Friday, 30 June 2017

Strawberry & Raspberry Tea Ice Lollies








Strawberries and raspberries are my favourite summer fruits. They go so well together, especially in smoothies or, in this case, ice lollies! 

For this recipe I have experimented again with tea from my Bluebird Tea Co rep box, this time using a summery tea called Raspberry Russian. The result is a really vibrant delicious and still healthy ice lolly without any added sugar. However, for those who aren't on any special diet like me you can swap the pure stevia for honey or even sugar to taste. And you can use normal white chocolate rather than one made with stevia. 

To make 4 lollies you will need.

100g strawberries - I used frozen 
100g raspberries 
2 tsp Raspberry Russian tea by Bluebird Tea Co (out Sunday 2nd July)
1/4 litre of boiled water 
Pinch of pure Stevia or alternatively honey or sugar to taste.
50g white chocolate - I used Balance white chocolate made with stevia. You can get this at Holland & Barrett and other health food shops. 

Method

Begin by brewing the tea for 4 minutes. Add your sweetener of choice to the brewing tea. I added a pinch of stevia. 
While that brews put the fruit in a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency. 
Strain the tea into a jug, add the fruit. Mix well and pour into ice lolly moulds. Freeze for 24 hours or until set. 
Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie and drizzle over your set lollies and enjoy! 

These lollies really do taste like summer. They are amazing for a hot summer's day or even for a gloomy grey afternoon pick me up. 

I hope you enjoy them. I would love to hear if you make this recipe and what you think of it!

Don't forget you can get 20% off Bluebird Tea Co with my code ESTEABIRD35.

Emma Xx 


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Be-leaf in Yourself



Believing in myself is something that hasn't always come naturally. I'm a born worrier, I always have been and I am also a perfectionist which isn't the best combination! Add in chronic illnesses and more often than not you have a recipe for a big batch of lack of confidence. 

I've been living with illness since my late teens. I'm now almost twenty seven. So unlike my friends and healthy peers I'm not progressing at life in the usual way someone my age should and sometimes that causes me to not have much faith in myself. 

I'm learning though, learning to believe in myself and my own strengths of which I now realise I have many. Especially in my ability to deal with what life has given me in a positive way. To find beauty in even the darkest of days. In my determination to get the help I need and to do whatever it takes to get better. I know deep down that if I can do this I can do anything but every now and then I worry that I can't cope, my belief in myself slides so it's lovely to have a gentle reminder that I am doing the best I can. 

This mug from the new JillyJilly range is a great little reminder. I'm often reaching for tea to make me feel better. So now I can do so and remind myself that I'm doing ok, and that I can believe in myself. I also happen to adore the foliage and beautiful greens. It's safe to say this is my new favourite mug!

 JillyJilly have recently turned three. For this anniversary they have released some really lovely positive and motivational new designs - this one included. I can't recommend them enough, and I'm not just saying that because I was privileged to be sent this package to post about. I have also purchased gifts from JillyJilly in the past, I love how unique the designs are and how by buying from them I can support a small UK business. 

If you fancy anything from JillyJilly online shop you can use the code EMMA15 to get 15% off until the end of June. 


Sticky Chai Tea c/o Bluebird Tea Co

Emma Xx

Monday, 29 May 2017

Ginger Beer Tea Ice Lollies




I'm back with another tea inspired recipe. This time for ginger beer tea ice lollies! My recent tea rep box contained Bluebird Tea Co's Summer Tea Collection, with amazing names to match; Pineapple Sorbet, One In A Melon, Summer Of Love and Ginger Beer. My favourite so far being the last two. It was while sipping on the ginger beer tea, a rooibos tea with a lime and ginger kick that I thought up this recipe. It's a simple one with barely any ingredients, but it's perfect for hot summer days. Plus it's especially good for anyone like me who suffers with nausea - a particularly nasty symptom to deal with when the weather is so hot and you can't face a hot ginger tea! 

For 4 lollies you will need:

2tsp Raw honey (or more depending on how sweet you want them) 
Ice lolly moulds with sticks or wooden lolly sticks. 
Freshly boiled water - I used 500ml for 4 moulds. It's easier to know exactly how much you will need by filling the moulds with water and then tipping into a measuring jug. 

Start by boiling the water, add to the tea in a jug and stir. Let it brew for 4 minutes. Add the honey and mix well. Using a tea strainer strain the tea into another jug. Let it cool a little before filling up your moulds. Freeze for 24 hours. 

It's literally that simple and so delicious. I'm definitely going to experiment with turning different tea flavours into ice lollies this summer.

You can get 20% off your first order at Bluebird Tea Co with the code ESTEABIRD35.

Hope you're enjoying the bank holiday! 

Emma Xx 


Ginger Beer tea c/o Bluebird Tea Co