Very Berry Cordial

Verry Cordial1 tblsp. dried rose hips – crushed
10 oz. bag frozen blackberries – thawed
1 tblsp. dried gogi berries – crushed
4 tblsp. dried currants
6 oz. fresh raspberries
3 oz. fresh blueberries
1 large double sized basket of fresh strawberries
10 oz. fresh cherries

Wash fresh fruit.

Place all ingredients into a 1-gallon glass jar.

Cover fruit with brandy.

Let sit, in a cool, dark place for at least 1 month. (For this batch, I let the concoction sit for 2 months.)

Check it periodically and add more brandy as needed to keep the fruit submerged.

After the waiting period, pour the contents of the jar through a cheesecloth that is several layers thick. (I fold the cloth two or three times and secure it over a large measuring cup with a rubber-band. The goal is to strain out all of the solids.)

Carefully and gently squeeze the fruit within the cloth to get as much of the liquid out as possible.

Once you have the liquid strained, measure how much you have.  Divide that number in half. This is how much sweetener you will add…give or take.

I had a little over 8 cups of decanted liquid.

I added 5 cups of honey – but could have added one more cup if I wanted it just a little bit sweeter.  Taste test for sweetness levels.

The final step is to add 40 drops of food-grade lemon essential oil. Taste test for desired result.

 

Cordials made with fresh fruit should last for up to a year. The high alcohol content acts as a preserver.

Enjoy and Toast to your good health and happy taste buds!

 

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We happened upon the shop in Salzburg toward the end of the day.

“Look!” We said, seeing the silly crow figures in the window. It was the same artist who had several pieces hanging in the apartment where we were staying.

We entered and chatted with Michael Ferner for a while. After telling us a few background stories about his art, the conversation led to his newest project – partnering with a local brewer to create a drink that features one of his fanciful crows on the label.

We bought several tiny sample bottles and a few small pieces of his work.

Back at our apartment, we cracked open one of the bottles to sample it. It was like drinking a bite of pie! It burst with sweet, fruity flavors and was highlighted by hints of lemon.

The train that we had to catch the following day was scheduled to leave early – before the shops would open. Thinking fast, my travel partner jogged several blocks back to Michael’s shop to buy a much larger bottle of the special drink.

I regretted not doing the same. Especially later, when I found out how much overseas shipping charges were going to be!

Fortunately, I was able to turn to one of my favorite food preparation staples. The Herbal Kitchen, Kami McBride

By following Kami’s basic cordial preparation instructions and using the fruits that I thought would work, I was able to get very close to that delicious flavor that I remembered.

**The amount of honey and the addition of lemon essential oil at the end makes all the difference.

Best of all, there is still enough time to make another batch before Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

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Cranberry Clove Sauce

Make your next meal pop with this mildly sweet, tangy super food sauce.

2 cups fresh cranberries

juice & zest from two lemons

1/2 to 2/3rds cup maple syrup

Combine all in pot; cook on medium (t0 low) heat. Once it reaches a boil, turn off heat. Carefully mash berries with a potato masher (berries will pop ….be careful of hot, flying cranberry juice)

Stir in 1/8 – 1/2 tsp. ground cloves OR 3 drops food-grade Clove Oil – to taste

cooking cranberries

Health benefits of cranberries

Antioxidents & Vitamin C

Healthier Teeth & Lowering Cholesterol

Reducing Inflammation

Lavender Lemon Ice Cream Topped with Honey Drizzle and Lavender Petal Dust

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1 cup milk (soy milk also works)
1 cup maple syrup
3 tblsp. flour

whisk together in pot over medium heat until smooth

3 egg yolks – beaten drizzled into pot while whisking – until mixture thickens

turn off heat – but while still warm – whisk in 2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 drops food-grade lemon essential oil**
1 drop food grade lavender essential oil**

Cool mixture in refrigerator for 2 hours before pouring into ice cream maker.

Lavender Petal Dust:

Grind dried lavender buds with a mortar and pestle (or in a clean coffee grinder of food processor)
Pour dust into a strainer (with tightly woven screen) – shake over ice cream

 

** I have a specific brand of food-grade essential oils that use in my recipes.  DO NOT consume any random brand of essential oil as many of them contain toxic filler ingredients. If you’d like to know more about that brand that I use, you can contact me via e-mail.

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mary and baby claire

Persimmon Spice Cookies – Grandma’s

1/2 cup shorteningpersimmon spice cookies
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1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup ripe persimmon pulp
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. lemon flavoring
1 tsp. lemon zest
3 cups flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins

mix all thoroughly – drop in spoonfuls on cookie sheet – bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutessimple icing

Simple Icing

1 block, room temperature cream cheese
enough powdered sugar to taste
several drops food-grade lemon oil or fresh lemon juice
either fresh vanilla powder or several drops vanilla extract
blend to desired consistency

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grandma jon

Preserved Citrus

citrus fruit

2 tablespoons salt per fruit

sterilized wide mouth glass containerorange with salt

Thoroughly wash and dry each fruit to be used

Cut in half then partially cut each half into (almost 1/4’ths)

Add a tablespoon of salt  for each section of fruit, then put it in the glass container face down squishing it as you go.

You’ll want the liquid fruit juice + salt to cover the pile of fruit once you are finished.

