Almond Milk

Source: May All Be Fed: Diet for a New World
Date tried: March 11, 2012
Yield: 2½ cups
Time needed: 5 minutes

Prior preparation needed:
Soak almonds for 12-24 hours

Twenty years ago, a vegan diet required a knowledge of how to make many pantry ingredients in the kitchen.  Today, almond milk is readily available in natural food stores and even many supermarkets.  But if you can’t get the pre-made product, or just want to try your hand at making it from scratch—here’s the method.

Almond Milk

Almond Milk
½ cup raw almonds
2 cups water
1-2 Tbsp maple or rice syrup (optional)

(It is best to use a sweetener if preparing the milk as a beverage.  No sweetening needed if it is for cooking.)

Soak the almonds in water overnight.  Drain and rinse.
Cover with boiling water.  Drain and rinse in cold water
Squeeze almonds out of their skin.

Place almonds and ½ cup water in blender and blend until smooth.  Slowly add rest of the water as machine is running along with syrup if using. Chill

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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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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