6 Facts you didn’t know about Tea and the best way to make it …

Tea is an enormously popular drink around the world. I drink cups and cups per day, from breakfast tea to a variety of herbal teas! But if you count yourself as a tea lover, you might be surprised by some of the little known facts about the drink. Here are six things about probably didn’t know about tea, and a kitchen essential you need if you want to enjoy the perfect cuppa! ‘ War made Britain a tea drinking nation Tea was popularised in the UK due to the British East India Company, which held a monopoly on Chinese tea across the 18th century. This provided Britain was easy access to tea. However, the country would also had access to coffee through France and Spain – where coffee developed into…

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Sunday Scrapbook – Wallpapering & Toby Carvery

We’ve had a really busy week, and I’m sitting down to write with a cup of tea this after strolling round the car boot sale for three hours this morning, and before we head out for a picnic at Nymans Gardens this afternoon! We’ve redecorated the living room this week (including our first foray into wallpapering!) plus we’ve sort of tidied the attic, bought Athena a bike for her birthday as well as all the regular day to day stuff – in short we’re all a bit exhausted! To add to the stress Sam left his house keys at his Mum’s in Norfolk and our spare set has gone walkabouts – so we’re both sharing the same set which means a lot of careful timing! I really need to get…

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Food: 14 Kitchen Gadgets to make Cooking Fun

The best way to eat healthier and teach your kids about the healthy eating is to make cooking healthy, homemade meals simple but fun. Luckily, there are a lot of excellent kitchen gadgets that can help you with that, here are 14 kitchen gadgets to try…   Instant Pot If you want to be able to cook up healthy wholesome meals for the whole family, but you’re rather short on time and space for lots of cooking equipment, you’ll love the Instant Pot – a one-pot cooking device with seven separate functions that enables you to do everything from steaming to slow cooking in the one pot. There are literally thousands of great Instant Pot recipes to be found all over the web, so purchasing this could really transform family…

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Food: Mother’s Day Brunch at Côte Brasserie

Brunch is not something I partake in regularly, as I have two small children who wake up at the crack of dawn, so I am always hungry by 8am if not earlier. However when I do get the opportunity to enjoy brunch I will always try and make it work! So for that reason this morning I packed the kids off to the childminder for her to do School drop off and then headed to Chichester to for a stroll round town before meeting Donna for an early Mother’s Day Brunch at Cóte Brasserie, on South Street. The restaurant is a less than two minutes walk from the famous clock tower in Chichester, and under ten minutes from the station if you’re coming from that direction. Cóte has a light…

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Change4Life Food Scanner: Making better food choices

One of my biggest parenting challenges is around food; snacking on the wrong things, not getting a balanced diet, and being unwilling to try new things. Literally every dinner time is a cause of stress for me in one way or another. My meal plans are boring and uninspiring (well, to me anyway- the kids seem perfectly happy with the same four or five ‘safe’ meals on rotation!) and that’s something I really want to work to change, which will mean widening the food they will eat, as well as getting them to understand why they need to eat a balanced diet. Athena has started to learn a little about nutrition at school, and has hot school lunches too which has helped to widen her tastes a little, though often…

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Food: Eating Healthily at Christmas

With the Christmas festivities fast approaching, now is the ideal time to start thinking about how you’re going to eat and how you’re going to stay healthy in the weeks ahead of you. We all know how difficult it can be to stay healthy when Christmas comes around because there are so many temptations on offer. Here are some of the ways you can make sure that you carry on eating healthy while still enjoying good food this Christmas.   Stay in Control of Food Preparation It’s never a good idea to trust other people’s cooking too much when you’re trying to stay fit and stick to a diet. By staying in control of the food preparation this holiday season should make it possible for you to prevent too many…

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Food: Three Top Tools for Baking

Image source   Love it or loathe it, the new series of Great British Bake Off has hit our screens and brought millions of adoring eyes with it, giving hope to every viewer that has ever considered taking up baking as an in-home hobby, and why not. Perhaps the thought of opening your own little bakery business has always niggled away at the back of your brain, or you want to up your game so that you no longer embarrass your children at school fetes, or you just want to find a new little something that stops you from looking at facebook all the time. Whatever it is, taking up baking is the answer. However, while baking is all about trial and error and having fun, it is also about…

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