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Saint of the day:
Prophet Aaron's Story
According to the Abrahamic religions, Aaron[note 1] (/ˈærən/ or /ˈɛərən/; Hebrew: אַהֲרֹן ’Ahărōn) was a prophet, high priest, and the elder brother of Moses. Knowledge of Aaron, along with his brother Moses, comes exclusively from religious texts, such as the Bible and Quran. The Hebrew Bible relates that, unlike Moses, who grew up in the Egyptian royal court, Aaron and his elder sister Miriam remained with their kinsmen in the eastern border-land of Egypt (Goshen). When Moses first confronted the Egyptian king about the Israelites, Aaron served as his brother's spokesman ("prophet") to the Pharaoh. Part of the Law given to Moses at Sinai granted Aaron the priesthood for himself and his male descendants, and he became the first High Priest of the Israelites. Aaron died before the Israelites crossed the North Jordan river and he was buried on Mount Hor (Numbers 33:39; Deuteronomy 10:6 says he died and was buried at Moserah). Aaron is also mentioned in the New Testament of the Bible
Tomb of Aaron
Wadi Musa, Jordan
A mint-lemon drink like no other, Limonana is the national drink of Jordan. Served at most restaurants, this refreshing drink is found is most Middle Eastern countries. A fat bunch of spearmint, whole peeled lemons, sugar and tons of ice are blended for a good length of time until it turns into an icy slush. It is intensely minty, like a lemonade with 500x the zing.
1/2 cup sugar (or more to taste)
1 3/4 cups water (divided)
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 cups ice
1 cup fresh mint leaves
6 mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and sugar.
Heat over medium, whisking constantly, till the sugar dissolves. Let the water cool to room temperature.
In a blender, combine the sugar water, fresh lemon juice, ice, fresh mint leaves and 3/4 cup of water.
Pulse for a few seconds, then blend for 1 minute till the ice is thoroughly crushed and the drink takes on the texture of a thick slushy. Taste. This recipe produces a mildly sweet limonana, which is the way I like it. Some people like it sweeter. Add sugar to taste, if desired, and blend again.
Pour into cold glasses and serve. Garnish with sprigs of mint, if desired.
Note: If you're on a low sugar diet or watching your weight, you can also make this drink with stevia or your favorite low glycemic sweetener. Rather than making the sugar water, add a cup of unsweetened water to the blender (2 cups of water total) and blend the drink without sugar. Add your sweetener of choice to taste, blend again, and serve.