15 minute posts,  domesticity,  Lemon Week,  photography

Get Better Tea


I’ve caught some kind of weird viral bronchitis that’s going around (don’t worry in the scheme of illnesses, totally not a big deal) and Payam sent me this recipe. It instantly inspired me and I had to make some STAT. I can’t take any credit for this recipe at all. I just spend a lot of time on pinterest for my job and I’ve been more and more inspired by food photographers lately so when I see beautiful raw ingredients in the sunlight from my kitchen bay window, I can’t help but want to pull out my 50mm lens and try some test shots. Even if it means getting my camera all sticky.


I didn’t have any lemons but we have a lime tree in our front yard that has been making the biggest, juiciest limes ever. It’s kind of a shame that it’s winter and margaritas are not my go to drink anymore. Good thing limes stay fresh on the tree for a very long time.

I sliced up all my citrus with my fancy new knife from that cooking class I took. I chopped up a big piece of raw ginger (because I love it spicy) and pounded it to a rough paste with a mortar and pestle. Then I dumped everything in a bowl with honey and a heaping tablespoon of turmeric. The recipe says to go light on the turmeric because it can be a lot to handle but I didn’t. More spice = better in my eyes. Big chunks of ginger, lime seeds, tons of turmeric…bring it.get-better-tea-3

Then I slopped my magical concoction in the only jar I have on hand right now, a pickle jar. Good thing it had been through the dishwasher a few times already and didn’t smell like pickles anymore.


Before I put my jar of super tea juice in the refrigerator, I spooned a sloppy spoonful into my favorite clear glass tea mug and poured hot water over it. Mmmmmm…. it smelled good. And tasted pretty good too! I refilled it twice and drank it all down to even munching on the lime and orange rinds at the end. Good stuff!

I don’t know if it will make me feel better in the long term but the aroma therapy and fun of photographing it certainly made me feel better in the short term!


  • Tamara Lang

    I keep meaning to come back and tell you that after watching the video with Joon, on Christmas day I was inspired to mix my syrup and whipped cream with my french toast, and she’s right, it tastes just like caramel! Everyone at the table had to try it then. :)

    Hope you feel better quickly!

  • Lynne

    Hope you feel better soon Brenda bronchitis is awful. Your post has inspired me to totter out & buy an orange & honey & make my own tea. Matt & I are felled by a cold virus. No lime trees here sadly but we do have an amazingly stocked Indian health food shop.

  • DeeJay

    I’m all over that tea!!! Noms! Love turmeric in my juices too! I make a version of 1/2 a fresh lemon, 1/2 a fresh lime juiced, add to hot water in my mug and add 1/4 tsp turmeric. Stir, drink and feel awake!!

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