In this month’s Real Plymouth Magazine and in next month’s Real Devon, we give you some great places to have cream teas and afternoon tea – from the ‘Tea at the Top’ at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel to ‘Cream by Steam’ on the railway!
But what if you’d rather invite your friends home to enjoy your garden in the last days of summer? With British Bake-Off inspiring us to dust off our rolling pins, we thought we might give you some ideas – and a way to help the girls justify that clotted cream!
Breast Cancer Care has been running a strawberry afternoon tea fundraising campaign throughout the summer. The idea is simple; invite friends or colleagues to bring a cake to your home or workplace, enjoy tea, cake and conversation then donate what you can.
And with October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s the perfect time to do your bit. It doesn’t matter whether you raise £20 or £200, every penny makes a difference.
All funds raised throughout October will help Breast Cancer Care to continue to provide free services including; support over the phone with a nurse or someone who’s been there, welcoming online forums, reliable information and local group support.
The conversation is as important as the fundraising – YouGov figures released by Breast Cancer Care suggest as many as a third of women do not check their breasts regularly for symptoms of breast cancer.
The poll of 2,126 adults in the UK also revealed that a fifth of women (20%) say their main reason for not doing so is because they don’t know how to check. And more than a tenth (11%) of women aged 55 and over who don’t check their breasts believe they don’t need to between NHS screening appointments, which should happen every three years from the age of 50.
Get your free fundraising kit online at www.breastcancercare.org.uk/strawberry-tea/sign-up this includes recipe ideas, decorations, and ideas for party games and so on. Shopping for ingredients? They recommend BerryWorld.com, suppliers of the best strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to shops near you to help you think pink when planning your menu.
Of course, cakes and cupcakes are a priority: but did you know you can use strawberries in savoury salads, too? Read on for some fabulous berry recipes.
What’s more, an important part of afternoon tea is delicate triangle-shaped sandwiches. Cucumber soaked in vinegar with lashings of butter is a favourite; serve with a jug of ice-cold Pimms packed with fruit (and more cucumber) for a really British feel.
And when it’s time for tea, get creative. A selection of herbal and/or berry-infused tea will fit the theme. Extracts from the plant known as virgin’s mantle, used as a medicinal tea all over the globe, have even been shown to kill cancerous cells in test-tube experiments. That’s according to scientists at Aston University, Birmingham, and Russell Hall Hospital in Dudley.
As well as homemade fayre, we recommend splashing out on a few extras to get your guests talking…
Established 2016, Tea Chest is the first bespoke tea subscription service and perfect for those living in rural areas. Created from a love of tea and travelling, Tea Chest will deliver unusual and artisan teas to your door, perfect for sampling with friends. Each tea bag is wrapped in a sealed silver foil, locking in the flavour and scent, beautifully presented in a signature Tea Chest box. The tea bags themselves are also pyramid shaped, meaning that they release the flavours more evenly. http://teachest.co/
I love supporting West Country businesses and Chococo are my go-to supplier for unique chocolates and tempting treats. You can order online if you can’t make it to Cocoa Central in Swanage, Dorset, or their branch in Winchester. And in keeping with the pink theme, I highly recommend the Ravishing Raspberry Slabs or the Strawberry Pate de Fruit. Join their chocolate club to be the first to taste new flavours; why not raffle off a three-month subscription at your event? Or pick up their quirky chocolate fish and chips with a side order of jellybean peas – it’s a real talking point and could form the centrepiece to your sugary spread http://www.chococo.co.uk/large-chocolate-fish-chips.html#sthash.mOfd0lLK.dpuf
Breast Cancer Care has a wide range of pink products available for all price ranges that you can buy, give, raffle or share at your event. We love the Elemis limited edition ‘Hero Collection’ (£55) – a perfect pampering treat.