Let the sunshine in! It’s a lazy Sunday and I am just trying to keep up with the Summer blog timeline. Who knew that the weekends could be totally free and then suddenly fill up in a blink of an eye. Okay it is more like a text, an email, a facebook event invite and even a phone call. Who makes those anymore? Apparently it still happens.
The time management skills of a ninja office pro are required to keep up with all the new ideas spinning around in my head and getting them digitally presentable. Lots of patio dining and appetizer parties to attend.
Taking this time is vital to relax, regroup and gather some thoughts before the next go round of ‘Ding Dong, Hi were are here’.
Chilling on the deck and basking in some sunshine reminded me of one of my summertime favourite drinks. Sun brewed tea. Now you need a bit of time to let it simmer in the rays, but the prep is oh so easy. It also justifies hanging onto that great big pickle jar! I always knew it would come in handy despite the Hubby giving it the thumbs down in the keep pile.
I tried something new this time because hey who likes to have the same old thing, right? Inspiration did come in a bit of a weird way. As you may know, or now you do – my house is lovingly over a 100 years old. Yup, it is a magical place filled with history, a ghost or two (things have calmed down now) and a variety of surprises still yet to be unveiled.
Seriously there are random things that just ‘appear’ that we have never before seen. After a brief family discussion it is determined that no one has seen that before and we add it to the list. So far there has been a red plastic miniature squirrel toy (circa 1950s?), a small silver owl far in the back between the fridge and the wall and old newspapers in the basement rafters.
Needless to say that when is came time to replace the deck there was an honest concern of ‘finding’ something else. Remember the movie Poltergeist? Maybe that just applies to swimming pools because thankfully nothing presented itself when we ripped up the boards.
Okay I have gotten a bit off topic, but the inspiration does come from within the house. Up the first flight of stairs there is a HUGE linen closet that has a old lock still in the door. I imagine that at one time it also probably housed some valuable silver along with spices and dried kitchen goods. One person in charge of the key and all that formality. We often take for granted the availability of the spice collection we have today. Tea and peppercorns were highly valued in days gone by. Locked up for special occasions and when company was coming. Prominent families would carefully store them literally under lock and key.
The kitchen also shows signs of days gone by. The servants entrance is still in use but is now mainly utilized by a little girl who goes out only to come back in the living room door(which was the dining room at one point in time). She makes the circuit of rushing in a circle, in one and out the other.
To celebrate the days gone by and the years that we currently live is a Sunday of reflection, slow brewed tea and the connection that we were once all under the same sun.
Peach Peppercorn Sun Brewed Iced Tea
Soak in the sun and enjoy this refreshing and easy to make sun-brewed tea.
- 3 white tea bags
- 2 Tbsp peppercorns
- 4 litres of water
- 4 fresh peaches, chopped
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- Fresh peach slices to garnish
Sun Brewed Tea
- In a large lidded jar that will hold 4 litres (I used a throughly cleaned and sterilized pickle jar) add the water, tea bags and peppercorns. Place the lid on top and let sit in full sun for 4-6 hours until steeped.
- While the tea is being sun brewed combine the chopped peaches, water and sugar in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- Reduce heat a let simmer for 20-25 minutes until the peaches are soft. Remove from heat and carefully as the mixture is hot swish the peaches with the back of a wooden spoon or potato masher.
- Pour the mixture into a fine mesh strainer over a heat proof bowl and let the syrup drain. Do not press down on the peaches as you want a clear syrup without any of the fruit flesh or pulp included.
- Once the tea is brewed, remove the tea bags and strain into a large glass pitcher to remove the peppercorns. Add in the peach syrup and stir. Serve in glasses filled with ice and enjoy.
- Store unused tea in the refrigerator.
Sun Brewed Tea