12 cloves whole
4 cinnamon sticks (broken to release the essence)
6 cracked cardamom pods
a long thin strip of lemon zest
8 tsps. loose black tea leaves or herbs: lemongrass, lemon verbena or lemon balm*
1/2 cup sugar / honey / 6 crushed stevia leaves (either/or optional)
a pinch of black pepper
*Option: lemongrass, lemon verbena and lemon balm together
Put cloves, cinnamon, cardamom, zest and pinch of pepper onto the center of a piece of rinsed cheesecloth. Gather into a bundle and tie with cleaned colorless string.
Pour 8 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Add spice bundle and loose tea or herbs (add stevia to loose tea/herbs if you desire a natural sweet). Remove from heat; cover and steep for 10 minutes.
Discard spice bundle and strain. If you have a sweet tooth, this is the time to add honey or sugar; stir until dissolves; let cool. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. Serve over ice*, garnished with lemon slices.
*As to not dilute the brew - after the tea has cooled pour a portion of it into ice cube trays and freeze. These iced tea cubes will keep your cold brew chilled and full-bodied.
Many of us take to page and pen, naturally; when we want to express an overwhelming emotion - anger, sorrow, a moment of joy, love. Or when we wish to place Memory in a cage so that it won't be swept away by receding waters of Time. Some of us use the page and pen to reshape or wrestle with situations or events.
Although, we turn to writing instinctively, it is not innate. Writing is a skill that must be practiced and nurtured - not for us to necessarily become poets but for us to deliberately take part in our becoming.
Each one of us jots down thoughts in her/his own a particular way - some jot punching a keyboard onto a computer screen; some jot thought with pencil or pen onto blank of lined pages, others jot using colors or not onto a drawing pad. Personally, I prefer pencil to blank page - lines confine and may even disrupt my caravans of thought.
With a tall glass of Spiced Iced Tea. Sit down in your favorite chair, relax and read, then have your hand and mind at the following recipe.
Rough and Raw Writing Recipe
jotting implement of choice
facing window (optional)
Sit comfortably. Facing a window (optional) Close your eyes and take a deep deep breath. Hold it for a count of three then exhale. Repeat two more times. Relax. When you are ready, take your jotting implement in hand and write. You may rant or rage, scream or wage a war of words on your World of Here and Now, let off steam or dream, fantasize or dramatize, walk your words or lead them. Wherever they flow is the direction to go.
Don't stop to chop a word of sentence. Don't arrange or organize the page and no erasing. Just let your thoughts flow and congeal for 15 minutes. If a thought does not congeal, rewrite your last word over and over again until one cakes.