for weeks this post has been sitting, sans pictures, in my drafts folder. why? because photos. lemme ‘splain.
bret got himself a decent camera a few months ago, so I’ve been slowly learning and practicing grown-up camera things like ISO and shutter speed and all kinds of things you don’t have to think about when you take phone pictures. and since then I won a giveaway hosted by molly yeh in which I ended up with my own copy of Adobe Lightroom, a sweet program for editing photos. (thanks molly!)
so here I am with the tools I need to do this thing, and I’ve had such a hard time just doing it because the potentiality of beautiful pictures due to having great tools + equipment coupled with the potentiality of crappy pictures due to my inexperience overwhelms me. intimidates the crap out of me. but I want to share with you, so much, really really, so I’ve decided it’s time to dive in. here goes, friends: the beginnings of my journey with photographing and sharing my food. thank you for being here with me. geronimoooo!
let’s talk about this moon tea: I saw it here first. anya of golubka instagrammed it and I was immediately enchanted by the color, the lusciousness, and the idea of such a warm and comforting tea. it’s flexible, as anything so comforting (and intended for moon-time) should be; you can prepare it with almond milk or any other dairy or non-dairy milk (or water), and beyond the main spice, turmeric, you can season it however you want. add cinnamon or cardamom or a tiny dollop of coconut oil. sweeten it or not. it’s all good and it’s all moon tea. ahhh.
inspired by moon milk, I created a comforting and anti-inflammatory breakfast smoothie using the same basic flavors and ingredients, but cold and livened up with tart yogurt and fruit. it’s tasty and spicy and a little wild. here, again, the ingredients are flexible; I used strawberry + mango + banana but I think plenty of combinations will work. a no-banana-all-strawberry/mango arrangement would be delicious with the spices, and I imagine strawberry + kiwi would be fun, too. you don’t even need to be a moon queen to enjoy it.
I hope you’ll try these delicious and comforting drinks, and I hope you’ll continue to accompany me in this blogging journey. cheers!
- one cup almond milk (or any milk)
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- few slices of fresh peeled ginger
- and any, all, or none of the following:
- cardamom pod
- black pepper
- pour most of the almond milk into a small saucespan, keeping aside just a tablespoon or so. mix the spices into the remainining tablespoon of almond milk. add the spiced concentrate along with the sliced ginger and cardamom pod to the saucepan and bring it all to a gentle simmer, stirring often until it's pleasantly hot and fragrant.
- using a small strainer to catch the ginger and cardamom pod, pour the moon milk into the most comforting mug you have. sweeten with honey if it pleases. breathe deeply, and enjoy.
- a half cup yogurt (dairy or otherwise, I'd only recommend it be unflavored)
- frozen strawberries
- frozen mango cubes
- half of a frozen banana (banana haters, skip this and add more strawberries)
- big ol' knuckle of fresh ginger, peeled
- almond milk
- scant ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- a spoonful of honey or maple
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- and basically any other spices that sound warming, comforting, and delicious to you:
- a sprinkle of cayenne pepper
- a couple grinds of black pepper
- a few shakes of cinnamon
- a pinch of cardamom
- put the yogurt, frozen fruit (or fresh fruit + ice cubes) and fresh ginger in the carafe of your blender along with some almond milk. pulse until combined and vaguely smoothie-like. add whatever spices you're using and the honey/maple and blend some more, adding more almond milk as necessary to help your blender smooth out the mixture. sometimes I like keeping my chia seeds intact in smoothies, so I stir them in with a spoon once everything is blended. if you'd rather have them blended with everything else which makes for a thicker consistency, you can throw them in with the fruit + yogurt. taste and add more honey or spices as desired. enjoy.