Sunday, July 13, 2014

Double Drinks

Today has been a nearly perfect summer day. We are in the midst of a heat wave, and as I sit on my front porch writing this blog it is 33C (91F) in the shade. This is when it pays to be an early morning person. I started watering as soon as I got up at 6:00, and after moving the two sprinklers multiple times to be sure everything got a drink, I finally finished around 9:00.

I used that time to make some scones. Probably not the brightest idea since it meant turning on the oven, but I couldn't resist since I had some Devon English Cream and freshly made raspberry jam in the fridge. I'll let myself believe opening the fridge and letting the cool air out cancelled the heat that escaped the oven when I took out the scones.


I also had time to make a batch of ginger syrup. You start by peeling about a pound of ginger. This is sort of a tedious task, but I had some entertainment out my kitchen window while I worked. Two squirrels were having a great time chasing each other around and around the trunk of a fir tree.


Next you chop the ginger into small bits. I measured it when I was finished and I had around 2 cups worth.


Ginger Syrup:

1 pound peeled and chopped ginger

4 cups of water

⅔ cup of sugar

Simmer on low until reduced by half. We mix this with bubbly water from our Soda Stream and it makes a very refreshing drink on a hot summer's day.


Once the watering was finished Jay and I headed to the lake. I wanted to see if I could get the kayak on and off my vehicle by myself. Of course, this made Jay look like a total loser to the people at the picnic area who observed a rather small woman manhandle a kayak while her 6'4" husband stood on the lawn and watched without a single offer to help. Ha! I'm happy to report that I was able to do it, and had a lovely paddle out on the water.


My favourite sighting today was this clump of trees dangling at the water's edge, with their roots intertwined and working together to keep them from toppling over. I'm sure there is some sort of life metaphor there somewhere, but it's too hot for me to figure out what it is.


After lunch I made another drink, this one with limes. The only tricky bit with this one is peeling the limes. I had never tried peeling a lime before and was surprised the peels didn't pull off easily like they do with an orange. If you know a trick for making them easier to peel I would love to hear it.

Frozen Mint Limeade:

¾ cup water

4 limes, peeled, seeded and cut in half

Just under ½ cup sugar

a few fresh mint leaves (if you aren't a mint fan you can skip this ingredient)

3 cups ice

Blend for about a minute. Serves 4.



This is seriously good stuff. Our heat wave is supposed to last a few more days, and I will definitely be making this again. Plus I have a bottle of the ginger syrup in the fridge, so it shouldn't be hard to stay hydrated.

Thank you everyone for your kind comments on my last blog post. Your friendship and kindness is very much appreciated.

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  1. Poor Jay! That's a good reminder to only believe half of what we see and not assume we know the circumstances. Thanks for sharing the drink recipes. I'm interested in trying both of them--and getting a soda stream. Do you use it much? My wife has been on a smoothie kick, but they have too many seeds for me. I'd like to try the lime drink instead.

    Keep out of the heat! We're having the same weather here, but a polar vortex is supposed to bring relief mid-week.

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    1. The comment below was meant to be a reply to you, Rick. I should never respond to comments on my iPad. :-)

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  2. Yes, it's a good reminder about not assuming. I have to admit it struck me as funny though, wondering what people were thinking.

    I thought the Soda Stream was going to be a waste of money. The only reason I got it was because I had a store credit and didn't know what else to use it for. Big surprise! We love it! We don't use the junkie mixes that you can buy for it. Our usual thing is to put a bit of juice in a glass, add ice, then the fizzy water. I'm a smoothie fan too:-)

    Hard to believe you are going to get a polar vortex.

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  3. Both recipes sound delicious. I love ginger but never know what to use it in, so I might have to try this. I hope you're able to stay cool, that sounds like quite a heat wave. I don't think I realized it got so hot where you live.

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    1. It gets hot here, Jennifer, but not as hot as where we used to live. And it will only be hot for a couple of weeks. I actually enjoy the heat, but the thing we have to go along with it here is humidity, and I'm not so fond of that. I hope you are staying cool now that you are into your rainy season. :-)

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  4. Lovely tempting recipes Kristie, as both lime and ginger are favourite flavours of mine. I'll put them aside for the long hot summer which will inevitably return to us once it has finished with you. Meantime we are freezing in a very surprise twist, the coldest minimum temperature in Brisbane for over 100 years. I quite like it! Well done with the kayak, and that is a great photo of the twisted tree roots.

