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Tea and Biscuits Bingo giveaway

Did you know that this month over 100 years ago the Oreo biscuit went on sale in American shops. In the USA the Oreo is the no.1 biscuit and it is rapidly becoming more popular in the UK. Our all time UK favourites, according to biscuit studies, are the bourbon, the chocolate digestive and the custard cream. Those are 3 of the favourites in our household, so we were very pleased to receive a large free box of Family Circle Biscuits including all three, along with 4 boxes of Twinings English Breakfast tea and a Family Bingo game.

tea, biscuits and bingo

It’s always nice to take some time out for tea and biscuits in this rainy, cold British weather. And we had great fun playing bingo, with son2 being the overall winner.

tea, biscuits and bingo

tea, biscuits and bingo

I’m hosting a giveaway to win a vintage inspired prize bundle which consists of:

· A box of Traditional English Breakfast tea from Twinings
· A large box of the nation’s favourite biscuits from Family Circle
· A family game of bingo

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These prizes are supplied by http://bingo.paddypower.com
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I’d love to hear what you like to do indoors on a cold rainy day or your favourite type of biscuit?

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A lovely gesture

When I got a DM on Twitter from The Kettle Shed offering me some free tea samples, I thought what a lovely gesture from them to their followers. I then found out that they also give free tea to homeless shelters for every box of tea sold, #WeGiveACup.

I took them up on their kind offer and I received two free tea bags of their new Winter tea blends, namely Eggnog and Gingerbread.

Kettleshed tea

I tried the Gingerbread first. This is a blend of Rooibos, Ginger and Vanilla.

Kettleshed tea

Secondly the Eggnog, a blend of Rooibos, Nutmeg and Cinnamon.

I chose to drink both without milk, but you may drink with milk if you prefer. And I infused for 3 minutes directly in the cup, using boiling water. The strength can be adjusted by either brewing for a shorter or longer time or by using a teapot and adding more water.

I find fuso bags are a good size to let the tea expand in the bag whilst infusing. And I found both were a lovely refreshing drink.

The teas currently retail at £4.49 for a box of 15 fuso bags, a very realistic 30p per cup for a premium tea.

I would certainly be happy to buy a box as a gift.

I’d love to hear your favourite tea.

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Time for an Essential Teatox Detox plus giveaway

It’s that time of year when coughs and colds abound as the weather starts to get colder. Plus there is the knowledge of the impending excesses of Christmas looming. So for the last two weeks, I’ve been doing a detox with Essential Teatox. For this, I received a free 14 day supply of Essential Teatox teabags to review.

Essential Teatox detox programme

The Essential Teatox 14 day programme consists of 14 detox teabags to take daily soon after you wake up, plus 7 cleanse teabags to take on alternate days, a few hours before bedtime.

I started my Teatox programme to coincide with my night shifts, as this is when I most need a pick me up to give me extra energy.

Essential Teatox is branded as supporting weight loss, helping to detox the body and increase energy. It also recommends that it is at it’s most effective when combined with regular exercise, eating the correct food and looking after your body.

By starting it to coincide with night shifts, certainly meant I didn’t give it the best chance of hitting it’s most effective potential as exercise and healthy eating both went out the window. It was mainly toast and ready meals, and I only managed to fit in a couple of 10-minute runs between my pm cleanse tea and bed. I was much more disciplined on the second week with both food and exercise.

Teatox detox tea

However even those short bedtime runs show how it had increased my energy. Normally I’m barely back in the house after a nightshift before I’m straight into bed. And I lost the extra kg of weight that I had put on during half term without any effort, back to my usual weight with no feeling of bloatedness. I found I was sleeping better and less headaches too. So thumbs up for Teatox on night shifts.

I let the tea brew for 2 minutes and found the flavour of both am and pm tea to be very pleasant. Slightly sweeter than I expected which I assume was down to the Stevia Leaf, a zero calorie sweetener. I’ve never sweetened my tea, but I’m sure that is a big plus for those of you who do. And I loved the hint of mint.

Here is a list of the Teatox ingredients and their benefits. They are all 100% natural ingredients.

