The Quick Lassi

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: February 14, 2013
Yield: 1 serving
Time needed: 1 minute

This hardly qualifies as a recipe. All it takes is a glass and a spoon. It’s one of my favourite thirst-quenchers.

The Quick Lassi

The Quick Lassi

The Quick Lassi
½ cup buttermilk
Your choice of fruit juice

Add fruit juice to buttermilk and stir.

Orange-Ice Delight

Source: More-with-Less Cookbook
Date tried: Feb. 9, 2015
Yield: 1 pint
Time needed: a minute in the blender

Personally, I don’t like ice cubes, so I just substituted some really cold water. I wasn’t at all sure what I would get from this, as I don’t usually like a combination of orange and milk either. But this was very nice. I am glad I tried it and I will try it again, especially for a quick breakfast on a hot summer day.

Orange-Ice Delight

Orange-Ice Delight

Orange-Ice Delight
1 egg
1/2 cup concentrated orange juice
1 cup milk
4-6 ice cubes partially crushed
1-2 tsp. sugar or honey (optional)

Whirl in blender.

Alternate: For the orange juice concentrate, substitute 1 banana with 1/2 tsp. vanilla or 1/2 cup sliced strawberries.

Violet Froth

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: August 30, 2016
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: a minute in the blender

It’s not often one sees a milkshake or smoothie of this colour. But it’s pretty isn’t it. And why not use grape juice instead of orange juice for a change?

Violet Froth

Violet Froth

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Birz (Honey Water)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: June 19, 2013
Yield: 6-7 servings
Time needed: a minute or two

Birz or Honey Water is just what it says: honey mixed into water. I used ordinary water, but I expect it would be very nice with sparkling water.  Chilled, it will keep in the fridge for a day or two.

According to the author “Honey water is good in the morning on an empty stomach and before bedtime.  It will clean your body and you won’t feel hungry.”

I remember when I was a student teacher, just as we were preparing for our first practice sessions in an actual classroom.  Many of us were very nervous and one of our professors advised us to take the precaution of having some honey because “it will give you energy and won’t upset your stomach.”

Birz (Honey water)

Birz (Honey water)

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Regan’s Tea

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: June 23, 2016
Yield: approximately 2 1/2 cups loose spiced tea.
Time needed: about the time it takes the kettle to boil.

I am not much of a tea drinker. And it shows in this picture. While I did find a nice little pottery teapot—enough to make 2-3 cups of tea. I could not find a single tea cup in my house. My mother would roll over in her grave!! I mean one thing I know about enjoying a cup of tea is that one must have a proper cup, not a mug one would use for coffee. It just won’t taste right. Anyway I decided to try this little bowl which reminded me of the cups used for tea in Chinese restaurants, and it worked very well.

I obtained the loose tea leaves at the new DavidsTea outlet on Queen Street West. It is a black breakfast tea which reminds me very much of the tea my mother used to make. And with a cookie, (I simply cannot have tea without a cookie), it was quite delicious. I am actually looking forward to having some more.

Regan's Tea

Regan’s Tea

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