Despite all this I decided to blog about tea . . . since the weather is turning warm I have decided it was time to start making iced tea and this blog is about how I can have cold tea in the frig for my drinking pleasure whenever I want. Today it was also a handy to sip on the fennel tea, the rooibos seemed a bit to flavorful for my tender tummy.
I buy my tea in bulk and store in large jars like those in the middle of the picture. I am making ROOIBOS and FENNEL SEED tea here. I purchased reusable cotton bags from the Frontier Co-op so that I can put 2 Tbsp tea or seed in it and add the bag to the boiling water that I put in the quart jar. I allow my tea to steep on the counter until it is cool enough to pick up and put in the frig. I remove the bag, rinse and use again. I also make any other herbal or regular tea by using 2 regular size bags per jar in this same way. That is what I do with my all time favorite hot or cold is GOOD EARTH TEA, original flavor in regular or decaf. I love Ghandi's (1869 - 1948) saying that I found posted on Good Earth's website, "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."
I was also at the library looking up some children's books to make for some fun and easy information tools for history class and I happened across this book: FRESH FROM THE VEGETARIAN SLOW COOKER by Robin Robertson, 200 recipes for healthy and hearty one pot meals that are ready when you are. So far from what I see all the recipes in this book are vegan. I really like her method of making dried legumes in the slow cooker and having them prepared ahead for other recipes that call for beans.
I probably wouldn't cook beans in the slow cooker because I have a "slow cook" setting on my stovetop and make legumes huge batches to freeze ahead for when I need, but I would if I didn't have that option. I have burnt beans before and THEY STINK! Also, a great thing about preparing beans from the dry state is that it really saves me alot of $$ compared to canned and also is a bit more environmentally friendly. Beans are versatile, if I happened to have pinto beans on hand in my freezer this will work for any bean recipe. This way I can watch for when other COOP members want to split a 25 lb bag of legumes, so my savings REALLY add up. I don't do this for tightwadery, but I'll do like to take advantage of making my $$ stretch.
Oh back to the book, I tried a couple of the breakfast porridge recipes and still find I don't like grains cooked in the slowcooker, they are mushy. For me perfect grains are separate and somewhat dry, not in a thickened starchy goo. So far a basic simple Zorushi ($2.99 Goodwill find) rice maker is my best grain making friend (except for steel-cut "irish" oats) ... just gotta make sure not to add to much liquid.
Here's to hoping for a happy day blog readers! I have some great pictures of my stuffed Easter mushrooms and seitan roast to get posted soon, as well as my trip to get garden plants.