– Lemon peel – Helps to decrease cholesterol, improve bone health and detoxify the liver!
– Fenugreek – Helps to reduce inflammation within the body.
– Ginger – Helps to soothe the digestive tract and helps to relieve conditions that cause bloating.
– Gymnema – Is known to lessen the cravings for sweet foods and help to regulate an excessive appetite. It also helps to reduce sugar absorption during digestion to promote normal blood sugar levels.
– Juniper Berry – Aids in digestion and relieves symptoms of bloating and water retention. Juniper is also a diuretic, which helps to flush out toxins.
– Oolong Tea – Can help to reduce inflammatory disorders, high cholesterol and stress. It has been known to help maintain healthy skin and bones as well as aiding in weight management.
– Peppermint – Has a refreshing flavour and helps to relax the intestinal muscles.
– Red Raspberry – Includes vitamins and minerals to burn fat.
– Sarsaparilla – Contains antioxidant properties and plant sterols beneficial to good health. Flavonoids are also present and help to treat autoimmune conditions and inflammation.
– Liquorice – Is known for reducing stress. It also helps to fight against tooth decay, as it has antibacterial properties.
– Stevia Leaf – Is a 100% natural, zero calorie sweetener which also helps to lower blood pressure.
– Dandelion Leaf – Contains potassium and is also a diuretic which helps to support kidney health.
– Burdock Root – Is good for protecting the liver and detoxifying blood.
– Triphala Powder – Assists natural internal cleansing. It helps to nourish and rejuvenate the tissues and supports healthy digestion and absorption.
– Red Clover – Is a natural blood purifier.

A 14 day supply of Essential Teatox currently retails at £19.99 which is less than £1 per cup for the 21 teabags.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a 14 day supply of Essential Teatox to one lucky winner.

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I’d love to hear your favourite tea.

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Mint Matcha Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

So what do you drink in the summer? I mean to quench your thirst, rather than something alcoholic. Do you grab a can of coke or do you prefer something more healthy? I have received a free sample of matcha & mint tea from EatClean Tea and been challenged to create a delicious and healthy recipe for #SummerofMatcha. They want to help people cut down on their sugar intake by saying bye bye to fizzy drinks and sugar laden juices.

matcha & mint green tea

I’ve heard great things about it, but I’ve never actually tried matcha before. For those who don’t know, matcha is a green tea powder. Take a look at the EatClean Tea website, to read about all the healthy benefits of matcha. I decided to use it in a milkshake.

Mint Matcha Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

Mint Matcha Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

Ingredients (serves 1)

2 scoops matcha & mint tea (approx 1/4 teasp)
200 ml skimmed milk
50g raspberries
25g milk or dark chocolate

Method

Grate the chocolate.
Put grated chocolate, raspberries, milk and matcha in a smoothie maker (or blender).
Blend well.
Pour into a glass.
Serve and enjoy.

Mint Matcha Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

A lovely refreshing summer drink. And I was very pleased to find it doesn’t have that bitter aftertaste of green tea. I like mine cool, but if you prefer it colder, then serve with crushed ice.

I’d love to hear your favourite summer drink? I’m planning to try the matcha & mint tea in homemade lemonade or lassi next.

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Disclosure. This post is an entry into the #SummerofMatcha competition. I received a free sample of EatCleanTea matcha.

Luxury JADU Tea plus giveaway

Regular readers of my blog may remember that I love a nice cup of tea and have reviewed a few teas on my blog previously. I’ve just received a selection of beautifully presented luxury teas free to review from JADU Tea. And I’ve now learnt that JADU is ‘magic’ in ancient Sanskrit.

Jadu Tea

I received the following JADU Tea products.
A box of 12 Mademoiselle Grey Envelopes
100g loose leaf China Green in gift box
15g loose leaf White Mango Lime
10g loose leaf Spa Afternoon
15g loose leaf Rooibos Crème Brûlée
2 individual Mademoiselle Grey Envelopes
2 individual China Green Envelopes

I was very impressed with the presentation of the China Green tea. I unwrapped the outer tissue to discover the sumptuous elegant gift box inside. And even within that, the tea packet was tied with ribbon.

