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.
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.