(This keeps the unwanted bacteria out).

Give the container a good shake then let it sit in on a dark shelf (does not need to be refrigerated!).

Let it sit for at least two weeks to a month – until the rinds are soft- shaking them whenever you remember.lime with salt

The batch in the photos cured for 2 months (unrefrigerated).

Using this same technique, I experimented with preserving tengelos and limes.  It worked!  The tangelos processed similarly to the lemons, but the limes discolored.  At the end of the two months  – they came out limey and wonderful. The rinds, although softer than in their original fresh state, were firmer than the lemon and tangelo rinds.

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The finished product.

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Fruit & salt liquid turns syrupy.

lemon drips

Check out this website for 5 ways to use preserved lemons.

How do you use preserved lemons?  How would you use preserved limes / tangelos?

Baked Sweet Potato with Lemon Roux

Baked Sweet Potatoes:sweet potatoes with rue

Peel potatoes & place in deep oven-safe pot.
Fill pot to about 1/2 the width of potatoes with chicken stock.
Place a dollop of butter on top of each potato & sprinkle with parsley.

Cook uncovered at 400 degrees for about 1 hour or until tender.

Lemon Roux
Melt 1/2 stick of butter in pot over medium heat
as you add ingredients, stir constantly
Juice from 1/2 fresh Lemon
gradually sprinkle in Flour (about 1/2 cup)
add Milk

Adjust dry & wet ingredients until desired thickness is achieved.

***Look out*** This one is rich and creamy – it could be a dessert!

Blueberry, Lemon & Banana Pancakes

Dry Ingredients:pancake

Wheatgerm 10%
Flax Meal 10%
Oat Flour 30%
Red Mill unbleached white flour 50%
1 tsp. baking powder

Wet Ingredients:

2 eggs
juice from 1/2 lemon + zest
about 3/4 cup almond milk (for desired consistency)
pinch of grated Dubliner Cheese
1 mashed banana
1/2 cup blueberries

Lemony Rice

Basic Rice Recipe:lemony rice

1 cup rice

2 cups water

Boil water, add rice, bring to boil again.

Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or

until you see small holes formed on the surface of the rice –

(or until a spoon stands up).

To make Lemony Rice

For every cup of rice, use 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.

Use chicken stock to make up the rest of the liquid.

Add lemon zest on top for a little more pizzaz.

Carrot Soup

carrot soup with goat cheese rabit 10-12 carrots cut into chunks

1 onion – chopped

several celery stalks – chopped

1 cup cream (or milk or soy milk)

1/4 cup butter

fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste

cinnamon or nutmeg if desired

Add all chopped vegetables to 8 cups boiling water. Boil until vegetables are soft.
Use a food processor or blender to puree. Add butter, dairy, lemon juice and seasonings.

To Make the Rabbit:

Shape rabbit face out of soft cheese – use black peppercorns for the eyes; red for the nose.
Use a vegetable peeler to make the whiskers and to shape the tiny carrot at the bottom.
Hollow out a space at the fat end of the tiny carrot to insert a celery leaf or two.
(The white and blue part of the eyes were drawn in digitally)

Medicinal Honey

Medicinal honey is powdered herbs combined with honey.

One can eat it by the teaspoonful or mix a teaspoon of herbal honey with a cup of warm water to make a tea.
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First – use a double boiler to gradually heat the honey so that it is easier to work with. Use a low to medium heat to make sure that you don’t boil it. When the honey has reached a thin consistency, add the herbs. Let it return to room temperature. The honey / herbal mixture will last up to a year. (It does not need to be refrigerated).

Full Tummy Relief Honey
1/2 tsp. ground cloves (antioxidant, anti-septic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties)
1 tsp. powdered ginger (digestive aid)
2 tblsp. powdered citrus peel (A compound found in the peels of citrus fruit has the potential to lower cholesterol)
1 tblsp dandelion root (liver and gastrointestinal health)
1/2 tsp. powdered star anise (antifungal and antibacterial – it has been used to relieve coughs – relieves gas and colic)
1 cup honey (anti-bacterial – used to treat coughs & allergies and topically on wounds)

dry powdered ingredientsCirculation Honey
1 tsp. powdered juniper berry (cleanse the kidneys urinary tract)
1 tsp. powdered ginger (digestive aid)
1 tblsp. powdered turmeric (liver detoxifier, anti-inflammatory, wound healing & possible aid in certain types of cancer healing)
1/2 tsp. powdered cardamom (good smelling breath, heart an insulin health)
2 cups honey (anti-bacterial – used to treat coughs & allergies and topically on wounds)
According to Wikipedia:

Scientists have revealed that honey has powerful anti-bacterial properties on at least sixty species of bacteria, and unlike antibiotics, which are often useless against certain types of bacteria, honey is non-toxic and has strong effects.[6]

The composition of honey includes sugars such as glucose and fructose and also minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. Depending on the quality of the nectar and pollen, the vitamins contained in honey are B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3.[12]

When honey is used topically, as, for example, a wound dressing, hydrogen peroxide is produced by dilution of the honey with body fluids. As a result, hydrogen peroxide is released slowly and acts as an antiseptic.

Honey is widely used in cough medicines and to treat allergies.