Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Goji Berry Ice-T & Damn tasty muffins!

I found this package of Himalayan organic gogi berries at the Co-op, and couldn't resist trying something new. They taste good and have a unique flavor and texture - a little like a fig, only the size of a raisin, but not as plump.

I like them even more after reading the health benefits. Goji berries are considered to be one of the world's most nutrient rich fruit. Virtually unknown to the West until recently, Goji are rich in anti-aging agents, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Gogi contains more beta carotene than carrots do and more iron than spinach does. They are also rich in minerals, other vitamins including C & E. Next, I want to throw them in breads & muffins, smoothies, cereal, salad, and soup. Oh, the possibilities!



My goji tea:
1 bag cold brew ice tea
lemon slice
handful goji berries
couple swirls agave nectar
couple swigs pomegranate juice

Yeaah, I finally tried a recipe from Damn Tasty! These are 'Blueberry Streusel Muffins' and they would be fantastic with the tea above, or coffee, or water, or any beverage, or on their own! These muffins were such a treat, and the fresh blueberries only made them that much better. Any suggestions for the next recipe to try? Thanks for signing my book, Kris! :)

Today I pulled out the sewing machine and my plan is to make an anniversary quilt. I found some jean material 50% off for the back, and I plan to use the material I've accumulated for the squares. If you need me, that's where I'll be....

19 comments:

Kati said...

Ooh those muffins look so good! I am jealous of those plump fresh blueberries. Goji tea also sounds intriguing - I snack on them all the time, but that's about the extent of my goji eating.

Johanna3 said...

those muffins looks so good and the tea too!

maybepigscanfly said...

I've been hearing that goji berries are good for you, but more iron than spinach and more beta carotene than carrots!!! Now those sure are a nutritional powerhouse. II can't wait to see what else you do with them.

Those muffins sure do look good.

Good luck with the quilt!

urban vegan said...

I was just looking at Goji berries yesterday....what a great idea. And I lov eyour coaster. Did you make it?

Vivacious Vegan said...

The little hand, in the back of the photo, snagging a blueberry struesel muffin cracks me up!

KleoPatra said...

Sew cool, Vicki, your upcoming anniversary quilt! Cannot wait to see that...

Those streusel muffins, with FRESH blueberries, really tempt my palate. i have been a huge fan of streusel forever.. and could that be any cuter, the little hand going in for one of them? Hee hee. That's a great photo, Vicki.

The tea you made, on that circular glass holder, is so pretty, all the health benefits are just proverbial ice in the glass. Gojis... gotta get some of them!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Yummy looking muffins, I wish that was my hand grabbing one!
I have been tempted to buy goji berries as well. Although they are pretty pricey, sounds like nutrition-wise they are worth it!
Have fun making the quilt, I wish I was crafty enough to do things like that. Can't wait to see it!

Tanya Kristine said...

such talent! to make a quilt? i can't even make a pillow.

those muffins do look good. esepcialy since i just had 2 nutrisystem muffins...not QUITE the same, i'd imagine.

i used to by Noni juice too...that's highly nutritious as well. goji berries are good.

laura jesser said...

The tea and the muffins both look incredible! I've never tried goji berries--I'll have to check them out. Our co-op is amazingly decked out with everything I could have ever imagined so I'm sure I'll be able to find some!

stonielove said...

yes! it's an awesome timing! i have pounds of goji berries and was wondering what to do with them! thank you :)

The Vegan Zombie Tofu said...

everything looks delish as usual!! anyhoo how r u doing? bye for now.. have a good weekend!
~kunsjoi

Veg-a-Nut said...

Yum! I have wanted to try the berries, but they are pretty pricey in my neck of the woods. I have read up on the benefits and it is amazing the healing and health qualities they have.

Those muffins look fantastic. I have yet to get that cookbook.

Have fun making your quilt. Sounds like where I would love to be.

bazu said...

That tea sounds excellent! What a clever idea for goji berries- I have to admit, I don't really like them out of hand.
I can't wait to try the blueberry muffins from DTV- everyone who's tried them raves over them.
I would say, definitely try the boston creme pie or banana bread next. The boston creme is surprisingly light, not too heavy or sweet. And the banana bread is endlessly flexible. Once I added an extra banana and forgot to add milk. Once I used a muffin tin instead of a loaf pan. Once I subbed whole wheat flour. It always comes out!

Oh, the quilt sounds like such a cool idea. If you're taking a break from it sometime, come over to my blog- I tagged you!

elle said...

I've got to get some of those powerful berries-thanks for the reminder!

vko said...

yum- those muffins looke tasty!

And you just reminded me to get back into the Goji berries- I put them in salads or cook them up with quinoa & cashews.

turquoise cro said...

I've never heard of Goji but I will be looking for them now! Can't wait to seeeeeeeeeeeee the Quilt!!

stonielove said...

yay! goji berries! i have tons of them, so i appreciate learning anything i can do with them! apricots are my favorite fruits!

Human Performance said...

Where do I get them Goji berries gang?

Rony said...

That is nice but can you let me know that my grand father, he is about 60's can take this tea? Is it will be harmful to him or not? Goji Juice