Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Brews

Yes I am a drinker & proud of it ;-) much of my daily intake is in liquid form . I could live on fruit and drink with the odd veggie thrown in here and there . Over the yrs my sensativity to alcohol turned into a down right allergic reaction unfortunately this does include wine at holy communion . Luckily for me there are many wonderful alternatives to the booze version .
Of course I love herbal teas however there are few grass like teas I am not found of so many yrs ago when making my lobelia tea to avoid miscarriage I began using apple juice in the mix. I got hung on juice the yr. I worked in our local organic food co-op . Pear juice from the Okanagan in BC was a fav of my grilfriend sunshine and I . I loved loved those mission san juan juices peach & coconut was my fav . One of my all time favorite iced teas is hibscus and rose hip . I use sugar or honey or other juices for sweeteners . Below are a few and the ingredients to get you thinking of the possibilities. My dh loves veggies juices but I am not found of drinking veggies so I do not have any in this post , I prefer to eat my veggies in crunchy form instead . Although back when I could handle alcohol a bit I loved a good ceasar with a yummy celery stick ;-) Lemon & Rose Drink

Start with lemons & rose petals quarter lemons after juicing & add to jug juice as many lemons as you like . For our jug 1 & 1/2 lemons are perfect Mix with your sweetener and let sit for a good 1/2hr if possible then add water & chill , serve with ice
I 've been drinking day lily tea it is so wonderful a flavour

This is jamaican sorrel which is also known as hibiscus . This version has alcohol but I omit it . I also do not use cloves only alspice . This is our fav drink when we visit our fav acrribean eatery
some ingredients for drinks are ginger ,wild mint , lemon , rose or any other flower , hibiscus , honey , cloves & black tea etc.
I just chop up ingredients and if it is a hot tea to steap add ingredients to a pot of boiling water and turn off heat . Let sit for a good 1/2hr and then strain . I let it then cool before adding to jug .

If preparing a cold drink right off it helps to chop or mash ingredients

Mix with your sweetener & let sit

Then add water & chill . Yumm Yumm

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

My supper

lol I just had to post this pic of my super it is so pretty and yes it was yummy Bowl of flowers johnny jump up , nastursium , rose & borage
I have saved some of these for breakfast as well . I truely love eating flowers but in morning they are one of the best flavours to first have on the tongue . Top off a salad with flowers , rice viniger , olive oil and a pinch of seasalt makes perfect .

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Bed of Flowers

Great Gramma's Shamrock
Yes anyone who knows me knows I love flowers . Especially the edible kind lol
my friends will also tell you that although I love love growing , eating , caring for many herbs & flowers I cannot grow a vegtable what so ever so if we ever become homesteaders my dh will have to do the veggies or we'll starve to death ;-)
I can remember always my grandmother & mother handing me a rose petal , violet or blueberry flowers . A few yrs ago for the first time ever which is actually odd considering all our trips to MX I tried squash blossom . Just raw fresh and cool in the morning for breakfast . It is heavenly ! Soft yet a hardy flavour too . Now I have yet to cook them as I'd have a hard time saving them till lunch time for cooking lol but if you want to try out a recipe or two I found this site
I am now making it a personal goal to try a new edible flower each summer . Last yr. it was marigolds . They come in different scents and flavours too ! Not all are tasty though so stick to the varities that are used in culinary purposes like lemon gem , yum yum . The yr. before last were pansies and johnny jump ups as we had planted pansies in our Mary garden in memory of great great Aunty Pansy . This yr. I hope to try day lily , I've absolutely no idea what type of flavour a lily would have but willing to try . I think I might try the day lily fritters . I found this and it is daylily recipes in pdf format !
I've been taking photos of flowers around the yard plus on our outings . Thought I'd share some beauty with You all ;-) Enjoy !
This is a lily which I planted in spring had no idea what colour it was until she opened this morning ;-)

These are wild rose petals I picked out at my mothers the wild rose scent is so much stronger then the tame rose.

These are off our bush here in our sacred heart garden . I dry them and use for bathing , baking , nibbling treats ;-)

The bees all abuzz in morning

Sacred Heart garden

this is our view coming up the drive to Gramma's cottage a field of daisies & butter cups what could be more lovely ! I am so tempted to send a cow into this field lol this is one lovely daisy These iris are my fav . There are many colours around the cottage but the white and purple are my fav as they not only look gorgeous but they smell the most wonderful lemoney citrusie smell