June 30, 2011

Solar-Powered Tea

Okay, so this is a little lame, but I've also been on the road for a month straight and only just got a kitchen back. Anyway, the HH6 challenge this month was to prepare a dish using a technique you've never used before.  Needless to say, my kitchen isn't yet functioning, so I needed something easy.  As it happened, this PCS took us to somewhere quite warm, so the idea popped into my head "How about using the sun to cook?"

I thought about trying to fry an egg on my balcony, but we're east-facing, not west, and I still haven't been to the commissary yet.  What I do have a lot of, though, is tea.  So, why not iced tea?  Perfect, especially given that I got very dehydrated my first day here and have been forcing myself to chug lots of water (I really don't like drinking water).

At my visit to Stash tea a few weeks ago, I picked up a box of raspberry orange iced tea mix (Of course, you don't need to use a tea made specifically for iced tea - any tea will do!  You do want to use about three times as much tea as you would for plain water though.).  I tossed my teabag into my brand new .99c pitcher, filled it up with water, set it on the balcony, and continued cleaning the new apartment.

A few hours later I came back and pulled the tea back inside.  I then added some ice and pureed peach, and started drinking!  Delicious!

June 26, 2011

Still truckin' along...

Dear readers, I do apologize for the hiatus!  We're currently moving across country, which has left me sadly devoid of a kitchen.  I have acquired a new cookbook though, so hopefully we'll be back in business in the next week or two!  Until then, enjoy this pretty picture from my adventures.  More pictures can be found at my photography blog, Focus.