Yoghurt, Raspberries With Granola For Breakfast

August 28th, 2015

This summer I’ve been having Yoghurt, Raspberries and Granola for breakfast rather than smoothies.  This is what it says in the tin, i.e. fresh raspberries, yoghurt and then some home-made granola sprinkled over the top.  I guess I am trying to pretend it’s a real summertime despite the massive thunderstorm and the rain chucking it […]

Steenbergs Spice Taster Panel: organic Garam Masala & Madras Curry

August 26th, 2015

Recently our taster panel had the joy of trying out 2 different spice blends: Madras Curry and Garam Masala.    Curries are very popular in British homes and Steenbergs aims to create authentic yet versatile curry blends to make enjoying Indian cuisine deliciously easy. Madras Curry is a medium hot curry powder, blended to be used […]

Top 5 tea picks – chosen by Axel Steenberg

August 18th, 2015

We (Sophie and I) both drink a lot of tea – all loose leaf and Steenbergs. We take our current favourites away with us on holiday and when we are away for the weekend. (Although depending where we are going we also may take the odd loose leaf tea infuser). What we drink varies on […]

Sophie’s summer reading

August 14th, 2015

I confess I am an avid, if eclectic reader. I do use books, not kindles or tablets, I like the satisfaction of finishing them and handing them onto friends  – if I’ve enjoyed them – and most of them end up in charity books, as our house isn’t big enough to cope with all the […]

A Walk Along A Country Lane In North Yorkshire

August 11th, 2015

Last night whilst Sophie was playing tennis with our son, Jamie, I went for a walk along the River Ure with our daughter, Poppy.  It was a beautiful evening with swallows and sand martins out in abundance and only a few others around.  The river flowed sedately past while a father and son fished at […]

Recipe For Fragrant Rose Rice Pudding or Rose Kheer

August 7th, 2015

I have recently finished reading “The Architect’s Apprentice” by Elif Shafak, starting while on our holidays in Portugal.  It is a lovely read about unrequited and so a forlorn love between a lowly architect’s apprentice and the Sultan’s daughter,  It’s slightly magical, but with a far fetched end that sees Jahan, the main character, living […]

Time for Tea with Ronke Lawal, creator of www.whosfordinner.co.uk

July 28th, 2015

Time for Tea – our regular chat with someone who cares about tea – Ronke Lawal, Creator of www.whosfordinner.co.uk 1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning? I love a normal English Breakfast tea, milk and one sugar. I have been reducing my sugar intake […]

Declining Cork Farms – The Price of Progress?

July 24th, 2015

We have just returned from a fortnight in the baking heat of Alentejo.  The temperature ranged around 35oC, reaching 40oC on a couple of melting afternoons.  But the pool was our saviour. Everywhere we looked there were cork trees, growing individually, in small groups or large plantations.  Their ancient-looking, gnarled branches seemed like witch’s fingers […]

Cinnamongate: is cinnamon safe to eat?

July 19th, 2015

We regularly get asked questions about the safety of cinnamon, e.g. “is cinnamon safe to consume?” or “how much coumarin is there in Steenbergs cinnamon?”  There’s a lot of chatter about this issue in webworld and in blogs. Because of these queries, I thought it useful to investigate the situation and find out the levels of […]

Matcha Chai Smoothie – A Morning Pick-Me-Up

July 7th, 2015

I was feeling a bit jaded this morning, so I needed a pick-me-up to kick start the morning. Rather than making myself a strong black tea, I reckoned on tweaking my Cacao Smoothie Recipe and came up with this Matcha Chai Smoothie.  It could easily have been called a M+M smoothie for Matcha and Maca […]