Ice Tea Recipe

Ice tea is amazing in this hot weather! I find it’s a wonderful way to get my tea fix in the current heatwave. I like to whip up a batch, store it in the fridge and take it to work in my Keep Cup.

I’ve tried many different recipes and shop bought blends – but have finally struck tea gold by combining Ahmad Tea’s English Afternoon Tea, Twinings Strawberry & Mango, Camomile Tea, a spoonful of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon. The lemon and the lovely hint of bergamot in the Ahmad Tea give a citrus note – while the rest provides the fruity sweetness you tend to need in a cold drink.

It’s very enjoyable with just a few ice cubes but for special occasions you can garnish with lemon wedges and strawberry pieces – it’s a fabulous summertime refresher!

Here’s a batch in progress right now, it just needs to cool and it’ll be ready for me in the morning…

Ice Tea in Progress


Another guest post for Ahmad Tea

Guess what …I’ve written another guest blog post for the lovely people over at Ahmad Tea! You can read it here.

This one’s all aout the more unconventional ways to enjoy tea – tea cocktails anyone? Ever tried cooking with tea? Read my guest post to find out more…

Check out my guest post for Ahmad Tea

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute I guest post for the lovely people at Ahmad Tea’s blog. It gave me the perfect opportunity to write up something I’ve had on my mind for a while and that’s correct tea etiquette for modern life. I’m not talking about sipping slowly from a china tea set like days gone by, but rather the modern principles of proper tea drinking, such as always offering colleagues a cuppa and only boiling what you need water-wise.

My favourite teapot and mug set

For the full list of my tip tops for correct tea etiquette in the modern age please checkout Ahmad Tea’s blog.

….Off to put the kettle on now!

Bean Below’s Brilliant Breakfast

When you’re trying to sell your house it can often lead to you having to leave the house for half an hour or so at awkward times, while random people come view your home…all part of the process, but not always entirely convenient.

House for Sale…


So with a viewing scheduled for fairly early on a Sunday morning, what were we to do but go out for breakfast? After pleading with Iago (our pet bird) to keep quiet and a frantic tidy up, we headed out to Bean Below – the local cafe and restaurant below Twyford Stores. I have to say that this place really is a testament to just what great produce we have locally and the scrummy delights that can be created from it. The majority of the food and drink served all is locally sourced, from the Ahmad loose leaf teas to the free range eggs.

Bean Below – the lovely little restaurant below Twyford Stores


I have been to Bean Below for lunch and dinner a fair few times, but never for breakfast (I’m not known for being up in time for breakfast!). Bean Below’s food is always good quality and the breakfast did not disappoint, with hearty serving of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for me and a classic Full English for Tom, it was just what two tired people unable to return home required. It hit the spot! Well done Bean Below – you never disappoint!

Scrumptious scrambled eggs and a whole heap of smoked salmon – yum!

Even when Bean Below won’t be walking distance for us any more we’ll still make the short journey from Winchester to enjoy it’s excellent food, it’s well worth the drive.

Winter Warmers…Hello Hot Drinks

I definitely felt the turn of the seasons today, the chill in the air went right through me and I heard a proper Christmas song on the radio…so there’s absolutely nothing for it but a soothing hot drink in front of the fire (or radiator in my case!) – but what to choose? Here are a few of my favourites…

Pimms Winter

Well lets start things off with a bit of a kick…it is the festive season after all. I absolutely adore a Winter Pimms, it totally captures the essence of Christmas in a warming cupful that’s less heavy and hangover-inducing that mulled wine. Of course you need the finishing touches – don’t forget some citrus fruits for the full-on festive, fireside experience.

Twinings Signature Blend Earl Grey

Now for something a little calmer, Twinings Signature Blend Earl Grey is just delightful, aromatic, pure loveliness in cup. The signature blend is like Earl Grey and then some…with lavender and full of flavours that just taste fancy! In fact it is so fancy that the little silken pouches the tea comes in are called ‘tea pillows’ – how wonderful. I take mine with a dash of skimmed milk…perfection!

Ahmad Prime Time Tea

For those of you who prefer your tea little a more conventional, but still want something special, checkout my favourite everyday cuppa – Ahmad Prime Time Tea. I’m lucky it’s a local based company – so I find it in quite a few places, but I’m pretty sure it’s available online too. It’s refreshing, perhaps a little lighter than some strong teas, but with a full tea flavour.

Tetley Green Tea Lemon

I’ll always have a soft spot for Tetley, but their Lemon Green Tea really is better than any other out there. It’s perfect for when you feel like a bit of detox, but it’s far more exciting and flavourful than a plain old hot water. It’s genuinely enjoyable (unlike some green teas!), really zesty and thoroughly drinkable – definitely ideal after an overdose of the festivities that this of year always brings.

Ovaltine Malt Chocolate

Mmmm…ultimate evening fireside beverage! I like mine on Sunday nights to help me sleep, it works wonders (too well sometimes, often end up fighting my eyes on the sofa). It’s a wonderfully nostalgic taste that never fails to soothe and relax me, it also so much lighter than a traditional hot chocolate – which I often find too rich. Give this one a try – it’ll take you back to childhood!

Baileys Latte

What a delicious note to finish on…if you haven’t tried this –  you must! You can make it at home, but I find it best in a restaurant as a warming alternative to a dessert. The combination of coffee, frothed milk and a luxurious helping of Baileys is simply fabulous. Just imagine it at the end of a meal, in a cosy pub, warming the soul..aaahhhh.

…So have I got you reaching for the kettle? What will you be putting on? Whatever your favourite hot beverage, take the time to sit down and really enjoy it…savour those comforting moments.