My mother swears by Guinness as an aid to lethargy. She usually has some in the fridge and whips it out whenever someone says they’ve been feeling rather lackluster or have been diagnosed anemic. Of course, she understands that many people, particularly those who do not drink beer, are unlikely to sup on a Guinness-filled drink, just like that. Instead she magics a frothy glass of Guinness punch as a compromise.
I’m starting my 12 Days of Christmas early this year, and my first recipe is….. Spiced Caribbean Sorrel.
Spiced Caribbean sorrel is an epic beverage that is everything you could possibly want in a drink during fall and winter.
This drink has been a staple in my family, and many of my friends’ families who hail from the Caribbean for many, many years. Anytime I have family over and I make spiced Caribbean sorrel, I have to deal with their excitement after a whiff of the sorrel and spices steeping. Their eyes dart around in anticipation, which is followed by rapid fire questions.
Is that sorrel?
What you put in it?
When will it be ready?
It’s so funny, but I totally get their excitement.
On my quest for a more disciplined life, I’ve injected a twice weekly detox juice into my diet. A juice that helps release the toxins from my body and also work on my wavering digestive system. Strangely, this juice derived from a request from my friend Trevor, for a ginger cucumber juice with pimento. He wanted me to make him a sweet and spicy concoction with a mound of sugar. Don’t worry I resisted, I just couldn’t create a sickly sweet drink and hail it as a juice that provides benefit to the body. So here’s what I ended up with, a ginger cucumber apple detox juice. It is exactly what I need, a gloriously tasty juice that aids the body, hopefully Trevor will love it too.
In an effort to eat more healthily I plan on starting my days with a healing or energy giving breakfast. It’s a smart way to start the day. Yesterday I started the day with an apple avocado smoothie. Yum! It is a thoroughly delightful smoothie that will put a pep in your step once consumed. Every ingredient provides healing qualities and together may help to keep symptoms of cardiovascular disease in check. What could be better?
My morning habits are typically British, a cup of tea must be had to put me in shape to face the world. In the US, coffee is the most commonly sought after morning beverage. So I joined the crowd this morning and created a pumpkin spiced coffee.