Welcome Distractions: The Friday Five
Heres a little known fact about Tata Harper Skincare: every Monday, Wednesday and Friday our entire team meets in the morning to go over major updates and happenings at the farm. At the end of our mini meets, we always have a little known fact and often its about things we have a shared affinity for; like food, history, animals, food and more food. This team loves their recipes and treats and this mornings fact was, like many others, was about sweets seems appropriate with Halloween just a week away! Jon, who heads up our product manufacturing and research development team, informed us that “souling” is the Medieval Christian prelude to “Trick-or-Treating”. On November 1st (Hallomas), the poor would go door-to-door to pray for their sick or dead in exchange for soul cakes. Each soul cake eaten would represent a soul being freed from Purgatory. The soul cakes were usually filled with Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. They sound magical to say the least, but even with all its powers, Id still make trades for Justin’s peanut butter cups. So Im thinking about sugar (obviously) so this weeks Friday Distractions are a mix of confectionery delights and other sweet indulgences. Happy snacking and Happy Early Halloween!
Fresh Pressed Sweet Potato Juice
Sweet potatoes? Yes. Dont worry; well get to the good stuff soon. I have learned a lot about nutrition by nature of my new-found Vermont surroundings and really bright people I have met through Tata Harper Skincare. Vermonters know A LOT about quality, organic food and the local food movement culture here has inspired me to read many books, blogs and articles I wouldnt have otherwise been interested in about gastroenterology, micro-nutrients and juicing. I’m enormously grateful for that as it’s changed my life in a short time. Yes, juicing can help you lose a pound or two and thats one of the reasons its becoming increasingly more mainstream but juicing daily is one of the most powerful ways to detoxify and purify the bodys major organs. You might have checked out my watermelon juice recipe this past summer. Since my favorite fruit is no longer in season, Ive been enjoying this fresh press with oranges, lemon, apples and seasonally fresh sweet potatoes. Check the blog again soon because well be sharing the complete recipe plus our other favorites.
The Open Lab Garden Flower Cocktail
Its 5:00 somewhere. It is here in Vermont as I write this. These are the cocktails we shared with guests at our Open Lab event in July. If youre looking for a tart and tasty libation to kick off the weekend, look no further! This lime and hibiscus syrup infused cocktail can be made festive for Fall by substituting the bright flowers in the ice cubes for cranberries or bright orange and gold blooms.
Here’s the recipe:
Sweet, refreshing, just a little bit tart, and zesty as you’d expect it to be. It’s kind of the quintessential cocktail for an evening under the stars on the farmat the very least, it’s an easy one to recreate the magic of Open Lab and share with friends at home.
- 2 oz. seltzer
- 1 dash of syrup from P&H soda company
- 1.5 oz gin
- .5 oz cognac
- .75 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
- Orange garnish
- Tatas garden flower ice cubes
You can also check out more photos from the event HERE.
Jungle Cookies from Stone Soup
Our office is about an hour away from Burlington, which is home of two of my favorite restaurants; Hen of the Wood for dinner and Stone Soup for a quick lunch before a photo-shoot with our local photographers. The dishes change daily based on what is seasonally available but they always have a delicious selection of homemade, warm chocolate chip cookies to drool over near the checkout. How convenient (Dear Stone Soup, please move them!) Wondering what’s inside one of their famous Jungle Cookies? Chocolate chip, pecans, raisins and coconut. Danger.
Vermont Farm and Table, Downtown Burlington
Heres another local spot I love. Vermont Farm and Table located in Downtown Burlington on South St might be every food bloggers dream materialized. The company is dedicated to creating well-balanced, handcrafted solid wood furniture and kitchen tools and accents using a blend of reclaimed materials, balanced proportions, and non-toxic finishes. These are pieces you’ll have forever and this store will take you breath away as it did mine (and I dont even cook!) but Hannah from our wholesale team recently convinced me I need to start, simply by being a phenom in the kitchen. Before I take up cooking Ill want to grab a couple pieces from this incredible shop. P.S you can peruse their goods online!
Well be traveling to New York on Monday for meetings as well as a speaker series Tata will be hosting at the Birchbox office. No matter what neighborhood I stay in, I always make a point to head to the Lower East Side to visit Alex Cao, photographer, artist and friend of the farm. Its always especially sweet too see him because his studio is around the corner from my favorite bakery in NYC, Babycakes. Im sure theyll dream up something spectacular for Halloween and I can’t wait to see Alex and his team.
Looking forward to the Holiday,