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Tag Archives: Organic White Tea

  • Halloween Treats - Chocolate Bat Biscuits

    I was searching for some fun Halloween recipes and came across these fantastic chocolate bat biscuits on the BBC Good Food website which would look fab on the side of your mug of tea this Halloween!

    Quick and easy to make they are ideal to do with kids this half term!

    Ingredients:

    • 125g butter, softened

    • 85g icing sugar

    • 1 large egg yolk

    • 1 tsp vanilla extract

    • 1 tsp milk

    • 175g plain flour, plus extra for rolling

    • 1 tsp fine espresso-style powder coffee

    • 50g cocoa powder

    • ¼ tsp salt

    To decorate:

    • 100g bar dark or milk chocolate

    • Chocolate hundreds and thousands

    • Coloured writing icing (or make your own with 100g icing sugar, 2-4 tsp water and some colouring)

    Method:

    Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line two baking sheets with baking parchment. Beat the butter and sugar together until creamy and pale, then beat in the yolk, the vanilla and milk. Sift the flour, coffee, cocoa and salt into the bowl, then mix together to make a soft dough. Shape the dough into a disc, wrap and chill for 15 mins.

    Dust the dough all over with a little flour, then roll it between two large sheets of baking parchment, to the thickness of a £1 coin. Remove the top layer of the paper, stamp shapes with an 8cm bat (or other) cutter, and carefully lift to the lined sheets using a palette knife. Re-roll the trimmings. Cut a 1.5cm x 5mm notch at the base of each bat’s body. This is about right to sit the bats on thick tumblers; if your glasses are finer-edged, make the notches thinner so that the bats stay put. Bake for 10 mins or until the biscuits feel sandy and smell rich and chocolatey. Cool on the sheets for 5 mins, then lift the cookies onto a wire rack and cool completely.

    To decorate, melt the chocolate over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. One biscuit at a time, brush chocolate over the bat ears and wings with a small paintbrush, then cover with chocolate sprinkles. Tap off the excess. Pipe faces and fangs onto your bats, then leave to dry. Keep in an airtight container for up to a week.

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

    (Image courtesy of BBC Good Food Recipes)

    Melissa, October, 2014

  • Tea Tasting Returns!

    From November we will be starting our monthly tea tasting sessions in store. It is a great way to come and meet the team, try our full range of teas and learn all about them. They are free sessions and you can pop in at any point during the allocated 2 hours so bring a friend and come and see what makes our tea so special!

    Keep an eye on our What’s On page or our Facebook and Twitter feeds to find out dates and times.

    Melissa, October 2014

     

  • How do you like yours?

    Working in tea quite often leads to questions of how do you make a perfect cup of tea or should you put milk in tea and if so should it go in first or second? I also go to meetings or homes and they worry that the cup of tea they present me with won’t be up to scratch! This is never a worry as I just love anyone offering to make me one! Obviously everyone has their own tastes and preferences and therefore it can be quite hard to judge what their perfect cup of tea may be. What we can tell you is how best to brew our tea and what we think gives it the best taste possible.

    For our black teas we suggest using a pinch of the leaves or a small teaspoon (if using loose leaf) and place in an infuser. Tea likes space and the more it has the more flavours will be released. Boil the kettle with fresh water and then pour into your teapot or mug over the leaves or tea bag if you are using one. Then allow this to brew for 3-5 minutes to get the best flavour possible.

    Now the question of milk. This is very much a personal preference and some people like milk in their tea and some do not. With our black teas I think they are appreciated better without milk. For added sweetness a drop of honey or even lemon is a nice touch. If you do add milk the question of milk or tea in first is a tough one. It’s like asking someone if they put cream or jam on their scones first! I don’t believe there is a correct answer and there are many theories to both. One for milk first being that people who used fine china were worried putting hot tea in first could crack the china, so by adding the milk first it would cool the tea down. A lot of people prefer milk in second so they can monitor easily the strength they want the tea. Let us know on twitter which way you do it!

    We have information on how to brew all our teas on our individual tea pages and also have a handy infographic on brew times and temperatures!

    Now go put that kettle on and make yourself a well-earned cup of tea – just how you like it!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

     Melissa, September 2014

  • Wedding Season

    It is definitely wedding season and having been to two stunning ones in the last few weeks. I am certainly in the wedding frame of mind but I do not have as many as some of my friends this year one of whom has 11 in 2014!

    When it comes to wedding favours I have received many things from chocolates to homemade jams and chutney all of which are delicious but one thing that does make a fabulous and different favour is tea! Tea is also essential at a wedding for after the dinner and for those inevitable sore heads the next morning!

    Our tins look striking on any table and the stylish packaging means they will blend in well with any colour scheme. Line them up so people can choose the tea they fancy or use our individually wrapped tea bags as favours. We are flexible and can help you with whatever you need for guests to get their tea fix over the wedding days. All you have to do is email me melissa@luponde.co.uk and let me know what you’d like.

    (Image courtesy of Andy Tyler Photography)

    Tea and tea sets also make a fantastic wedding present. It is what every newlywed couple needs in their home. Choose a gift box of tea, our tea subscription or opt for something from our beautiful Dunoon fine bone china range and brighten up their kitchen tables.

    If you are off to some weddings this bank holiday weekend enjoy them I know I am definitely looking forward to my next wedding in Belfast!

    (Image courtesy of Google Images)

    Melissa, August 2014

  • Green Tea and White Tea

    Green tea and white tea both are full of antioxidants making them extremely healthy drinks.

    Some research has shown that green tea drinkers have lower chances of developing heart disease and some cancers. As well as this, green tea has been known to increase metabolic rate, which can aid in weight loss. Green tea has the ability to lower serum glucose, helping to protect against kidney failure. Tests have found that green tea could help improve memory and slow the development of Alzeimer’s disease.

    White tea is made from just the bud, the youngest part of the plant, and therefore contains more antioxidants than black and green teas. It can aid in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and is a great detox tea! It can provide protection within the body for the skin, helps protect cells from sun damage and minimize the signs of aging. It can help the body’s immune system and is fluoride-rich helping prevent the growth of dental plaque.

    It is important that you brew them correctly in order to enjoy the unique and subtle taste they have.

     

    How to make the perfect cup of Luponde Organic Green and White Tea:

     

    • It is extremely important with white tea and green tea not to pour boiling water straight onto the leaves. This will burn the leaves and will give them a bitter taste

     

    • We recommend you boil your kettle and let it cool for around 10 minutes (or until it is around 80ºC) then pour your water into your teapot or mug with the leaves already in there. You should use around one heaped teaspoon of green tea leaves and a small pinch of white tea leaves (for a 1 litre teapot)

     

    • Then wait. Let the leaves fully infuse for 8-10 minutes and you will get a full flavour and fantastic taste

     

    • You can then reuse your Luponde leaves. Use them up to 5 times that day. Quite often the second or third round will taste the best! If you are using a tea bag you can reuse that up to 3 times.

    Enjoy!

    Luponde's Organic Green TeaLuponde's Organic White Tea

    Melissa, January 2013

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