Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: January 5, 2014
Yield: 8 servings
Time to make: 30 minutes + time to chill.

This is one of three Ethiopian beverages made from seeds.  The author says this one is frequently used as a beverage during times of fasting. Certainly a change from plain water or fruit juice.  I tried it sweetened with agave syrup.  And this definitely gets a thumbs up.  It is really good!

Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)

Ye’suff Wiha (Sunflower Juice)
4 cups raw sunflower seeds
15 cups water
10 cups spring water
1 garlic clove, whole
Large piece of fresh ginger, crushed
Honey or brown sugar to taste

Wash sunflower seeds and drain well.
Combine with 15 cups water in large pot.  Boil on high heat for 20 minutes.
Drain and let seeds cool.
Grind seeds to a fine paste in a blender or food processor.
Add 10 cups spring water and mix well.
Strain into a serving pitcher.
Add garlic and crushed ginger and let sit for awhile to blend flavours.
Sweeten to taste, chill and serve.

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Canned Grape Juice

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: August 28. 2012
Yield: 1 quart
Time needed: just a few minutes once the container has been sterilized.

I was pleasantly surprised, not only by how easy this is to put together, but by how good the resulting juice is.

Canned Grape Juice

Canned Grape Juice
1 cup/250 ml Concord-style grapes, washed
½ cup/125 ml sugar
boiling water to fill jar.

Place the grapes in a hot, sterilized quart jar.
Add the sugar and fill jar with boiling water to within ½ inch/1 cm of top.

Note: to avoid cracking jar, place a metal utensil such as a table knife in the jar to absorb the heat of the boiling water.

Stir briefly to dissolve sugar.
Seal jar with sterile lid.  No further processing is necessary.

To serve, just strain and discard the grapes.  The juice is ready to drink once chilled.

Bunna (Coffee with Egg Yolk)

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: December 12, 2013
Yield: 1 serving
Time to make: Adds less than a minute to preparing coffee

The author describes this as “a rich and lovely treat and it’s good for you.”  I haven’t really found a noticeable change in the taste of the coffee, but certainly an egg yolk adds protein, energy and vitamins not found in coffee alone. So it’s a good way to start the day, or to give oneself a quick pick-me-up in the late afternoon.

A trick to remember, to avoid chunks of cooked yolk, is to begin by stirring a little hot liquid (no more than a tablespoon) into the yolk first.  Add more, stirring in one spoonful at a time, until it is liquidy enough to pour into the coffee.

I usually drink my coffee from a mug, but I put it in a wine glass so you could see the coffee.

Bunna (Coffee with Egg Yolk)

Coffee with Egg Yolk
1 cup coffee
1 egg yolk
3 Tbsp. boiled milk
2 tsp. sugar

Mix the egg yolk with the sugar until foamy.
Add with the boiled milk to the coffee.

Banana Orange Royale

Source:Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried:July 8, 2017
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: a minute in the blender

A quick refreshing drink, but not a flavour combination I find appealing. I used yogurt. I may try again with buttermilk to see if that is an improvement.

Banana Orange Royale

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Banana Milk

Source: May All be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: April 6, 2013
Yield: 4½ cups
Time needed: less than 5 minutes

This is a delicious banana smoothie flavored with maple syrup. Best made with overripe bananas. Banana Milk does not keep well, so should be made fresh each time. Fortunately, it needs just a minute or two in the blender.

Banana Milk

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Ginger Tea

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: May 5, 2017
Yield: 4 cups
Time needed:15 minutes

This is a really delicious tea made directly from fresh ginger root. I prefer it without sweetening, but if you like add the maple syrup. I prefer my tea hot, but this can also be served chilled.

Ginger Tea

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