Put a Hole in it – Stay Cool with Ball Jars & Elixir Recipe

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Photo by David Kiang

I get a hammer and a screwdriver and put the disk part on top of the ring. I pound a hole into the disk with the screwdriver, being careful not to drive it so hard that I damage the table beneath.water lid Then I flip the lid and whack it with a hammer to seal the scratchy edges.  I usually have to wiggle in a bigger hole with the screwdriver,  because I like fat straws.

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And drink this all day – (from my book of course).

Homemade Watermelon Ginger Elixir 

3 quarts lemonade
2 cups watermelon juice (puree watermelon in a blender to make juice)
2 cups or more ginger juice
Ice
Sprigs of fresh mint, rosemary, or lavender

Mix everything together in a beautiful pitcher. Garnish with sprigs of fresh herbs.

Excellent wth a shot of vodka.

Lemonade

2 cups sugar – –  2 cups fresh lemon juice – – 3 quarts water

Melt sugar and lemon juice together in a small pan over medium-high heat just until the sugar melts and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes. (Alternatively, combine them in a pitcher and stir until the sugar is melted, also about 10 minutes.) Remove from heat and mix in enough water to make 1 gallon.The concentrate keeps indefinitely in the refrigerator. Mix with water before serving.

Ginger Juice

1 pound fresh ginger, unpeeled, sliced or chopped in a food processor – –  4 quarts of water

Place ginger and water in a stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook at a high simmer until reduced to a quart, about 1 hour. Remove from heat, strain ginger pieces from the liquid, and store in a clean quart container.

(To make a cup of healing tisane, mix 1/4 cup Ginger Concentrate with 3/4 cup hot water and a squeeze of fresh lemon and sweeten to taste.)

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Vegan Brown Rice Fritters

I’ve been eating these a lot lately.

It’s going to be one of those recipes I talk through, because I haven’t been able to fine tune amounts. I only have a recipe  for a crowd, but they are super simple and easy peasy lemon squeezy.

That bowl above is the complete recipe, ready to patty up.

This is how it happens.

Put about 2 cups cooked rice in a mixing bowl  with a  well cooked mirepoix of vegetables  typically one carrot,  one small onion, rib of celery seasoned with fresh herb, I like bay, thyme and fresh parsley.  Make sure the carrots are soft.

Season it up with  1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 a teaspoon of pepper, granulated onion and garlic, a pinch of dried thyme and mix it all together till evenly distributed.

 Sprinkle on  1/4 cup of flour or ground oats and mix with your hand. Gradually add more until the batter sticks together when you give it a squeeze.

I like to add grated cheeze or sautéed mushrooms and green onion or chive, too.

Press the batter firmly together into  fritters of desired size and fry them up in a pan with olive oil or Earth Balance.

We like to serve them with this creamy mushroom gravy.

It’s a sturdy little nugget of goodness.

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