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If you are a regular reader of my blog you will be aware that I am greedy, very greedy, I live breathe and eat food in all forms so you can imagine my delight when browsing a local based artisan online store when I came across a subscription box for food lovers!

If you read my lifestyle blog Madame G’s Lifestyle you will know that I subscribe to a variety of beauty boxes, each month is like your birthday when a box of treats arrives, makeup you can put on your face which is all well and good but food is where its at at this box had me squealing with delight!

A couple of days after ordering, my first box arrived on my doorstep (pictured above) There was a personalised envelope which contained information about the brands in my box.

Davenport’s Chocolates were the first item to be pulled out.  I’ve never tried anything from this brand before but I have heard a lot of good things so I can’t wait to get stuck in!

Next out was tea from The Teashed, I adore the packaging of these teabags, no boring boxes here!

I adore Ras-E-Hanout so was over the moon to pull out a very large packet of it!

Can you honestly think of anything better than Toffee Apple Jam?  I can’t actually wait to open this, I have so many ideas of how to use it!

Finally a bottle of rosemary infused rapeseed oil.

I am so happy with this box of treats, I can’t actually wait for next month!

If you want to try a box for yourself there are a couple of options, £19.95 gets you a monthly subscription, you can cancel at any time and £99 gets you a six month subscription making the boxes work out at £16.50 per box.

You can sign up here: http://www.thelarderbox.com/

Waitrose Love Life – who needs coffee?

As a self-confessed Coffee junkie I’ve been trying to make an effort to cut down my consumption which lets be honest can’t be doing me any good, I would say I drink on average 12 mugs a day at home, 4 large starbucks at University and copious amounts of tea which is also not great.

I do enjoy hot water with lemon but sometimes it get’s a bit boring so during my latest shopping trip I picked up a few boxes of herbal tea and the first one I’ve tried is the Waitrose Peppermint, Nettle and Ginkgo infusion. The tea is naturally caffeine free so I do expect some caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

Waitrose say it’s Refreshing and uplifting with the aromatic warmth of ginger.

The ingredients are 40% Peppermint Leaf, 30% Nettle, 20% Ginger Root and 10% Ginkgo.

The actual teabag is nothing special, it’s a regular standard looking bag, although it does look like it has been made with recycled paper.  Each box comes with 20 teabags and at a price of £0.99 it’s quite good value in my opinion.

I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes, the recommended time is between 2 – 5 minutes depending on the strength required.  It is also suggested that you drink the tea without milk.  I drank my tea without milk or sugar.

The only flavour I could taste was the peppermint, I didn’t get any of the ginger flavour coming through at all but I didn’t actually mind as the tea was a nice change.  At the time of writing this post it was 12.49 on a Sunday and I’d only had one coffee, one herbal tea and 3 glasses of water and I had the most awful headache which I’m assuming is the caffeine withdrawal?

I do like this tea and will continue to mix and match with the other flavours I purchased.  If anyone has any recommendations I’d love to hear them.