Drinks

Meals for the homeless – summer ice tea, and John’s first night as a rough sleeper

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I met John at the homeless feed.  He was a regular volunteer at the weekly street buffet. Newly settled in social housing, John cooks delicious desserts for his street friends. A warm and witty man,  John was a lawyer at a major bank before he became a rough sleeper. 

‘I was a lawyer at a major bank before I became homeless,’ John pointed to a corner next to a shop front, ‘that was my sleeping spot“.

‘My first night on the street,’ he smiled, ‘Hunter gave me her bedding. She slept on the concrete floor that night.

‘The guys here accepted me unconditionally.’ He said, ‘Guys here, so many of them are willing to pull their shirts off their backs and offer it to you.’ 

‘Many think homeless people are drug addicts, alcoholics or have mental illnesses. I don’t smoke or drink. A car accident and circumstances put me on the streets among these guys.’ J said humbly. I was a corporate lawyer before that’

‘And I love your ice tea’, he said.

Ah, I made delicious ice tea to bring smiles and cheerfulness. Perfect for the hot summer days – chilled English Breakfast tea, with lychee, pineapple, sliced oranges, lime, honey and mint. 

I wish for a simple world of kindness and acceptance for all souls.

Summer ice tea, with chilled lychee flavored Chinese tea, lychee fruit, pineapple, cranberry, orange, lime, honey and mint
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Aromatic cinnamon, lemon and ginger tea (low FODMAP)

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A few days ago, my neighbor’s girl dropped by in the late afternoon. We made some simple noodles together. Her mum had been unwell for a few weeks.  So it was nice for the keen 11 year old to learn to cook a meal for the family.

When she popped over again today, she brought me a few lemons from their trees.  So I made this simple, gentle and aromatic tea with the lemons – perfect to enjoy on a rainy autumn afternoon.

Aromatic cinnamon, lemon and ginger tea (low FODMAP)

Method is as follows:

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Peach and coconut margarita

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I love putting on dinner parties. Dinner parties are always more enjoyable starting with a few cocktails – the guests are so relax they could not hear the kids yelling in the playroom where they supposedly watching a movie.  To compliment an Asian themed dinner, I made these peach & coconut margarita.

So simple & delicious – no recipe required; just a blender half filled with ice, a large tin of peaches, a dash of coconut milk, a generous pour of tequila, a generous pour of triple sec. Enjoy!

Peach and coconut margarita