to cover the top evenly. Gently fold in to the mixture
    • Next cut the cadburys mini creme eggs in half then just ad them into the mixture making sure they are evenly spread
    • Bake for about 30 minutes. (Mine actually took 40)
    • Enjoy!

    Melissa, April 2014

  • Tanzania Facts!

    As the Luponde estate is situated in the stunning Livingstonia Mountains in Southern Tanzania I thought it would be good to share with you some key facts about Tanzania. Some of these may be things you didn't know and if like us you are fans of a pub quiz they may one day come in handy!

    • In 1964 Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form the United Republic of Tanzania

    • Tanzania is one of the oldest known inhabited areas on Earth

    • The official languages in Tanzania are Swahili and English

    • Tanzania has a population of about 43 million making it the 30th largest in the world

    • Tanzania is the third largest producer of gold in Africa, after South Africa and Ghana

    • Tanzania is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 meters is the largest mountain in Africa

    • Tanzania has Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest, and Lake Tanganika, Africa’s deepest

    • Tanzania is bordered by 8 countries

    • Whilst Dodoma is the capital of Tanzania, it is Dar es Salaam which is the largest city and also the major seaport for the country and it’s landlocked neighbours

    • Tea was introduced to Tanzania by German settlers in 1902

    • Commercial production of tea began in Tanzania in 1926 and increased considerably after World War II, when the British took over the tea plantations.

    • Tanzania sells pineapple Fanta (a personal favourite of mine!)

    Below are some stunning photos of the Luponde estate and they show you just how beautiful a location it is!

     


     

     

    Melissa, April 2014

  • The London Original Print Fair

    A bonus of having the shop in the Burlington Arcade is that we are lucky enough to be right next door to The Royal Academy and therefore on the doorstep for all the fabulous events it holds throughout the year. There is nothing more enjoyable then spending an afternoon exploring the exhibitions and having afternoon tea inside the cafe. I am looking forward to the warmer months to try our the Keeper’s Garden!

    For 29 years the RA has hosted the London Original Print Fair and this year it is taking place from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th April. The four day show offers the opportunity to view works from all periods of printmaking and all works are also for sale – in-case one particularly takes your fancy!

    We are offering you the chance to win two tickets worth £24 and all you have to do to be in with a chance is to email “I love tea and art” to tea@luponde.co.uk

    Good luck!

    For more information about the Print Fair and the RA please visit:

    http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/18

    Melissa, April 2014

  • Why I love Peppermint Whole Leaf

    I love the fact that this April our Tea of the Month is Peppermint Whole Leaf. It is by far and away my favourite from our range.

    Here are my reasons why:

    • It is caffeine free so I can drink it anytime of day

    • It is calming and as I have a tendency to stress, worry and general get wound up it is better for me to drink this than any of our caffeinated teas

    • It is kind on the digestive system, so after I have had one too many drinks or too much food it soothes my stomach and makes me feel better

    • I am not a great traveller in cars or boats and it is recommended to ease travel sickness

    • It smells incredible

    • Our whole leaf looks stunning in our glass teapot and brightens up my desk every morning

    • I am terrible at drinking water so drinking peppermint whole leaf means that I stay hydrated throughout the day

     

    Our peppermint whole leaf is available to try in-store every day this April. Come and taste it and see why I love it so much.

    You can also win a tin by emailing your details to tea@luponde.co.uk or by popping them into our teapot in-store.

    Melissa, April 2014

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