Category Archives: beverages

Mexican Hot Chocolate

This unusually cold weather has made us all want to hunker down and hibernate. Winters where we live are generally very mild and may or may not bring snow. This year we’ve had a couple of cold snaps with below … Continue reading

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DIY Almond Milk

Why make your own almond milk? Laura tells me it is definitely not to save money. Commercially processed almond milk can be produced much more cheaply than buying raw organic almonds. But if you’re like Laura, and you care about … Continue reading

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Pomerita Cocktail

It’s time to celebrate as we welcome the New Year! What better way than with a heart-healthy glass of pomegranate juice. Or . . . ¬†how about a pomegranate margarita–a pomerita. The Prado restaurant in beautiful Balboa Park in San … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Smoothie

What do you serve for Christmas breakfast? A search of Pinterest boards dedicated to Christmas breakfasts brings up fat and sugar-laden dishes:  cinnamon rolls baked in the shape of a Christmas tree, Monkey Bread dripping with eggnog drizzle, baked French … Continue reading

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Peach Ginger Iced Tea

Let’s just get one thing clear right off the bat. Summer is NOT over. The peaches are just ripening now, (Kirsten has a “rat” story about that) peaches are one of the best parts of summer, and so summer can … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Mint Mohito

What to do with all that rhubarb growing like crazy in the garden? Sip it! Here’s to Spring! makes 1 small cocktail Ingredients 1 oz white rum 2 oz rhubarb syrup (recipe below) 5-6 mint leaves 1 Tablespoon lime juice … Continue reading

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Pomegranate Green Tea Punch

3 cups boiling water 2 Tbsp. loose green tea or green tea blend (I used Monkey from the Tea Farm) 2 Tbsp. ¬†honey (or less, according to your taste) 1 cup chilled Pomegranate juice (I used Pom) Steep the tea, … Continue reading

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Cranberry Coconut Smoothie

Christmas holiday breakfast. Easy. Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe? Please share it in the comments below so we can all benefit. 1 cup cranberry juice 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from carton, NOT canned) 1/2 cup plain greek … Continue reading

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Winter Sun Cocktail

Here on the West Coast of Canada, we can sometimes go for days without seeing the sun. That lack of sunshine and its inherent Vitamin D not only affects our health, but it affects our mood too. Need a way … Continue reading

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Honeydew Cooler

Refreshing! Simply puree chunks of a very ripe honeydew melon in a food processor. Add a teaspoon or so of finely grated fresh ginger root and the juice of one or two limes. Chill thoroughly. Garnish with a slice of … Continue reading

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Mohito Slushy

Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (6-8 limes) 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (firmly packed) zest of 2 limes 1/2 cup light rum 8 cups ice (crushed) mint springs and/or lime wedges for garnish … Continue reading

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Mohito: Cowichan Style

I found this recipe on the Venturi-Schulze website, and knew it would be a hit. It is made with VerJus, an unfermented grape juice pressed from the unripe grapes left on the vines. It is acidic, so is a good … Continue reading

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Eating the Trees in my Back Yard?? Elderberry and Grand Fir for dinner!

Who knew? We’ve lived on this property for 24 years, enjoyed the natural vegetation, but never knew how many things were edible! In a recent cooking class with Mara Jernigan at Cook Culture, she showed how to use elderberry blossoms … Continue reading

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