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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Food and Drink History Lesson : English Tea

Tea in England

Author: AnutaVasil


The English primarily drank coffee and wine as their staple drink, and tea was unknown in England till as late as 1662. In 1662 Charles II married Catherine of Braganza of Portugal, and it was his new bride who brought with her a preference of tea. She served tea instead of wine, ale and spirit. Tea soon acquired the status of royal drink and a social nicety for the rich.


However, tea's acceptance by British masses was quite slow. It was in late 1700 that tea's popularity picked up. As tea came from British colonies, it came to be viewed as a national drink, with patriotic sentiments attached to it. Another reason which contributed to its popularity was the ease of its preparation technique. While coffee grounds could be brewed only once, and reusing the same ground yielded a much inferior flavour, tea leaves could be brewed several times without any significant drop in the quality of liquor. As tea was a high class drink and hence expensive, the British masses bought second hand, brewed leaves and brewed them longer to compensate. Tea was thus gradually finding place in British everyday life.

Soon, tea began to be sold in London coffee houses. Tea was heavily advertised as a medicinal drink which helped maintain health and beauty. The coffee house owners charged heavily for a cup of tea, as much as 6-10 pounds per cup. The government soon imposed various taxes, regulations and restrictions on sale of tea, with a view to cash in on the growing tea trend. This even led to tea being smuggled into England. Finally the taxes were waived off to stop this illegal smuggling.

Tea, meanwhile, continued to grow in popularity. Around 1800, there developed an "Afternoon tea" culture, wherein rich ladies invited their friends for a cup of tea in the afternoon. They also served pastries, sandwiches or some snack along with it. It was accompanied by social graces, refined conversation, sweet gossip and polished etiquette. Yet another popular tea trend was serving tea in tea gardens. Pleasure gardens like Vauxhall or Ranelagh Gardens provided lush lawns for public to stroll and enjoy a hot cup of tea. The working class, however, took a break from work in the evening, and relaxed with tea.

The most well liked and sought after teas were English breakfast tea and Earl Grey. English breakfast tea, as its name, was consumed mostly in the morning as its strong caffeine helped shake off sleepiness and start the morning energetically. It blended sumptuously with milk and sugar, and could be enjoyed anytime of the day. The Earl Grey provided a classic blend of fine black tea with bergamot essence. It was considered more sophisticated a tea.

In 1875, Thomas Lipton aggressively advertised tea. He replaced the coffee gardens in Ceylon with tea plantations, and opened his first tea shop. By the end of 19th century, he had almost set up his Tea Empire and laid the foundations of modern tea trade. The Indian and Ceylon blends, Brooke Bond and Lipton found a firm place in British everyday life. Tea had finally "arrived" in England.


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Friday, August 17, 2018

Food Blog Spotlight: Tofu is the New Black on Tumblr

So glad such a thing as a spotlight was invented. The concept or idea of shining a light on something or someone worthy of being noticed comes in handy when you find a fantabulous food blog like “Tofu is the New Black”. 

My foodie adventures around the web often either begin here at this blog or at my complementary Tumblr micro-blog. Was scanning the posts stream and came across this amazing blog. Fortunately the publisher, “Irene”, introduces herself in both Italian and English. (No problem if she didn't. I keep my Google translator at the ready! ☺ ) 



Irene is a vegan and not only does she share great vegan recipes but the food images at her blog show off some of the prettiest food I've ever seen!  She scours the web and recycles recipes, cooking tips, healthcare tips, charts displaying food alternatives or substitutes, infographics, and other food finds.  She is PRO-Green and extremely environmentally conscious (as we all should be).  Her posts date back to August 2015. Got so excited just browsing January 2017, decided her food / foodie adventures needed to be shared with others.

Are you a tofu lover?
Do you have a favorite tofu recipe?

Please comment below. 



Pretty food!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333234655/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Healthcare Tips!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333574570/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Cheese Lovers!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135134167665/lemon-cranberry-pistachio-cashew-cheese-ball



Healthy Ways to Satisfy the Munchies!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/125921885985/10-vegan-snacks-for-your-desk





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Are You a Food Waster? - Go Global Today

Found this article because it was shared by a dear friend via her Google+ posts stream. Yes my children are all grown, with the exception of one still a teenager. Yes they say that mom always says "Don't waste food. Children are starving in Africa." 

