The Power of Tea

“Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea! How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea.”

Sydney Smith

I remember the first time I realised the power of tea. I was thirteen and feeling sad. I made myself a cup of tea, sat down at the kitchen table and slowly sipped on it. As the hot liquid made its way to my stomach, something happened: I felt comforted; I felt calmed; I realised that maybe things weren’t so bad after all.

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An open letter to McVitie’s

Dear McVitie’s,

I think you are fabulous. You create two of my favourite biscuits: the chocolate hobnob with all its crumbly oaty chocolatey goodness; and the chocolate caramel digestive, which is decadently gooey, tasty and crunchy.

I have a suggestion for you, which I think could make you very rich indeed (richer than you already are, of course). Introducing the love child of these two most excellent biscuits: The Chocolate Caramel Hobnob. Seriously, why does it not exist?! What’s not to love? I’ve been talking about this for years (amongst other things) and I believe the time has finally come to bring this wonderful idea to your attention.

I would, of course, be willing to help out with any taste testings.

Yours Sincerely,

Katherine

PS – everyone I have mentioned this to thinks it’s a great idea: the nation is right behind you!

And the main ingredient is…aubergine

I absolutely love Japanese food – when done properly. So when I am given food from Japan, I am usually excited, unless it’s NattōIn this case I was given something I’d never had before – an aubergine-based meal. Literally the main ingredient was aubergine.

This may not sound that crazy to you, but until now an aubergine has never been an exciting thing for me – I’ll eat it, mostly happily, but it has a slight bitterness to it which is just a tad unpleasant and the texture can be a bit unusual. So all the better that I try it out and give it a chance to win me over, as I love doing things with ingredients that I’m not used to.

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