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My Favorite Winter Beverage - Warm, Sweet, and Comforting!


You must try Ojas Milk, a delicious hot, sweet, spiced creamy beverage. I LOVE it as a special winter treat and have enjoyed serving it to many visitors to my home! I made it during the holidays this week for my relatives who all enjoyed it, even the little ones.

It’s a warm, comforting beverage that builds your Ojas, according to Ayurvedic philosophy. Ojas is your life-force or life-sustaining vitality.  This recipe is adapted from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

The dates provide a natural sweetness. Enjoy for an afternoon snack or in the evening after dinner.

OJAS MILK

Time: 5 minutes, plus time for soaking the almonds
Serves: 1 (easily doubled or quadrupled for a crowd)

Ingredients:

1 cup organic almond milk (or another milk of choice)
• 10 almonds, soaked overnight, and peeled
• 2 whole dates, chopped
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon powdered cardamom
• 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
• Pinch of saffron

Soak the almonds in a little bowl of water for 5-8 hours before making this to make them easily digestible. The skins will pop right off the almonds. Once the almonds are soaked, this takes a few minutes to prepare. Put the almonds in a bowl of water in the morning or early afternoon and you can make this after dinner.

Place all ingredients in a (except saffron) in a blender and blend to a creamy consistency. Pour into a saucepan and gently bring to a low boil. Pour in a mug and add a pinch of saffron.

Enjoy! Love in a mug!

NOTE: Some people heat the ingredients in a sauce pan first, and then blend the hot liquid. I prefer to blend the ingredients first, so that I do not put hot liquid in a plastic blender. The heat will cause the plastic to leach chemicals into your food. It's healthier to blend the cold ingredients first, then heat. 



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Vegetable Fried Rice, Chinese Style

When I lived in China in my early 20s, I learned to make fried rice from a wonderful elderly chef in her 80s. She was about a foot shorter than me and, wow, could she cook. I was living way up north in Harbin, a city with temps so cold that I experienced first-hand that Fahrenheit and Celsius actually MEET at minus 40 degrees! For me, this steaming fried rice dish hits the spot in cold weather. It is comforting, filling, well-balanced with plenty of vegetables and eggs, flavorful, and colorful. Here’s the version I made a couple of weeks ago during Snowzilla after my husband and I shoveled for several hours. So satisfying and delicious. Read More

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