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3 ways with…Cosy Lemon Green

3 ways with… is a series exploring different ways of brewing and sipping our favourite drink. I’ll be picking out some of my favourite Cosy flavours and showing you a few different ways to enjoy them. Click here to see previous posts from the series.

Traditional Dragon-Phoenix ball tea

Traditional Dragon-Phoenix ball tea

Earl Grey might have been a classic but green tea is seriously old school – it dates back to 8th century China when the idea of steaming tea leaves was first discovered. This new method produced tastier and less bitter teas, not unlike the ones we enjoy today. By the 10th century, tea drinking was just as big a deal in China as afternoon tea would later become in Britain. The Chinese began brewing ‘tribute teas’ which were presented to emperors and high ranking officials and it wasn’t long before people started competing for royal favour, developing extravagant brews like the rather exciting sounding Dragon-Phoenix ball tea which was flavoured with jasmine.

 
These days, its reportedly high levels of vitamins and anti-oxidants mean that green tea is hailed as a bit of a super food. Some of its alleged benefits include boosting weight loss, increasing the metabolism, reducing cholesterol and even preventing tooth decay! If all this has left your mouth watering for green tea, luckily for you Cosy have no less than two delicious flavours – Jasmine Green and Lemon Green. I’ve used Lemon Green for these recipes, but Jasmine Green would make a lovely fragrant alternative. So without further ado, here are my top 3 ways to drink Cosy Lemon Green…

 
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Winter is fast approaching and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. Why not try this twist on the traditional honey and lemon drink? Hot Lemon Green tea with honey makes a delicious, warming tonic. It won’t cure your cold but it’ll be sure to cheer you up. Just boil the kettle, and steep the tea bag for 3-5 minutes. Stir through a teaspoon or so of honey to taste and enjoy, preferably curled up on the sofa in a blanket.

 
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From one extreme to the other but no less delicious: ice cold Lemon Green tea with a slice of lemon is the perfect refresher when you want something tasty but virtuous. A little patience is required for this one: brew your tea for 3-5 minutes and leave to cool. Serve in a glass with ice cubes and a slice of lemon.

 
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Cosy Lemon Green’s fragrant and zesty flavours make it a wonderful cocktail ingredient. I brewed the tea for 10 minutes to ensure maximum flavour in this Green Tea Martini, and added vodka, lemon juice and fresh mint for extra zing. Dip the rim of a cocktail glass in lemon juice and sugar to make your cocktail hour extra special.

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National Watermelon Day

Watermelon is having a bit of a style moment at the..er…moment. It makes perfect sense really, who doesn’t want adorable bright pink and green fruit printed all over everything? I know I do! So you can bet I was excited when I found out that August 3rd was National Watermelon Day. Luckily for you readers you won’t need to go anywhere to get your fix because I’ve rounded up my top 5 watermelon-themed things to celebrate.

1. Watermelon Iced Tea
If you prefer to drink your 5-a-day then this Watermelon-Mint Iced Tea recipe is the tipple for you. And best of all? You’ll get to use Cosy Breakfast teabags to make it. For those weekend nights, this watermelon mojito recipe is the perfect Summer cocktail.

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2. Watermelon Tea Cosy
It wouldn’t be Cosy if we didn’t include one of these bad boys and this lovely Watermelon tea cosy from FarmFreshKnits fits the bill nicely. Of course, you’ll need something to pour your tea into so it’s only right that you pick up one of these to drink out of.

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3. Watermelon Tea Pot
In 3rd place we’ve got the ultimate in Watermelon-Tea combos. Why not go all out and carve yourself a giant watermelon tea pot of your very own? The guys over at Watermelon.org have put together these step by step instructions and they make it look so easy…

Be sure to let us know how you get on if you try it!

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4. Watermelon Sorbet
It turns out watermelon actually tastes pretty great too! This watermelon sorbet recipe is super simple and super refreshing. Plus fruit is healthy right? Bonus points for serving it in these cute watermelon bowls. 

5. Watermelon Duvet Set

How many times have you wished you could sleep in a bed of watermelons? The real thing might give you a bit of a bad back but now you can make all your watermelon dreams come true (literally) with this duvet set.

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Sweet dreams!

