Baking a Dungeons and Dragons themed cake for my best friend’s birthday party on Friday. It’s a vanilla pound cake with a giant edible D20 shaped cake on top of it (all hand made by me).
Pictures tomorrow! 

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Hello fellow tea lovers!Sorry I have not posted for a while, I have been suffering from a particularly virulent strain of the flu virus >.<Nothing a nice cup of lemon and ginger tea can’t cure though! I’ll be right as rain soon and spamming your dash with pictures of tea once again ^-^

Hello fellow tea lovers!
Sorry I have not posted for a while, I have been suffering from a particularly virulent strain of the flu virus >.<
Nothing a nice cup of lemon and ginger tea can’t cure though!
I’ll be right as rain soon and spamming your dash with pictures of tea once again ^-^

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I like to think of my followers like we’re all sitting at a really long table and I’m at the head and whenever I get a new follower they receive a cup of tea and maybe a biscuit to dunk in it and they sit down and we all have a really great time.

It’s 6 am and I haven’t slept. 

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One of my friends keeps trying to convince me that I have a hipster blog.

simple-authentici-tea:

I don’t have a hipster blog just because I post pictures of tea and baked goods, okay. Being a hipster has to do with intentional irony and fetishizing of certain aspects of culture. I just really fucking like tea, okay? I just really fucking like tea, and I find that browsing pictures of tea is really fucking soothing, and looking at pictures of baked goods inspires me to bake new, exciting, delicious things, because, oh hey, I’m a baker. If you’re a hipster and you reblog stuff from my blog, or if you’re a hipster and I reblog stuff from you, that is totally cool, everybody is into what they’re into and I’m all for that! Go you, liking what you like! 

I just totally unironically and uncomplicatedly adore tea, okay. I just do. I don’t run a hipster blog. I run a fandom blog. It’s just that I’m a fan of tea

This. 

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Peach Tea CupcakesIn addition to the bits of juicy peaches and noticeable (yet not overbearing) tea flavor, the cupcake has a touch of ginger, lemon cream cheese icing, and fresh mint leaves. 
Tea-Infused Butter Ingredients:1 cup unsalted butter32 grams (about 1/3 cup) whole leaf Earl Grey tea
Method:In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-high heat until just melted.  Add the tea leaves.Continue heating the mixture for about 5 minutes on low heat. Remove from the heat and allow to stand for another 5 minutes.Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves to squeeze out as much butter as possible.Let the butter come to room temperature and refrigerate until it is no longer liquid or until ready to use.
Cupcake Ingredients:1 ½ cup sugarZest of 1 medium-sized lemon2/3 cup tea-infused butter3 eggs½ tsp ground ginger1 ½ cup all-purpose flour½ cup milk1 cup finely chopped overripe peaches
Method:Preheat oven to 350&#160;F.In a small bowl, mix sugar and lemon zest.  Allow to sit for at least thirty minutes.In a large bowl, cream tea-infused butter and lemon sugar.Beat in eggs, one at a time.Beat in ginger.Beat in flour, one cup at a time, alternating with milk.Fold in peaches.Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.
Lemon Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:12 oz cream cheese, room temperature¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature3 cups powdered sugar, sifted¾ tsp lemon extractFresh mint leaves for garnish
Method:In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time until well integrated.Mix in lemon extract.Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.Top with mint leaves.

Peach Tea Cupcakes
In addition to the bits of juicy peaches and noticeable (yet not overbearing) tea flavor, the cupcake has a touch of ginger, lemon cream cheese icing, and fresh mint leaves. 

Tea-Infused Butter Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
32 grams (about 1/3 cup) whole leaf Earl Grey tea

Method:
In a small saucepan, melt the butter on medium-high heat until just melted.  
Add the tea leaves.
Continue heating the mixture for about 5 minutes on low heat. 
Remove from the heat and allow to stand for another 5 minutes.
Pour the mixture through a fine sieve, pressing hard on the tea leaves to squeeze out as much butter as possible.
Let the butter come to room temperature and refrigerate until it is no longer liquid or until ready to use.

