The Melameds do things a little differently, ushering in the New Year alone in the Negev in front of a windblown campfire and a partial eclipse of the moon.
The New Year started with endless possibilities, a view to eternity and in the company of my favorite people in the world.
But I did forget my pillow and found it impossible to sleep cramped in the little tent so by the time we arrived home I felt my body’s defence give way. When my friend Gayle, who writes a food blog called Kosher Camembert, arrived, I was already sounding like a frog but coming from smoggy Cairo she wasn’t sounding much better. While she was here we drank lots of herbal tea the perfect antidote for a sore throat and went ahead with our plans of visiting the shuk in Ramle and Bet Guvrin National Park.
One of the many herbal teas we drank.
Calling my brother and father to show them the wild Micromeria (Zuta levana in Hebrew) but clearly they are not interested
In addition to these plants cinnamon, rose petals, cardamom, orange peels, lemon grass, rosemarie, crushed walnuts and almonds can also be used to make herbal infusions.
What’s your favorite herbal tea?