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.

Chechebsa

Source: The Recipe of Love
Made: September 10, 2013
Yield: 2-4 servings
Time to make: 20-30 minutes.

The simple flour and water dough is kneaded and then fried like bannock before being crumbled and drenched in butter and honey for a simple, but satisfying dessert.  One might call it Ethiopian popcorn.

Chechebsa

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Telba Bemare

Source: The Recipe of Love
Date tried: Dec. 23. 2014
Yield: About 16 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes

This is one of several beverage recipes which are basically water flavoured with seeds. Very easy to prepare and a lovely refreshing beverage with health benefits too.  As the author explains:

“Flax seeds are a natural laxative. You can drink this daily for your health. Mix the powder with hot water and sweeten it with  a little bit of honey. Have it before bedtime for it also has relaxing qualities.”

Telba Bemare (Flax Seed Water)

Telba Bemare
(Flax Seed Water)

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