Jadu tea

So first we tried the White Mango Lime. This was a very nice flavour and slightly pink in colour. I could detect the lime but not the mango although I could see chunks of a fruit amongst the leaves.

Jadu mango & lime tea

Secondly we tried the Rooibos Crème Brûlée. I’ve never been a huge fan of Rooibos and although perfectly palatable, this was my least favourite.

rooibos creme brûlée tea

Thirdly we tried the Spa Afternoon. I loved the notes of spearmint and found this really refreshing. Definitely my favourite. It also contains nettle, dandelion, burdock, and milk thistle, although I have never heard of a milk thistle. Certainly no prickly bits in the tea though.

spa afternoon tea

Fourthly we tried the Mademoiselle Grey both with and without milk. It is marketed as a take on Earl Grey, but finished with citrus notes and a sprinkling of red cornflowers. I frequently drink Earl Grey and was anticipating it to be fairly similar. However initially I found it much stronger than I expected and had to add extra water to the pot to enjoy it.

Mademoiselle Grey Jadu tea

And finally we tried the China Green, both the envelope and loose leaf varieties. Similarly to the Mademoiselle Grey, the envelope was a fairly strong brew, which again I preferred once I had added extra water to the pot. By comparison, I preferred my cup of loose leaf and you can see how much stronger the envelope looked, from the colour of the two cups below, both brewed for the same length of time.

china green tea

So personally I preferred the strength of the loose leaf tea to the envelopes, although I was pleased to see the quality and spaciousness of the envelopes. And don’t forget the strength can be adjusted by either brewing for a shorter time or by adding more water. Also some of the teas required water at about 80 deg C, whilst others used traditional boiling water.

The teas currently retail at £21.50 for a 100g box and £11.50 for a 100g refill and £16 for 12 envelopes. So well above the price of your standard supermarket cuppa but remember these are high quality luxury teas. I would certainly be happy to buy a box as a gift.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a box of China Green Tea courtesy of JADU Tea to one lucky winner. A fabulous prize.

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Giveaway to win Luxury Yogi Teas

I love to relax with a cup of tea and I’m sure lots of you feel the same. So I’m pleased to be able to share my latest giveaway of 4 boxes of luxury Yogi Teas with you.

Win Yogi Teas

The prize includes four selected herbal teas:
Yogi Positive Energy Tea Cranberry Hibiscus: An uplifting and invigorating tea infused with Green Mate, Guarana & Assam Black
Yogi Detox Tea with Lemon: a tangy detox tea infused with the flavours of Bitter Dandelion, Sweet Liquorice & Spicy Ginger
Yogi Women’s Tea: a balancing tea with a blend of Ginger, Orange Peel, Angelica Root & Ayurvedic Spices
Yogi Bedtime Tea: a calming and organic tea infused with Chamomile, Lavender, Nutmeg & Valerian Root

Each box contains 17 teabags and the lucky winner gets a complete set of all four varieties.

Yogi Tea have been specialising in organic herbal tea since 1960! And are experts in creating flavoured healthy tea.

Prize supplied by Discount Supplements, specialists in Online Sports Supplements. They stock about 40 varieties of Yogi Tea, which currently retail at £2.29 per pack of 17 bags.

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Regular readers of my blog will know I enjoy a cup of tea from previous reviews but I’d love to hear what your favourite drink is?

Here are links to teas I have reviewed previously.
Olive Leaf Tea
Butterfly Dance Blooming Tea and Ginseng Oolong Tea Cubed

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A nice cup of olive leaf tea – review & giveaway

About 10 years ago on holiday I was introduced to the concept that you could make your own teas when I was offered cups of sage tea made with sprigs of freshly picked sage. Back home I adapted the idea to make my own mint tea using fresh mint from my garden. Ever since, I’ve always been very open-minded to trying different flavours of tea. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to sample some Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea.

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

I love using olive oil, but I’m not that keen on eating olives, although son1 absolutely loves them. Read on to find out what would I think of olive leaf tea?

