It's April and there's snow falling outside. It started again yesterday and, more than likely, plans on continuing into tomorrow. As grateful as I am for the moisture it seems to be wreaking havoc with my "Spring" ideas. The "clean up and clear out" part of this season seems a distant thought. Crawling into a warm, fur-lined nook by the fire with a good book sounds better. Much better.
As a distraction, on this otherwise non-spring day, I thought I'd give you an update on the fire cider we started a few months back. The big daddy loved the whole idea of this recipe and the uses for this magical stuff. Or was it the super spicy stuff he got to put in it? He will never say, though I have my suspicions.
This fire cider may very well be magic. It seems to prevent and cure all. This wet, cold, snowy season of Spring seems the perfect time to have our first batch ready to test. Yes, we have started other batches as it takes a good four to eight weeks to brew. This past weekend was the first sampling. I'll admit, I was scared. How spicy would it be? Would I be able to take it and still convince my children to try it even if I'm hopping around the kitchen on fire? What in the world would it taste like?
Well, it's good! Spicy. Vinegar-y. A burn in your throat kind of wonderful. Similar to Kombucha only with a kick. We love it. At least the two oldest and the two youngest do. My five year old asked, "if he would be able to breathe fire afterwards"? Um,(parental decision moment)....absolutely! I felt like I was breathing fire, so why not? We have since re-named it affectionately "Dragon Fire".
If you are strong of heart and up for a challenge I suggest you put together some of this concoction. There are many ways to make it your own. More spicy. Less spicy. Amanda added honey, cayenne, and turmeric to different batches that they made. I suppose anything that sounds good to you would work...maybe not chocolate.
But, then again....