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    1. I was thinking of you yesterday, Patricia, trying to picture you being in that cold wind when you were in Canberra. You have had quite the temperature extremes this year! I hope you have at least a few wool hats and mittens to help you through your cold snap.

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  5. I absolutely adore limes, so can't wait to try out your drink. I used to really like ginger too but now associate it with excessive morning sickness whilst pregnant! The recipe sounds really refreshing though, so I might give it a go. x

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    1. The lime drink is addictive. I feel like I need to issue that warning! :-)

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  6. I love the sound of both drinks, but especially the ginger one, it sounds very refreshing indeed!! Well done on the canoe! I hope that you enjoyed the paddle. xx

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    1. The nice thing about the ginger drink is it makes a batch of the syrup to keep in the fridge, so it's handy whenever you want to make a drink. But I have to confess the lime drink is my favourite of the two.

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  7. Your drinks so very tasty, I do love ginger in a fresh drink.

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    1. If you like ginger I can almost guarantee you will like this drink!

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  8. Hey Kristie,
    I love the sound of the ginger syrup, and the lime drink looked yum. The papers are full of an impending heatwave here. I think it's a conspiracy to persuade to go out and buy more barbecues and gazebos to keep the economy afloat ;)
    Leanne xx

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    1. The conspiracy appears to be global. At least now you know you don't need to spend hundreds of pounds on a new BQ and gazebo. A few limes and a pound of ginger should get you through your heat wave just fine. :-)

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  9. I live in Rick's area (DC region) and am looking forward to the Polar Vortex, too! Do you get humidity there with the heat? I have my A/C running night and day and the humidity in the house is still over 70%. I found this on the Web about peeling ginger with a spoon: http://youtu.be/M9zgXSdnPGI But then you might have missed being entertained by the squirrels if you'd finished up too quickly! :-) As for limes, all I could find was using a knife to either cut away the skin, or score it and peel it....but that leaves the pith. How did you get the juice out? Did you use an electric juicer? I've only used the old-fashioned juicer....the glass thingy with the ridges that you place half a lemon or lime on and twist and squeeze. You don't need to peel it then. Jay must be very secure in his manhood to let you take that kayak off the car with others watching! :-) I can understand now why you made that move from the area you wrote about in your last post. That morning out on the water looks so lovely. The tangled roots metaphor surely must represent what we all must go through in life in order to arrive where we do in our old age--the past experiences that keep us from toppling over when our aging bodies start presenting the inevitable challenges.

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    1. We get some humidity, Cathy, but not nearly what you get in the DC area. I love the heat but have a problem with the humidity. I don't know how you manage it with over 70% humidity in your house. Yikes! Thanks for the link for peeling ginger with a spoon. As for the limes, you cut them in half and throw them in the blender (I use a Vita Mix). So you aren't actually juicing them. I like your metaphor for the roots. :-)

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  10. I really need to try the limeade. We're in the middle of a heatwave too (107 F yesterday, sob!). Kayaking looks like a great way to stay cool. Birch has one, but I need one too.

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    1. Oh my! 107 F is scary hot. Do you have air conditioning? My mom said it has been very hot in Spokane, too.

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  11. Off to pick the limes and dig up the ginger now! Thanks for the recipes!

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    1. The drinks will be so much better with freshly harvested ginger, and limes picked ripe off the tree. I'm trying not to have a fit of jealousy, Helen. :-)

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  12. Phew, that's seriously hot, Kristie. You need all the cooling and rehydrating drinks you can make and these sound wonderful. The ginger one sounds rather like a non-alcoholic ginger beer substitute. We're forecast temperatures close to 30C ourselves later this week, so I shall bookmark this post.

    Glad to see you're out on the water again under your own steam. :-)

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    1. I hope the drinks help keep you cool when your heat wave hits in France, Perpetua. As for the kayak, I can do it under my own steam, but just barely. I think I might need to invest in something that will make it easier to load the kayak so I don't have to worry.

