Mango season is now pretty much out...
but, we still have a few left that we don't let get away
and one of my favorite drinks is a home brewed tea of...
7 teaspoons of earl grey tea leaves (or 5 to 6 teabags) in a large pitcher
2 tablespoons of grated ginger
1 mango (ripe or green will work) cut up or grated down to the seed
you can even leave the skin on if you wish
put it all in the pitcher and fill with very hot (not boiling) water
let steep for several hours and strain...
sweeten with raw honey (or whatever your favorite sweetener is), then refrigerate
sometimes, instead of the ginger, I'll use mint leaves
that one is good, too
and I have found, this tea is actually better if left overnight to meld the flavors together
I'm going to be sorry when no mango is left to pick till next season
if you have no mangoes...
you can make this tea with peaches, apricots or even try an apple
and woe is me!
we are at the end of avocado season with our trees
now honestly, I do not know what variety are avocados are
I do know they are delicious
the one in this photo below is long, smooth skinned and has a sweet, creamy tasty texture
I loved this one!
it's quite large and heavy and the meat of it is a creamy yellow
boy! does it make a good chocolate/avocado mousse
then, we have a much smaller avocado that is, well...
good but, doesn't beat the taste of the pear shaped one above
it does fit quite nicely in the palm of my small hand
and when it turns the color of purplish red...
it's ready to eat
and did you know?
avocados do not ripen on the tree
they must come to full maturation, then picked...
and they will ripen usually in the next couple of days, or so
some will change color; others will "give" a bit when gently squeezed
and if you are not ready for an avocado from your own tree, yet...
the fruit can be left there until you are
well, one of my favorite salads is an avocado and tomato salad with fresh basil leaves
the fruits are diced into bite size pieces
spritz a little lemon or lime juice into the salad
whip up a mixture of olive oil and apple cider vinegar with a little raw honey and sea salt...
mix into the salad
and the basil leaves can be cut with a scissors and mixed last
some shredded parmesan cheese would probably be good as a topping, too
I would rather have good food labored for by the sweat of my brow...
than all the riches of the wealthy who are burdened of all their "stuff"
The sleep of a labouring man is sweet,
whether he eat little or much:
but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
May your day or night find good food in the sweet grace of the Lord.