Tea Time #5 – We’re going Goji today

Tea Time #5

Tea Time button

Tea Time with Justine (s)

I want to thank everyone for joining me for the Tea Time #4.

We had a lovely array of Tea Time activities, all of which you can see below.  I always adore seeing my faithful entrants who have Tea with me regularly but super excited to see some new people too.



Here are the last Tea Time party goers who my greatest thanks go out to

  • We had some amazing blondies from Sarah’s Little Kitchen , I’ve never seen blonde ones before, they are a must try!
  • Lovely Lucile from Lucile De Godoy brought us some white tea and some history.  I promptly went out and bought some white tea after her appealing write up, pop by and say hello.
  • Next we had a Pear and Persimmon Galette from Giraffes can Bake, that had me dribbling all over my keyboard.  Do you know what a galette is?  If not, pop by her blog to see and so many other delicious recipes.
  • Next we had Andy from Belgian Streets, our usual supplier of alcohol downgrading us a little this time with a crate of beer.  Perhaps the quantity made up for quality?  Not sure, go and pop by to see what he brought.
  • Next I was filled with envy, how bad is that?  As Angle and Views presented us with some divine glassware and the most gorgeous kitty that loves water apparently, don’t believe me?  Then pop by there to see.
  • Next, Debs from Deb’s World came over for Tea for the first time and wow she brought Australia with her, yup she surely did and some sunshine and sparkle, pop by and see what I mean.
  • Next we had Redneck Connoisseur who really had some heads turning as she sashayed in, drinking wine and parading in her red dress, go on pop by and see what it was all about.  How can she top this next time?
  • Viaja , one of our faithful entrants, brought along some Altitude Sickness tea, I never knew this existed.  If you don’t believe me then pop by hers to see what I mean.

The InLinkz page is still viewable if you want to blog hop and say hello direct, here is the link:  InLinkz Page Tea Time #4


Tea Time #5

It will be the same process as in, open for a week and a half before closing to give time to have our cuppas, chat and generally Tea Time style party!!

This event is for anything related to the ‘Experience of Tea Time’, please feel free to be as out of the box as you like.  Bring alcohol, tea, cakes, a poem, a song, whatever, really bring it all along.

If you need to familiarize yourself with what the Tea Time Event is, please follow the link which goes to the Tea Time Page – Tea Time Page

A quick summary of the process 😉

  • Please grab a badge to display
  • Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which week it is)
  • When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
  • Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below.  This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!
  • Even if you are not posting a link, please pop by the InLinkz page to blog hop and enjoy everyone’s 2015 New Year Tea Party.
  • Please don’t forget to put your link in to the InLinkz page, just click the tea picture below 🙂


So I present my treats for the Tea Time #5 :-

Dark Chocolate Goji Berry & Pecan Brownies

These were adapted from NancyC, who adapted them from: Taste of Home

I substituted cranberries with goji berries and also light brown sugar with dark brown sugar.  The mix actually means that it is not your usual sweet treat but more subtle.  More like a grown up brownie.  The goji berry and dark sugar mix give it a deeper more mature taste, it’s very hard to describe.  For those of you without a super sweet tooth you will love this alternative. 😀

Nancy makes the most delicious meals and has also the most adorable personality which I think a little of which goes in to her every recipe.

She is a writer and designer, claiming to have no formal training in cookery but you wouldn’t believe this when you see her meals.  Her latest one being: Texas Caviar, Oh boy it looks good, you can see it here:  Texas Caviar by NancyC

Dark Chocolate Goji Berry & Pecan Brownies


Makes an 8 x 8″ pan

  1. 1 cup dried Goji berries – Goji berries contain vitamin C, vitamin B2, vitamin A, iron, selenium and other antioxidants (notably polysaccharides).
  2. 2 cups hot water
  3. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened – (for us Brits an American stick of butter equates to approximately 8 tbsp  = 4 oz = 113g
  4. 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  5. 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 large eggs
  7. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  11. 2/3 cup chopped pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line an 8 x 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper after having lightly greased it.
  • In small bowl, soak the dried Goji berries in hot water for a min then set aside once drained.
  • In medium bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together, blending well, then add in the vanilla extract and eggs, blending eggs in one at a time.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt, then add this to the butter mixture and combine well.
  • Fold in Goji berries, chocolate chips, and chopped pecans, press evenly in to the pan.
  • Bake at 350˚F for 38 to 40 minutes, until something slim pricked into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes, then lift out of pan with edges of parchment paper. Cool completely on wire rack, then cut into squares.



So please come and join the Tea Time #5 Party, click the Tea badge below to go through to the InLinkz page to either post your tea time fun, or blog hop and visit others just to simply say ‘hello’ and see what they have done.  Remember to pop back and say ‘hi’ every so often to see what new deliciousness or visual treats might be there, Happy New Year to you all!  Justine xxxx

Have a little click below to enter or just enjoy!


