As if I needed to draw attention to how long it’s been since I last posted, this blog entry has been titled in a way that makes me realize I haven’t posted since the beginning of summer. That’s a long time! The excuses I’ve compiled for my extended absence are many, and if you include a farm-to-table themed excursion to Thailand as valid, generally excusable. More on that trip another time.
I’ve been busy.
Since I have been back in the States, I have been growing and learning and sticking my toes into deeper waters in many areas of life- almost every day. I am finding that the present time is a magical time in the life of a human being. To be twenty-three. Everything about it almost sparkles. Some days I feel more jaded than a Vietnam veteran who voted conservatively in the past election, and other days I wake up so excited to see the clouds or drive my car or make “coffee for one” that I feel like a wised-up toddler. The only thing I know about life is that it’s a lot, but at the same time, it’s nothing at all. It all depends on what “it” is.
In terms of being twenty-three, though, I feel like I’m doing alright. I have fun, but not too much. I keep to myself a lot. I know when to smile and nod, and when to speak up loudly and proudly. I know when it’s okay to spend a little too much, and what a good cocktail tastes like. I am aware of the good price range for a head of cauliflower at the big box store versus the farmer’s market, and I am no longer ashamed of walking out the door without makeup. I sometimes genuinely forget to check my reflection, because I have decided other things count for more. I plan my car trips to be both strategically eco-friendly and economical. My ice cream stash is complete with more protein than sugar. If nothing else on my list indicates growing up, that last bit about the ice cream surely erases all doubt that I am growing up. These things make me feel adult as can be. I want to enjoy this age, while I am it. I want to be twenty-three, and not a day older than I am. I want to relish the woman I am and the girl I was, because they are one and the same, just on a different timeline. To anyone who often thinks that all young people act “silly” or “immature,” remember how it felt to be that free in your own youth, with the world at your fingertips- and try to feel that way again. Remember the magic? I don’t blame you if you can’t; sometimes even I forget, and it’s before my eyes. Good things come in time, and you can’t cheat time. This fire cider is absolutely an example of the beauty of waiting, development, and how good things take some love to become.
This holistic remedy is perfect for the coming fall, but it takes forever and a day (read: about a month) to brew it up, so I’m trying to post in perfect timing. If you start a batch now like I did, you’ll have it when you really need it! In spite of the colder evenings and chilly mornings that make me want to crawl right back into bed despite dozing for ten plus hours, I have given it a summery twist (namely, a twist of orange, lemon, and cilantro!) to pay homage to summer. It’s not over yet, friends- I hope to make it to the ocean in New England one more time before this season passes away. I am, of course, tickled about autumn’s first breaths creeping in; I believe it is one of the four most beautiful seasons to live in the Hudson Valley, NY. See what I did there?
Start this fire cider today, and you’ll have it by September 20th. Start it tomorrow and you’ll have it ready by the 21st night of September (Earth, Wind, and Fire fans, where you at?!) Either way, it’ll be time-honored and unique, just like you.
Juice of 1 lemon plus rind, chopped finely
1-2 slices of orange, plus rind of those slices, chopped finely
1/2 cup grated ginger
1 medium white onion, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1 habañero pepper, chopped
1 dried red chili, chopped
2 Tbsp dried rosemary
1 Tbsp Ancient Herbs turmeric and ginger powder, or just plain turmeric powder. You can also use the fresh grated root!
1 tsp cayenne pepper
4 leaves of sage, torn up
3 sprigs of cilantro, torn up
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw Honey (eventually)
Put all of the chopped ingredients and powders listed above in a quart-sized glass jar, and fill almost to the top with ACV. Top off the jaw with 1/2 cup of water to dilute a bit.
Shake shake shake. Very well.
Leave the jar in a dry, darkish place (the top of the fridge? In the cupboard? Buried in a hole in the ground?) for one month to stew and become a wonderful and healing tonic. Remember to shake it up every day, the fun part! After the steeping period is over, add at least 1/4 cup raw honey, and then adjust sweetness as desired. Then, add what you’ve made to soups, stir fries, salad dressings. Eat it off a spoon. Put it in tea or bloody Marys. Use it as an anti-cold/preventative- 1 Tbsp is great way to start your day in general, but take up to 3 Tbsp (or as much as you can handle) to ward off fall/winter colds!
Let me know how you like it. I’ll post another “warm spices” version once fall is fully here. For now, I’ll have to enjoy shaking my summer cider jar daily, until September 20th. 🙂
-Modified from the wonderful Mountain Rose Herbs recipe for Fire Cider.-