Yes I said it and I'll say it again! 

It's not just Africa either! It's all around the world! 

You know what else? My mom used to say the same thing to me! 

Now I'm 60 years old and the sad thing is that it was true when my mom said it. 

It was probably true before she said it. 

It's 2016 and it's still true!

WHY???!!! There's no excuse for it!!



" ... 31 percent—or 133 billion pounds—of the 430 billion pounds of the available food supply at the retail and consumer levels went uneaten in the United States ..."


"... 40 percent of all food in the United States was never eaten. ..."




Sorry. This is one of those things in this world that really perturbs me. Every time I see it, hear it or read about it, I break out the megaphone and start preaching!! Each time, I hope the words are not falling on deaf ears.





In my mind's eye, the opposite of WASTE is CHARITY. 

OK. You can't end world hunger. But is there not one act of charity that you can render to another person? Is there really nothing you can do?

Charity never fails.






Friday, May 4, 2018

Indian Food - Myth or Fact

Do you like Indian food? I do! Although must admit, had to acquire a taste for it. My first time trying a so-called authentic Indian dish was at one of those American mall-type food courts, where there are all kinds of restaurants for you to choose from. That probably wasn't the best place for me to get my first taste. Was taken aback by some sort of flavor or spice that my palette was clearly not expecting. It threw me off!

Later on, when cooking channels became so popular on television, started learning how to prepare Indian dishes. There was the one lady who referred to herself as a “spice goddess”.  Because really it comes to cooking, Indians do know their spices.  No argument.  Her recipes always seemed so simple, easy to prepare, and she explained the herbs and spices she used for flavoring and showed you how to incorporate them into the recipes.  Crush these seeds.  Warm this spice in the pan.  Sprinkle these herbs.  Decided to try Indian food again and was very pleased with the tasting tests.


Below is a link to a blog post that eliminates common myths about Indian food. Didn't know there were myths but good to know they can be ignored. What were some of the myths?

  • All Indian food is spicy.
  • All Indian food is vegetarian.
  • All Indian food is overloaded with curry.

Discover the Truth behind the Indian Food Myths



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Content first published Mar 21, 2015 via Persona Paper


5 Things You Thought You Knew about Indian Food


5 Things You Thought You Knew about Indian Food

By Petrina Verma Sarkar Come on, be honest. What are the first things that come to your mind when you think of Indian food? Hot, spicy, oily, rich, fatty, bad for you, difficult and time-consuming to cook, curry powder....


15 Interesting Facts Related To Indian Food You Should Know


15 Interesting Facts Related To Indian Food You Should Know

Facts that will blow your taste buds


20 unbelievable facts about Indian food


20 unbelievable facts about Indian food

Before it turned into an art that involved culinary expertise, food in India was about rasas and doshas. Taste or rasa in Sanskrit guides the tongue and it is a balance or misbalance of these rasas that cause or correct the doashas in body.


Known and unknown facts about Indian cooking


Known and unknown facts about Indian cooking

It is about experimenting with different spices and ingredients and to come up with your own secret recipes. Then just go for it, Visit Masala Fry! Enjoy!




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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cake Loving Finds on My Instagram

One good thing leads to another. Started my day scrolling through posts by Tumblr bloggers that I follow. One blogger who loves French inspiration and French inspired things led me to a vintage picture of petit fours. From there the web opened its doors and I found these gorgeous cakes. Shared first via my Instagram account. But since some of my Food Ways subscribers don't follow me via social media, I'm resharing the content here. Please enjoy.