  76 comments for “Tea Time #5 – We’re going Goji today

  1. February 3, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    Am busy planning what to bring!

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  2. February 3, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Aw they look gorgeous (you’re making me hungry again, missus!) xx

    Liked by 1 person

  3. February 3, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Will drop by this evening. I have a dilemma. I may bring alcohol as usual but I also have some shots that are actually more tea related, which is really quite shocking…

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:32 PM

      Thank you for joining in lovely Lucile and now I have learn’t about spelt and I want to cook with it plus its evening time and i want a coffee now seeing yours which is not good news unless i want to be a night owl hehe x


  4. February 3, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Hello Juss – I just delivered coffee and cake. As I told you, am cheating this Tea Time and not baking anything nice but buying cake and coffee at a cafe.
    Your grown up brownie makes me almost call the waiter and return my cake…It looks delicious.
    Thanks for the recipe and all tips.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:33 PM

      oh no cheating at all you brought us some fact and figures plus a photo, that surely is plenty enough to be eligible to come to tea and what a lovely post it was too. Thank you my faithful buddy for coming along I love it that i might inspire you to go out and treat yourself x

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      • February 3, 2015 at 9:05 PM

        Thank you my dearest. You’re a gracious hostess. I had to squeeze this post in between meetings today but it worked well, as I knew that I would go to that cafe and could have spelt cake there. After a click, and a little help editing on iPhone, plus some help from Google, the post was good to go.
        I cannot miss you Tea Event at all! You’re an inspiration. And a fabulous hostess as well! Xxx

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        • February 4, 2015 at 10:01 AM

          oh youre clever, im too scared to post from my phone lol. A wonderful post and please do not forget to pop yourself in the InLinkz, I was searching for it hehe…spelt is on mymind now xx

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  5. February 3, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    I didn’t know about this. Going to read and see if I can participate 😀. Sounds fun

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:34 PM

      oh you can bring pretty much anything we are very relaxed especially after Desleyjane brought a sloe gin cocktail, anything goes haha…do come along my dear xx

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  6. February 3, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    LOVE gou qi (go ji) berries 🙂 I eat them almost daily, but haven’t thought to add them to my brownies … yet 😛 This looks divine!

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:35 PM

      oh it was a fluke thing to do as i had them and actually with the dark sugar worked really well. Very different taste as in not sickly sweet, had a grown up taste if that makes sense. Are you going to join us in the tea party, would be lovely if you did 🙂

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      • February 3, 2015 at 11:56 PM

        Of course I will 😀 Be there shortly.
        Yes, gou qi is rather tart, and can also be bitter, but I love the taste – also, the health benefits!

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  7. February 3, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Always love brownies, goji is a great addition. Lovely for tea time.

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    • February 3, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      thank you it was a great combination just by per chance, a lucky one if you know what i mean as i usually dont make things up, not that brave, and thank you 🙂


  8. February 3, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Justine your cake looks amazing , I hope to be able to leave a bit to everyone so that we test .
    I think that I can take this time.

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  9. February 3, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    I love your Goji brownies!

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      thank you, you should come a long and try some, really you should and a cuppa, whats your tipple?

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 3, 2015 at 9:27 PM

        I am late today for the tea party, but hopefully will bring some treats in the next hours 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2015 at 10:11 AM

      I saw this and what a contribution, poetry, booze and photography, you outdid yourself and having my kitty wife to tea is such a treat, don’t worry I won’t be giving you a cuppa, however mugs filled iwth alcohol are quite a good idea x


  10. February 3, 2015 at 10:12 PM

    I’m bringing booze. Obviously. For all. Here: http://maraeastern.com/2015/02/03/tea-time-minus-the-tea/.

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  11. February 4, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Thanks so much for mentioning and linking back to my blog, Justine! I will see what I can link up to your teatime party! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2015 at 11:17 AM

      hah a total pleasure, your blog is adorable as are you! 🙂


  12. February 4, 2015 at 2:25 AM

    The brownie receipe looks to be super delicious. I shall copy this one to paper and add to my recipe file and jot down from whince it came.

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    • February 4, 2015 at 11:31 AM

      oooh this is lovely and a recipe i am definitely going to try, thank yousoooo much for bringing it along x


  13. February 4, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    I decided to bring my buddy along, hope that’s OK. Enjoying all the yummy things. http://wp.me/p2juKh-LA

    Liked by 1 person

    • February 4, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      Yesss and i love your buddy, hes gorgeous i soooo want one, it’s just relaxing watching him lol xxx

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  14. February 4, 2015 at 3:03 PM

    Your new profile photo looks stunning again!

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  15. February 4, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Looks delicious – I’ll be there to join in and enjoy!

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