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Mint Tea Led to Herbal Tea Adventures

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Turkey Tracks: June 27, 2020

Mint Tea Led to Herbal Tea Adventures

Look at this adorable little teapot I found in the back of a cabinet when I took everything out to wash and reorganize. I had totally forgotten about it—which makes sense as I have not been able to drink tea, given my Histamine Intolerance issues. (Black and green teas are fermented and inhibit one of the two enzymes one needs to process an overload of histamine.) I think it might have been a gift, but I have long since forgotten who gave it to me—along with its two adorable little cups.

So these days, I drink coffee. A lot of coffee, it seems. Probably too much coffee. The other day—after finding this pot—I really wanted to use it. Most commercial herbal tea mixtures have a lot of ingredients, to include a lot of “natural” flavor additives, which are chemicals I cannot tolerate. (I think, as well, that these chemicals are standing in for the real ingredients.) And the single herbal teas are…expensive.

This little pot comes with an insert where one can put a loose tea. I stuffed it full of my dried mint—which I dry every fall. And I added some sprigs of fresh mint and tarragon from the garden and let it steep while I ate my lunch.

It was DELICIOUS! Look at the depth of color it has. And I savored it with my fruit salad dessert, while I caught up with my Word2 games online.

I may have partially been swayed by watching THE GOOD WITCH—a tv show on Netflix which is a Hallmark production that is partly Canadian made. There, Cassie promotes drinking a lot of healthy healing teas instead of caffeine. I’m finding this sweet little show to be full of the kind of values with which I grew up and which seem so lost right now. It’s soothing to watch it, for me at least, in these challenging and turbulent times. The “right way,” for Cassie, is to find the way through a problem that does not trample on the needs of other people AND to work through what is really a better choice for our own lives.

Hmmmm… Fresh sage came in my food from Hope’s Edge CSA farm (Community Shared Agriculture). What if I dried it, flowers and all, to make tea? I had, at one point, bought herbal sage tea. It was…expensive, especially given the amount one needs to really get a strong flavor.

AND, I have sage in my garden. And it is blooming. And what about drying tarragon? One jar of these herbs is…expensive. And it would take about half of the jar to make one pot of tea. AND, I’ll be cutting more mint to dry right now rather than waiting for fall.

I really love having fresh herbs in my garden in the summer. And sometimes it is nice to just cut up some veggies and a meat protein for lunch—topped with fresh herbs, salt, and a bit of good olive oil. I’d add vinegar if I could.

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June 27, 2020 at 8:41 am

Turkey Tracks: Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

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Turkey Tracks:  November 1, 2018

Blue Hubbards and Fall Food Bounty

Fall and winter vegetables have been harvested now.

I grew these Blue Hubbards.  The big one on the right is the normal size.  The vines ran all over the place this year, but did not seem to be setting fruit until well into August.  I did not think I would get a single big Blue.  Imagine my surprise when I found these beauties hiding in the mass of vines.

Blue Hubbards are terrific keepers, and I love the flavor.  I will either roast them whole or will cut them into slices, cut off the really tough skin, and will roast the flesh pieces with a healthy fat, rosemary, and garlic.

 

Here’s what I came home with my last pick-up at my CSA, Hope’s Edge.  CSA means Community Shared Agriculture.  One pays a little in the late fall to reserve a place and provide seed money for the farmer.  The rest is paid in the spring—it amounts to about $20 a week and I get much more value than that as the season progresses.  Below is produce worth way more than $20.  These delicious vegetables will keep a long time when properly stored, and I will be fed by Hope’s Edge for many, many weeks to follow.

When I got more greens like kale or beet greens than I could eat in a week, I blanched them and froze the extra portions.  So, now I have some packages of greens ready to be defrosted and eaten this winter.

I started thinking about my own garden and what came out of it this year:  strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, haricot bush beans (filet beans), radishes, lots of gorgeous lettuce, herbs (parsley, rosemary, basil, French tarragon, mint, multiple thymes, multiple sages, chives, nasturtium flowers and leaves), garlic, zucchini, and the blue hubbards.

Despite the cool weather and the drought, it was a good growing year.

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November 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

Turkey Tracks: Yummy Dinner

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Turkey Tracks:  October 9, 2018

Yummy Dinner!

Everything on this plate is local food.  And organic.

Grilled lamb chops (I get a whole lamb each fall and eat it from nose to tail), beets, fall spinach sauteed in butter and garlic, late summer cantalope—all from Hope’s Edge CSA.  The boiled fingerling potatoes swiming in butter are in our local markets now as well.  I look forward to them every fall.

A friend asked me to take a look at the food documentary THE MAGIC PILL.  It’s excellent and features many of my food heroes.  I highly recommend it.  You can get it on Netflix, Amazon, or UTube.  It’s well worth taking some time to watch.  I’ve been eating this way for many years now and have never been healthier, even in spite of the Histamine Intolerance issue, which I believe to be genetically acquired from my dad.

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October 10, 2018 at 9:46 am