Connect with us
https://propermanchester.com.temp.link/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/secret-suppers-advert.jpg

Trending

Pouring milk before water makes a better cup of tea, scientist claims

Not sure about this…

Published

on

A scientist claims to have found the perfect way to make a cup of tea and it’s not going to go down well with most brew drinkers.

Apparently the ‘correct’ answer to whether milk or water should be added first when making tea is milk first.

This highly controversial news comes from new research which explored how to make the best brew in places with hard water.

It found that a high mineral content in hard water prevents flavour compounds from forming properly, with an expert claiming that adding the milk in first allows its proteins to lock in taste.



Alan Mackie, professor of colloid chemistry in the department of food and nutrition at Leeds University, said that flavour comes from tea compounds like tannins, and that by adding milk after the water tannins will turn into solids before they develop flavour.

Professor Mackie said: ““Flavour by and large is produced by the different compounds in tea including tannins in particular.

“The more minerals present in water the more difficult it is for these compounds to develop the flavour  – resulting in the dull cuppas you get in hard water areas.

“Making tea the traditional way – steeping a bag in hot water before removing it and adding milk – results in the tannins turning into solids before they can develop the flavour properly.

“But, if the milk is added at the start of the steeping process then its proteins can bind to the tannins and other minerals in the water – preventing them from turning solid – which in turn gives you a far superior flavour.”



The research was led by hot tap manufacturer INTU Boiling Water Taps, with manager director Kieran Taylor-Bradshaw saying: “A decent cuppa brings joy and brightens the day, but for too many it remains a distant dream, with hard water to blame.

“But by enlisting the services of the nation’s foremost food scientist, at INTU we’re delighted to be able to bring an end to the misery that blights millions of lives.

“With more than three decades at the forefront of his field, Professor Mackie has an unrivalled understanding of the complex interplay of compounds that goes into producing flavour.”

Trending

Woman furious after she’s kicked out of Wetherspoons for wearing ‘inappropriate’ top

A male member of staff allegedly compared her to the topless men he’d been kicking out all day

Published

on

@mollie_wood / Instagram

A young woman has expressed her fury after being thrown out of a Wetherspoons pub for her ‘inappropriate’ clothing.

Twenty year old Mollie Wood had gone to The Back of Beyond Wetherspoons branch in Reading with her friend, Amy Lee, for some food and drinks after watching England’s Euros match against Croatia on Sunday, June 13th.

She said she and her friend were escorted into the pub by a female bouncer after showing their IDs and signing into the Track and Trace app.

However, as they were walking to their table, a male member of staff suddenly intervened, Stoke-on-Trent Live reports.

@mollie_wood / Instagram

Mollie, a tech worker, and her friend were walking through the pub when a male manager shouted for them to stop, allegedly telling them that they can’t come in and that they’re dressed too inappropriately.

When Mollie asked why her clothes were inappropriate, the manager, who is believed to be in his thirties, informed her that he’d been kicking out topless men all day, and that her top was small enough to be classed in the same category.

Despite Mollie and Amy quizzing the manager over whether there was a dress code, they apparently couldn’t get a straight answer.

Mollie later looked into whether Wetherspoons actually maintains a certain dress code, but claimed that she couldn’t find any reference to one.

@mollie_wood / Instagram

She also said she had already been served in that pub earlier in the week while wearing the exact same halter-neck top, pictured above. 

The women later returned to the pub to complain about how they’d been treated, but Mollie claimed to be met with only more rudeness by the staff members. 

A Wetherspoons spokesperson has since addressed the incident, saying: “Shortly after entering, the customers were politely asked to leave the pub as, on consideration by the pub’s management team, their dress was not, in this particular case, in accordance with the company’s guidance to pubs on appropriate customer dress.

“What may be considered appropriate dress is invariably a matter of individual judgement and whilst no offence was intended to the two customers by the request to leave the pub, we support the approach of the pub’s management team in this instance.”

Continue Reading

Trending

Boy, 9, delivers letter to Prime Minister pleading for medicinal cannabis prescription for epileptic brother

Thomas wrote to the Prime Minister in a bid to get his little brother, Eddie, a prescription for the treatment

Published

on

The brother of a severely epileptic boy penned an emotional letter to the Prime Minister in his plea for a medicinal cannabis prescription.

Nine year old Thomas Braun, from Farndon, Cheshire, told Boris Johnson that his parents should not have the ‘added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine,’ according to the BBC.

His younger brother Eddie can suffer up to 100 seizures a day, and his family currently spend around £800 a month on his medicinal cannabis treatment, which they say is ‘life changing.’

Thomas, who said his brother means ‘everything’ to him, asked the prime minister to help his parents ‘and the other mums and dads’ who have to fundraise each month to meet the medical bills.

Ilmarie Braun / Facebook

He wrote: “My mum and dad love us both, and they have to help Eddie a lot and sometimes I have to help too.

“They have the added worry of having to find lots of money to pay for his medicine. Lots of our friends help. But getting the medicine from the government without having to do lots of things to find the money would help them a lot.”

Thomas admitted that he ‘felt nervous’ delivering the letter to Downing Street but he said ‘it was also very exciting, because this is my chance to actually help change my brother’s life and my family’s life.’

Medicinal cannabis can be prescribed on the NHS but only in ‘exceptional’ cases.

Ilmarie Braun / Facebook

The treatment was made legal with a prescription in 2018 for those with an ‘exceptional clinical need.’ But since then, only three NHS prescriptions have been issued, forcing families to spend thousands of pounds on private treatments.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said licensed cannabis-based medicines were ‘funded by the NHS where there is clear evidence of their safety and clinical effectiveness.’

She said specialist doctors could now prescribe ‘unlicensed cannabis-based products for medicinal use where it is clinically appropriate and in the best interests of patients.’

Continue Reading

Trending

£1M cannabis farm discovered in famous Blackpool nightclub

What a find…

Published

on

@gmp / Flickr & Google Maps

A famed Blackpool nightclub has played home to a £1M cannabis farm, police discovered this week. 

Resort officers stumbled across the colossal set up, which had been thriving in the empty building formerly known as Central Club.

Following a search of the club, which has laid dormant for years, detectives found 1,500 cannabis plants along with a large amount of electrical equipment across the building’s three floors. During the search at the club, a man was found by police and was subsequently arrested.

Google Maps

A police spokesman said that the force, along with assistance from Blackpool Council, have cleared the site and the plants and equipment will be destroyed.

Inspector Cara Leadbetter of Blackpool Police said: “The activities of drug dealers can have a dramatic effect on our communities. It can ruin lives, fuel other crime, such as burglary and robbery, and can instil fear in our neighbourhoods and we are determined to tackle that.

“It’s also really key that as part of this work, communities feel stronger and more empowered to do what they can to prevent serious organised crime from becoming the community norm.

@gmp / Flickr

“Local people are a vital source of intelligence and they need to help us to keep them safe by telling us what they know and turning rumour into hard evidence.

“We need the public to continue to work with us to help us tackle drug crime by informing us of any suspicious activity.”

Back in its glory days, Central Club was a staple part of Blackpool’s nightlife and achieved nationwide fame when pop star Robbie Williams filmed the music video for his Advertising Space single there in 2005.

Continue Reading

Receive our latest news, events & unique stories

Privacy and data policy

We may earn a commission when you use one of our links to make a purchase

Copyright © 2019 Proper Manchester