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Brew up a storm with Ace Tea London

I was recently sent some tea from Ace Tea London and here’s what I have to say. Founded in Autumn of 2016 Ace Tea London has already received three coveted Great Taste Awards for 2017.

“We embrace new rituals, new environments and new occasions.” I love this quote from their website. Tea as a ritual is something I can definitely get behind.
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They have recently released a Morris & Co. Tea Collection which was inspired by English textile designer William Morris (1834 – 1896).

Ace Tea specially crafted tea stockings house big leaf tea for exceptional clarity of flavour and Ace Tea only use 100% natural ingredients.

I love tea and I’d spotted Ace Tea via Twitter so I reached out to see if I could try them out. Who doesn’t love a cuppa? After chatting with the man in charge and talking a lot about tea and how disappointing a truly bad cup of tea can be
I was sent Quintessentially English Breakfast Tea, The Earl Grey and Lady Rose.

Quintessentially English Breakfast Tea

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Described as ‘rich, peppery and robust’ I have to say I agree. Using the very finest black tea from Sri Lanka this tea packs a punch that’s bold but not overpowering. This is the tea you want to be drinking alongside your full English breakfast or to get your day off to a great start. It’s an earthy tea with a deep tannin colour and a full bodied taste.

The Earl Grey

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I have to be honest, I was not looking forward to trying this tea. I always felt that Earl Grey was too floral, too perfumed for my taste buds. Ace Tea Earl Grey is a blend of Black tea,lemon peel, cornflowers, oil of bergamot and lemon essence. This Earl Grey tea has a subtle flavour with a citrus aftertaste that’s more zesty than perfumed, I was pleasantly surprised.

Lady Rose

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“Lady Rose can be enjoyed hot, chilled or blended in a summertime Gin cocktail.” This tea was awarded 2 Gold Stars at this years ‘Great Taste Awards’. This delicate tea was a real surprise. I’ve had rose tea before but I never considered drinking it cold, I’m going to try that out should the summer have a last hurrah before autumn really sets in. The floral aroma hits you the minute the ‘stocking’ hits the water and the mellow but strong taste is exactly what you would imagine an English Country Garden would taste like.
Lady Rose is a blend of black tea, rose petals and rose essence.

If you’re really into tea then I thoroughly recommend you check out the Ace Tea range. They’re good quality teas and full of flavour!

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How to brew the perfect cuppa!

Let your water tap run a little so the water’s well aerated before adding to your kettle. Only ever boil the water once to keep the oxygen level up. Oxygen in water helps flavour- don’t ask me how.
Let your bag brew for between 2-3mins, this lets the flavour develop. Oh and don’t mash the teabag against the side of your mug when you take it out, it can make the tea bitter. As can leaving the teabag in your mug for too long.

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

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Badass Books – Basic Witches

Basic Witches: How To Summon Success, Banish Drama And Raise Hell With Your Coven

I was sent a copy of Basic Witches, published by Quirk Books and it’s so cute and full of empowerment and witchy wisdom so I wanted to share a few words about it.

What is on the one hand, an introduction to witchcraft Basic Witches is also a cool introduction to feminist ideas. Through witchcraft (and we’ll get into that in a moment) we gain empowerment, something I totally agree with.

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The night is dark and full of terrors.

Witches are the original Badasses. Society has always feared powerful women and by embracing the very things that society deems unbecoming of a woman, we gain a sense of independence and empowerment.

Basic Witches is a mix of spells, a little bit of witch history and a fun read covering many different aspects of self empowerment, positive thinking and self acceptance. From enchanting a special piece of jewellry to rituals for regaining strength and confidence I really enjoyed the fun take on witchcraft. The potions are a fun read, I like to work a little magic when I’m in the kitchen!
There is even a section on witch exercise , yup coven callisthenics!

Authors Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman are both accomplished writers. Saxena is a Staff Writer for Elle as well as having articles on sites like The Daily Dot, the New Yorker, Buzzfeed and more. Zimmerman is a contributing Editor of one of my favourite sites the Establishment. Her writing has also featured on Atlas Obscura, the Guardian and plenty of other cool sites. And I love these cute witchy illustrations by Camille Chew, an artist I was already a fan of after spotting her work on Pinterest.