Cupcake Ingredients:
1 ½ cup sugar
Zest of 1 medium-sized lemon
2/3 cup tea-infused butter
3 eggs
½ tsp ground ginger
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
1 cup finely chopped overripe peaches

Method:
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, mix sugar and lemon zest.  Allow to sit for at least thirty minutes.
In a large bowl, cream tea-infused butter and lemon sugar.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Beat in ginger.
Beat in flour, one cup at a time, alternating with milk.
Fold in peaches.
Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full.
Bake for 20 minutes or until cupcakes bounce back when lightly touched.

Lemon Cream Cheese Icing Ingredients:
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
¾ tsp lemon extract
Fresh mint leaves for garnish

Method:
In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.
Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time until well integrated.
Mix in lemon extract.
Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.
Top with mint leaves.

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Black Tea.Like green tea, black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are dried and fermented, which gives the tea a darker color and richer flavor than green tea (which does not undergo fermentation).Here&#8217;s a look at the science behind some of black tea&#8217;s health effects:
Black Tea and Cardiovascular Health. In 2001, Boston University found in a study that both short-term as well as long-term drinking of black tea actually reverses something called endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This is a dysfunction which basically serves as a predictor for even more serious coronary events. The conclusions in the study backed up a previously held link between black tea and its propensity to lower cardiovascular problems.
Black Tea and Diabetes. In a laboratory study published in 2009, scientists discovered that compounds extracted from black tea were more effective at slowing the absorption of blood sugar than those extracted from green tea and oolong tea. Additionally, a 2009 population study of 1,040 elderly adults found that long-term intake of black and/or green tea was associated with lower prevalence of diabetes.
Black Tea and Antioxidants. Another benefit of drinking black tea is a sizeable one: the abundance of antioxidants in it. Antioxidants are compounds that help the body fight free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA). These antioxidants include quercetin, a substance said to combat inflammation and support healthy immune function. The plant that this tea is made from comes with a plethora of the group of chemical substances known as polyphenol. These substances are another type of antioxidant, which have been found to help in everything from the treatment of brain injury cases to treatments against hearing loss and also, potentially, Parkinson&#8217;s disease.
Depending on how strong it&#8217;s brewed, black tea contains about 50&#160;mg of caffeine per cup. In comparison, green tea contains 8 to 30&#160;mg per cup, while coffee contains 100 to 350&#160;mg.

Black Tea.

Like green tea, black tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The leaves are dried and fermented, which gives the tea a darker color and richer flavor than green tea (which does not undergo fermentation).
Here’s a look at the science behind some of black tea’s health effects:

  • Black Tea and Cardiovascular Health. In 2001, Boston University found in a study that both short-term as well as long-term drinking of black tea actually reverses something called endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This is a dysfunction which basically serves as a predictor for even more serious coronary events. The conclusions in the study backed up a previously held link between black tea and its propensity to lower cardiovascular problems.
  • Black Tea and Diabetes. In a laboratory study published in 2009, scientists discovered that compounds extracted from black tea were more effective at slowing the absorption of blood sugar than those extracted from green tea and oolong tea. Additionally, a 2009 population study of 1,040 elderly adults found that long-term intake of black and/or green tea was associated with lower prevalence of diabetes.

  • Black Tea and Antioxidants. Another benefit of drinking black tea is a sizeable one: the abundance of antioxidants in it. Antioxidants are compounds that help the body fight free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA). These antioxidants include quercetin, a substance said to combat inflammation and support healthy immune function. The plant that this tea is made from comes with a plethora of the group of chemical substances known as polyphenol. These substances are another type of antioxidant, which have been found to help in everything from the treatment of brain injury cases to treatments against hearing loss and also, potentially, Parkinson’s disease.

Depending on how strong it’s brewed, black tea contains about 50 mg of caffeine per cup. In comparison, green tea contains 8 to 30 mg per cup, while coffee contains 100 to 350 mg.

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chefacceptable replied to your photo: Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Bread.

Not going to lie, that looks delicious.

It is, I used that recipe last November because I didn’t want to completely waste my pumpkin. Couldn’t find any chai tea powder though (I live in Ireland) so I just made a chai drizzle for it instead :) 

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Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Bread.

