Jane Arie Baldwin

Personal Tools and Techniques for Unwinding

Category: Cooking

How to make an Invigorating Cup of Fresh Ginger Tea

Three reasons to drink ginger tea this winter:

#1  It’s incredible ability to help stimulate digestion

#2 It helps relieve winter colds and sore throats

#3 It relieves congestion and runny nose



5 cups purified water

3 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped

6 Tbsp raw sugar (or 5 Tbsp honey)

1/8 tsp black pepper

4 Tbsp lemon juice (or lime)

3 sprigs of mint (optional)


Bring water to a boil. Add ginger to water and sprigs of mint if desired. Turn down heat. Let boil gently at lower temperature for 5 minutes. Turn off heat, add desired sweetener and put the lid on the pot for 5 more minutes. Let rest without heat so flavors will meld.

Strain liquid into a heat resistant container or scoop out mint and most of the ginger with a slotted spoon. The second option will leave bits of ginger in the tea that you can chew on if you like. Then add citrus and black pepper.

Stir while thinking your favorite thoughts. Serve hot.


Make This Festive Holiday Recipe: Ultimate Cranberry Chutney


Festive Cranberry Chutney

1 bag cranberries

1 cup water

1 cup organic sugar

1/2 orange – juice and part of rind

3-5 cloves, crushed lightly

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground corriander

1/2 ground black pepper

2 stalks celery, fine chopped

1/2 onion, fine chopped

1/2 serrano pepper, sliced

1 Tbsp. olive oil

Cook cranberries, sugar, water and a few shavings of orange rind and juice from 1/2 orange. Boil for 10-15 mins uncovered.

Meanwhile, chop and then saute onion and celery in olive oil. Add cloves, cinnamon, corriander, black pepper, serrano pepper. Let flavors meld together for one minute then turn off heat and leave on stove.

Remove cranberries from heat. Stir in saute veggies and spices. Mixture may seem runny. It will congeal as it cools. 

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