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  13. Bravo on the kayak wrangling! It's always a good feeling to know we can do something all by ourselves, isn't it? I sympathize with your feelings about humidity; that's typical July weather here, but we have air conditioning to help us through it. I wouldn't be able to cope without the a/c. And we're having a rather cool spell right now which I'm enjoying. I think it's that same approaching polar vortex - an odd concept for the middle of summer. -- Ruth in Ontario

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    1. I wanted to be sure I could do it by myself before I headed off to the lake on my own. Now I know it's possible. I just need to gather up the courage.

      That's nice that you've got air conditioning to keep you cool. We had it in Kamloops, and when it got hot like this it was so nice to be able to keep the house cool. We shouldn't get more than a
      week or two of this kind of weather here at Cultus Lake, so it isn't worth getting an air conditioner.

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  14. love the greenness of the frozen mint lemonade, yum! looks like a good weekend to treasure :)

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    1. It was a very nice weekend, Karen. I made another limeade drink yesterday and left out the mint. It wasn't quite as green as the one I made on Sunday. I hope things are staying cool for you.

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  15. What a lovely post. The clump of trees by the waters edge is my favourite photograph too. What a lovely shot. I will have a go at making some of the ginger syrup some time. Although I have made elderflower cordial or syrup for the last few years and honeysuckle this year, I haven't tried ginger before. I love ginger so thank you for sharing the recipe.
    Thanks too for sharing some insight into your weekend with us.
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    1. I've wanted to try making elderflower cordial, but there aren't any elderberry bushed nearby. Honeysuckle sounds interesting too!

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  16. That mint drink sounds so yummy! And I bet my husband would love the ginger drink, he's a big ginger fan.

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  17. Your drinks look and sound delicious, I shall bear them in mind when we're hit my our heatwave which apparently is imminent. The trouble is here, we have a day of excessive heat and then the next it rains. Let's see if I'm proved wrong this time!

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    1. You are due for a heat wave at the same time ours is due to end. I'll be drinking hot tea again, and you can move onto the cold drinks. :-)

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  18. Thanks for the drink recipes, we could use anything cool right now! I love ginger and limes too. Fun to go for a paddle on such a beautiful lake. And your scones with cream and fresh jam, yum , pure heaven! Keep cool this week!

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    1. You have had even hotter temperatures than we have, Chris! It looks like things will be cooling down in a couple of days though, which is a good thing given how many fires have started since the heat wave began.

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  19. Well you really know how to live it up drink-wise when it is hot out. Everything you have made looks delicious and refreshing. I think it is funny that your husband was standing there as you got the kayak off the car, I am sure you are right and people thought he was a big lout. Your travels on the lake look amazing, such a beautiful day.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. We must have the same sense of humour, Meredith. I thought it was hilarious! :-)

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  20. That's a beautiful view from the kayak. I'm glad you managed to move it all on your own! Your drinks look so refreshing , just what I need after a very warm day! Sarah x

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    1. Yes, the scenery on the lake is so pretty. There are mountains all around, and often there's an eagle flying overhead. Now if I could just make all the power boats and jet skis vanish it would be even better. :-)

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  21. Those drinks sound delicious but it's the scones with jam and cream which are getting my taste buds going. The lake looks like a beautiful place to take your kayak.

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    1. It's a lovely spot to kayak, Jo. I'm a beginner kayaker, and the lake isn't too big which means it is easy to stay close to shore.

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  22. Your drink recipes look amazing!! I will be bookmarking those for our summer! and I love the photo of the trees you took, its a gorgeous shot, and the trees are really spellbinding! Oh and well done with the kayak!

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    1. Ha! Yes, I guess these drink recipes aren't the right thing for you, Sarah. Hot chocolate would probably be a better choice. :-)

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  23. I've made the ginger syrup before and it's so good. It tastes great in a variety of drinks and foods.

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    1. You are the first person other than my son and daughter-in-law who gave me the recipe who has also made it, Nadia. I'm curious - what other drinks and foods do you put it in?

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  24. Those scones look so yummy!

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    1. They were good considering they were gluten-free. It was the jam and double cream that made them into something special!

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