Teaday Tuesday

Teaday Tuesday

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Hello everybody!

Firstly let me say thank you to the lovely people who read this, I started this blog as a way to write about what I love, particularly to keep me sane through my postgrad. It’s purely based on my own interests so to see people read my posts is really lovely. Enough of the sop now, I promise 🙂

On to the tea!

So this week has really taken a turn for the worse; frosty mornings and short days surrounded by darkness. I have spent a fair few hours in the cold waiting for trains, playing outside with the children at nursery and walking the dogs, and one thing that makes it more bearable is a lovely steaming drink to warm my cockles!

This week I have been loving Tesco Finest’s Vanilla Chai tea.

10858398_10154968270500232_7155193680180473831_nI first discovered this tea in Australia. I’d popped round to my gorgeous friend Nichole’s little place in Bronte and we were having a girly chill night. She made me a cup of tea (in the microwave, she didn’t have a kettle ha) and instantly I was in love. With the tea.

Today I chose to enjoy this tea as I was snuggled in bed reading The Hunger Games yet again, along with cuddling my lovely dog Molly. Heaven.

This tea is best without milk, and is definitely better from a teapot, as most teas are. It’s a very fragrant tea, and I would say it has a bit of spice to it which is why it’s perfect on a cold Winter’s night. The vanilla flavour is very subtle but takes it to a slightly sweeter taste, to take the edge off the spice.

If they bottle the smell of this drink, or made a candle with the scent I would buy it in a flash; to me it smells like Christmas time: cinnamon, star of anise, a distinct Wintery scent.

I would recommend this tea to those who like a herbal black tea, maybe you like green tea, or even lapsang souchong.

If you have tried this do let me know  what you thought 😀

Love,

Soph xxx

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Tea Day Tuesday!

Tea Day Tuesday!

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Hello again!

This week I have absolutely loved the Twinings Salted Caramel green tea.

I am currently sitting in my bedroom as the rain pours down and the wind blows, the candles are flickering and I am so glad I am inside all snugged up. This tea is perfect for the cold and miserable weather; it really warms your cockles and keeps you feeling cosy.

Now I must admit, when I first saw this box I was so excited so bought it immediately, however; when I made my first cup I really wasn’t sure about it. It didn’t taste quite how I imagined. A wise friend once told me you should try something three times then your taste buds will familiarise themselves with the taste and enjoy it… so I persevered.

And now I love it!

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This tea is best with boiled water and without milk. I let it brew for a couple of minutes just to get the full flavour.

The smell is incredible. It reminds me of bonfire night, toffee apples and the smell of fireworks somehow. That first sip is so lovely, you can feel the warm liquid trickling down your throat and heating your soul. You can taste the salted caramel but it isn’t overpowering; it is just enough to lighten up your taste buds and soon turns into the rich green tea taste.

I was a bit worried it would taste salty and don’t get me wrong; w

hen the tea first enters your mouth it feels like it’s going that way but it soon turns into a sweet caramel flavour.

I would recommend this tea to all the tea lovers who like to experiment with flavours and like to try something new!

Let me know if you have tried this tea 🙂

Love,

Sophie xxx

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My First attempt at Portuguese Tarts

My First attempt at Portuguese Tarts

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In October 2012 I was very brave and left my job and my life behind to go to live in Sydney, Australia for six months. It was the best decision of my entire life and as well as all of the unforgettable experiences I had, my food adventure was incredible. I spent many a morning walking to the local bakery; buying a fresh loaf and a Portuguese tart. I would then walk to the bay, taking in the fresh sea air to then sit on the beach and eat whilst watching the waves gently hit the shore.
When I came back to England I was desparate to make my own tarts but never quite found the time. Until now! For my next batch my only improvements would be to roll my pastry slightly thinner and also leave them in the oven possibly 3 minutes longer; however there were no soggy bottoms on these tarts!

