Friday, November 26, 2010

Tea Time Fun!!.... Check It Out

I can't believe how the week has flown. Time flies when you're having fun...... well it still flies when your not! I looked at my last post and i cannot believe that i haven't posted in anything for over a week. My bad! I have been a bit slack all round really this week... i haven't done up a recipe for the week or taken any photos, or baked BUT I do have some exciting news... well on the scale of excitement (1 being boring - 10 being out of this world) the news is probably 5 but it's still great news for you my Simply Tea lovers!

Introducing Our "Tea Time" Range


I finally found some cute new products worthy of adding to our Simply Tea Store.

They are the cutest additions ever if i don't say so myself!

 First we have our "Tea Time" 3 Tiered Cake Stand. (RRP $28.00)

This would be perfect for those entertainers out there - you can whip this little cutie out and pop all your little baked items on it! Great for any occasion - especially those "High Tea's"! I can see cute little macaroons, jam drop biscuits, mini lamingtons, scones and pikelets piled up high on these cake stands!

 Second we have our Medium Tea Time Melamine Tray. (RRP $12.00)

 I thought these tray's were perfect for those times when you want to pop your favourite pot of tea and teacup, a few of those yummy fresh baked biccies on it and plop it next to your while your sit back in your favourite recliner curled up with your favourite book! What more could you want?? Well i am sure there are a million other great uses for these fantastic trays!

 Lastly these adorable Tea Time Tea Caddy's (50g) (RRP $10.00)

Who wouldn't want to store your favourite tea in these adorable Tea Caddy Tins? What about christmas present ideas? Wouldn't the whole collection make a great gift or even one item paired with a packet of one of our great 37 Flavours of Tea?

These little additions are on there way with the post man as we speak! So if you would like to place "Pre Orders" for christmas gifts etc be sure to email me at.

Keep an eye out on our website as i add these cuties and hopefully some new products as the new year proceeds!

I would love to hear any suggestions of things that you may like added to our store or something in particular your chasing?

Happy Sipping!!

Visit Us At: The Simply Tea Shop ~ "For The Love Of Tea" ~

Friday, November 19, 2010

31 Days & Counting Down!

Can you believe that it is 31 Days until Christmas... EEK! The craziness begins... well it probably started back in october when the crazy stores started putting out there christmas decorations and playing christmas carols already!  I like christmas day, being with family, enjoying a meal together, relaxing and opening presents but the lead up to the day is downright insane. The rushes at the stores, the high expectation for the day, the Chrisco ads.... oh don't get me started on them! HA Anyway i do like christmas not just the days leading up to it! I have tried to abstain from thinking about christmas until the 1st of December but that just wasn't possible... to be truly organized for the day i think you need to give your mind some advanced notice for the incoming madness!

Cute Christmas "Tea" Print

I love this cute tea cabinet!

These christmas inspired macaroons are so cute!

What things do you love and hate about christmas time?

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Crazy Teapots!

I love to collect teapots... sifting through op shops, antique stores, garage sales etc to look for those different and unusual teapots! They all have there own character each speaking it's own story.... whether they are quirky, pretty, taky or just plain funny! Here are a few that i found that i thought had some interesting character to them!

 Wouldn't want to slip while pouring this teapot... ouch!

I'll just whip up an apron while the tea is brewing??

A Pot of Mr Ed anyone?

Is this a teapot or a toaster?

Surf the web while you wait for your tea to brew!

This teapot takes "Tea for Two" to a whole new level!

For the artist... who needs to "critic" something!

Hands up and no one will get steamed!

The buzzzzzing behive of tea!

Picnic and Tea in the park!

For all those UFO believers out there!!

Which one is your favourite, why?..... i think the cactus teapot has some "extreme" character! :-)

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Flavours Of Summer... Hummingbird Cake

Summer Summer Glorious Summer.... WHERE ARE YOU!!! Is that how you are feeling at the moment? I know i am! It feels like Old Man Winter has kept his wintry claws into this spring season with "cool" temperatures and rainy skies lingering on and i am hoping he will be blown away for good by the time summer comes along! I want to eat ice cream and summer fruits, go for a swim and lie in the sun! Wear nice flowy dresses and thongs and have BBQ outside listening to the crickets sing in the background!

I decided to whip up the hummingbird cake after my previous recipe alterations to the original cake recipe due to failure of the proper ingredients! The Ripe sweet passionfruit, tart pineapple and banana are some of my favourite summer fruits which give this cake a BIG taste of summer! SO whip it up this weekend (or even today) to sink your teeth into this deliciously soft cake bursting full of summer fun & flavour!

Summer Lovin` Hummingbird Cake
450g Crushed Pineapple in Syrup
1 Cup Plain Flour
½ Cup Self Raising Flour
½ Tsp Bicarb Soda
½ Tsp Cinnamon
½ Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Desiccated Coconut
1 Cup Mashed Banana (2 x Large)
2 Eggs, Beaten Lightly
¾ Cup Vegetable Oil

Passionfruit Icing:
3 x Passionfruit
2 – 2 ½ cups Icing Sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp Butter
1 Tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp Lemon Juice

1.    Preheat oven to 180 Degrees, Line 20cm Cake tin or Slice Tin
2.    Drain pineapple – keep ¼ cup of the liquid.
3.    Sift Flours, soda, spices and add sugar into a large bowl.
4.    Stir in pineapple, reserved pineapple juice, coconut, banana, egg and oil; pour into prepared tin.
5.    Bake cake for about 40 min or until a skewer comes out clean.
6.    Icing: Sift icing sugar into a bowl and add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Ice cake once cool.

Simply Tea Suggestions

Since this is a summer inspired post i think i should stay on the theme with a tea suggestion to go with this beautiful cake! I think the best tea to accompany a cake like this would be our "Turkish Apple" fruit infusion. This tea can be served hot or cold but i would suggest serving it as an iced tea on a nice hot day with a slice of this hummingbird cake. The turkish apple fruit infusion is a beautifully sweet and tangy drink, just like sweet apple. Be sure to add a handful of mint leaves and some lime wedges to the iced tea to make it pure summer in a cup! You can purchase our Turkish Apple for $7.00/100g or a sample bag for $2.00


What are you waiting to do when summer comes???

Happy Sipping!

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Sneek Peak For Next Week's Recipe!

I thought I would show you a sneak peak of next weeks recipe.... a delicious and summery Hummingbird Cake! Full of yummy summery flavours such as pineapple, banana and passionfruit! Yummo.....
So keep an eye out for the full recipe and lots more goodies coming up next week!
Have a great weekend!

Happy Sipping.....

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