Chocolate Truffle Cream Cake Half kg | Gift Happy New Year Cakes Half kg - Ferns N Petals ~ http://bit.ly/2GQkNUY ~ #guiltypleasure #foodanddrink #gourmet #cakelovers #desserts #cakedelivery #truffles #gourmetfood #giftideas #MothersDay #gifts #chocolate and #cherries #affiliatelinks ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bhardn7F5dz/




#French #inspiration ~ Found this lovely photo posted by pretty-sweet-vintage on @Tumblr. #CoolTumblrs #Iheart #vintage ~ #prettyfood #foodlovers #desserts #sweettreats #pastel #pink #sweet #petitfours #chic * * Source link: http://pretty-sweet-vintage.tumblr.com/post/172834963196/petit-fours ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/BhjqBbKF1xz/




#Springflowers Chocolate daffodils ~ Photo credit: Erin Gardner for thecakeblog.com ~ #cakelovers #flowers #flowerlovers #chocolate #chocolate ~ #prettyfood #foodlovers #desserts #sweettreats #foodart ~ Where to find more @thecakeblog * * Source link: http://thecakeblog.com/2015/03/diy-chocolate-daffodils.html ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/BhjqXEIl_Gw/



“Cupcake Cafe is a classic cake experience, the go-to for gorgeous buttercream flower- embellished cakes.” #birthdays #cakelovers #flowers #flowerlovers ~ #prettyfood #foodlovers #desserts #sweettreats #foodart ~ Where to find more @stylebeatblog * * Source link: http://www.stylebeatblog.com/home-blog/ylebeatblog.com/2010/04/birthdays.html ~ https://www.instagram.com/p/BhjqhrZl_MK/



Friday, March 30, 2018

Foodie Friday : Raw Coconut Fig Slice (Reblog)

It's another #FoodieFriday. Even though it's late in the day, this post will be published before midnight. If not, I might turn into fig! (Just kidding!) 


Want to know my other #FoodieFriday posts? 

For this #FoodieFriday, the keyword is "fig".  (It was going to be "gumbo' but ... found this post about fig and went off in a completely different direction! :)  )  Before getting started, let me share this healthy tip.

TIP:  Need a pre-workout snack? Try figs! They are filled with calcium, magnesium and potassium.  (Source)

OK!  My first fig share is an awesome post found in a Google Plus Blogging community.




I don't know if the fig was really the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. As far as I'm concerned it's a fruit that was heaven sent!

Here is a little bit about the fig. It's an excerpt from my article published at Wizzley.com


FIG TREES

Genus Ficus
The fig plant can be either a low-lying shrub or a tall tree.  They grow wild; or domesticated in the Mediterranean region and in California.  In Israel, the fig trees usually sprout buds in late spring; by the month of June (early summer) the tree is full of leaves; and in just a few more weeks, the figs are ready for picking.

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An additional fact.  In the Bible, the fig has two symbolic meanings.  Hope (if the fig tree fruitful): Desolation (if the fig tree is barren).



Here are more shares.  Enjoy!

The humble Fig.

The humble Fig.

The Fig...You can get it dried almost anywhere in the world and fresh and luscious from September through to autumn. There is nought like the taste of a fresh fig and dried they are different but sweet, with a chewy flesh and crunchy edible seeds.The fig tree has no blossoms on their branches ...The blossoms are inside the fig.



Lemon fig & walnut cake (talesofakitchen.com)





Dalmatia Spread Fig, 8.5 oz

Bring Me Some Figgy Fig Recipes. (shewearsmanyhats.com)




Fig Jam with Vanilla and Black Pepper - Jenni Field's Pastry Chef Online

Fig Jam with Vanilla and Black Pepper - Jenni Field's Pastry Chef Online


Cracked Wheat Fig Halwa (affronplatter.blogspot.ca)

Cracked Wheat Fig Halwa

15 Sweet and Calcium-Rich Recipes With Figs

15 Sweet and Calcium-Rich Recipes With Figs
Spiced fig, coffee & hazelnut cake

Spiced fig, coffee & hazelnut cake
Last share!
Delicious Savory Melon and Fig Salad


Delicious Savory Melon and Fig Salad

Friday, February 2, 2018

Foodie Friday : Little Things Shares Delightful Recipes and Cooking Tips

LittleThings is a website/platform that serves as home to a myriad group of content creators. The publishers don't just share info about food, but that's where my interests lie. You can partner with them as a social influencer, which is what I am doing. Found them through SnipsMedia*.  Hope you appreciate the content shared below.  Celebrate your inner chef!




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Some people make a meal just eating appetizers.



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When the season changes to fall or winter, do you always look for pumpkin and squash recipes?



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Bought my son a waffle iron for Christmas once.  He used it at first and then became bored.  These recipes are proof that he simply lacked creativity and cooking inspiration.



