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Time for Tea with Food Writer Hattie Ellis

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

Our monthly chat with someone who cares about tea

This month we chat to Hattie Ellis, food writer and prolific cookbook author about the delights of tea.

  1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning?

English Breakfast perked up with a spoonful of something fragrant put into the pot: sometimes Darjeeling, sometimes Lapsang

  1.  What is your favourite tea to relax you in the afternoon?organic-green-tea-lemon-verbena-and-ginger-loose

An oolong, without milk, drunk from a small-ish cup rather than a mug, which I replenish often from the pot. Something about pouring tea is relaxing.

  1. What do you like best about Steenbergs teas?

High quality, an interesting variety and fairly priced. I also like the fact your flavoured teas are so natural e.g. the organic green tea with lemon verbena and ginger.

  1. Which Steenbergs tea would you most like to try and why?

Any oolong eg the Milky Oolong and Baihao Oolong. I find their various fragrances bewitching and refreshing.

  1. Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with and why?

If only I could bring back Tony Benn, inveterate tea drinker, to discuss Brexit, Trump and Corbyn.

About Hattie Ellis

Hattie is a food writer and author of eleven books on food and drink that focus on where food comes from and the people who grow, farm, collect and produce it.

Her books range from independent shops (Trading Places); English food and England (Eating England), the honeybee (Sweetness & Light), the chicken and the chicken industry (Planet Chicken) and fish around the coast of Britain (Best of British Fish).

A passionate exponent of tea, Hattie has also written a book called A Passion for Tea, published by Ryland, Peters & Small, all about discovering, exploring and enjoying this delicious drink.a-passion-for-tea-hattie-ellis

Website: www.hattieellis.com

Facebook: Hattie Ellis

Twitter: @hattieellis

One Pot Wonders from the One Pot Cook – Hattie Ellis’s new cookbook gives us 150 delicious family recipes

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Ellis_THE ONE POT COOKWe are really excited about the latest cookbook from award-winning food writer Hattie Ellis.  Jam-packed with 150 tasty, wholesome, family recipes, The One Pot Cook is a real feast of flavours.

Winner of the 2013 Guild of Food writers Book of the Year as well as the 2013 Miriam Polunin Award for the Best Book on Healthy Eating for her book What to Eat?, Hattie has a proven track record for producing thought-provoking books delving into culinary questions that affect our eating today.

The One Pot Cook is no exception, highlighting the ever present question of what to cook for the family each evening.   The idea of cooking with one pot is that many a cosy family meal is created quickly and easily by throwing everything in together and letting the flavours harmonise.

Hattie divides her book into Soups & Stocks, Simple Suppers, Winter Warmers, Summer Spreads, Explore the World and Easy Puds, all of which have maximum flavour but minimum washing up!

Simple Suppers, Hattie says in her book, ‘are what make the kitchen the heart of the home’, and includes some delicious staples such as risottos & gratins but who wouldn’t want to try Cart Driver’s Pasta or Hole-&-some-Toad?

coriander-seeds-organic-spiceHer Winter Warmers are quick, hearty or healthy with tasty flavour combinations such as Orange & Coriander Beef with Herb Dumplings and Caribbean Fish Pie, and don’t forget the Easy Puds section filled with baked fruit, steamed puddings, pastries, jellies and even trifles.  The Toffee Banana Tarte Tatin has the thumbs up in our house!

Packed full of flavour, spice lovers will be pleased to see that many of the dishes use a cornucopia of different ingredients.  However whilst the ingredients list may be long, the effort involved is often minimal.  Hattie’s deliciously rich and unctuous Beef Rendang for instance, which when made traditionally should take 8 hours at least, has been reduced to around 3 hours with the help of some handy cooking tips.

With delightful illustrations by Emily Faccini, The One Pot Cook by Hattie Ellis is published by Head of Zeus, price £20.00. We’re delighted to be able to offer Steenbergs’ customers a discount code to purchase a copy of The One Pot Cook for the special price of……

Hattie’s other books include Spoonfuls of Honey (shortlisted for the Andre Simon Award), Bees & Honey, Sweetness & Light and her award winning What to Eat?

For more information on Hattie Ellis and her books, please visit her website www.hattieellis.com or follow her on Twitter @HattieEllis.

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Your chance to win one of three One Pot cookbooks by Hattie Ellis

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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