All posts tagged: Tea Box

The Hovingham Village Market

On Saturday, we took Tea Box to Hovingham, a most delightful, unspoilt village on the edge of the Howardian Hills halfway between Malton and Helmsley and about 20 minutes north of York. There is a market here from February through to December on the first Saturday in the month, with around 30 stalls in and around the village hall, plus a wonderful community cafe. The bacon rolls and mugs of tea were just perfect for this blustery, showery morning. So on this bright spring one, we made our first visit as a stallholder to this award winning village market, which is very well run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. 100% of its profits go directly towards funding & supporting local community groups. It was great to meet people who enjoyed our teas, and also the lovely local producers who had stalls promoting local and fresh healthy produce, arts and crafts, and products. Just take a look below, and yes, I came back with lots of goodies! YO Bakehouse from Pickering Roost coffee, a family run …

Winter Spice Tea Time

Who’s cold and crotchety? Who’s damp and dreary? I am! I know spring is around the corner but the weather is endlessly gross. The sun poked its head out for about 45 minutes a couple of days ago, but save for that scarce glimpse, it’s been over 10 days now. Help! To pull myself out of this lousy-weather-induced slump, and warm myself up, I have begun to brew myself a pot of Winter Spice tea every single day. I start with brewing this black tea full of all kinds of delicious and aromatic spices, then adding milk and honey. This blend of Winter Spice tea is based on Chai, a centuries-old beverage originating from India. In fact, the word chai, is the generic word for “tea” in Hindi, where as in the west we are referring to “masala chai” or spiced tea, when we ask for this beverage at a café. There is no fixed recipe or preparation method for Winter Spice, so where ever you drink this beverage in the world, chances are it …

Mr Pickles’ Yorkshire Food Emporium

I just love to find a food store that sells everything that features Yorkshire somewhere on its journey to the plate. And this unassuming and classy shop, Mr Pickles’ Yorkshire Food Emporium, situated on the corner of Abbeydale and St Ronan’s Road in Sheffield is just this. A treasure trove of food greets you when you walk inside. The produce is laid out in a spacious, calm, welcoming ambience. No rows to navigate or unnecessary advertising here. Run by Paul Widdowson and his team of knowledgeable food lovers, Mr Pickles’ offers customers the chance to eat local at every meal. Mr Pickles stocks a range of meat, fish, dairy products, fruit & veg as well as artisan breads and beers, wines & spirits.  Everything sold in store is from Yorkshire:  from beef to buffalo, cheese to chorizo, lemongrass to lemon tart ice cream. I found the staff really friendly and welcoming. I loved the free recipes to pick up, printed on recycled brown paper. I was pleased to see Dungworth Farm’s ‘Our Cow Molly’ milk being …

Winter Proof Ourselves

The days are shorter, the winds have picked up and the air is mild and moist for the time of year. Winter is here and everywhere I go people are sneezing and snuffling. So a better way to fight off colds and germs has set me on a mission during this Twixtmas time. Even though I have had the flu vaccination, my immune system is not at its best, so I do need to keep healthy and ‘snot free’ in the most natural ways. GP and TV presenter, Dr Hilary Jones has developed a 10 point action plan to help winter proof ourselves this season. Dr Hilary says “The degree to which winter impacts negatively on our health and wellbeing is clear. The study found that Brits are three times more likely to say they felt ‘run-down’, tired or fed up over the winter months than they were to feel content with themselves and their health.” Apparently we Brits are twice more likely to reach for chocolate than we are to turn to vitamins, fresh fruit …

A Hug in a Mug

Christmas is a funny time of year.  It is a magical time for sure, but it’s a bit of an oddball too. And sometimes amongst the busyness of it all, I feel the need for a hug. A mug of Winter Spice tea can just give me that warmth when I need it, to rest and simply be thankful for what I have and share that with others where I can. I make this hug by gently brewing a pot of Winter Spice tea, heating up some milk, and then into my mug I add half brewed tea and half warm and frothed up milk. And to sweeten I add a good size drizzle of honey. The spice is satisfying and warm. The tea is robust. It’s delicious! I hope you all can live from a place of being thankful, lay the best table you can, share some of your heart and gratitude will bestow love. Have a Peaceful Christmas G ∼♥∼ G