Blackberry Ginger Basil Shrub

Last summer I posted a Raspberry Tarragon Shrub made with white wine vinegar. Apple cider and balsamic vinegars add an entirely different complexity to this one with backberries, ginger and basil. This is also a cold processed recipe meaning the fruit is not heated to extract its goodness. I find the finished product is brighter […]

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Lemon Verbena & Black Currant Tisane

Do you have lemon verbena growing in your herb garden? Try adding some black currants for a warming cup of tea. Well, tisane actually. Tea by definition comes from the Camellia sinensis bush and all those lovely hot beverages made from herbs are better known as tisanes, although most people would call them herbal teas. […]

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Kicking Up Summer Drinks with Leftovers

It is berry season! If you are putting up jams and compotes and shrubs and jellies and sauces, then it is quite possible that you will have leftovers: Simple sugar syrup Fresh fruit Strained jams Fruit purees Fruit syrups This happens quite naturally when cooking from a recipe that does not match the box size […]

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Fresh Berry Cordials

In the Anne of Green Gable stories of Prince Edward Island, there is a reference to raspberry cordial. A non alcoholic version gets mixed up with a currant wine, with consequences. This is the “vodka added” version, definitely not for little girls. It is a sweet, brightly flavoured liqueur for after dinner sipping and other […]

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Elderberry Rosehip Syrup

Spring might be struggling to find a footing over winter but colds are a year round thing. If you are feeling that a boost to your immune system would be good, this tonic may be just the thing. Please consider this is a short term solution, used as added protection during ” cold season” or […]

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Think of this as the start of an idea. The final finished product will depend entirely on what unique bits and pieces you bring to the project and how many little hands get their fingers in the mix. Hot chocolate on a stick can be finished up for a child’s stocking in a cup with […]

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Yogi Style Tea

The seasonal weather has turned here and we are experiencing the first of the wet grey days that keep the rainforest healthy. I am also appreciating the fact I don’t need to water the newly sprouted grass seeds filling in the empty patches of the sun baked front lawn. So instead I am going to […]

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Raspberry Tarragon Shrub

Okay! a little history abour drinking or sipping vinegars. They are hot right now and new to many people but truly they are old and have been around the world, literally. Ships captains used to ensure a daily dose if not two to the sailors onboard. It was thought to fight off scurvy, perk up […]

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Mint Cucumber Doogh

For several years I was a bit of a support person for an Afghan Sewing Cooperative. To be clear the members were from Afghanistan. This was not a quilt making group. One of the unplanned benefits to me was the trying of many new, tasty dishes and on very hot days, Doogh was a cooling […]

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Rhubarb Lemonade Syrup (the other pink lemonade)

This past week in My Kitchen Witch Alphabet, I wrote about protecting Gaia’s bounty and part of that is making sure that things are used before they go bad. Composting is another way of keeping the community earth healthy; a place for food past its best but once something has been picked or purchased, it […]

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