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We all know pasta is comfort food.  But isn't a pasta dish quick to make?  Not necessarily.



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Most of my friends say they don't bake bread because they don't have time.  Wonder if they ever tried baking bread in a jar?



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You can use this dessert recipe to celebrate Easter and if you don't celebrate that holiday, then celebrate Spring!  It's dessert!  Surely you can come up with an excuse to eat cake!






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Wishing you a happy holiday in advance.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Also, don't forget that March is Irish-American Heritage Month.


Watercolor Saint Patrick`s Day set. Clover ornament. For design, print or background
© Photographer: Anna Maslikova | Agency: Dreamstime.com


* Sni.ps is an influencer network. Sign up is free. Get paid for social sharing. How cool is that?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Friday, December 8, 2017

Foodie Friday : Happy Holidays! Who Wants Egg Nog?

Just creating this blog post as an excuse to share a pretty picture. In my house, there is only one child who really loves eggnog. Funny because in the family I grew up in, I only remember one of my siblings making sure that there was eggnog to be served around Christmas time.  

December 24th is National EggNog Day!



I never make eggnog. If I do buy it or if my son buys it, we don't have a particular brand.  We get whatever is in the store.

Eggnog.  It's like fruitcake.  You either love it or you hate it. Sharing some links to eggnog recipes you may want to try and/or suggested brands you may want to buy.

And remember.
Alcoholic drinks become non-alcoholic drinks when you don't add the alcoholic beverage to the recipe! So if like the recipe but you don't want the alcohol, just don't put it in there!


If you have a recipe, would you care to share it?

































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Previous #FoodieFriday posts?

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mystery Oreo Cookies Taste Like What?

Please!  Please!  Please!  NO!  I'm not imitating James Brown, the late great godfather of soul.  But I am begging!  Please!  Oreos are as American as apple pie!  Per Wikipedia:
In the United States, they were sold for 25 cents a pound (453 g) in novelty cans with clear glass tops. The first Oreo was sold onMarch 6, 1912, to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Oreo Biscuit was renamed in 1921, to "Oreo Sandwich." A new design for the cookie was introduced in 1924.

Please don't mess with Oreos!




During the year (2017), there was a controversy about rainbow Oreos.  I survived it.

Now Oreo reveals its mystery flavor and "many tweeted that the cookie tasted like Fruity Pebbles or orange creamsicle".  

WHAT??!  I object!

Whatever!  Forget about it!  ☺❤

People do have different tastes and there is lots of food diversity to go around the world ten times over.  As long as Oreos can be used for world peace, it's all good.













Saturday, October 28, 2017

Do You Heart Pomegranates?

Do you love pomegranates? I know I do! I would even like to start a movement with the goal of adding pomegranates to the traditional American Thanksgiving cornucopia. (Care to participate in the Thanksgiving cornucopia POLL and cast your vote? )




Pomegranates are so exotic and enjoy an exotic history!   Indeed it is the food of myth and legends.

They are the wonder food of ancient civilizations like Persia and Israel.  

In fact, in ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered an aphrodisiac.  

Two respected modern publications - The Globe and Mail, “Canada’s #1 national newspaper” and The NHS in England – both claim that the claims that pomegranates are a “super food” can be proven.













Shared the link via my post stream on Google Plus stream, but in case you didn't see it there, view it here. If you are on Pinterest, please visit my pinboard dedicated to POMEGRANATES? Started the board a couple of years ago and to date it has 100 pins: recipes (food and drinks), beauty and healthcare products, etc. 










 Blueberry Pomegranate - $5.00
Our Blueberry Pomegranate tea has a round fruity taste with a sweet and slightly tart finish. A wonderfully refreshing treat, perfect for any occasion! Floral, Sweet, Fruity

 Green Pomegranate - Award Winning - $5.00
Select organic green tea hand tossed in a large wok, dried to perfection, then carefully blended with organic raspberries and essence of pomegranate. Sweeten the senses with a tart and tangy rush to the palate. Also available in our Eco Pyramid Teabags here. Fruity, Sweet, Tart


Pomegranate juice in glass and pomegranates  on white
© Photographer: Svetamart | Agency: Dreamstime.com

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