November 30th, 2015

Steenbergs organic Happy Hippy Herbal Tea Steenbergs Rose & Bergamot Black Tea (Persian Style) This time around our tea tasters had the joy of sampling two very different teas: one of our newly packaged herbal teas, Happy Hippy, to uplift and destress and one of our flavoured black teas Rose & Bergamot, a light brewing […]

Audio Interview from CareerFarm: Building an organic spice business committed to fairtrade and the environment with Axel Steenberg

November 23rd, 2015

I recently did this phone interview with Jane Barrett of The Career Farm, which can be found at Jane’s Blog or listen below:

Delicious porridge recipe from Jo Hodson

November 17th, 2015

This recipe is reproduced by kind permission of Jo Hodson from who has written an e-book on porridge that is dairy free, wheat free, vegan, egg free and sugar free. “I love ginger, it’s one of my favourite flavours and here it complements the apricots perfectly in this easy breakfast oat bake. You can use canned […]

Recipe: Potatoes Dauphinoise With Long Pepper and Grains of Paradise

October 28th, 2015

With the nights drawing in and the leaves turning a rusty orange colour, I had promised Sophie that I would make Potatoes Dauphinoise, one of her favourites.  This is a tasty, homely dish that is full of the richness from the cream and milk.  I prefer a Maris Piper potato for this, as well as […]

Sophie’s autumn books 2015

October 25th, 2015

During the autumn months of September and October 2015, I’ve been reading my usual eclectic mix but also trying to read some of the books that have been on my chest of drawers for a while. Look forward to hearing if you’ve enjoyed or hated any of them and what you enjoy reading. They are […]

5 Ways with Pumpkin!

October 23rd, 2015

Halloween is drawing near and the nights are drawing in, but what do you do with the juicy flesh of your pumpkin once it is hollowed out for display?  We’ve gathered together 5 delicious recipes to tempt you into spicing up the humble pumpkin. Enjoy! LITTLE SUNNY KITCHEN’S PUMPKIN HUMMUS We love the delicious fresh […]

Recipe: Swallow Fish Kipper Kedgeree From Ramus Seafood

October 7th, 2015

Back in 2011, I blogged about some of my favourite kippers from Northumberland.  After tasting kippers from Craster and Seahouses, I found those from Swallow Fish in Seahouses my favourite. So I was really happy to have a go at making the Swallow Fish Kipper Kedgeree from Ramus Seafood’s new fish boxes. Sophie had, also, been […]

STEENBERGS TEA TASTER PANEL Morning Brew herbal tea & organic Fairtrade Earl Grey Tea

October 5th, 2015

Our tea taster panel had a delicious choice of teas this time, with a delicate organic Fairtrade Earl Grey and one of our new herbal tea blends, Morning Brew.  We had some great comments on both teas, although 63% of you did prefer the Earl Grey.  Read on to find out more… STEENBERGS MORNING BREW […]

My Thoughts on Wages of Tea Pickers in India

September 26th, 2015

I have prevaricated about writing about the recent BBC investigation into conditions on some Assam tea estates, but felt that I really had to write something.  I did give a 2 minute response on BBC Radio York, but that was a tongue-tied minute or two. I was dismayed by the conditions and experiences of tea workers […]

Top 5 teas chosen by Sophie

September 18th, 2015

    We drink a  lot of loose leaf tea here at Steenbergs. All of us tend to change around our favourites depending on the weather or our moods. Currently I’m favouring tea without milk and my current favourite picks are: Morning Brew – this caffeine free herbal infusion is the way Sophie starts each morning, with […]