Two fantastic recipes to rejuvenate your body and soul:
First, a perfect, icy cold drink to refresh your everything. From The Karl Lagerfeld Diet book, which I adore.
Karl Lagerfeld’s Ginger Drink
1C. crushed fresh ginger
4 quartered Limes or 2 quartered Lemons*
12 Mint leaves
Sweetener (Agave or Stevia - PLEASE tell me you don't use Splenda or the other chemical poisons!!)
Crush ginger with some water. Steep with the limes and mint in 12 Cups of Water for 3 hours. Strain through a sieve into a pitcher. * Note: either fruit is delicious - try both! But if it seems too bitter for you, just squeeze the juice into the steep instead of leaving the rinds also. Lime gets more bitter for some reason. Karl uses limes; I prefer the lemon version
Serve by pouring a glass ¾ full, add sweetener, taste and dilute as necessary. Keep in ‘fridge with a few mint leaves floating on top.
|Steeping in an antique Ball jar with original zinc lid|
|I perfume the kitchen with the squeezed-out lemons for a day|
For a cold weather version, do what the marvelous Diane von Furstenberg does and make a tea with ginger and lemon - deeeeelish. Good for a sore throat also.
Second, a super simple Gazpacho (cold tomato soup). It's raw, scrumptious and even good for breakfast - really! Serve with cilantro, tortilla chips and vegan sour cream if you like.
3 lg. Tomatoes
1 Green Pepper
1 clove Garlic, chopped
12 C. Tomato Juice
½ C. White Wine Vinegar
¼ C. Lemon Juice
1 T. Mustard
Garnish: Cilantro, Vegan Sour Cream and/or tortilla chips
Wash, peel and chop tomatoes & cucumber. Wash, seed and chop the pepper and place
all in a salad bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and serve cold w/ the choppedcilantro on top.