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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Category: Bits and bobs | Posted on: May 31, 2013

New Kids On The Plot

This year we decided to take some inspiration from our Tea Guys, Dan & James, who travel the world sourcing the finest ingredients from the best tea estates to make Clipper taste so good.  So we’ve got our hands on a charming little allotment a few miles from the coast in Dorset and are setting about growing our very own Clipper Veg Patch!

Allotment 11             Allotment 31

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Category: Things we love | Posted on: May 24, 2013

Chelsea Flower Show – a beautiful wonderland

We supported our friends from Wonderland Bronze and their beautiful Alice in Wonderland sculptures at the 100th Chelsea Flower Show in May.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Mince Pies

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Make delicious rich, short pastry in moments: even if your hands are a little on the warm side, with this easy food processor recipe. Use your own homemade mincemeat or a top quality bought one for really more-ish mince pies.

Serve with a pot of your favourite Clipper tea: Clipper’s warmly spiced Organic Indian Chai tea has a particularly Christmassy taste. Read More



Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Marmalade Muffins

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These easy to make little cakes are just the thing to cheer up dark days. Not too sweet, light and tangy, they are the perfect accompaniment to a pot of your favourite Clipper tea. A food processor makes short work of both the sponge and the icing.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Chocolate Hearts

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Chocolate and a cup of tea is a perfect combination. With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might like to make one of these gorgeous chocolate treats for your own loved one – don’t forget to make them a pot of their favourite Clipper tea to go with it! Read More



Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Iced Banana Loaf

Iced Banana Loaf

 

 

Bananas don’t last long in extremes of temperature and soon go brown if the weather is either very hot or very cold. Use them up in this handy recipe. You can eat the banana loaf plain and simple, just as it is if you prefer, but the icing adds the finishing touch and makes it more of a treat.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Simnel Slice

Simnel Slice

 

Although nowadays an Easter Sunday treat, Simnel cake was originally served on Mothering Sunday. This particular Sunday, falling in the middle of Lent, used to be also known as Simnel Sunday or Refreshment Sunday and was a day when you could take a short break from the traditional Lent fasting and enjoy a slice of cake with your mum.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Coconut Hats

Coconut Hats

 

These little cakes are easy to make, look jolly and taste delicious. The moist, light coconut sponge and subtly fragrant and sweet raspberry jam are perfect partners. A food processor is ideal for whipping up the sponge mixture. Perfect with a pot of your favourite Clipper tea.

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Mini-Victoria Sponges

Mini Jubilee Victoria

Here’s a fitting recipe to bake for the Jubilee celebrations. Named in honour of Queen Victoria, Victoria sponge is a stalwart of the present royal tea table: much enjoyed by our own Queen and royal family.  Here is a mini-version, handy for a Jubilee themed tea-party or street party, they are deliciously light and look very cute and festive. Don’t forget to provide a big pot of Clipper tea!

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Category: Recipes | Posted on: May 17, 2013

Mrs Simkins’ Simple Lemon Cheesecake

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We celebrated the 2012 Olympics with a yummy cheesecake and a pot of your favourite Clipper tea. Versions of cheesecake can be found in most nations across the world but apparently, it all began in Ancient Greece – as well as instigating the Olympic Games, the Ancient Greeks are also credited with inventing cheesecake. Historians believe cheesecake may well have been served to the athletes at the very first Games held in Olympia in 776 BC.

Early cheesecake had a lot in common with our own British curd tarts and was made from fresh curds sweetened with honey. Once the Romans conquered Greece, cheesecake spread to Italy and then throughout Europe and centuries later over to America.

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