There's a fire in my belly and I'm slow dancing to a hum in my head. It probably doesn't make perfect sense to you, but certain flavors in food transport me to the unchartered territories of my senses. I suppose I could describe it as exotic, but I much prefer beguiling you with fantastical imagery of the effect lemongrass ginger barley tea has on me. It soothes me and it invigorates me at the same time, a combination that thrills me much, especially during the transitional days of Autumn. I'd like to invite you to join me for a cuppa, in celebration of a special occasion: The Casual Veggie cookbook is out!
Today, we launch the release of The Casual Veggie e-cookbook, a mighty collaboration among 48 food bloggers, including myself, spearheaded by the wonderful Mollie of Parsley and Pumpkins. It has a whopping 166 vegetable-based recipes, categorised by 29 popular vegetables with practical information such as buying guides, prep and storage tips, and nutrition profiles. At over 400 pages, it's a nifty collection for vegetable lovers. It comes in the versatile PDF format that works great on both computers and handheld electronic devices with user-friendly navigation and easy printability. The Casual Veggie bloggers have each prepared something special for today's launch. Scroll down to the bottom of the post to check out their recipes.
I am donating part of the proceeds from sales made through Vermilion Roots to a lion conversation project in Africa. It's called 'Lights for Botswana', and it's based on the brilliant idea that something as simple as a light bulb can help protect lions. The goal is to install motion detection lights in remote Botswana villages to deter lions from wandering into living compounds shared by humans and livestock known as "kraals" or "bomas" and thus preventing the human-lion conflicts that often lead to retaliatory killings. I encourage you to read more about this project on Nikela's website.
Click on the above image or HERE to get The Casual Veggie.
With only about 30,000 lions still living in the wild, the plight of the lion population is a dire one, and there's a belief that, at the current rate of decline, lions may be extinct as early as 2020. I can't imagine our world without lions, and I'd like to help keep the future bright for these big cats who share the planet with us.
Lemongrass Ginger Barley Tea
This is a marriage of two popular drinks: barley water + lemongrass ginger tea. It wouldn't be too far from the truth to say barley water is almost as common as water in Malaysia. The go-to beverage on a hot day, barley water is believed to have the power to cool the body's internal fire. Lemongrass ginger tea is just as popular for being a remedy for gastrointestinal issues, and I often turn to it to stoke the fire in my body on a cold day. Combining the two makes this the perfect drink for the transitional days of early Autumn. Makes about 10 cups.
1 cup pearled barley
10 cups water
3 stalks lemongrass
50g (about 2 to 3 inches) young ginger
5 to 6 tablespoons agave nectar, or to taste
Peel and slice ginger to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut lemongrass to about 5 inches in length. Bruise each piece of ginger and lemongrass by lightly hitting it with the back of a knife. This will help release the flavor during the cooking process.
Rinse barley under running water for a few minutes. Place barley and water in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer. Add lemongrass and ginger. Cook until barley is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow it to cool. Then strain and stir in agave nectar. Add ice cubes and serve.
DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links, which means that when you purchase a copy of the book, a portion of the proceeds goes directly to supporting this site. I am pledging to donate part of the proceeds from the sales of The Casual Veggie made through Vermilion Roots to a lion conservation project in Africa known as 'Lights for Botswana'.
29 veggies, 48 food bloggers, 166 recipes. The Casual Veggie e-cookbook is here! Part of the proceeds from sales made through Vermilion Roots will be donated to a lion conservation project in Africa known as 'Lights for Botswana'. Click on the links below to check out what some of the other food bloggers are bringing to this launch party:
A Tasty Mess - Pumpkin Mandelbrodt
Cooking Up Clean - Pumpkin Apple Wontons
Family for Health - Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts
Fitful Focus - Pumpkin Kale Smoothie
Hola Jalapeno - Guacamole Deviled Eggs
Parsley and Pumpkins - Butternut Squash and Sauerkraut Pizza with Fizzy Pumpkin Punch
Primal Health with Jean -Paleo Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkins and Peanut Butter - Simple Spaghetti Squash Cakes
Real Simple Good - Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
The Weekly Menu - Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins
Toaster Oven Love - Veggie Pita Pizza Bites
Where is My Spoon? - Roasted Beetroot with Crisp Chickpeas
Will Cook for Friends - Sparkling Pear Ginger Cocktail
Click HERE to get The Casual Veggie.