Pumpkin Chai Chocolate Chip Bread.

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Tea Jellies.If there are vegetarian people in our midst, then you can substitute the gelatin for agar, which is derived from seaweed&#8230; because gelatin comes from animals. The flavour of these jellies is delicate and refreshing.
Ingredients:1 cup water, boilingenough tea to make a strong cupscant 1/4 cup sugar1 envelope (or 2 sheets) of gelatin
Method:Steep the tea in the hot water until desired strength (much stronger than you would drink it, but not bitter). Stir in sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle powdered gelatin* over the hot tea and stir until completely dissolved. Pour into vessel(s) and refrigerate until set.
*If using sheets, soak sheets in cold water in a bowl. When sheets are softened, add to hot tea and stir until dissolved

Tea Jellies.
If there are vegetarian people in our midst, then you can substitute the gelatin for agar, which is derived from seaweed… because gelatin comes from animals. The flavour of these jellies is delicate and refreshing.

Ingredients:
1 cup water, boiling
enough tea to make a strong cup
scant 1/4 cup sugar
1 envelope (or 2 sheets) of gelatin

Method:
Steep the tea in the hot water until desired strength (much stronger than you would drink it, but not bitter).
Stir in sugar until dissolved. Sprinkle powdered gelatin* over the 
hot tea and stir until completely dissolved.
Pour into vessel(s) and refrigerate until set.

*If using sheets, soak sheets in cold water in a bowl. When sheets are softened, add to hot tea and stir until dissolved

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No-Face likes his tea &lt;3 

No-Face likes his tea <3 

(Source: sakura-milk, via thedruidsteaparty)

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Based on the cultural Russian nesting dolls, this tea set is adorable in its rather subtle take on them.

Brought to you by the Neatoshop, the Matryoshka Teapot is essentially comprised of six parts: two cups that are modeled after a matryoshka doll’s head and which are stacked one on top of the other, a pot, a lid and a stainless steel strainer.

The Matryoshka Teapot is reasonably priced at $49.95. Made out of ceramic, it would surely fit in with any tableware decor setting. Not only that, but the Matryoshka Teapot would surely add more than a bit of character to one’s kitchen as well. 

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Matcha CakeThis simple, moist green tea cake is subtly sweet. You can adjust the amount of sugar you add if you prefer a sweeter cake, or you can top your green cake with some cream cheese icing. You need natural green tea powder to make this cake, which you can find in Asian supermarkets, specialty tea shops and online. The Korean label might say: “Nokcha Karu” and Japanese brands will say “Matcha”.
Ingredients:3 eggs1/2 cup superfine sugar3/4 cups vegetable oil or butter3/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt1 tsp vanilla extract1&#160;1/2 cups plain flour1 tsp baking powder6 tsp green tea powder (nok-cha karu, matcha)
Method:Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and in a mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil/butter together until resulting mixture is fluffy and light.Gently stir the Greek yogurt into this mixture.In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and green tea powder together and fold this into the wet mixture. Pour resulting cake batter into greased caked pan, smoothing out top until level and bake for 35 minutes, or until the top becomes golden-brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.If using cream cheese icing, wait for cake to cool before decorating. 

Matcha Cake
This simple, moist green tea cake is subtly sweet. You can adjust the amount of sugar you add if you prefer a sweeter cake, or you can top your green cake with some cream cheese icing. 
You need natural green tea powder to make this cake, which you can find in Asian supermarkets, specialty tea shops and online. The Korean label might say: “Nokcha Karu” and Japanese brands will say “Matcha”.

Ingredients:
3 eggs
1/2 cup superfine sugar
3/4 cups vegetable oil or butter
3/4 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
6 tsp green tea powder (nok-cha karu, matcha)

Method:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and in a mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil/butter together until resulting mixture is fluffy and light.
Gently stir the Greek yogurt into this mixture.
In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder and green tea powder together and fold this into the wet mixture. 
Pour resulting cake batter into greased caked pan, smoothing out top until level and bake for 35 minutes, or until the top becomes golden-brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.
If using cream cheese icing, wait for cake to cool before decorating. 