This recipe will make 12

You will need:

1 whole egg
2 egg yolks
4oz golden caster suger
2 tbsp cornflour
400ml full fat milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry

Method

  1. Lightly grease a mufifin tin, pre-heat oven to 180c fan/Gas mark 6.
  2. Combine the egg, yolks, sugar ad cornfour in a pan, then gradually add the milk until the mixture is smooth and well mixed.
  3. Place the pan on a medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly until it thickens and comes to the boil. Remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Put the custard in a bowl and cover with clingfilm to avoid a skin forming.
  5. Roll out the pastry and cut into 12 discs, each around 10cm across. Press each disc into the muffin tin.
  6. Spoon in the cooled custard. Bake the tarts for around 30 minutes or until golden on top.
  7. Leave them to cool for 5 mins in the tin then move to a cooling rack.

These can be enjoyed warm or cool! I really hope you enjoy these, tag me in any posts where you have baked your own Portuguese tarts I would so love to see them.

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Love,

Sophie xxx

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Autumn Tag

Autumn Tag

After I saw the post BambiLeigh wrote and  how much I liked it I thought how much I’d love to do it too so here we are! If you see this I would love to see your tags 🙂

  • Ok we’re talking coffee – what’s your favourite seasonal drink from Starbucks or another coffee shop?

As an avid tea drinker I normally go for an English Breakfast or Early Grey, however, I am very partial to a vanilla latte! I cannot wait for the gingerbread latte to make it’s appearance again!

  • Accessories – what do you opt for, scarf, boots, gloves?

    I well and truly feel the cold so I love a big chunky knit scarf, normally leather gloves and a bobble hat. I love my ugg boots but when I want to look a bit smarter I love an ankle boot.

  • Music- what’s your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?

    There is something about Ed Sheeran in the Autumn. I drive a lot due to commuting and singing along to Ed while seeing the beautiful Autumnal countryside around me is bliss. I also love Ben Howard, really calming and the perfect soundtrack along with flickering candlelight as the nights draw in.

  • Perfume – what’s your favourite scent for this time of year?

    I’ve recently got the new DKNY: NY scent as a gift and really love it, it’s sweet but not overpowering and I have received lots of compliments!

  • Candles – what scents will you be burning this season?

    I love candles during this time of year. Recently I bought the Airwick colour changing candle in Mulled wine and cinnamon apple, and it smells amazing, really Autumnal and a little Christmassy. I also have my favourite candle burning right now which is the Woodwick candle. It makes an amazing crackling sound when burning and it smells lovely and woody, I would definitely recommend to all! I have my eye on the Yankee candle Christmas collection too.

  •  What do you love most about Autumn?

    I love the colours of the leaves on the trees, beautiful oranges, browns, golds. The foggy mornings and the smell of fresh crisp air is wonderful and really gets me in the wintery mood. I absolutely adore the fact that the nights are drawing in so the evenings are wonderfully cosy. I do like the summer but this is my favourite time of year.

  •  Favourite makeup?

    I love my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette and think the natural tones are perfect or this time of year. I’ve also just bought a Bourjois golden shimmery eyeshadow to add a bit of glamour now the party season is drawing closer. Lastly my favourite Autumn make up is by far my MAC lipstick in ‘Plumful’, it is perfect with Autumnal colours, and isn’t too dark for my pale skin!

  •  What are you looking forward to most in Autumn?

    I am so looking forward to firework displays and snuggling in my scarf and gloves. Along with that is the smell of fireworks and bonfires in the air; there is something magical about the glow in the night sky, it’s exciting. Snuggling in a blanket watching films and reading books while the cold night is trapped outside. Fireplaces, candles, hot chocolate, crepes, falling leaves, ugg boots, thick socks, woolly cardigans, pumpkins and Halloween!

I really enjoyed this tag so if you read this I invite you to take part in the tag and tell me all your favourite Autumnal things! Thanks for reading this!

 Love, Sophie xxx

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