My sister, Primrose, and I grew up with amazingly hard working parents. It was such an inspiration for us to see how successful a person can be if they dream to achieve, but it could be hard when work kept them out for sometimes days at a time. More often than not they would have to depart at the drop of a hat, so Prim and I would be left to dig through the kitchen and find our next meal.
It may sound tough, but I have so many fond memories of our terrible and messy concoctions- and let’s not forget all those cuts and burns- due to the freedom of getting to explore our culinary arts! The best part of it all was that by the time I turned 14 I had become a rather accomplished chef. I think that is part of what inspired me to start a lifestyle blog- so I could share all the amazing and unique recipes I’ve able to come up with over the years.
So since this blog is the start of our journey together, I thought I should take a moment to introduce all of our readers (how are there so many of you already?!) to one of my sister’s and my most cherished recipes: Spice Drawer Tea.
We first came up with SDTea (our cute little nickname for it) when my sister was crying relentlessly because she missed our parents and was afraid they would never be coming back (I know, what a drama queen! I swear she’s still just as dramatic- Love you Prim!). To try and quiet her down I promised her I would make the best hot chocolate she had ever tasted… unfortunately for me our mother believed that chocolate was the work of the devil and refused to keep any in the house!
So what’s a girl to do?
Well I opened up the spice drawer- which I knew made food taste better- and figured there had to be something in there that would work as a substitute. Little did I know I was on to something magnificent.
Our first attempt at SDTea was disgusting. We picked our herbs and spices at random and our water wasn’t near hot enough. Can you imagine, a lukewarm cup of oregano and salt that we had to choke on to get down? Just plain awful!
Luckily for us our second batch was much more on key- a steaming and relaxing blend of kitchen bits and bobs. Since then we’ve been perfecting our recipe and have ended up with our top two favorite mixes. I hope you all love them as much as we do.
1 tbsp dried parsley
1 tsp Oregano
3 tsp Basil
1 tbsp Curry Powder
1 tsp powdered mustard
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
1 pinch salt
Both recipes are so simple- just add your ingredients to a tea steeper and combine with just hot water. Primrose and I like strong tea so we let it sit for about 30-45 seconds before removing. We prefer not to add milk or sugar as it takes away from the natural flavors of the SDTea.
Fun tip: Add a tablespoon of frozen veggies to your tea while it steeps for a quick and easy snack.