May Tidbits: My Time Capsule + Salted Kumquat Tea

A year ago, I filled up several jars with layers of sea salt and fresh kumquats from the backyard. I placed them on the shelf, checked on them every few weeks, and eventually forgot about them. Patience is an essential ingredient in this recipe.

Salted kumquats are one of those things that get better with age, and I've been told they keep for years, in fact the longer the better. Almost every Chinese household keeps a jar, or knows someone who does, because salted kumquats in hot water with honey stirred in are a long-held Chinese remedy for sore throat. Add some ice cubes and you have the perfect sweet-sour-salty cure for a hot day. 

A year may not be that old in salted kumquat years, but adequate to make a good cup of tea, and long enough for me to reflect on time passed. In the year that these plump little orange things were sitting in a jar of salt water, we moved to our own little place (no more kumquat tree!) and this blog celebrated an anniversary.

In my previous post, I wrote about the important lessons I've learned from my first year living abroad. In this post, we're taking it easy and enjoying a cuppa over some interesting links on the Internet. In the meantime, the kumquats continue to age in the jar. Another day, another week, another month, another year. Where will we be then? What will we be doing? I guess we'll have to wait to find out... 

-May Tidbits-

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Salted Kumquat Tea
Make salted kumquats following this recipe. But if you can't wait a year, I've seen jars of salted kumquats being sold at my local fruit store, so I suggest you try that. 
2 to 3 salted kumquats
1/2 to 1 cup hot water
Sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar), to taste
Ice cubes (optional)
Put salted kumquats (without the salt or brine, unless you like it really salty) in a glass and pour hot water over them. Muddle the fruits slightly with a fork and let steep for a few minutes. Add sweetener to taste. Drink it warm to help relieve sore throat or have it cold with some ice cubes for a refreshing drink in the summer.