I received a free 30g packet of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea to review. This is a premium loose leaf tea, made from the finest hand-picked leaves from the organic olive groves in Abruzzo, Italy. I’ve seen ladies picking tea leaves from the bushes in Sri Lanka and filling very large baskets which they carry on their back, a job that I am in awe of. Similarly, olive leaf tea has been made in Italy for hundreds of years, being prized for its health enhancing qualities. As well as tea, they also harvest the olives from the Mirabilia olive groves and press to produce extra virgin olive oil.

I followed the instructions which said a pinch of tea would make at least two cups of tea and to brew for about 5-6 minutes. It also said that the tea can be drunk either hot, tepid, cold or iced. I made a pot of tea to share with my other half and we chose to drink it hot. We both found it a pleasant tasting refreshing drink. I also tried refreshing the pot, as it said it could be refreshed once or twice, and deliberately allowed my cup to go tepid. Yes it was fine tepid, a bonus as I quite often get side-tracked. The flavour was weaker and more delicate as I had anticipated, and I still enjoyed it, although my other half found it too weak. I also appreciated how bulky the leaves were, very visually attractive especially compared to the powdery contents of most teabags. The pack came with a reseal label, but I found the packet tore when I opened it, so I was unable to reseal it properly, so I tipped the tea into an airtight container instead.

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

Take a look inside the teapot

Here are some facts about olive leaf tea.
– Caffeine and tannin free.
– Extremely high in antioxidants
– Antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-fungal.
– Proven to aid weight loss.
– Used traditionally to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
– Proven to boost the immune system.

Also olive leaf tea leaves can be added to a marinade, especially for fish, or used in a spice rub to season a variety of dishes.

A 30g packet of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea currently retails for £4.69 and comes in three flavours, the original olive leaf tea that I tried and also variants with organic pomegranate and lemon and wild mint. You may purchase instore at branches of Booths and Whittards of Chelsea plus other stores or online. As you only need a pinch, the 30g packet will make lots of cups, so the price sounds fine in my opinion. I highly recommend this product.

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Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a selection of Mirabilia organic olive leaf tea and olive oil to three lucky winners. Each prize will comprise of three packets of tea (one of each flavour) and a 250 ml bottle of their organic extra virgin olive oil.

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Enjoy tea? Here’s another tea review I did back in 2013 of the Butterfly Dance Blooming Tea and Oolong Ginseng Tea Cubed.

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My review of Lulin Teas

I have received some samples of Lulin Teas to review.  You can see details of their full range of teas on their website at www.lulin-teas.com.

I shared these with my mum who is very much into tea, in particular enjoying taking afternoon tea at tearooms.   She also does voluntary talks on tea for groups like the WI.

The first tea I sampled was the Butterfly Dance Blooming Tea which has been featured in Vogue May 2012.  This comes as a ball of green tea, which once brewed, the ball opens to reveal Jasmine, Marigold and Lily flowers.  It is recommended that you use a glass teapot, so that you can watch the ball opening.  I don’t possess a glass teapot, so I brewed this in my cafetière.  It was amazing to watch, as it slowly opened to reveal the flower and you can see how it got its name.  It really did look like a Butterfly Dance and my children were entranced watching it.  The tea was pale in colour with a gentle flavour.  I really enjoyed this tea.  The instructions state that you can re-steep this tea up to 3 times, so I tested re-steeping.  I was surprised to see that once again the flower stood up and danced, after having been slumped at the bottom of the empty pot.  The taste was still as enjoyable on re-steeping.

Butterfly Dance Blooming Tea

The second tea I sampled was Ginseng Oolong Tea Cubed.  This is a cube-shaped teabag containing whole leaf.  I had no idea what Ginseng would taste like, but my preconception was that I wouldn’t care much for this tea, as the write-up said that it had a hint of liquorice, which is not a flavour I particularly enjoy.  However I was proved wrong.  I did like this tea, but none of us could detect a liquorice flavour.  I followed the instructions of discarding the first brew and initially chose to infuse for 1 minute.  This gave a gentle flavour which I enjoyed.  A second cup infused for longer, I found slightly strong for my palette.

Neither tea gave instructions as to whether to serve with or without milk, so I chose to serve both without milk.

I am very happy to recommend both these products.  More details on these products are available on the Lulin Teas website.

Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.