Semaj’s Organic Dried Sorrel review | Champagne Twist


Caribbean food month, August 2018, Champagne Twist

Traditionally enjoyed over the Christmas season in the West Indies, sorrel, fresh homemade sorrel that is, is a wonderful surprisingly fruity, spiced drink that is as refreshing as it is pretty in colour. Fill a glass with ice, pour the drink in, sit back and enjoy.

Sorrel drink | Champagne Twist

Which is why Semaj’s DIY pack version is such a disappointment.  Firstly, the substitution of whole cloves, an essential ingredient in for sorrel, with fennel seeds is inexcusable. If you can’t trust the ingredients list printed on the packaging, it will be difficult to trust the end product. Fennel seeds also tend to be cheaper than cloves, so it also makes me question the ‘value’ of the value pack.

That said, the product was easy to make, and adding cloves from my own spice cupboard, as well as other flavours made a difference. But having to source the spices defeats the object of buying this product.

Organic Dried Sorrel Semaj | Champagne Twist

As a quick introduction to sorrel, this drink had potential as a mixer. However as a stand-alone product, especially with the errors in the ingredients list, this drink cannot be described as authentic and in no way compares favourably with the real sorrel drink.

Rating 1 out of 5



Half year review – January to June 2016

It’s the beginning of July – I’m not quite sure how that happened so fast. It feels like I’ve only just packed away my Christmas decorations, and I’m still wearing winter clothes.  Time to do a half year review.


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Started my Great Big Sewing Challenge, a year long project to make clothes from my huge haberdashery stash.

Arts and crafts: Silk Cami top,

Recipes: Chocconut Honeycomb, Golden Honeycomb, Focaccia Bread

Events: What is luxury? V&A/Craft Council exhibition




In February I started planning for the growing season – including growing my own free food project. Sadly due to the rubbish weather and an army of slugs and snails, some of the plants have died, such as the fennel and dill. But the potatoes and lettuce seem to be doing well, which reminds me – stayed tuned for some recipes featuring my very own garden produce.

Arts and crafts: Bailen top, Liberty Lobelia top, Pineapple skirt

Recipes: Soda Bread, Wholemeal Shortcrust Pastry, Roman Bread

Events: Champers on Kollabora



Highlight of the month has to be the Bloggers’ Market, which I reviewed here.

I joined Instagram, and I liked it! Actually, it’s becoming rather an addiction, please visit and subscribe to my Instagram link here.

Sadly, I posted about 2 very poor meals at the Potato Project and the Tea Rooms at the William Morris Gallery. Please avoid, if you value your taste buds.

Recipes: Apple and Celeriac Salad, Bajan Beer Bread, Coconut and Lime drizzle mini loaves

Events: Bloggers’ Market, Champagne Twist on Instagram



I set to work on a little project – my first photography exhibition. I also visited the Gagosian Gallery, which was very disappointing.

Events: Avedon Warhol exhibition



May was a busy month, marking my very first co-hosted photography exhibition!

Arts and crafts: Henley skirt, Ghislaine Chelsea Hair Tie

Events:  Paddington Views Photography Exhibition, Geffrye Museum, Lulu Guinness Modern Day Icons event, Book Review – The Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner



I revamped the Champagne Twist social network and started the 1 hour GBSB challenge.

Arts and crafts: Birdie Cami, Daisy Meadow Dress

Recipes: Potato, Asparagus and Cheese Tart, Elderflower and Pineapple Refresher

Events: Champagne Twist revamp, GBSB Challenge 


What’s planned for the next 6 months:

There will be a 3/4 year review, planned for September, more about my sewing adventures and more recipes, including a … well I shall leave that as a surprise, please watch this space.

I am also developing a vlog, which, fingers crossed, will go live next month. You can see my videos here. I would love it if you would take a look, and leave comments. Don’t forget to subscribe both here and on my YouTube channel, so you’re kept up-to-date with all the latest from the Champagne Twist social network.

Thanks for reading, see you soon!

500 likes on Champagne Twist

500 likes on Champagne Twist

500 likes on Champagne Twist
500 likes on Champagne Twist


500 likes on my little blog, that’s so brilliant!  Thank you all for taking the time to visit Champagne Twist and for liking my posts.  I really appreciate all your likes, comments and follows.

Keep coming back, for more from my corner of the globe. I would love to hear from you 🙂

Thanks again!

200 likes on Champagne with a twist!


We’ve done it again! 200 likes on Champagne with a Twist!


Once again, thank you all so much for your support. I didn’t think we would reach this milestone so quickly, so I’m very happy and grateful to you.  I still have loads of ideas and plans to share with you as I develop this network, and would love to hear your comments and suggestions.

Please keep  subscribing, liking and commenting, and lets see if we can reach another milestone.

Best, EK

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As part of the ongoing improvements on the Champagne with a Twist website, I have updated the contact page. I would love to hear what you think about the website, so please click the picture above or check it out here.

Look out for more posts including recent exhibitions, talks and my sewing adventures for 2016.  Also keep an eye out for food reviews, recipes, tech reviews, travel news, photography tips and DIY projects all here at Champagne with a Twist.

Thanks for your on-going support, see you soon!

20 followers on Champagne with a Twist!

Screen Shot 2016-01-23 at 23.28.15Well I asked for another milestone, and I got it. We’ve reached the 20 subscribers milestone!

Hello and welcome to my new followers and thank you to all my subscribers for your continued support. Reaching these milestones means so much to me, and I want to return that kindness by continuing to build and improve this corner of the webspace.

Please keep continuing to subscribe, like and comment, and lets see if we can reach another milestone soon.

Raise a glass for 2016

Hello and Happy New Year.

At the time of writing, we are fast approaching the end of the first week of 2016. While the masses are recovering from the alcoholic excesses of Christmas, and considering drying out for January, I’m doing the opposite. I’m drinking more and more.

Water that is.

While is is always a good idea to take stock of your alcohol intake, it is also important to maintain hydration levels.

Water helps to flush out the toxins and improves our general health and well being.  So try swopping that cheeky half for glass of water and you will reap the benefits for a long while to come. With luck, you can over indulge at Christmas 2016, and not feel the guilt in 2017!

Did I just mention 2017?  Sorry!

Check out the link below on ways to increase your water intake for January and beyond. Just click the pic.

Glass of Water