NATIONAL ASPARAGUS DAY 23RD APRIL…

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National Asparagus Day is on 23rd April for all asparagus lovers to enjoy lots of different recipes which include asparagus.

The website British Asparagus are counting down the days to 23rd April.

Their site is full of recipes, how to cook asparagus, facts about asparagus, where to buy asparagus, how to grow asparagus, health facts about asparagus and videos on asparagus.

One fascinating fact is that ‘Asparagus is dubbed the Usain Blot of the vegetable world as British asparagus can grow up to 10cm in one day!’ (ooh must try and grow some).

On a healthy note, eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria in the large intestine and can help reduce bloating.

St. George’s Day has also become synonymous with National Asparagus Day, as the date marks the start of the English Asparagus.

The British Asparagus Festival is normally held on this day but due to Covid-19 is not taking…

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6 FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT TEA YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF…

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1.In the 400-600’s demand for tea being used as a medicinal drink rose in China.

2. Tea in Japan during this period was rare and expensive, and enjoyed most by high priests and the aristocracy.

3. During 648-749 a Japanese Monk Gyoki planted the first tea bushes in 49 Buddhist temple gardens.

4. Buddhism and tea devotion spread and the Japanese Buddhist Saint and Priest Saicho and Monk Kubo Daishi, brought tea seeds and cultivation and manufacturing tips back from China and planted them in the gardens in Japanese temples.

5. In 951 a period when disease was rife, Kuya started Obukucha, green tea served at the New Year to ward off illness.

6. Tea is first mentioned in the ancient texts as an offering. In the Buddhist scriptures it is often spoken as an offering made to the Buddha.

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A COUPLE OF TEA FACTS FOR YOU…

1. In 1484 teas popularity reaches a new height when Zen priest Murata Shuko introduced the Cha-no-yu or Hot Water For Tea ceremony, which celebrates the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of tea preparation and drinking. 

2. In 1560 the first European to encounter tea and write about it was Jasper de Cruz, a missionary on Portugals first commercial trade journey to China. Portugal, the most advanced navy at the time, was the first European country to gain the right of trade with China. 

Source : Boh Tea

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TWENTY WAYS TO ENJOY COOKING WITHOUT PAIN…

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One of my favourite pass times is baking but it can literally leave me in agony so it is important to know how to take steps to avoid pain while cooking. I always say that ‘ I will never let the pain beat me’ but knowing my limits is how I can enjoy baking without the consequences.

Preparing the vegetables or decorating a cake can soon trigger off pain, but if you have your kitchen organised in the right way and use specialist types of equipment it will mean that you can spend far more time enjoying cooking.

Since lock down my way of seeing my family, (even though it was at a distance with them at the front door and me outside the gate), was to bake for them. I loved seeing my granddaughters face peeping through the window when Nana arrived with some goodies. However, it has meant…

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