I came home from church on Sunday in the sunshine. So, I had wonderful plans for the afternoon: I'd rake the rest of last autumn's leaves off the remaining two flower beds, then go for a long leisurely walk with Nagisa. I planned on the 5 km walk as the weather was so fine and I had the whole afternoon. By the time I finished lunch, clouds had settled over me. As I raked, the drizzle came down.
So, I headed for the kitchen, and I made granola.
It's a wonderful mixture: Combine & heat 1/2 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup honey, 1/3 cup water, 1.5 tsp salt and 1.5 tsp vanilla. Pour this over a mixture of 6 cups old fashioned oatmeal, 1 cup coconut, 1/2 cup bran and 1 cup mixed nuts and stir to coat. Pour this onto a large baking sheets with sides and slowly bake at 300 deg F for about 30 min, stirring every 5 min so that the granola is evenly toasted.
Once this is baked and has cooled, toss in dried fruit of your choice. Today I added some chopped apricots and raisins and dried blueberries -- probably about a cup in all. My yogurt and my tummy will be happy tomorrow.
I then made 2 recipes of Turmeric tea. Just in case you've been hiding under a rock for the past year or so, turmeric is the next miracle healer. It's supposed to be great for reducing inflammation for us osteo-arthritis suffers as well as great for many, many other ailments. The yellow paste in the little bowl is just that -- a turmeric paste. A tsp of this in hot water 1-2 times a day is all that's needed apparently; adding milk and sweetener is up to you. The 2nd recipe in the mason jars was a mixture of water, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and cloves simmered and strained: this is to be added to hot milk and served as you would a chai tea. So, I tried it with foamy milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
|It was very yummy! But the spices do tend to settle to the bottom. (Swirl that around and drink quickly; a little grainy but much better than having to take a pill.) Fingers crossed that this will help.|
All of this deserved a wee nap on the sofa (must have been that warm milk!), the rain gently falling and the TV for background noise. Gotta love a rainy Sunday afternoon.
And now as I'm off to watch "Call the Midwife", I'll leave you with a little taste of Steve Normandin and Paris. Hope your weekend was enjoyable.