Thursday, May 17, 2012

Anna Sultana's Queen Elizabeth Barley Water Drink for Skin Care

Ma's Queen Elizabeth Cake is becoming popular.
Guess everyone wants to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee.
Well, it is easier - and cheaper - to bake a cake, than to fly to London.

When Prince Charles and Lady Diana got married, lots of folks baked something fitting, such as scones, to have something proper to munch while watching the fun on the telly.
Same thing happened when William and Kate got married.
It is an easy and cheap way to feel like part of the fun.

Back to those care packages from Malta...
There was also a recipe for Barley Water.
Apparently Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, along with the Queen Mum, 
drank this regularly.
It was supposed to help them keep their lovely complexions.
No Clinique in those days.

Now before you laugh Barley Water off, consider this:
I also enjoy this drink.
I just turned 62.
A couple of weeks ago I went to buy something to remove a small age spot.
The beautician asked what line of skin care products I use.
Clinique, Olay, Nivea? 
Nope.  Just Vaseline lotion for dry skin.
She was surprised.

Could there be something in the barley water that boosts Vaseline's power to 
the level of Clinique's?

Barley Water can't hurt.
And it's really easy and cheap.
Something that I like.
Something that would also appeal to Queen Elizabeth II, a fellow Taurus.

                        Queen Elizabeth Barley Water

In a dutch oven place
1/2 Cup pearl barley
2 1/2 Quarts boiling water
Cover and simmer 1 hour.

2 lemons
6 oranges
Squeeze and keep the juice, including the pulp.
Discard the rinds of 1 lemon and 4 oranges.
Slice the rinds of the remaining 1 lemon and 2 oranges.

Strain the water from the barley into a bowl.
the sliced rinds
3/4 Cup sugar (brown or white), more or less
Cool liquid.
Strain into a pitcher.
Add the fruit juice.

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