Using the Sun for Fun

Not everything you eat has to be cooked on the stove, our better yet a microwave. Instead, why not harness the power of the sun and reduce your carbon footprint in the process?   This recipe can be done anytime of the year, all that’s needed is a quiet, indoor sunny warm spot.

You may have already tried one of the other popular Green Blizzard carbon free, sun powered recipes such as the refreshing Green Blizzard Sun Tea Recipe; perhaps its time for a few sweet treats. How about making your own BRANDY SYRUP?

Its an easy, carbon free way to create a delicious cherry flavored brandy syrup kissed by the sun that will be sure to keep you warm over the colder months. Its versatile and can be used on top of practically any dessert, or as a key ingredient. You can use try your own experiments and use raspberries, blackberries, etc.

Ingredients: Brandy, One pound of fresh cherries, 1 cup of sugar, 2 cinnamon sticks, 12 cloves

Procedure: Combine the cherries, cinnamon, and cloves into a pan. Add 2 cups of regular brandy. Bring contents of pan to a boil, cook for 2-3 minutes while gently stirring. Remove and drain through a cheese cloth(to remove cloves, cherries ). Put back into the same cherry jar with the lid slightly ajar, and leave in the sun for 1 to 8 weeks – check on it weekly. The sun will create a decadent heavy syrup which can be used for all sorts of things. Our preference – ice cream, especially vanilla.

Save the cherries, these are now tender and delicious (careful of the pits) and these too make a great snack or dessert, just by themselves.

John-R-Garnett-Picture1-150x150Other Green Blizzard insights on healthy, organic eating, that producing less carbon in their production and distribution and therefore reducing your carbon footprint: , Carbon Impact of Meats,  Coolest Kid at the Lunch Table,  Growing Basil – Enviro Benefits


About the author

John R. Garnet

John's work in the energy market fostered his interest in the environment. He recently completed his graduate work at George Mason University, But more interestingly, John has a passion for food and cooking and to provides some light-hearted tips to make people's lives greener while enjoy the good life with everyday practical tips from brewing tea, growing basil, or drinking raw milk.