Just My Cup of Tea

Hi everyone! First off, let me just apologize for my absolute lack of posts lately. I have so many new products and new clothes that I could write up posts about, but I've just been far too lazy. But, that is all going to change. Starting now (!!!) I'll be posting at least two times per week. I also want to try and branch out a little further from my usual baking/makeup type posts and start trying some outfit of the day posts, DIYs and maybe some guest posts written by some of my lovely friends. Who knows? Just something to get a little bit excited over! Carrying on.

This is a post I've been meaning to write for quite some time now and I have finally decided just to stop being so lazy and get on it. I am a big tea drinker, drinking several cups each day. Though I am always scouring shops and the tea section of the supermarket for new teas to try, I thought it would be fun to create a post featuring a few of my most favourite teas to drink throughout the day. So, go and turn your kettle on, make yourself a cuppa and read on.

Davids Tea 'Forever Nuts' - Probably the most delicious smelling tea I have ever come across, it smells like desserts. It is an herbal (caffeine-free) tea made with almonds, apples, cinnamon and beetroot. Visually it's very pretty, the beetroot turns your water a bright pink colour! It has a very fruity taste with a spicy base of cinnamon. This tea is already quite sweet so I find that I don't need to add any sugar or honey. Because of it's slight spicy taste, I think it would pair very well with cinnamon coffee cakes or other cinnamon desserts. 

Tealish 'Sweet Macaron' - I absolutely love macarons, so when I saw this tea on the Tealish website I knew that I needed to give it a try. It's a green tea with hazelnuts, almonds, candied pineapple, coconut and walnuts. I'm usually not too crazy about green teas, but I really do like this one. The strongest flavours I taste are almond and vanilla, so it is very macaron-esque. For dessert, I would pair this tea with (what a surprise!) macarons or other almond cookies and baked goods. 

Davids Tea 'Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait' - Another herbal from Davids tea. I was given a free sample of this while in store and while I didn't buy it right away, I went home and could not stop thinking about it so on my next visit a purchase had to be made. This tea includes strawberry, rhubarb, yogurt bits, apples, hibiscus, raisins, carrots and beetroot. Like Forever Nuts, this tea is a beautiful pinky colour. It is both sweet from the strawberry, and tart from the rhubarb and the yogurt gives it a slight creaminess - I know yogurt in tea seems kind of odd, but trust me! This stuff is lovely! And while you can drink it hot, I find that it is just as good poured over ice. Serve it with some strawberry muffins (shamelessly promoting myself a bit here) and you have the makings of a garden tea party in the sun. 

Davids Tea 'White Chocolate Frost' - Have you noticed any sort of pattern with all my selections so far? They are all dessert-related. Oops. This is my go-to cold day tea. My best friend bought me some of this stuff for Christmas this past year and it's just so wintery and delicious. I love white chocolate and I love mint. Together? In a tea? This is the stuff that dreams are made of. It's made with mint, white chocolate and pink peppercorns and just a single sip really warms you up inside. Now that the weather is (slowly) getting warmer, I think I'll hide this away until the bitter cold and snow return. Serve a big, hot mug of this tea with brownies or another chocolaty dessert.

Taylors of Harrogate 'Yorkshire Tea' - Last, but certainly not least is Yorkshire Tea. It is just a black tea, plain and simple. This is the tea I reach for every morning when I wake up, and plenty of times throughout the day as well. I probably brew this tea more than any of the others, it just works any time of the day. You can brew it as weak or as strong as you like, I like it quite strong with just a splash of skim milk. I find that no sugar or sweeteners are necessary. Since this is just a plain black tea, it pairs well with pretty much anything. But, you should really try it with some homemade scones and lemon curd (more shameless self promotion, oops!)! What I really like about this tea is the work they do to help the environment. From responsible packaging, to fighting deforestation, their website highlights all the good that they do. On their packs of tea, there are tokens that you can collect and send in. Every four tokens you send in, they will donate an extra 50p to the Yorkshire Rainforest Project, which is really something that I can get behind.

Thank you for reading! Do let me know in the comments below what your favourite tea is! I'd love to know! xx


Scones and Lemon Curd

It was a very dreary and drizzly morning so I thought I would brighten the day up and try my hand at baking some scones. What goes well with scones? Quite a few things do, but lemon curd trumps every other spread in my opinion. The recipe for the lemon curd comes from Ina Garten and you can find it online over here. It was so easy and relatively quick to make and I am having the hardest time trying to resist eating spoonfuls of the stuff. The recipe states it will take about ten minutes for the mixture to thicken, but it took me a little longer. Other than that, everything else went very well.
I found this recipe for the scones and changed it up very slightly. The final product was a perfectly flaky and buttery scone that pairs so well with the lemon curd and of course, a cuppa.

Scones -
Yield: 8 Scones

1 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
3 Tsp Baking Powder
1/4 Cup Sugar, plus more for sprinkling
1/8 Tsp Salt
5 Tbsp Cold Butter, cut into chunks
1/2 Cup Milk, plus 1 Tbsp for brushing over top
1/4 Cup Sour Cream

1  - Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Sift your dry ingredients into a large bowl and cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter. Mix together your milk and sour cream in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and stir gently until well mixed.
2 - Dust flour over your work surface and your hands. Turn dough out onto the floured surface and form into a ball. Gently flatten it slightly and cut into 8 triangular pieces. 
3 - Place your scones onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush milk over the tops and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown. 
4 - Serve warm with a very generous helping of lemon curd and a cup of your best tea.

Also!!!!! I am so excited to say that I'll be visiting England very soon! I have never been and it has always been the one place I've always wanted to travel to. I'm not quite sure how, but I am so in love with a place I have never been. I guess you can say I'm a bit of an anglophile. Anyway, if you have any suggestions of places to visit while I am there that would be lovely. I'll also be in Austria (Vienna + Salzburg), Germany (Munich) and France (Paris). Any recommendations you may have would be very much appreciated.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read! 
Much love! xxx