Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

Pink Ice Tea Limeade – A Natural Dye Magic Trick

I had a few leaves of aka shiso (red perilla) and a bunch of chamomile flowers from a recent harvest in my backyard. Also, there were several limes in the fridge so, when life gives you limes and herbs, make ice tea limeade! Aka shiso ice tea is a Japanese beverage, usually prepared with lemon juice, but I used lime juice and agave syrup to give it a Mexican feeling (and use what I had at hand), and chamomile to take full advantage of my harvest; all that turned out to complement the flavours very well … click on title for more

Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

Grageitas – Sweet Treats for St. Valentine’s Day

I remember cookies as a sweet treat for St. Valentine’s; my mom and I would often bake heart shaped cookies, which I sometimes shared with my friends, and I loved receiving small sweet tokens from them, too. Grageitas (meaning “tiny tablets” or “little sprinkles”), are a classic Mexican confection of bite-size cookies topped with rainbow-coloured sprinkles … click on title for more

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

The Sprouter – A Winter Blues Fixer

As we have entered the second half of the winter season (in the Northern hemisphere), lengthening daytimes are becoming more noticeable; vegetable gardeners are experiencing a flaring need to grow (and eat!) something fresh. Many people keep potted edibles indoors, use their grow lights for baby greens and herbs or, as I have been doing for the last couple of years, sprout seeds … click on title for more