Africa Fashion Week London, Model Casting | Champagne Twist

AFWL 2019 logo

Below, is a fascinating video of the AFWL model casting released yesterday on the Africa Fashion Week London YouTube channel.  Take a look and don’t forget to book your tickets for the hottest event in town.

Tickets can be purchased here.

AFWL – 9 & 10 August 2019, Freemasons’ Hall, London

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Africa Fashion Week London 2019 – Pinterest Image Collection

With the countdown to Africa Fashion Week London 2019 well underway, I thought this would be a good opportunity to invite you to visit my Pinterest board – Africa Fashion Week London 2019.

Screenshot AFWL 2019 pinterest | champagne twist

 

This collection of 100s of photographs has been especially collated for this year’s show, with more added each day.  With a wealth of ideas, influences and imagery, it will surely get you in the mood to strut your stuff, ready for this Summer’s event.

So why not visit the AFWL board and maybe share some of your own fashion images too.

Countdown to Africa Fashion Week London | Champagne Twist

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Photo source/credit : AFWL

AFWL 2019

If you love fashion, then clear your designer diaries for Africa Fashion Week London, August 9-10, 2019.

SAVE THE DATE

9-10 August 2019
Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ

Doors open from 1pm for Exhibition browsing and entertainment

Friday Catwalk Shows: 5pm & 7pm
Saturday Catwalk Shows: 3pm, 5pm & 7pm

To purchase tickets, click the link here.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Strawberry & Rose | Champagne Twist

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Today, I’m moving away from black based teas and tying out a more fruity and floral number. Twist Teas Strawberry and Rose tea is today’s subject tea for review.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose | Champagne Twist

Strawberry and Rose contains a list of delicious sounding ingredients – Chinese White tea, apple pieces, rose hip, hibiscus, freeze dried strawberry, elderflower, orange blossom, rose petals and orange peel.

This is a tea to be served without milk, but can be cold brewed as well as make a hot beverage.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Out the pack, the tea has a lovely aroma, and when hot brewed develops into a beautiful pink hue. I would serve this at an afternoon tea as an alternative to black tea.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

Cold brewed ‘Strawberry and Rose’ makes a light and refreshing drink, ideal for a summer time soiree. I reckon made with sparkling water, with sliced fresh strawberries and a slice of lemon, it would make a great non-alcoholic drink.

Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist
Twist Teas: Strawberry Rose review | Champagne Twist

With all the wonderful ingredients, I was surprised that I couldn’t detect any rose or strawberry during the taste test. It was more of a general fruity flavour, pleasant as it was, rather than a strawberry or floral blast.

Rating : 3.5 out of 5.

 

For more information check out these links:

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

 

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Mint Choc Chip’.

 

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Breakfast Boost | Champagne Twist

5T Breakfast Boost

Yesterday, I tested the first of the Twist Teas tasting menu, ‘Afternoon Perks’.  Today, it’s the turn of ‘Breakfast Boost’.

Breakfast Boost by Twist Teas | Champagne Twist - The Tea Twist Taste Test
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review

Like ‘Afternoon Perks’, ‘Breakfast Boost’ includes Sri Lankan black tea, as well as Indian Assam Black tea, Yerba Mate (1) and Siberian Ginseng (2). The tea can be enjoyed with or without milk.

(1) Yerba mate is used to make a beverage known as mate. When served cold, the drink is called tereré in Guaraní. It is traditionally consumed in central and southern regions of South America, primarily in Paraguay, as well as in Argentina, Uruguay, southern and central-western Brazil, the Chaco region of Bolivia and southern Chile.[3] It is also popular in the Druze community in Syria and Lebanon, where it is imported from Argentina.[4] Yerba mate was first cultivated and used by the indigenous Guaraní people and in some Tupí communities in southern Brazil, prior to European colonization. Yerba mate can be found in various energy drinks on the market, as well as being sold as a bottled or canned iced tea.

Yerba mate has been claimed to have various effects on human health and these effects have been attributed to the high quantity of polyphenols found in mate tea.[22] Research has found that yerba mate may improve allergy symptoms[27] and reduce the risk of diabetes mellitus and high blood sugar in mice.[28]

Mate also contains compounds that act as an appetite suppressant and possible weight loss tool,[29] increases mental energy and focus,[30] improves mood,[31][32] and promotes deeper sleep; however, sleep may be negatively affected in people who are sensitive to caffeine.[30]

Before 2011, there were no double-blind, randomized prospective clinical trials of yerba mate consumption with respect to chronic disease.[33] However, many studies have been conducted since then, pointing to at least some probable benefits from some claims, such as reduction of fat cells, inflammation and cholesterol, although more research is needed.[32] Some non-blinded studies have found mate consumption to be effective in lipid lowering.[33] Another study determined that mate reduces progression of artheriosclerosis in rabbits but did not decrease serum cholesterol or aortic TBARS and antioxidant enzymes.[34]

Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_mate

(2) Some people use Siberian ginseng to improve athletic performance and the ability to do work. They also use it to treat sleep problems (insomnia) and the symptoms of infections caused by herpes simplex type 2. It is also used to boost the immune system, prevent colds, and increase appetite.

Source : https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-985/ginseng-siberian

Perhaps it’s the high caffeine content, that this tea reminds me of a builder’s tea, only posher. In terms of flavour it packs a punch. The black teas provide a strong, yet pleasant taste, and is ideal, I imagine, served with a wide range of breakfast styles, from traditional full English to Swiss muesli to pancakes with fresh fruit and yogurt, or on its own to set you up for the day ahead.

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review

Personally, I would drink this tea with milk, although if you like strong black teas, or require it for baking, the Breakfast Boost should work well.

