If there ever was a rabbit hole to fall into, it would have be the mysterious and magical world of medicinal mushrooms. The mycelial kingdom is a fascinating example of the innate intelligence of mother nature. Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is no exception
As I am sitting here typing this recipe up, I have a pot of this syrup simmering behind me. The smell is INTOXICATING. It smells a kin to something your mom would have simmering over the stove at Christmas time, mulled wine maybe?
As I sit here writing this post I am looking out my window to the Vancouver North Shore mountains and seeing a clean dusting of fresh snow. I knew this must have been coming as this last week I have been FREEZING my butt off in my little laneway home.
The front of our landlords house is covered in big beautiful purple lavender bushes. Every time I walk past them I drag my hands through them and then proceed to give my hands a big sniff. I LOVE the scent of lavender.
I was nervous about this blend of herbs. I had an idea in my head of what I was trying to create, but was unsure if the flavours would combine well. All these herbs have strong and distinct flavours, but the result of them amalgamated into one tea is magic!
I have met very few people in this life who dislike a good cup of chai tea. There is something so comforting about a nice warm cup of this perfectly balanced spiced tea. When thinking up tea blends that I wanted to create for Christmas gifts, it didn't take long to realize I needed to make a chai!
Cha-cha-cha-CHAGA. This mushroom is my latest obsession (and for good reason!). Not only does it have a really cool name, it is also incredibly healthy. Regarded as the "king of mushrooms" in ancient China and Russia, it has been used for thousands of years as medicine.