Candied Ginger / Kandisert Ingefær

A great sweet recipe found on chatelaine.com
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Sweet snacks with incredible flavour. Everyone will want to dig in when you open up a jar of these homemade treats.

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The History of Twinings Tea

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Twinings /ˈtwaɪnɪŋz/ is an English marketer of tea, based in Andover, Hampshire. The brand is owned by Associated British Foods. It holds the world’s oldest continually-used company logo, and is London’s longest-standing rate-payer, having occupied the same premises on the Strand since 1706.

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History

000_twinings_01The founder of Twinings was Thomas Twining from Painswick, Gloucestershire in England. He opened Britain’s first known tea room at No. 216 Strand, London, in 1706; it still operates today. The firm’s logo, created in 1787, is the world’s oldest in continuous use.

Holder of a royal warrant, Twinings has been owned by Associated British Foods since 1964. It sells a variety of regional and flavoured teas such as the smoked Lapsang Souchong, the oil scented black tea Lady Grey, and the partially oxidised Bengali tea Darjeeling, as well as infusions, coffee, and hot chocolate. The company is associated with Earl Grey tea, a tea infused with bergamot, though it is unclear when this association began, and how important the company’s involvement with the tea has been;Jacksons of Piccadilly, originally a rival of Twinings, but bought up by Twinings in the 1960s, also have associations with the blend.

000_twinings_02In 2005, Twinings introduced its first generic, non-speciality tea, under the brand “Everyday Tea”. In 2006, it started producing a tinned chocolate drink. In 2007, it also launched a selection of tinned coffees onto the market.

Twinings owns Nambarrie, a tea company based in Belfast and in trade for over 140 years. In April 2008, Twinings announced their decision to close the Nambarrie plant. Twinings said it needed to consolidate its UK manufacturing operations in the face of increasing global competition, and moved some production to China and Poland in late 2011; however, the vast majority of UK consumed tea is still produced in their factory in Andover, Hampshire.

000_twinings_03The company launched a television advertisement in late 2011 which featured an animation of a woman struggling to row a boat in a storm, with the background song “Wherever You Will Go” by Londoner Charlene Soraia. The song reached No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. Twinings said the advert aimed to metaphorically explain “the hectic lives that women today lead, and how taking just 10 minutes out each day to reconnect with yourself can have such an impact on the rest of your day.”

Ethics

The company is a founding member of the Ethical Tea Partnership, a not-for-profit membership organisation of tea-packing companies that works to monitor and improve ethical conditions on tea estates in all major tea growing regions. However, the organisation has been criticised for its “focus on the large-scale producer”. Twinings has also an Ethical Code of Conduct  and works with all its packaging and raw material suppliers to ensure decent working conditions in the supply chain.

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Despite this, Twinings is linked to a number of ethical and environmental issues. The criticism includes the worst ECRA rating for environmental reporting and palm oil use. In the Ethical Consumer magazine on a scale of 0 to 20 where 0–4 is ranked as “very poor”, Twinings receives a score of 2 as of 2013.

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The company also aim to improve conditions in tea communities, in 2011, Twinings made a three-year financial commitment to support a UNICEF initiative aimed at addressing the inter-generational cycle of under-nutrition among girls and young women of the tea community. The initiative is being implemented in 15 gardens in Dibrugarh, Assam, in partnership with the Assam Branch of the India Tea Association (ABITA). The project aims to significantly reduce the prevalence of anaemia in adolescent girls and women by addressing the underlying causes of their poor nutrition, complemented by improved life skills education. The initiative aims to directly improve the nutrition and life skills of over 8,000 adolescent girls in the region.

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The History of Rowntree & Co’s Cocoa and Chocolate

000_rowntree_02_thumb[2]One strand of the Rowntree story can be traced all the way back to 1725 and a remarkable woman, Mary Tuke.  She came from a prominent Quaker family – her grandfather was one of 4,000 people jailed for their beliefs in the 1660s.

In 1725, at the age of 30, Mary took the unusual decision for a woman of this era to set up a grocery shop.  She took on her nephew William as an apprentice in 1746, and he inherited the business when she died six years later.

The shop went on to specialise in tea, coffee and a chocolate drink bought-in from Bristol.  William’s son Henry followed him into the business and in 1785 they began to manufacture of cocoa and chocolate themselves.

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Several decades later, in 1862, Henry Isaac Rowntree purchased the Tukes’ cocoa and chocolate business.  For a teetotal Quaker, there 000_rowntree_05_thumb[2]was a social side to the business: chocolate drinks were promoted as an alternative to alcohol for the working man. 

Henry moved the firm from Coppergate to Tanner’s Moat in 1864 and in 1869 he was joined in the business by his brother, Joseph Rowntree.  A breakthrough came in 1881 when, with the help of a French confectioner, the firm began the manufacture of pastilles, previously imported from France.

Joseph realised that tastes were changing.  People wanted a purer product and, after a lot of time and effort, Joseph developed Rowntree’s Elect Cocoa in 1887.  Marketed as ‘more than a drink, a food’, it too proved popular.

Soon demand dictated that Rowntree’s move to larger premises.  In July 1890, a 24-acre site was purchased off Haxby Road for the modern Rowntree’s Cocoa Works.

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The firm hit trouble in the years leading up to the Great War, as the popularity of Elect Cocoa declined, and during the depression of the 1920s.  Marketing director and future chairman George Harris used his knowledge of American promotional methods to turn things around.  His policy was based on product development, branding and advertising.  The number of lines was slimmed down and the products which went on to become household names were launched: KitKat, Black Magic, Aero, Dairy Box, Smarties Rolos and Polos all came out in the 1930s.

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At its peak, Rowntree’s was a town within a town, employing 14,000 people, though later the workforce was much reduced by mechanisation.  In 1988, Swiss multinational Nestlé bought Rowntree’s in the teeth of major opposition in York.

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Text from History of York

Roasted Almonds / Brente Mandler

A traditional recipe found at the Norwegian newspaper VG’s food pages godt.no. Recipe by confectioner Elin Vatnar Nilsen at krem.no

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traditional badge2_thumb[1]Roasted almonds are a traditional Norwegian Christmas treats that taste of childhood. The almonds has a roasted flavour and gets a thin layer of caramel that melts on the tongue. One chew and you’re hooked!

If you want to make roasted almonds you must use some elbow grease. Use a big pot, then the almonds want get so easily burnt. If you use a cast iron pot it will be even easier. A teaspoon or two of cinnamon makes the almonds extra Christmassy and you can try adding other flavours as well.

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