Day 28: Macmillan Coffee Morning

The last couple of months have been all about spinning plates ‚Äď this post has been sitting on my To Do pile since September…my bad. I’ve been looking forward to writing it, because it’s about two important things in life: cake ūüėČ and charity. On Day 28 of #100DaysNoTV I hosted¬†a Macmillan Coffee Morning at my place.

Macmillan Cancer Support held their first ever Coffee Morning way back in 1990 and since then they’ve raised a whopping ¬£138 million. Little¬†wonder it’s known as the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning! If you’ve never been to one, look¬†out for one local to you next September; it’s easy to¬†search using your postcode on their website. There are bound to be a few near you run by local groups, or you could host¬†one yourself!

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Day 19: Tea Blending

Dad taught me how to make a ‘proper’ pot of tea before I was old enough to drink caffeine: “warm the pot first, one heaped teaspoon per cup and one for the pot . . .” My love of tea grew from there. We never had teabags at home, though¬†I¬†rely on them¬†these days ‚Äď but when we go out for tea I like to try different blends. On Day 19 of #100DaysNoTV¬†I joined a friend and fellow¬†tea lover to¬†create a new tea blend. And, I’m really quite proud of it!

Having grown up with PG Tips (it was the 80s!) I always assumed that teas from a Tea House were made using some magical formula with recipes handed down through the generations. It turns out new teas are being blended all the time, and with help from a tea aficionado (she might not admit it, but she really is), it’s easier than I thought!

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Day 14: Clandestine Cake Club

I’ve been a member of the Clandestine Cake Club for a couple of years, but I’ve never been brave enough to go along to a meet. My image was of a group of super-talented¬†bakers¬†who would snort with laughter at my super-amateur attempt. But when I heard that Lauren ‚Äď who I’d met at The High Tea Club ‚Äď was running the Ely¬†group, I decided to be brave. On Day 14 of #100DaysNoTV,¬†I (nervously) took a cake that I had baked to share with others.

so, what is the clandestine cake club?

The brainchild of Lynn Hill, the Clandestine Cake Club (CCC) began in Leeds in¬†December 2010 with¬†its purpose to have a place for¬†cake lovers to meet and chat over tea and cake. “Bake, Eat and Talk about Cake” is their mission statement. What’s not to like?

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Food: The High Tea Club

Afternoon tea and High tea

Are they the same, similar or different?

Well, nearly two hundred years ago Afternoon Tea became fashionable with¬†the upper classes who would eat¬†around 4 o’clock to stop the tummy rumbles between lunch and dinner; they’d nibble¬†on dainty¬†sandwiches and cakes with¬†an abundance¬†of tea. It would be a relaxed affair¬†in the drawing room¬†on comfy chairs.

The working classes had their Tea after a hard day’s work and so it¬†was a more substantial family meal, and would normally include hot food and meat; basically it was their main meal of the day. It seems this¬†became known as High Tea as it was¬†eaten up at a table, literally sitting high, with¬†Afternoon Tea¬†taken¬†at a low table.

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Day 13: Date Night in Bali

It’s not easy¬†to find¬†original¬†gifts, so I was over the moon to discover¬†The Spicery when looking for something special for¬†Rob. Their spicebox subscription is¬†absolutely perfect: it plays to his love of trying new cuisines and his ever-growing passion for cooking. It also gave us the perfect excuse to spend a few hours cooking together in the kitchen; this is something we love to do, but often¬†need a reason¬†to find the time!¬†On Day 13 of #100DaysNoTV we had a ‘Date Night in Bali’.

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Food: Hotel Chocolat Cafe Cambridge

If you were asked to name a luxury chocolate brand, chances are ‚Äď if you live in the UK ‚Äď your first answer would be Hotel Chocolat. Since the first shop opened in 2004 the brand¬†has expanded and evolved over the last ten years and there are now¬†over 80 stores worldwide.

With the manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire the business¬†has strong links with the Cambridge area. The founders had a dream of opening a new type of cafe in Cambridge city centre ‚Äď in their words, ‚Äúour first ever ‚Äėrefuel station‚Äô where the cocoa and coffee love match is united at last‚ÄĚ.

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Day 11: Blackberry Vodka

Some of the best presents are those that are homemade: they show that the person giving it to you has taken time to make something special for you. With this in mind, on Day 11 of #100DaysNoTV we turned freshly foraged blackberries into Blackberry Vodka to give as presents at Christmas.

With the nights drawing in and the autumn chill a nightly feature, there’s something really quite lovely about snuggling up with a glass of warming fruit liqueur.

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Food: Wasabi Sushi and Bento

For a major fan of sushi (that’s me!) an invite to a tasting event at the brand new Wasabi in Cambridge was always going to be met with a resounding and immediate “Yes!”. Even better, there was a plus one option so I was able to take my lovely hubby. And so, on 17th June, Rob and I went to the #WasabiCambridge pre-launch evening.

There were a few concerns raised on social media ahead of the event about the venue’s readiness: a few hours before there was clearly still quite a bit to be done for the official opening the next day.

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