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Blueberry Smash Kambucha

Oh its hot outside! This week started off on a warmer note with temps in the 90s! I can’t drink enough water and don’t really feel like doing anything except just lazing around. On a lazy week like this one I asked one of my twins if she would replicate her mocktail she made last Sunday for Father’s Day.  It’s refreshing with lots of berries, sweetened with honey 😃🐝🍯,  tangy and fizzy from the fermented kambucha.  It also has a herby flavor boost with the addition of fresh mint.  However rather than just muddle the mint it is blended into a pulp along with the blueberries so you get fresh minty flavor all throughout the drink.  Give it a try! Continue reading Blueberry Smash Kambucha

“A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

Hello and a good Monday to you all.   “A cup of tea would restore my normality.” by Douglas Adams from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Screenplay, these words have more meaning now than they ever did before for me.  When all around normalcy seems so far, a warm cup of tea has never felt more normal.  It’s a simple cup really, nothing fancy – just a bag of black tea with a splash of milk and a drizzle of honey.  It’s the simple things that I took for granted, that now have more meaning. Continue reading “A Cup of Tea Would Restore My Normality.” Week 6 of Social Distancing

Homemade Oat Milk

Oat milk is all the rage right now as an alternative to dairy milk, in fact it is so popular around here that many times when I try to pick it up at the grocery stores they are out of stock.  The first time I had oat milk was at a coffee shop in Healdsburg, California couple of years ago when we were on a Thanksgiving holiday in Sonoma Wine Country.  They were promoting oat milk and were offering a little discount if you gave it a try – and I did!  Imagine my surprise when the latte was as creamy as a regular milk latte and just as delicious. I was sold! Continue reading Homemade Oat Milk

Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

Come along inside for a warm cup of tea.  I’ve learnt over the years to appreciate the little moments. Time spent with the family on an uneventful weekend for example.  Or time spent with a friend over quiet conversation on a weekday.  Moments such as these become extra special when accompanied by a warm cup of tea. So come along inside for a warm cup of tea. Continue reading Come Along Inside For A Warm Cup of Tea

Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you had a good weekend and are looking forward to a fabulous week ahead.  Today I would like to share another tea recipe that I recently learnt how to make from my brother’s in-laws who visited us from Dallas, Texas last week.  Darshana and Yogesh came on a fall-California road trip and headed up from LA to Northern California to visit with a friend of theirs and us. It was a quick 2-day visit during which time I took them around our beautiful hilly terrain and of course showed off my garden 😊. Continue reading Mint, Cardamom Ginger Tea & A Visit from my In-laws

Fresh Ginger Honey Black Tea

Ginger honey tea is nothing new to many of us as this soothing drink is a go-to warming tea and the perfect drink to relieve a sore throat when we have a cold or a flu.  This ginger honey tea recipe on the other hand is for a ginger honey tea made with black tea and milk. Honey sweet, gingery spicy; with the pick me up of black tea that is made all creamy with whole milk, you might as well call this a ginger honey dessert tea! Continue reading Fresh Ginger Honey Black Tea

Mixed Berry Julep

My daughter Anjali made this refreshing mixed berry julep for our Father’s Day dinner last Sunday that was deliciously summer. With loads of fresh berries, lots of mint leaves, sugar and fresh lemon all muddled together to bring out the berry juices; and then mixed with chilled ginger ale – oh my gosh just listing all the ingredients makes my mouth water 😋! I have to ask Anjali to make it again! Continue reading Mixed Berry Julep

Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

I love sweet fizzy sodas. It’s one of those things that I know isn’t good for me but I do love that fizzy sweet taste. I am trying very hard to stay away from soda as we all know its loaded with too much sugar, this is one of those recipes I came up with when I was craving soda and wanted something on the healthier side. I figured sparkling mineral water couldn’t be bad for me – right?  And if I add ginger and honey I should get a healthier version of soda?  That’s how I came up with this homemade ginger honey soda. Continue reading Homemade Ginger Honey Soda

Rose Drop Cocktail

A cocktail with the dreamy fragrance and color of roses? All made with roses from the garden? This is one gorgeous cocktail that looks as beautiful as it tastes. I found this rose infused cocktail recipe in one of last year’s Sunset Magazine’s western edition but couldn’t make the cocktail then as by the time I read the recipe my roses were winding down for the season, however I did save it to make this year when my roses are in full bloom again. Continue reading Rose Drop Cocktail

Warm Apple Ginger Cider

Warm apple ginger cider is a cider that is served during the winter months at our local bakery Manresa Bread here in Los Gatos, California. Their hot apple cider has to be my daughter Anjali’s all-time favorite drink. Any time Hitesh stops by the bakery to pick up pastry or bread he comes home with Manresa’s apple ginger cider for Anjali. She could drink this all year long if only Manresa would sell it all-year round. But alas it is only available in the winter months. So what does Anjali do the rest of the year when she craves apple ginger cider? I make it at home. With warming fresh ginger, slices of fresh orange, and sweet cinnamon  – apple ginger cider is the perfect drink on a cool afternoon at any time of the year! Give it a try! Continue reading Warm Apple Ginger Cider