Sunday, September 27, 2015

West Coast Cruising . Chocolate Sampling. River Basin Meditation

It has still been ridiculously hot in the Spice Isle and this Saturday the remedy was a trip to the river. The river we chose to visit is one in St. Mark near the Diamond Estate Chocolate Factory. We jumped into my little adventure mobile, lovingly called Eggplant or Eggy for short (on account of its funky colour) and headed up the scenic west coast which allows you to have a beautiful sea view all the way to Victoria, St. Mark. I asked my partner to do the driving because I wanted to be able to capture the experience. 

Fontenoy, St. George

Gouyave, St.  John 
Once we got off the main road just before the town of Victoria we headed up Diamond Street which eventually led us to the Diamond Estate Chocolate Factory. We had no choice but to stop at the factory when we saw that they were open. We were not able to do an impromptu tour but the chocolate samples and gift shop more than made up for  that.

Diamond Chocolate Factory, the makers of Jouvay Chocolate 
Samples Samples Samples!!!!

The gift shop was stocked with chocolate bars of varying percentages of cocoa concentration and varieties of flavours and textures and sizes (including a 2 lbs bar for the extreme chocolate lovers). My personal favourite was the 60 % with nutmeg flavour, it must be the Grenadian in me that would gravitate to the nutmeg (whispers...Respect the Nutmeg). Also on sale were cocoa nibs, cocoa tea balls and pure cocoa butter. It was a small slice of cocoa heaven!

Pure Cocoa Nibs and Cocoa Tea Balls 
2 lbs Chocolate Bars, they were bigger than my head!
Just lush pure green goodness, you can't help but feel at peace when you are here. 
Baby Cocoa Pod 

All the ingredients for the chocolate bar I loved so much were growing just a few minutes drive from the factory. Talk about knowing where your food comes from!

Finally, the River basin I would soak in for about two hours. 
All of Grenada's Prime Ministers to date painted on a wall in Victoria, St. Mark 
Yoga Babe Dawnelle is back in the Spice Isle and ready for Soul Adventures!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Grenada Soul Adventurer Kitchen: Lemon Grass Ice Tea

Lately it has been unbearably hot in Grenada. It is the kind of heat  that makes me want to move into my fridge and consume copious amounts of ice lollies while in there! 

Last Sunday at yoga I had a delicious lemongrass limeade. It was so good I decided I needed to make my own rendition, the tea version...but of course! 

One of the things I love about living in Grenada is that most people have some sort of vegetation growing around their house. Luckily all the ingredients I needed were ready to pick straight from my yard. This way I know that with the exception of the sugar (which you can easily replace with honey or whatever other sweetener you desire) all my ingredients are fresh, organic and good for me.  This ice tea is packed with all sorts of goodness, especially from the superfood moringa which I added just for its impressive nutrient content (google it! It is amazing what this stuff packs). 

Anyhow on to the ingredients: 

6 leaves of lemon grass 
3 limes 
sugars/sweetener to taste
2 teaspoons moringa 

I used a standard sized juice jug, added all the ingredients and filled it about 3/4 way with hot water.  I let it steep for a few hours, the longer you steep the more the benefits from the ingredients infuse into your tea. Once the water has cooled to about room temperature you can fish out all the leaves and add ice or just store the tea in the fridge. I opted to leave all the ingredients in the jug and strain the tea for each individual cup.  

I found this tea to have a nice mellow flavour and it was very refreshing. If you like your tea to be more fruity I would advise adding more limes or even other citrus fruits. Its a pretty free style endeavour and almost anything goes as far as I am concerned.

Let me know if you tried this recipe or any version of it. Did you enjoy it as much as I did? 

Cheers (don't forget the eye contact)

Grenada Soul Adventurer