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What the authors call witchcraft is not your usual definition, theirs is best described as living true to oneself and Basic Witches is like your very own punk DIY grimoire (spellbook). This approch to witchcraft is right up my alley and while I think this book would be of more benefit to a younger reader I think plenty of adults will not ony get a kick out of the irreverent style but perhaps they’ll also find it a great read with powerful intentions.

Blessed Be Badasses!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto

Badass Dessert – Pudology

I spotted Pudology in may local supermarket and because I’m vegan I feel it’s my responsibility to try all the different vegan desserts that come my way. So I can spread the word. *wink*

I bought the Pudology Decadent Chocolate Puds and I shared it with my husband (who is not vegan) and we were both seriously impressed. Pudology aren’t just vegan friendly, all their Puds are also gluten free. You can view their range here.

Creator and dessert maker Lucy was diagnosed with a dairy and egg intolerance in 2010 and realised there were very few tasty treats for people like her, so she took to the kitchen and started creating.

I was so impressed with Pudology that I contacted them and Lucy very kindly sent me some samples to review and we’re collaborating on a Badass Giveaway, so stayed tuned for that!
Using coconut milk and dark chocolate their creamy puds are bursting with a deep chocolate flavour that’s hard to beat. I also love that a woman decided to create what she couldn’t find and has not only created some delicious desserts but also a business that she’s clearly passionate about.

THE REVIEW

Orange Chocolate Pudding

‘Seriously smooth chocolate and orange ganache with Brazilian orange oil.’

Oh my! This tasted just like a certain well known orange chocolate ball that, despite what their ads claimed, you could not just ‘tap and unwrap’. Delicious thick chocolate that has a ganache style texture and infused with a zesty but not overpowering Brazillian orange oil . This one is a real stunner!

Scrumptious Millionaire’s Shortbread

‘Truly decadent layers of biscuit, caramel and smooth, rich chocolate.’

I’m not the biggest fan of Millionaire’s Shortbread, mostly due to the fact i don’t like shortbread. I may be Scottish but I draw the line at sugary sand! Pudology have used a biscuit base inplace of shortbread and the ratio of base to caramel and chocolate is spot on. The silky smooth chocolate and gorgeous gooey toffee made for an excellent after dinner treat. The shortbread/biscuit element was given the thumbs up by my husband, who knows about these sorts of things. All I can really say about the biscuit base is that it was crumbly.

Deeply Decadent Chocolate Pudding

‘deeply decadent & irresistably smooth chocolate ganache with Madagascan vanilla.’

I can’t quite decide if this or the Chocolate Orange Pud is my favourite, they’re both delicious. The thick, rich and truly decadent chocolate pudding, my mouth is watering just writing about it, is genuinely a vegan delight!
Honestly, no one would ever guess that these desserts are dairy free. They feel totally indulgent and of a gourmet standard.

Richly Indulgent Banoffee Pie Puds

‘Layers of biscuit, dairy-free toffee, banana & chocolate – the ultimate indulgence!’

This one was my least favourite of the samples I was sent. I don’t mind banoffee pie but it’s not a dessert I would choose to eat. My husband on the other hand, loved it and ended up eating mine as I couldn’t finish it. I can’t quite put my finger on what didn’t work for me but on reflection I think it was the banana element. Perhaps it was just too sweet for me.

Pudology has all the ingredients, allergen and nutritional information listed on their website but again, all their desserts are:

  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Wheat Free
  • Vegan Friendly
  • Coeliac Friendly

The Puds are now available at a range of shops including Sainsbury’s and I thoroughly recommend you seek them out.

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I look forward to seeing what Pudology brings out in the future and I sincerely hope it involves mint or peanut butter.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m working with Pudology to bring you a Badass Giveaway! Pudology creator Lucy Wager, who blogs here is getting some great Pudology swag for you to get your hands on, so keep your eyes peeled in September!

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Moxie McMurder
The Badass Manifesto