Friday, 10 April 2015

Notice Board - Steenbergs Review

A couple of weeks ago Emily from Steenbergs got in touch with me and asked if I'd heard of Steenbergs and asked if I would like to try some of their products.

Steenbergs is a small family run artisan spice company based in North Yorkshire. They specialise in the ethical sourcing and hand-blending of spices, teas and home baking ingredients with a focus on organic and fairtrade. Right up my street I thought! 

Emily told me they have a passion for provenance, aroma and taste. What was I waiting for, I couldn't wait to try out some of their products.

Before I knew it a parcel arrived and it was filled with lots of goodies! I couldn't wait to get started, but first a cup of tea, one small problem which do I choose first!

That was easy, I had been looking forward to trying their white tea with lemongrass and orange blossom with rose and cornflowers. The tea smelt wonderful as it was stewing and I wasn't disappointed when I tasted it, a perfect cuppa, it was absolutely delicious and I've been drinking it at least once a day ever since!

Regular readers will already know I'm a massive fan of tea and one of my kitchen cupboards is always stocked with different flavoured teas, I am spoilt for choice some days. Two teas I regularly drink are earl grey or more recently lady grey in the mornings and I always reach for a green tea with jasmine to calm me down. But the white tea with lemongrass and orange blossom is up there with the lady grey and jasmine teas and is now a firm favourite. 

Steenbergs have recently been interviewing tea lovers for their blog so pop on over and check out my interview "Time for Tea".

So, what other goodies did Steenbergs send me?
  • Organic Green Jasmine Tea
  • Organic Happy Hippy Tea
  • Morning Brew Herbal Tea
  • Organic Rose Water
  • Organic Orange Blossom Water
  • Organic Fairtrade Vanilla Extract
  • Fairtrade Saffron
The Happy Hippy Tea was also delicious and I love the quirky name and the Morning Brew Herbal Tea was great as a morning cuppa. But my favourite has to be the White Tea, just look how pretty it is!

The rose water and orange blossom water intrigued me too and I couldn't wait to try out these products in my cooking. 

I was impatient though and I couldn't wait for a cake to bake or a Morrocan Stew, so I donned my thinking cap and came up with two super speedy recipes. A chocolate orange mousse and a rose and orange sparkler.

First, the sparkler, it was so refreshing and perfect to sip, relaxing outside on a gorgeous sunny day.

Ingredients - Serves 1 to 2 people

1 Orange, freshly squeezed
1 Tsp Rose water
½ Tsp Agave nectar
200ml Sparkling water


Mix the first three ingredients together then slowly pour in the sparkling water. Give the sparkler a little stir before pouring into glasses. Enjoy!

And now for the chocolate orange mousse, delicious and light. Definitely a recipe to whip up time and time again.


1 Packet siliken tofu, drained
1 Tbsp cacao powder
2 Tbsp Orange water
1 Tbsp Agave nectar*
25g Coconut oil, melted

Too garnish:
Dark chocolate 
Orange slices

*If you like your chocolate sweeter add more agave nectar to taste


Add the first 4 ingredients to a food processor and blend till you have a smooth mousse, you may need to scrape down the sides of your blender from time to time.

Add the melted coconut oil and blend again.

Pour the mixture into glasses or bowls and place in the fridge for an hour to firm up a little before eating, if you can wait that long! 


You must go and check out their vast range of teas and personally I definitely think you should try the white tea with lemongrass and orange blossom, it is blissful.

I'll be posting more recipes using Steenberg goodies soon. What would you use the rose water and orange blossom water for?

Jasmine x


  1. I have their extracts and they are great. If you've got the latest Vegan Life mag there's a great pistachio and orange flower cake recipe that I would recommend. I'd never thought of using them in a drink though, what a great idea. I also wasn't aware that they made teas! These sound fabulous. As you can guess from my blog name I'm also someone with a cupboard full of different types of tea.

    1. Oooh that cake sounds great, I can't remember seeing the recipe in the magazine though I'll have to look it out, thanks for reminder. Their teas are fantastic I thoroughly recommend trying the white tea with lemongrass and orange blossom, its heaven in a cup! :o) x

  2. That has to be the prettiest looking tea I've ever seen ♥ Steenbergs is a fab company isn't it? I already use their organic vanilla extract, but I'd love to try the orange blossom and rose water... oh and some of those beautiful-sounding teas too ;)

    1. It sure is, almost too pretty to drink, but after one sip you just forget how pretty it is because it tastes divine! I'm hooked :o)


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