I originally meant this to be just a short little weekend post on this lovely jujube tea that Bowl #2’s mom introduced me to recently. But then we had one very interesting morning, and, you know, the internet is for sharing. So here’s what happened…
First thing in the morning, I thoroughly burn three of my fingers by grabbing my hot straightener by accident while getting ready for church (didn’t I say that I burn myself with my hair appliances on a regular basis? Called it.) Next, I’m running around doing my makeup with my left hand and clutching ice in my right. Next, I’m awkwardly in mass, holding an ice pack in my lap that’s beginning to drip and run alarmingly into my dress and between my legs. Next, it melts, and I start feeling woozy because I didn’t eat breakfast (see burned hand) and ow, now I’m in a lot of pain (see same hand). And finally. I faint. Yep, I faint in church. (This must happen to more people than me. I’m telling myself that. Also, I have low blood pressure.) Bowl #2 and his tiny mom carry me out of church, and thus ends my very first mass in Hawaii.
So, that happened! Slightly mortifying, but no harm done. (I’m not sure how to show my face in that church again, but … never mind that.) And if you, like me, are in need of some unwinding on a Sunday afternoon after things have gone kind of awry, here’s the short recipe for a lovely, soothing, and easy tea that is perfect for wounded dignities (and sore throats, more practically). It won’t do much for burned fingers, but there’s only so much you can ask of tea.
Red Date and Cinnamon Tea
Simply bring 3-4 cups of water to boil, add two sticks of dried cinnamon and 2-3 dried red dates (jujubes, or 紅棗 in Chinese), and let simmer for 10-15 minutes. Just before serving, add sweetener of your choice (we used agave nectar, but any sugar or honey will work). Enjoy hot or let cool, then drink with ice cubes.
I hope you all are having wonderful and healthy Sundays. Thank you so much for reading!