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Peppermint TeaPeppermint tea iswidely acknowledged the world over for it&#8217;s healing and comforting properties. The tea is primarily known for its beneficial effects to the digestive system, although more and more benefits to the other bodily systems are being discovered.The beverage is typically made from an infusion of an herb that has been prized for centuries for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavor. Known by its scientific name of mentha piperata, the peppermint plant is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint (mentha spicata) and water mint (mentha aquatica). It has lance-shaped leaves that are usually greenish purple in color.
The dainty plant contains several active constituents that are believed to impart the highly vaunted benefits. Most notable among these is its healing volatile oil which contains the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, as well as menthone, menthyl acetate and some 40 other compounds. 
The following are the benefits believed to be derived from the refreshing brew:

Peppermint tea may help aid in better digestion. It is also believed to help treat irritable bowel syndrome. This is mainly due to the actions of the volatile oils in peppermint that are believed to help relax the smooth muscles of the intestines.


It may also help ease nausea and vomiting.


Is believed to help dissolve gallstones.


Helps reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks.


May help control muscle aches and chronic pain.


The tea is believed to help clear congestion and cough related to colds and allergies. It may also help control mild asthma.


May also contribute to calming the nervous system and consequently fight stress.

The tea possesses a refreshing and cooling flavor that is highly satisfying both hot and cold. Consuming one or two cups per day may be sufficient to derive the benefits of peppermint tea.
 

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea iswidely acknowledged the world over for it’s healing and comforting properties. The tea is primarily known for its beneficial effects to the digestive system, although more and more benefits to the other bodily systems are being discovered.

The beverage is typically made from an infusion of an herb that has been prized for centuries for its medicinal benefits and distinctive flavor. Known by its scientific name of 
mentha piperata, the peppermint plant is a naturally occurring hybrid of spearmint (mentha spicata) and water mint (mentha aquatica). It has lance-shaped leaves that are usually greenish purple in color.

The dainty plant contains several active constituents that are believed to impart the highly vaunted benefits. Most notable among these is its healing volatile oil which contains the powerful therapeutic ingredient menthol, as well as menthone, menthyl acetate and some 40 other compounds. 

The following are the benefits believed to be derived from the refreshing brew:

  • Peppermint tea may help aid in better digestion. It is also believed to help treat irritable bowel syndrome. This is mainly due to the actions of the volatile oils in peppermint that are believed to help relax the smooth muscles of the intestines.

  • It may also help ease nausea and vomiting.

  • Is believed to help dissolve gallstones.

  • Helps reduce the severity of herpes outbreaks.

  • May help control muscle aches and chronic pain.

  • The tea is believed to help clear congestion and cough related to colds and allergies. It may also help control mild asthma.

  • May also contribute to calming the nervous system and consequently fight stress.

The tea possesses a refreshing and cooling flavor that is highly satisfying both hot and cold. Consuming one or two cups per day may be sufficient to derive the benefits of peppermint tea.

 

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Hello followers old and new!
So sorry for abandoning my blog for the last couple of days, I actually left my house and did something other than drink tea…

Ok, that’s not entirely true. I was given my first taste of violet tea, and it was beautiful. 

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mademoisellefayette:

Nettle Tea

Stinging nettles are packed full of vitamins and have several medicinal properties. It is best known for purifying toxins from the blood and promotes healthy skin and hair, healthy digestion and also combats fatigue and symptoms of PMS. Homemade nettle tea is quick and easy to make and is less bitter then green tea.

Ingredients

100g Stinging nettles

Water

Preparations Time

10 minutes

Method

Pick nettles that are unsoiled and bug-free, cut them down into small manageable portions using gardening gloves to avoid getting stung. Put them in a pan and add water, enough that the nettles are completely covered. Bring to the boil and leave to cook for 10 minutes. Sieve the tea into a jug, or whatever you like, and throw away the nettles. Sweeten with honey or sugar if desired.

And don’t worry, boiling the nettles will remove the ‘sting’.

I’m adding nettle tea into my detox programme because of their reputation for clearing skin. :)

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