Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade - A refreshing and delicious Summer drink

For those of you expecting a new TWD recipe today (semolina bread), we chose to forgo today’s recipe, due mostly to excessive heat, making the idea of turning on the oven an unappealing one to say the least. However, we may redo it at a later time if the weather cools down. Also, unlike some of our previous experiments, semolina bread is much more difficult to convert to gluten free. No gluten free substitute flour will taste exactly like semolina, or comes even close. Since the general TWD recipe line up calls for two participations per month, and July happens to have three this year, we felt it would be okay to sit one out. Since much of the US is suffering under an incredible heat wave at the moment, we thought a recipe for an ice-cold drink, would be a welcome substitute. Continue reading

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

It is thought that the first evidence of tea being served in Japan dates all the way back to the 9th century, when a Buddhist monk brought tea back from his travels to China and prepared it for the Emperor. It wasn’t until the 12th century that the foundations of what would eventually become the traditional tea ceremony, popularized much later in the 16th century, by Sen no Reiku, began. Continue reading

A Celebration of Chocolate

A Celebration of Chocolate - Ingredients for Hot Chocolate

This month marks the one year anniversary of our blog. We decided to commemorate this momentous occasion with a story about a food that most people are extremely passionate about — chocolate!

As the weather patterns are readying themselves for winter and are becoming more erratic throughout the country, the temperatures begin to dip rather low. This is a time when many of us struggle to adapt to these changes. Warming foods and drinks are making their way back into our kitchens, beckoning us to invite family and friends to stay awhile. Continue reading

Sparkling Cranberry Juice with Green Tea

Sparkling Cranberry Juice with Green Tea

Recently we located two beverages at our local Trader Joe’s. No, we don’t receive any monetary rewards for saying this – we just like the place. One is a Green Tea drink and the other a Sparkling Cranberry Juice and we just couldn’t resist blending the two in roughly equal proportions. You could serve these chilled, with ice, or just at room temperature. The products are shown here on these pictures:

Sparkling Cranberry Juice with Green Tea

Have fun and head on over to your local Trader Joe’s for a last purchase of these tasty alcohol-free drinks for the holidays, or any other time, for that matter. Let us know, how you like them.

Sparkling Cranberry Juice with Green Tea

Welcoming Spring with a Delicious Mango Smoothie

Welcoming Spring with a Delicious Mango Smoothie - Daffodils

Be like a flower and turn your face to the sun.

 Kahlil Gibran

In the High Desert of New Mexico, after a long cold winter, everyone longs for Spring. What a welcome sight. Trees blooming, the first flowers bravely emerging from the desert floor, birds building their homes. Even with all the wind, nature follows its own plan. This season has inspired poets to be reinspired and to pen their thoughts.

We wanted to welcome Spring with a delicious smoothie recipe and share some of the delights found in our garden, accompanied by some favorite poems. Continue reading