Tea is good for you, didn’t you know? (Credit: CC/Alexandre Dulaunoy)
The health benefits of tea are well publicised in the tea world but don’t really get enough press in wider circles. There tend to be lots of myths too about tea having more caffeine that coffee, but that’s a post for another day.
There are many reasons why tea is good for you, and some of them are less obvious than you’d think. Some of these are backed up by scientific evidence and some of them are just my opinion…
Afternoon tea at Claridge’s (Credit: CC/chantalboogers)
Due to a manic week last week, I completely missed the fact that it was National Afternoon Tea Week. Probably the best ‘National (insert noun) Week’ all year and I missed it. Oops.
The Cutty Sark
On a recent Sunday trip to Greenwich, it wasn’t until venturing through the bustling market and going on board the Cutty Sark that I realised what an ideal place Greenwich is for tea lovers in search of a bit of history about the lovely stuff.
Strawberries and cream on Henman Hill. Or is it Murrray’s Mound?
Credit: CC/Jeremy Weate
Every June brings the pinnacle in grass-court Grand Slam tennis action to UK shores with the Wimbledon Championships, and with it hundreds of mentions of strawberries and cream.
Now, I would never turn down a delicious bowl of fresh, sweet strawberries and British cream – who would?! – but running a blog half-dedicated to the amazing food that is cake, I can’t help thinking tennis fans should be eating something a little bit more interesting than the traditional fruit and dairy fare.
Pinterest is fantastic for gaining inspiration for all sorts of things. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is swiftly approaching and I thought it would be a great idea to bring together all of the best Jubilee ideas I’ve come across there and put them in one place. So whether it’s ideas for typically-British afternoon tea, cupcake designs or some inventive ways of including regally-styled cakes into your Jubilee celebrations, look no further! Oh and Tea and Cake is on Pinterest too, please do follow
Drinking tea outside (image from smallhomeinthecountry.blogspot.com)
With the recent sweltering temperatures we’ve been having in the UK – I’m talking in the high twenties
- I’ve noticed a dip in the amount of tea I’ve been drinking. I’ve been craving icy fruit juices, not a freshly brewed cup of ceylon.
But most avid tea-drinkers will tell you it’s the best way to cool yourself down, because it makes you sweat. It really does seems like backward logic to me that a hot drink leaves you cooler after drinking it. So after years of not knowing the facts, I decided to finally investigate the ‘tea cools you down’ statement.