Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Sleepy Tea

This was another component of my installation Un Lugar Donde Comer Sopa. The tea (infusion, actually, since no parts of the tea plant are involved) contains ginger, red poppy petals, and hops, and relaxes or depresses your digestive system, circulatory system, and higher brain function. In other words, it's guaranteed to make you dopey. So don't use it every day. This recipe makes a lot (I was counting on giving it to about 20 people), so modify accordingly.

  • 3 quarts of water
  • 3 to 4 inches of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1/2 cup dried red poppy petals
  • 3/4 cup dried hops
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • um, a kitchen
  • a strainer
1. Add the ginger and water to a large pot and bring to a boil for about 10 minutes.
2. Add the hops and poppies and allow to boil another 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Turn off heat and steep 15 to 20 minutes.
4. The hops are bitter, and the ginger is hot, so you really might want to add some sugar.

Options: Remember, hops are a frontal lobe depressant, so don't use them with any kind of regularity. The amounts and proportions here are infinitely fudgable, so adapt them to your needs and/or palate.

Did you know that hops are in the Cannabaceae?

1 comment:

  1. I kind of want this to help me fall asleep. I also want you to start posting on this blog again. So does my friend Dallin. I sent him the link earlier.