A slice of Summer

Summer is finally upon us and with it comes the promise of sunshine, smiles, the prospect of frolicking through a floral meadow wearing a white floaty dress and a wide brimmed hat. Perhaps you’ll be accompanied by an adorable puppy and a smattering of freckles. Maybe you’ll head home fairly quickly because you really fancy making a cake. We may be in the middle of a heatwave here in changeable old Blighty but who knows how long it’ll last? There’s only one thing you can rely on in life and that’s cake. Two things if you count tea. And hey, you know what goes really well together? Tea and cake. Well would you look at that.

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In light of this, I paired refreshing Cosy Lemon Green with a sweet lemon icing to create something that tastes like the evergreen optimism of a British Summertime. No one wants to slave away in the kitchen in a heatwave, especially when you don’t know how long it’ll last so luckily for you this recipe is quick and basically fool proof. I made it by hand the good old fashioned way but if you’ve got an electric mixer then you’ll have something fresh and zesty and worthy of eating in a country garden full of flowers in under an hour.

You’ll need:

  • 4 x Cosy Lemon Green teabags
  • 125g butter
  • 130g caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 210g self-raising flour
  • 112ml milk

For the icing:

  • 70g icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Lemon zest to decorate
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and grease a small loaf tin with butter. Steep two of the teabags in 50ml boiling water and set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, then beat in eggs, flour, and milk then empty the contents of the remaining two teabags into the mix for good measure.
  3. Your tea should now be nice and brewed, so pour that in and mix well.
  4. Pour the cake mix into your loaf tin and pop in the oven for 25 minutes, or until a knife comes out clean in the middle. Take out and leave to cool completely.
  5. For your icing, mix together the icing sugar and lemon juice until smooth and shiny. Have a little taste and add a little more lemon juice if needed. Then have another taste, and probably another, just to be on the safe side. This was my favourite part.
  6. Remove the cake from the tin and using a teaspoon, drizzle the icing over the cake in a zig zag pattern until it has all gone and the cake is nicely covered. Sprinkle with lemon zest to finish.
  7. Put the kettle on, slice, eat outside and pray the sun stays out.

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It’s made with what?

Psst! Do you know what Sunday is? That’s right, it’s Father’s Day. I know, I know, dads are really tricky to buy presents for. They wouldn’t appreciate knick-knacks, jewellery or hand-knits like your mum would (actually, they might – I’ll let you decide on that one) and they seem to always buy whatever they want for themselves! It’s just plain rude. But if there’s one thing you can always have more of, it’s food, and lovely home-cooked meals. So here are a few suggestions for gastronomical delights this Sunday, and – you guessed it – they all include tea!

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Hot tea-smoked trout with new potato and rocket salad

This particular recipe has the added bonus of being cooked on a barbecue. Dad’s love a barbecue. The only problem is he might end up taking over – men and hot coals are magnetically drawn to one-another. It’s scientific fact (actually, it’s not). But if he does let you at the ol’ BBQ, all you need to do is mix tea leaves (from one of our Breakfast Tea bags) with sugar and rice and pop it on the grill to start smoking. Once it’s hot, pop your fish on top, cover them up and let the flavour sensation do its thing!

duck

Smoked tea duck with bigarade sauce

The same approach is put to delicious use in this recipe, but with the more floral element of Earl Grey tea leaves – it’s the perfect partner to the delicate yet rich taste of duck. This is a great choice if your dad isn’t a particular fan of fish, or if you want to impress with more unusual ingredients. As soon as anyone mentions ‘duck’ or ‘Earl Grey’ it becomes instantly fancy. Trust me…

salmon

Tea-smoked salmon with herb mayonnaise

For a lighter meal (perhaps you’ve started the day with an all-out fry up, for which we do not blame you) this salmon and salad combo is special without being too much. The smoking technique is exactly the same again, so you can wow your dad without bustling about the kitchen for hours on end. Which leaves you more time for bonding and playing board games – or watching shoot-em-ups, if your dad prefers.

So there you have it. High impact, low effort recipes that incorporate your favourite thing in your dinner. After all, dads always love a cuppa.

We wuv you!

Happy Friday, lovely people! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week, and managed to stay warm in this chilly February weather. Speaking of February, guess what day tomorrow is? That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day! Whether you are a fan of this celebration or not, you can’t seem to get away from the pink and red lovehearts at the moment. But it’s always good to tell our loved ones how much they mean to us and in honour of that sentiment, we’ve found you a romantic rose-bedecked tea cosy, because after all, sharing a pot of tea is a such a sweet way to say ‘I love you’.

