A turn in time takes us back to the Summer of Love, where we meet these three musicians who are all about love, peace, happiness, and grooving to good tunes.
Even though they are busy rocking out to Strawberry Alarm Clock and sharing good vibes, they still take time out of their busy schedule to make tofu burgers and pass along the message of love and peace by participating in some protests and sit-ins.
I’m not going to tell you what W.D.W.Y.F.W stand for because it’s a bit rude.
Instead of painting the obligatory guitars often associated with hippies, I opted for the more obscure hurdy gurdy, an instrument I took up once out of simple curiosity. It’s a fascinating instrument that originated in the Holy Lands and was eventually brought back to Europe during the Crusades. My hurdy is now with my friend Wendy, who is probably getting more use out of it than I ever did.
Peace is the message, no matter what decade…or century…you’re in.
…and for utter Zen, here’s a little recipe for those enlightened few:
Yogi Tea Recipe
16 sticks of cinnamon (3″ long variety)
1 heaping TBSP of black peppercorns
2 level tsp of whole cloves
3 level TBSP of green cardamom pods.
2 2/3 cups of fresh ginger, chopped small
A small palm-full of black tea like English Breakfast or jasmine (or 6 teabags) for caffeine.
Bring 2 gallons and 1 quart of water to a boil in a stainless steel pot. When at boil, put in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, peppercorns, and ginger. The mixture will stop boiling. Keep the heat on high until it boils again and then lower the heat to a very slow rolling boil and cover the pot. Boil for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the flame and let the tea sit for 1 1/2 hours at least, but not more than 3 hours. Strain the spices out. Bring back to boil and throw in the tea leaves. Let steep for 2 minutes. Strain the tea leaves out.
The yogi tea liquid, called “raw” yogi tea, is then mixed to taste with whole raw milk. Use a ratio of 50% tea, 50% milk, but some of you may like it stronger. After adding milk, bring the mixed tea back up to a near boil. Sweeten with honey. Use 1/3 cup honey per gallon of mixed Yogi tea. For a special touch, add 1-2 tsp of vanilla extract per gallon of mixed tea.