Fresh Ginger Limeade
I feel fortunate to live near the cheapest thrift store on the planet. That’s not the name of the store, but it should be. I couldn’t believe my eyes (or ears) when I found out the prices. Want a shirt? 59 cents please. How about some pants? Better check your wallet, they raised the price to .79 cents. (It used to be .59)
One of my favorite things in that little store to shop for, is cookbooks. All hardcover books are .79 cents (I think?) Well, if it’s not, it’s not much more than that, it might even be .59. Soft cover books are .39 cents. Unbelievable, I know. I keep expecting to show up and they announce to everyone how it’s all been a prank. Or maybe I’ll go one day and in it’s place will be a cement lot and it had all been a mirage.
It’s actually a great place that helps the community. I like to offer my support by donating items, mostly clothing. They have a pretty fast turnover, (as you can imagine) so this doesn’t happen often, but it’s always a trip to check out a shirt, really look at it, try it on even, then realize I’m the one who donated it a week before. Facepalm.
|These blue flowers are growing wild on our property, and happen to be ready for picking right now. With the 4th of July in a few days, I couldn’t have timed it better if I tried.|
I’m incredibly excited to try many recipes from this book. I’m a lover of Indian food. Samosas are one of my faves. The recipe included in the book uses puff pastry. I have some in my freezer so these may be in my near future. The recipe is straightforward, and uses ingredients I have on hand. I’ve never ventured into making my own Indian food, and this book whispers to me, “it’s o.k. don’t be intimidated, you can do it!”
A great message for a cookbook from a different culture. I think this recipe is one of many I will be loving from this wonderful book.
More refreshing drinks
Fresh Ginger Limeade
adapted from the book, From Bengal to Punjab, the Cuisines of India
makes a pitcher full
8 cups (a tad under 2 liters) cold water
2 Tablespoons freshly grated ginger
juice of 5 limes ( a little more than 1 cup, or about 10 oz. or 296 ml)
3/4- 1 cup (150-200 g.) sugar (depending on your taste)
In a pitcher, stir all of the ingredients together. Adjust the sugar to taste. Refrigerate. This is best when it has had a chance to sit for 30 minutes or more, for the flavors to meld. Strain it through a fine sieve before serving if you wish. (I didn’t because I don’t mind the small bits of fresh ginger in my drink, I liked it even.) Serve cold over ice.