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost – Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas: Breakfast Boost, with milk – Champagne Twist review

I really enjoyed ‘Breakfast Boost’, and would be keen to conduct cooking experiments with it. I think it could add a unique flavour profile to, for instance, tea breads or cakes.

 

Rating: 4 out of 5

 

For more information check out these links:

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

 

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Strawberry and Rose’.

 

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review

The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas : Afternoon Perks | Champagne Twist

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist review

Yesterday (Sunday 21st April 2019)  was Easter Sunday and National Tea Day. A double celebration for those who, like me, love tea.

Today, I kick off a new blog series, called The Tea Twist Taste Test, where I taste and review a number of teas from new and established brands. Most of the brands I will feature, I discovered, or in some cases rediscovered, at the recent FesTeaVal event run by National Tea Day.  The first brand in this series is Twist Teas  (love the brand name already!), which has been producing a wide range of teas for 3 years. The first tea I’m taste testing is ‘Afternoon Perks’, from their Whole Leaf Tasting Menu.

Twist Teas Afternoon Perks - Champagne Twist review
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist review

Made with Indian Darjeeling and Sri Lankan black teas and Gotu Kola, ‘Afternoon Perks’ can be drunk with for without milk.

Gotu Kola is used for fatigue, anxiety, depression, psychiatric disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and improving memory and intelligence. Other uses include wound healing, trauma, and circulation problems (venous insufficiency) including varicose veins, and blood clots in the legs.

Source : https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-753/gotu-kola

I found the tea refreshing in both formats, although I slightly prefer the tea black, with maybe a lemon slice. Just as the ‘twisting notes’ on the tasting menu pack claimed, the tea was energy boosting, after a busy morning in the garden.

Twist Teas - Afternoon Perks by Champagne Twist - without milk
The Tea Twist Taste Test – Twist Teas Afternoon Perks – Champagne Twist

I like the idea of including Gotu Kola in the blend, as I feel it helped with my fatigue. I wonder, with prolonged use, if it would prove to be a good memory boosting aid. Regardless, the tea tastes lovely, and is ideal as a post- noon pick me up. I will certainly be adding this to my collection.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Twist Teas – https://www.twist-teas.co.uk

National Tea Day – https://www.nationalteaday.co.uk

FesTeaVal 2019 day 1 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtEwh6YFXdA

FesTeaVal 2019 day 2 highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPQQ5lvwifU

FesTeaVal 2019 review – TBC

Next review : Twist Teas ‘Breakfast Boost’

 

Jerk Seasoned Roasted veg with rice - Caribbean food month | ChampagneTwist.com

Caribbean Food Month – Jerk Seasoned Roasted Vegetables​​ – Champagne Twist

Hello, happy 1st of August and happy Caribbean Food Month here on ChampagneTwist.com!

We’re deep into summer now and the heatwave we’re currently enjoying in the UK is akin to the summers enjoyed in the Caribbean. All that’s needed is a golden sandy beach, a bowl of rum punch and a tropical music soundtrack.

Well, I can’t provide the beach or the soundtrack, but I may be able to produce a few food and drink ideas for the Champagne Twist, Caribbean Food Month.

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Kicking off this month’s culinary extravaganza is Jerk Seasoned Roasted Vegetables. Jerk seasoning is fairly well known as a Jamaican herb and spice blend used to season meat, particularly chicken. But in this recipe, I thought how could vegetarians get in on the act?

This is an easy, flexible recipe staple which allows for a quick exit from the kitchen – let’s face it, who wants to spend hours in a hot kitchen in 32-degree heat? Make a large batch and portion up for healthier frozen meals or barbeque side dishes.  The vegetables are cut into different shapes, of roughly the same size to provide visual interest and to ensure even cooking.

Jerk Seasoned Roasted Vegetables | Champagne Twist

Serves 2 as a main meal or 4 as a side dish.

Fresh vegetables - Caribbean Food Month | ChampagneTwist.com
Fresh vegetables | ChampagneTwist.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely sliced
  • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
  • 3 or 4 spring onions, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 medium butternut squash, cut into batons
  • 1 large tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 large broccoli head, cut into florets
  • 1 large carrot, cut into batons
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium courgette/zucchini, cut into batons
  • 1 corn on the cob, cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2tsp jerk seasoning (try Dunns River)
Cut vegetables Caribbean food month | ChampagneTwist.com
Cut vegetables – Caribbean Food Month | ChampagneTwist.com

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4.
  2. In a large mixing bowl add all the ingredients and ensure all the vegetables are completely coated with the coconut oil and jerk seasoning. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Place the contents of the bowl into a large roasting tin. Roast for about 45-60 minutes until the vegetables are roasted.
  4. Allow to cool slightly before transferring into a serving dish. Enjoy with plain white or coconut rice.  You could also create a rice salad by simply mixing the seasoned veg with the rice. Try substituting with brown rice for a nuttier flavour.
pre roasted root vegetables - Caribbean Food Month | ChampagneTwist.com
Pre-roasted vegetables | ChampagneTwist.com

Remember with Jerk seasoning, a little goes a long way. Err on the side of caution, use a scant 1/4 tsp of Jerk seasoning if you prefer a mild flavour. Don’t be too heavy-handed, it will taste great, but it will feel like your mouth is on fire. Use the wet mix, not the dry spice blend.

Jerk seasoned roasted vegetables | ChampagneTwist.com
Jerk seasoned roasted vegetables | ChampagneTwist.com
Jerk Seasoned Roasted veg with rice - Caribbean food month | ChampagneTwist.com
Jerk Seasoned Roasted veg with rice ChampagneTwist.com