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This beautiful design by Louise Fitzpatrick incorporates a simple knitted body with a bevy of gorgeous crocheted flowers sewn to the top. Knitted in classic stocking stitch, the main part of the cosy is very simple, with the first sections worked flat and then joined into the round for the top shaping, leaving gaps for the handle and spout.

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The really fun part is making the flowers for the top. Based on a pattern from www.funfreecraftlimited.com, this is great for newbie crocheters. As long as you can chain, slip stitch and double crochet, you can make these roses. And if you use a fun colourful yarn, like Louise did, they come out with the subtle variegations that real flowers have. Genius!

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There’s a fair amount of sewing involved with this design, but it’s so worth it – aren’t those buttons delightful? Make sure to give yourself a full afternoon to dedicate to the construction and take your time when you position the flowers. A little bit of effort goes a long way and after all, you want this cosy to show just how much you care about your people.

Happy Valentine’s Day tea fans, we love you all!

Anyone for tea…cake?

Happy Wednesday, dear readers! It’s the peak of the week – thank goodness – and we’ve got a few recipes to tempt you with, to get you thinking about the weekend and what you’re going to bake.

So a few weeks ago we started a bit of a mini series of traditional treats to enjoy with tea. We started close to home, with a few yummy creations from the British Isles. Today we’re going to hop across the Atlantic Ocean and see what our neighbours in the Southern states of America might snaffle with a good cuppa. Tea Cakes.

Southern Tea Cakes are believed to be a basic version of British tea cakes (the flat bun-like kind that are best toasted and thickly buttered) that were further simplified by the poorer classes to include fewer ingredients and better suit their resources. It’s this unfussy adaptation that has survived the test of time.

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This first recipe is as authentic as they get. Taken from an old family favourite, with only minor adjustments, this is the closest you’ll come to the real deal. It sounds to me like a kind of very thin shortbread and a rather tasty accompaniment to your afternoon brew.

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If you fancy something zingier, how about a lemon version? Adding lemon zest and juice to the mixture, and topping with lemon icing puts a fresh twist on the original. We think these would be the perfect partner to our Lemon Green tea.

Gooey tea cakes

Feeling like something cakier? This alternative is more dense and  chewy for more of a cookie feel. Another iced version, this recipe feels quite pudding-y and we think it would make a lovely finish to a meal with friends, served with a refreshing pot of Earl Grey.

Well I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced and my mouth is watering! Will you be whipping up a batch of Southern Tea Cakes this weekend? Show us some snaps and let us know how they turn out.

Let them eat cake!

Happy Friday tea fans! And isn’t it a glorious day?

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(That’s the view from my living room window, isn’t Bath beautiful?)

To get you in the mood for the weekend, let’s talk about baking, shall we? There are worse things in life to talk about, after all, and what better on a Sunday afternoon that whipping up something delicious and homemade?

Everyone has their favourite treat to partner a good cuppa. For some it’s a sturdy biscuit ready to dunk. For others it’s a generous slice of moist cake. How about a chic little cupcake? Or even a chocolate confection, dipped at one end, with the tea sucked through the middle. (Have I lost you? That’s how the Aussies eat Tim Tams, something like a British Penguin and it’s well worth a try. It’s messy and you need to wait until your tea has cooled a little bit, but it’s scrummy.)

But what about the humble tea cake?

Tea cakes are different all around the world, and in this mini-series we’re going to introduce you to a few of our favourites that we can’t wait to try! Let’s start with the quintessentially British, Tea Loaf.

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(Photo from The Daisy Cake Company)

Tea Loaves are one of those comforting things that make you feel better no matter what. I like to imagine grandmothers making them as they potter about the house and small children creating an enormous mess as they have a go. The tea element comes into this recipe in the preparation stages: the fruit is soaked in cool tea to make every last currant plumpcious and lovely. I may have made up the word plumpcious, you are welcome, World. Of course, you could also soak them in brandy or rum, but that would make for a less family-friendly cake!

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(Photo from The Daisy Cake Company)

We found this lovely, easy-to-follow recipe at The Daisy Cake Diet that we think you will love. Use our Breakfast tea to soak your dried fruit. If you are watching your caffeine intake or want to make this cake for those sensitive to it, opt for our Decaf tea instead.

Have you got any baking planned for this weekend? Show us some snaps!