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World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan and M&S

Who doesn’t love a cheeky slab of cake washed down with a steaming hot brew?! NO-ONE. Don’t trust anyone who tells you otherwise; they are fibbing, and don’t deserve your time, cake, or coffee making skills. They are brew-deniers!

For those of us who do like to partake in a spot of sugar indulgence, it’s that time of year again where those fantastic folk Macmillan are hosting their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning tomorrow, Friday 25th September, to raise awareness and vital funds for their worthy cause.

Macmillan World's Biggest coffee morning 2015 - tea and cake

Not one to pass up the opportunity to eat a lot of cake, I jumped at the offer to get involved with all the action when those kind folks over at M&S sent me some cake treats to host my own little get-together.
If there’s one shop who knows how to make cake well, it’s M&S. Even their packet sponges taste absolutely blimmin’ delicious, and are delightfully home-made enough for you to pass them off as your own (it’s ok, I won’t tell).

tea and cake macmillan coffee morning
lily doughball in apron for macmillan biggest coffee morning
lily doughball in apron for coffee morning with marks and spencer

Also, can we talk about how adorable this apron is please?! You can get your mitts on one from M&S and know that you’re doing your bit to help out Macmillan -these ruffles are perfect for dishing up a bit of cake and supping a cheeky brew.

To find out more about the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and how you can get involved, take a look at the Macmillan website here.

A massive thanks to Marks and Spencers for my cake and apron! 

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Pukka Tea Time

Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Not only is Bristol full of amazing things to see and do, but we’ve got our fair share of awesome businesses, too. One such fantastic business which up until recently I had no idea resided in our fair city is the brilliant Pukka herbs, who manufacture, amongst other things, these delicious herbal brews – Pukka Teas.

I was lucky enough to be sent a few of their most popular concoctions, as well as a couple of new varieties (or should that be varie-teas) to test out. Tom recently gave up caffeine, so was over the moon when this little parcel arrived; he’s been acquainting himself with Pukka ever since giving up the bad stuff a few weeks ago, and is a massive fan of their teas.

As well as Tom’s fave, Revitalise, I sampled Three Ginger, Three Mint, Three Camomile, Lemon Ginger & Manuka Honey, and new variety Detox with lemon, a heady blend of aniseed, fennel and cardamom. I could definitely smell this last one when I picked up the box from the postie!

Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog
Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

I started with a cup of my absolute favourite, Three Mint. I love mint tea, it’s such a simple flavour, plus it’s brilliant for digestion, making it an ideal choice for after dinner refreshment. Another one of my favourites is their Three Ginger, which is also great for settling stomachs, but with a spicy and warming kick. Lush! The Lemon, Ginger and Manuka Honey was also delicious – spicy like the Three Ginger but with a light refreshing lemon twist, and would be perfect if you’re a little under the weather.

One concoction I wasn’t so keen on was the lemon Detox tea, which I was a bit disappointed about – anything which promises to spring clean your insides is a winner in my book. The trouble is, I’m not so keen on fennel, which this particular brew has bags of. I think I’ll stick to my mint and ginger for cleansing my tummy!

Having said that, I’m completely sold on the Three Camomile, it’s absolutely gorgeous. I never really bothered to try camomile tea; I’d always stuck to my guns and gone with tried-and-tested flavours, plus camomile doesn’t really smell like much when it’s sitting in the bag unbrewed. How wrong I was! It’s such a beautiful delicate flavour, and really does wonders for unwinding and clearing your head before bed. I think it could be my new favourite.

Pukka Herbs Teas | Lily Doughball UK Lifestyle Blog

Not only do Pukka make delicious herbal brews and supplements, they’re also doing their bit for charity, too. On 29th May, Pukka will be hosting a Roaring 20’s Fundraiser at the ever-awesome Trinity centre in Bristol. Alongside cocktails, cakes, a raffle, photobooth and a swinging jazz band, there will also be a prize for the best dressed, so get your glad rags on! Tickets are £15, with proceeds going towards Action Medical Research.

For more info about the event and for tickets, find it here. For more info about Pukka, check out their website, or follow them on Twitter.