Whilst Italians make their coffee from the bottom up (Moka Pot)the French traditionally make their coffee from the top down, traditionally using the French press which we are all familiar with but do you actually know the correct way to use it?
This little post will give you the basic instructions to use the pot that, I a pretty sure, you will have had lying about your kitchen for ages!
In 1891 Samuel Rowbottom resident of 82 Abbey Road, Derby applied for a patient for his automatic tea making machine. It was the first steps towards an invention which, in my view, doesn’t get the recognition it deserves.
I mean, sure, the wheel can get us around but what use is it first thing in the morning when you’re gasping for a cuppa? The TV? Brings nothing but hate and warfare into our homes, the telephone? Just means people can bother me when I’m trying to relax with a cuppa and the internet? Well, as fabulous as that is, it still takes me away from a good book with a good Earl Grey.
So, imagine my joy when my beloved sister bought me a Teasmade for Christmas! The gift that keeps giving! No longer will I have to walk down stairs to put the kettle on! No, for me, it’s early morning English Breakfast every single day from here on in!!
Today is the day after the day after the day. At last we have time to sit down and put our feet up, to reflect over the past couple of days, to consider the year almost over and reflect on the year to come.
So, no recopies today, I decided to take the day off for a little rest and relaxation! I figured, instead, that I would share a quote with you about the importance of just kicking back for a few hours every now and again!
A legend of the silver screen and a comedy actor, to this day, without reproach, Charlie Chaplin summed up what is, for me, the general mood for today when he said!
“Nothing is permanent in this wicked world—not even our
This is possibly the nicest coffee recipe I have shared so far! It has hints of Irish cream, chocolate and coffee in perfect proportions and something about it makes you feel very festive! In all, it’d the perfect Boxing Day drink for relaxing whilst the kids are driving you mad!
It might be Christmas but the news is full of doom and gloom
about the weather. This coupled with the fact that it seems that everyone seems to have a nasty cold at the moment, has inspired me to share with you this little recipe that, even if it isn’t a cure, is a great pick me up for the cold nights and long days suffering from coughs and sneezes!
The recipe uses the natural, gentle, stimulant qualities of a good cup of tea and the old fashioned curative qualities of honey, ginger and lemon. Brew hot and sip throughout the day to kick that cold into touch!
Everybody, I guess has that one thing that makes Christmas for them, for me, and for my family, it’s when we get the phone call to go round to my parents and pick up our Christmas pickled onions.
What you are looking at here are the greatest pickled onions in the world (bar none). My dad makes them every year and they are to die for! Spicy, crunchy and totally delicious!
What gets you in the mood for Christmas?
So, I promised you a Christmas cookie recipe worthy of Santa
and easy to cook…. Well, here it is and, can I tell you, we all have kitchen nightmares and, for me, today, this biscuit recipe was a kitchen nightmare but I got there in the end!
The recipe really is easy; it’s just that I as having a useless day!
It’s the time of year for a Hot Toddy but people these days
seem to hear the word and associate it with old people and nursing homes! Not at all, Hot Toddy drinks are lovely; they
are warming on a winter’s night and just as good as any fancy cocktail!
So let’s not leave the hot toddy in the nursing home, let’s
give it a go and what better time to try a warm alcoholic drink than now, during the party season!
Here’s a very basic hot toddy recipe that anyone can make, just follow my hot chocolate recipe and add a shot of cognac.
OH NO!!!! I hear you cry, Santa’s coming and I haven’t even thought about what treats I’m going to leave him!
Never fear because helping you out at Christmas is what I live for. Well, great beverages is what I blog for at least
So what are we going to leave for Santa? Well, at this time of year we are almost as busy as the big fellow so we want something easy… Let’s get the drink outa the way first with the most basic of hot chocolate recopies (the big guy was only telling me the other day how much he loves a good hot choc!).
And then, Tomorrow, I’ll be helping you out with the easiest of Christmas biscuit recopies (Direct from Mrs Claus) to keep both Santa and your nearest and dearest happy throughout the holidays
A West Indian themed winter drink that makes a great winter warmer! This is more of a sweet flavoured hot milk than a coffee but it’s delicious and easy to make!