Monday, September 1, 2014

AAM Monday: Shrub but Not Bush

I have a new drink, especially now that it is peach time. A shrub. (no, no not the one who was in the White House). A shrub is a vinegar based drink that is cut with soda water. Very very refreshing.This is a basic article on liquid shrubs which varies a bit from how I made mine.

I made my own white wine vinegar and then macerated a bunch of cut up peach bits in it for....about 3 days, 5 days...I'm not sure. Then I pureed the whole shebang in the blender and combined it with  the proportions being 1/4 peach puree to 3/4 plain or lemon lime soda water. That means my shrub is not crystal clear but cloudy with the peach puree, skins and all. I do hate to waste.

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In reality, each day I just poured the peach concoction into a glass  til I thought there was enough, a scientific term you know, and then topped it with ice and soda water. Tart and good. I didn't add any sugar but that's up to you. Were these peaches super sweet? Nah,these peaches were just grocery store ones. Not so great to eat but damn good to drink. I also suspect a bit of basil or rosemary in the maceratingg might add a nice je ne sais quoi. Try it.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Five On Friday: August 29, 2014

Lordalmighty, this is the last Friday in August. Now I'm not one to weep and gnash my teeth about the end of summer. I don't like hot. I don't like humid. I'm not going back to school or work, tyvm. However, it does remind me that a season is almost over. A season of my life. I've had a lot of seasons over the years, but it's taken me a lot of years to appreciate them. Summer 2014, you've been pretty darn good.

1. Couture clothing, designer duds. Not my style nor my price range. However, I do love what this company is doing and it makes me want to go on a road trip down south. Alabama Chanin.

2. Tomatoes. I haven't eaten enough this season nor have they ripened as early as they usually do. I hope that gives me a chance to pick up a big box of canning tomatoes this weekend. Have you canned stuff this year?

3. Don't you love it when you find words you've never seen and just fall in love with the uniqueness of them? Mine was 'chamfered corners" from an Apartment Therapy post.  I'm not sure it's going to go into any of my conversations but again, you never know.

4. I am so so glad to see Ali Edwards' new site and to see that she is back to regular blog posts. That makes me so happy!

5.My most recent tv watch, mini binge, has been Happy Valley on Netflix.  Don't worry about the title, Happy Valley has little happiness in it. Only 6 episodes, but the word is that it's been renewed. So, do we see that in late 2015 or 2016??? Whatever, I really enjoyed it.

Sarah Lancashire has been showing up in a lot of BBC productions, now that The North is the new South. Eeee by gum lad, t'weren't like that when I were up thar. But it's good to see images, gritty and bucolic, of my old home area. Took some time.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

TBT: 1976 Children in Pattaya

In addition to my daughter, my one of my sons is in this photo with a friend. Our life was such that we were able to rent a beach house in addition to our regular home in Bangkok. While the drive to Pattaya could be hectic and dangerous, the 5 of us plus our maid and her husband made this trek every month. My husband could sit back and let our maid's husband drive as he was skilled in driving and taking care of our Peugeot 504. It was a win-win situation for all of us.

Pattaya still had areas that were quiet and family oriented. It was also still a place where Thai families went. As much as I still love the beach, these years cured me of a desire to go to the beach in the summer. Hot and humid and I do not play well together. Furthermore, I still have various bits of skin damage from those days, the days before sunblock. We didn't know what we didn't know.

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