Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tea time

Things are a bit more expensive in Hawaii, maybe a buck or two, so Farmer's Markets are the place to get your fresh veggies and fruit.

Luckily, there are 2 busy markets close to me. After going to markets in Hollywood and Burbank, Kailua markets were a whole new world.  Vendors selling poi, taro and coolers filled with poke (my new favorite meal), along with the usual vegetables, potatoes, onions, carrots and tomatoes filled the second story of the local mall, the other 2 parking lots.

My most exciting find was Turmeric.  Turmeric's active ingredient curcumin is one of nature's most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. Because of a recent eating plan, turmeric was a major part of my seasoning.  But instead of using actual Turmeric, I used Curry Powder (which contains Turmeric) because I had an over abundance of it.  But to see the actual root was intriguing and for under $1, I couldn't go wrong.  But what do you do with fresh Turmeric and how do you use it?

I tried my hand at making some tea.  Not the golden milk kind (turmeric powder and coconut milk), but just the root.

Directions:
Add some grated turmeric to a few cups of water.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for a half hour, then cover with a lid and let sit over night.  When you're ready for a cup, warm up your infusion and add your choice of sweetness to taste (honey, sugar, whatever makes your teeth hurt).

NOTE: Turmeric stains.  The vendor I bought it from said to use gloves when you cut it.  I thought of this AFTER I was done cutting it a small chunk and there was a huge yellow stain on my white counter. 

Stay Thirsty my Friend!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

I don't even like coffee


During moving from one state to another, as well as having to live as a nomad for a bit, I can't tote around my french press (though I may still try)
much less a coffee maker. Instead I have decided to try cold brewed coffee (not to be confused with iced coffee). I've read that it is supposed to be less bitter than regular coffee and you add a lot of milk and sugar. My kinda coffee!  

The idea behind cold brew is that you not only serve it cold, you brew it cold—or rather, at room temperature. So instead of using heat to extract the coffee into drinkable goodness, you need to have some patience so the "mud" can brew.

You'll end up with Cold Brew coffee concentrate. 4 cups of concentrate will make about 8 cups of iced coffee. This will last up to a week in the fridge.

There are many ways to brew the coffee, I'm partial to using my coffee press.  Clean up is a little messy though.  When I start travelling again, I'm going to try and use Nut Milk Bag.

Ingredients:
1 cup coarsely-ground coffee beans
4 cups cold water

Directions:
Add coffee grounds and water to your chosen receptacle.
Be sure the grounds are saturated.
Stir to combine.
Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
If you're using a coffee press, now is the time to press the plunger.
If you're using a large bowl, place a strainer covered with cheesecloth over another bowl.
Pour the coffee mixture slowly over the strainer as the liquid filters.
Once all the goodness has filtered through, congratulations, you now have concentrated cold brew! Don't forget to dilute it.

I'm not a person who drinks coffee for the caffeine, so you'll want to dilute your concentrate before your drink it.  Start with a ratio of 3 parts water to 1 part concentrate, then work from there.
Refrigerate the remaining coffee concentrate in a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Stay Thirsty my friend!




Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Hiking Oahu

DIAMOND HEAD SUMMIT TRAIL


After a butt-kicking hike up Koko Head (and a day for my glutes to recover) Diamond Head was a cake walk.  Still a bit rocky in part, a great view and piece of history when you reach the top.  There is parking onsite for a small fee, or there are also parking lots around the base of the crater if you want more of a walk.

Be sure to bring water with you and some good shoes (no slippahs).    When you're almost at the top, you'll reach a fork in the trail.  To your right will be a set of concrete stairs, to your left will be some benches and another set of stairs.  We chose left, because I needed a break.  This brings you to the back side of the summit and the top of the pillboxes.


Hold on



Taking in the views.  Almost at the top of Diamond Head.


View from the Pillboxes atop Diamond Head
 Happy Hiking!