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7 Jan

Kromland Farm Rooibos with VanillaI am a sucker for nice package designs! This one is from Kromland Farm, a South African Farm specialised in  Rooibos. It is designed by Pearlfisher designer Natalie Chung and illustrator Jean Jullien.

van der PiggeFinding this tea was an experience on itself. While visiting Haarlem (the Netherlands), we were looking for something specific and were send to the oldest drugstore in the city: Van der Pigge. It felt like we stepped back in time!

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Acorn lovin’

9 Jan

On the advise of my other I bought this Acorn Cocoa. She said my grandmother used this often. I have been trying to find some information about it, but that is not very easy. It seems like it is not so much used these days. The package informs me that it is used ‘after illness, pregnancy and fatigue, or whenever the body requires an additional amplification. It is easily digestible and has a pleasant taste, for all ages. The light astringent characteristic of the Acorn Cocoa normalizes the digestive functions.’ It was used as an medicine for the latter around 1885, but was proved not to work in all cases.. I found a document on the net where they talk about cases in which this was used and how it worked.

Anyway, as an acorn lover I am enjoying this drink with my soy milk!

Hot apple cider (& waterskiing)

20 Dec

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One of my favorite drinks for when it gets cold out is hot apple cider. This is not a common recipe in Holland. The first time I drank hot apple cider was when my friend Emily took me to her parents apple archard in Lake City that lays next to Lake Pepin, Minnesota, to pick apples back in 2003. As an exchange student at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, I was new to the area and traditions. It was fall and I was in awe of the beauty of the trees around there. The tradition of the family was to go out and pick apples, where they drank homemade hot apple cider to stay warm. Ever since I make this every fall and winter! Today I introduced it to my dear friend Kim!

It is easy: 4-5 cups apple juice, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, cinnamon sticks and apple slices to garnish!

Oh, if you think Lake Pepin…? Lake Pepin is a wide portion of the Mississippi River between Minnesota and Wisconsin. This is where waterskiing was invented in 1922 by Ralph Samuelson! This I never forgot!