Ovaltine, Ovomaltine

Did you know that Ovaltine was developed in Switzerland and its original name was ovaltine1924frenchad1Ovomaltine?  Nope, neither did I! In my youth I drank Ovaltine daily. As I grew older, the pull of caffeine got stronger and coffee and tea took its place.   After a recent panic attack where I lamented my aging body and worried that my bones were fast disintegrating, I embarked on a mission to get more calcium into my daily diet.

I have never found much joy in drinking a glass of plain milk, and there are only so many yogurts one person can eat in a day.  So I trawled the supermarket shelves to find something that would entice me to drink more milk and then I saw it: Ovaltine.  I had completely forgotten that it existed! And not only did I remember that Ovaltine delicious, but one glance at the nutrition label reminded me that it is pretty nutritious too: lots of vitamins and importantly, lots of calcium.

Then my mind started whirring, what else could I do with the GIANT container of Ovaltine I had just bought? Well, it turns out that with a little bit of imagination and a few google searches, you can doovaltine-vitamins much more than just add this to milk.  First of all, Ovaltine chocolate chip cookies.   Possibly the best cookies I have made in a while and gobbled up in record speed.  As well as serving my family members a glass of milk with a scoop of Ovaltine at any given moment, I also added a scoop to my daily oatmeal (ovalmeal), and sprinkled it on top of ice cream.  Other places where Ovaltine can, and should, be added: brownies, pudding, frosting, milkshakes.  The list goes on.

In conclusion, Ovaltine is delicious, add it to everything.  Also, re-discover something you used to love as a child.  And this post was not sponsored by Ovaltine.  Sadly.

The tea trials

Tea potMy whole life long I have been a tea lover. It started small when I was very young with a sip here and there of my parents’ weak, sweet, milky black tea. As I grew older, I drank the same tea of my own, gradually adding more and more sugar in my younger years and then becoming sensible and weaning myself off sugar altogether in my self-conscious teenage years. Every day from as long ago as I can remember, began with a cup of tea.

As much as I have always loved black tea with milk, it was not until Twinningsrecently that I have been able to enjoy (and not just tolerate) a cup of herbal tea. A friend’s mother used to always drink Twinings blackcurrant tea. I could never understand how something that smelled so good could taste so average. As the years have gone by and my caffeine tolerance has gotten lower and lower, I made it my mission to enjoy a cup of herbal tea and somehow I have made this work. At first I added just a touch of sweetener (honey or sugar) and this really helped to bring out the flavor in the tea. Now, I am proud to admit, I can drink a cup of chamomile tea straight with no sugar and no other flavoring, and thoroughly enjoy it.

Yesterday I hit a new milestone. I made homemade mint tea. I went into the yard, Mint-Tea-Recipeforaged for mint leaves, poured hot water over them, added honey, and let it steep. And that’s it! That’s tea! I refrigerated the concoction and served it to my family over ice later in the day (it was a hot one) and it was delicious. Now my mind is whirling with all the other tea possibilities: lavender tea from our lavender bush, combination herb tea from our herb garden, all served with or without lemon and sugar.  Oh, and I almost forgot to mention yesterday’s even more satisfying milestone: I drank a cup of blackcurrant tea. And thoroughly enjoyed it.