"Do you have any plans for lunch today?" asked my friend Vivian.
"No, I don't have any" I blurted even if I was in the middle of cleaning.
"I just cooked up a storm and I was wondering if you'd like to come over"
Cooked up a storm??? "I'll be there in an hour" came my instant reply.
Let's be honest. There are times when friends invite you for an impromptu meet up and our perfidious mind would fabricate excuses to avoid going. We are caught up with our own fictional "busy world" that we cannot afford to lose a few hours of connecting with friends. But chilax, impromptu get-togethers usually end up wonderfully. Saying "yes" to Vivian turned out to be one fine afternoon; enjoyable, fun and relaxed. Amidst laughter and heartwarming convos, we both knew that we should do "lunch" on a regular basis from now on.
Cayenne Spiked Autumn Tea
I understand, one of the hesitations of saying yes to an invite on the fly is not having anything to give. I myself wouldn't want to appear at my friends' door step empty handed. But don't be caught up with this because bringing simple things are equally appreciated. In my case, with just an hour to finish my chore of cleaning, showering and making something, uh well I had to make something quick.
I've been making beverages of tea at gatherings so I thought I'd make a jar to bring. It was a cold Autumn day, so I spiked the tea with cayenne powder, to give it a kick. And true enough, even when the beverage was served cold, the contrast of the hot spice of cayenne made a perfect beverage for a chilly October afternoon lunch.
5 individual tea bags
5 cups water
2 pcs (thumb size) ginger peeled and pressed
3 pcs. dried orange peel
3 pcs dried lemon peel
2 tbsp agave syrup
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
In a kettle, mix all the first five ingredients together. Brew for about 5 minutes or until the water boil. Cover the kettle and let it cool. Stir in orange juiuce, agave syrup and cayenne powder. Please adjust to taste.
Pour it over a glass with iced cubes. Garnish with apple slices. Enjoy!
Thanks Vivian, and I'll see you next month!
I love impromptus. They always work out to be the best get-togethers. And like you, I hate to arrive on someone's doorstep empty handed xxReplyDelete
I'm so glad we're on the same page Charlie. I hope you are having a great start of the week.Delete
I just commented on your page and I forgot to mention that I wish we were neighbors so I could have a special beverage like this too. But thanks for the reminder that friends are blessings.
That would be lovely. I like having an afternoon tea or lunch with friends like you. Thank you for the blog love Helena.Delete
Really great thing to bring! So warming for autumn day!ReplyDelete
Lovely to see you Medeja... thank you!Delete
I resent those times I said no to impromptus. Now I would be more open but I think my friends got me off their list to lunch with? LOL!ReplyDelete
I don't think so, sometimes life gets in the way really. Keep working on it, you'll get there hihi!ReplyDelete
oooh, I love these impromptu dates!!! looking forward to our next one NFF and Vivian! :-)ReplyDelete
It is so nice to be thought of this way and have lunch with a friend. I am sure your delicious tea was enjoyed with a good friend and good food. blessings dear. Catherine xoReplyDelete
hi ms. malou,ReplyDelete
as always, your posts never fail to inspire me... a friend recently invited me for an impromptu "date" sa pansitan in the middle of a very busy week, and reading your post warmed my heart for having said "yes" to a spur-of-the-moment get-together...
may more friends be blessed with the kind of friendship you share with yours...
hi ms. malou,ReplyDelete
as always, your posts never fail to inspire and affirm... a friend of mine recently invited me for an impromptu date at the pansitan in the middle of a very busy sem-end week. Reading your post warmed my heart and made me glad for having said yes to a spur-of-the-moment get-together...
may more friends be blessed with the kind of friendship you share with yours... <3
Lol I thought I saw apple in there! Great idea to give the hint of warming spice with the cayenne, it must have been a great match with the tea, citrus and apple flavors.ReplyDelete
What a lovely treat to bring to any fun outing! Looks like your friend was very happy:-) Yum, Hugs, TerraReplyDelete