Is anybody here?
*blows the dust off the keyboard*
Now, I know you aren’t going to believe me, but I seem to have been sucked through some sort of wormhole because my calendar says that almost 2 years have passed since I last posted a recipe.
Can that be right?
If so, time is moving too fast and life has been a whirlwind.
To be fair, the last two years have been wild.
It felt like I took a big breath in September 2014 and haven’t been able to exhale until now.
I’m sure the stories will seep out as I begin to post more (as I intend on sticking around this time!).
For now, to give you an idea:
We traveled to New Zealand to begin walking across the country on Te Araroa (a 3000km trail from North Island to South Island).
We have hiked thousands of miles.
We worked as chalet hosts in the French Alps running a 24 person chalet.
We have traveled all over the world.
I very slowly began to come to terms with life in the UK (two steps forward, one step back).
We became yoga instructors.
We lived in a tent for months on end.
We found dodge and then got out of it.
I broke my foot, I recovered.
We had several family emergencies, and were fortunate enough to be there for all of them and to help the recovery and grieving process.
We ate a lot of dehydrated food. A lot.
We are still married.
It’s been one giant, non-stop adventure.
Always amazing and inspiring (even if it wasn’t always fun).
But now, it’s time to slow down. I can feel it in the air. I’m beginning to long for a home and a kitchen and a routine.
We are currently in Canada, spending time with my family, enjoying the beautiful things that Canada has to offer and trying not to rush the last few months of this insane few years before we head off back to England to figure out what’s next.
It’s time to take a breath.
I’ve missed writing. I’ve missed making amazing food. I’ve missed you.
I had plans today. Exciting plans. But, Mother Nature wasn’t going to let that stand in her way. From nowhere it began storming down here in that classic Albertan summer way. Thunder, lightning, hail, flooding. We were going nowhere. We canceled the plans and resigned ourselves to relaxing. And then, as soon as we’d done that and settled in, the sun came out!
I can’t think of a better way to just take a breath than to sit with my filthy, callused feet up, with a cold glass of citrusy, floral scented Jasmine Lemon Iced Tea and to watch nature at her finest.
From inside a real house. With windows. And a bathroom.
- 2 bags of Jasmine green tea
- 2 bags of orange pekoe tea
- ⅓ cup of honey (more or less depending on your sweet tooth, or any other sweetener)
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 2 TBSP (30 mL) of lemon juice
- 4 cups of boiling water
- 4 cups of ice water
- In a large tea pot, steep tea bags with boiling water and half of lemon slices for 5 minutes (or more if you like a stronger taste) .
- Discard tea bags and lemon slices.
- Add honey to hot tea and stir until dissolved.
- Add ice water, lemon juice and remaining lemon slices to a large carafe.
- Add hot tea to the cold water slowly.
- Stir and then refrigerate!
- Once cool, adjust sweetness and acidity by adding more sweetener or lemon juice.