Agua de Jamaica and Hibiscus Syrup

Hot hibiscus beverages are one of those things I can’t accept. Hibiscus has a sharp tart flavor which is wonderful cold, but warm, it feels like a molten acid wash exposing a fresh layer to my insides. I exaggerate, as usual, but this weightless flower contains a strong tart flavor. Only a small amount is needed to…

Mexican Rice Horchata

I know what you’re thinking: No, please not another horchata recipe. Didn’t the horchata die an agonizing Pinterest-driven foodie death sometime in late 2013? Yes, it did. And thank all the gods of Mexican food it did. Things can get back to normal now. No more declarations of ‘Healthy soy-free, gluten-free horchata!’ Only the small amount…

Home Fermentation: Tepache

I have a ‘zero waste’ kitchen policy, or as close to zero waste as possible. Herb stems are finely chopped, the greens of green onions go into stock, tomato cores fed to my tomato addicted dog. things are pickled, canned, preserved. One of the best uses for something which is usually discarded is turning the…