Horchatas

Naturally plant-based horchatas

Also rice free:

Boricua – horchata de ajonjoli, this drink is made by boiling water, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and then soaking it overnight with ground sesame seeds. In the morning, the resulting mixture is strained with cheesecloth and served chilled (sometimes with a splash of rum).

Ecuadorean horchata is entirely different than the varieties found in the rest of Latin America. To make this drink, more than 28 medicinal plants are infused to create a red herbal tea which is then served with lemon juice and honey. It’s common in the Andean region of Loja where it’s sold hot or cold and said to treat a variety of ailments. Some of the most common herbs found in this horchata variety are chamomile, mint, lemon verbena, lemongrass, bloodleaf, and rose geranium.

Enjoy with your very different Ecuadorian metal

or Puerto Rican metal 

I realised I need to discover some myself, yay for blogging.

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Fried cauli-rice

By Trisha Marie Berry

1 large head of cauliflower, cut away from core and into 1″ pieces, pulse in food processor until “rice” size
1 onion, divided, half diced/half sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2″ piece of ginger, minced- or 1/4 tsp dry
Pinch of crushed red pepper, or more to taste
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
1-2 cups fresh bite size broccoli florets
1 carrot, grated or matchstick
1 cup cashew pieces, I like salted
1-2 cups fresh diced pineapple
Optional: GF tamari about 1.5 tsp per serving

*Note: I season with a little salt about every other ingredient, not a lot, just a pinch.

In a wok or straight sided sautè pan, add a tsp of oil and sauteed diced half of onion until soft, add garlic, ginger, and chili flake. Sautè until fragrant, then add rice cauliflower. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until it loses its raw appearance/texture. Remove from pan and set aside. Return pan to heat and add another tsp of oil. Add sliced half of onion and sautè for a min or two. Add mushrooms, then broccoli, followed by carrots, cashew, and finally pineapple- allowing each ingredient to cook for about a minute before adding the next. Add back the seasoned cauliflower and stir to combine. Taste for salt, remove from heat and sprinkle each bowl with a little tamari (or soy sauce) if you like.

The Longest Winter

This 7th day of the 7th month, 7 hours ago, Paradise Lost posted the first single off the upcoming album, Medusa. Nick said:

“I read a story about how wildlife was once beginning to flourish in the 30 mile exclusion zone after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 – particularly the wolf population.

It was nice to think that that no matter how much mankind tried to fuck the planet up directly or indirectly, life carries on in some shape or form. But humans are humans and I recently heard that there is already now ‘timed’ hunting trips organised into the exclusion zone…”