Mulled Orange Juice

When it’s cold, my go-to drinks are mulled wine (alcoholic) or Indian chai ( caffeine). I love both but I need a third option without stimulants like caffeine or alcohol.

My neighbour gave me a mix of oranges, tangerines and mandarins (I haven’t figured out how to tell them apart).

What else do it have in the kitchen? Cloves and cinnamon. Dug out some ginger from the garden. I can make a mulled orange juice.

Recipe

  • 500ml orange juice
  • 3cm in length of ginger (or 6 inches if very young fresh ginger)
  • 3 cloves
  • 3cm in length of cinnamon bark
  • 100ml water

Add ginger, cloves, crushed ginger and cinnamon into water, bring to boil or start to smell the aroma of the spices. Add the orange juice and bring to boil, simmer in low heat for a further 5 minutes and it is ready.

Sunflower fields forever

These happy flowers brighten up the mood even on a grey misty day like today.

I can’t help marvel at nature’s ingenious design. Look at the petals and the meticulous patterns in each bloom. They really do follow the sun. This morning the flowers were facing towards the sea, which is where the sun rises and these photos were taken in the afternoon and they have changed direction to chase the setting sun.

Basking in the winter sun

Today is the second time I see live snake in our property. It’s a gorgeous sunny day today, and this little one decided to get some sun.  It is a non-poisonous South Snake (南蛇).

Here’s a description of this snake, Ptyas mucosus, in English. 

Here’s a description in Chinese 

  • Snake basking in winter sun
    Snake basking in winter sun

Magical evening

A magical evening in Taitung.

Naked House. Pacific Ocean. Full moon. Seafood gumbo. Wine and chocolate. Bonfire and blanket. Fireflies. Engaging conversations and “Where were you twenty years ago?”

Sundowner

剛調好一杯Sundowner 輕調酒,準備敬自己努力的一天。抬頭一看,火焰紅的天空美極了。火燒雲的天空,就是那一瞬間,5分鐘。
Time for a sundowner. Amaretto Sour is perfect for this amazing sunset. 

Kuo Yen Fu, the artist

參加台東美術館十週年晚會,這位先生找座位來到我們這一桌,他說在台東美術館駐村,我以為是位原住民藝術家!

週一在我家,他在大陽台面對太平洋畫畫,我在旁邊daybed吹著太平洋的風做自己的事。好美好自在。我們彼此都記下那畫面。

郭彥甫這週開始在台東美術館駐村三週,現場會準備大畫布及大量的顏料,邀請公眾一起來上色,共創一幅「台東人畫的」作品。

台東的朋友,或是中秋連假去台東渡假的朋友,別錯過這個參與創作的機會。