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Lemon Curd

This is a healthy version of a recipe we adapted from Ina Garten. We use honey instead of the sugar to make it healthier, and to make it thick enough, we add 4 teaspoons of arrowroot powder to the sauce before it begins to thicken.


Recipe:

3-4 lemons (depending on the size)
3/4 cup sugar (we use honey or agave nectar)
1 stick butter
4 large eggs
1/2 – 3/4 cup lemon juice from the lemons
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons arrowroot powder (optional – use only if you are using honey or agave nectar instead of sugar)


Directions

Grate the lemon peel off of the lemons, being careful to avoid the white pith. Set the lemons aside and put the peel in a small bowl. Add the sugar or honey and mix together.

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and beat in the sugar and lemon mixture. Add the eggs, 1 at a time and mixing well in between each one, the lemons and the salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a saucepan and cook over the lowest heat setting on your stove, stirring constantly for about 2 minutes, or until mixture is almost hot. If you are using the honey or agave nectar, whisk in the arrowroot powder at this point. Continue stirring every 30 seconds for about 8 more minutes, or until the mixture starts to thicken (it should thicken at about 170 degrees F.).

As soon as the mixture has thickened, remove it from the heat. Chill.

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Garlic Tea

Garlic tea is most comforting when your head is stuffy and spinning. You’re not really supposed to taste the garlic. It’s only there to help you get better. But there is plenty of lemon and honey to make this medicinal tea taste cozy and soothing.

We prefer to put the garlic through the blender, but feel free to grate or press it too.

Boil 12 oz water and pour it into the blender. Add 1-3 cloves of peeled, fresh garlic. Blend on high for 30 seconds or so. Then pour it into a mug.

Squeeze the juice of one lemon, adding it to your ‘tea.’

Sweeten to taste with honey and stir in a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

The cayenne is surprisingly soothing to a sore throat, but it has another purpose in this recipe. Cayenne greatly aids circulation, and in this tea, it helps to deliver the healing properties of the garlic, quickly and effectively, to the places it’s needed most.

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