500,000 bottles of sparkling wine mature in this section of the underground cellars at Cricova Winery just north of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 3, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Ginger tea, rain, and visitors!

Ever since I stopped drinking coffee a couple of years ago, I have struggled to find a hot drink substitute that I like. When we're in Mexico, we buy a nice Mexican hot chocolate called Abuelita made by Nestle. It's also available in the U.S., but we can't seem to get it here in Canada.

So now, I make hot chocolate the old fashioned way with cocoa powder, brown sugar, and milk. But when our daughter Lindsey was here in June, she showed me another hot drink that she liked, and it turns out that  I really like it too. Homemade ginger tea!

You need one whole fresh ginger, and one whole lemon. Chop the ginger into relatively small pieces (no need to peel it)  and put in a big pot with about a gallon or so of water. Cut the lemon into eight pieces and squeeze the juice into the pot, then putting what's leftover in as well.

Bring it to a boil, and let it soft boil for at least a half an hour. If you want more ginger flavor, leave it for longer. I like mine fairly strong, with a little bite to it. Strain out the ginger and lemon bits and then sweeten to taste. We usually use about a quarter of a cup of honey, possibly slightly more.

Obviously this makes a few cups, so we just put it in a jar in the fridge and then pour a cup out of that when we want one and put it in the microwave for two minutes.

Nice ginger tea!

Holy cow, did it ever rain yesterday. We got two and a half inches between midnight Tuesday night and midnight last night. The park is soaked...again! I think we must have had over 20 inches of rain so far this year.

We went for a walk in the rain just to get some fresh air...





And, we've got visitors! Larry and Anne were one of the couples on the Mexico RV caravan with us back in February. They live in Kelowna, British Columbia, but they've got relatives in Saskatchewan so they made a side trip to the park to say hi. Shame it rained the whole day, but that meant we had time to visit with them because there's not much going on at the park on a rainy day.

Kevin and Ruth and Larry and Anne.

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20 comments:

  1. Sometimes On cold days I just heat a mug of water in the microwave. It has to be good water, though, because heating brings out any off tastes in the water.

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    1. Not so sure that either one of us would enjoy just a cup of hot water but then again you never know if you don't try it first. Thanks!

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  2. I made tea like that all last summer, it was good hot or cold. You can also throw in mint to the mix for added flavor. Also you can start with green tea and do all the above and that makes a super healthy tea. The possibilties are endless.

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    1. Hmm, that mint might be an idea as well as the green tea. We just might try those out, thank you for the suggestions.

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  3. I use ginger tea all the time, hot or cold. It helps settle a tummy that is going "uh uh uh". (My word for a tummy that is just not happy!)

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    1. We started having it because I had a nasty cold back in early June with a miserable sore throat and cough, so Lindsey made some up for me and then asked Kevin if he would like to try it as well. Not sure it helped with the cold and sore throat but it least it is good for you and tastes good. Yes, ginger is suppose to have help with upset tummies!

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  4. That rain should help bring the lake level up a bit, maybe?

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    1. Yes the lake level has risen in the last month because of the rain, we are now back to the levels we were at, at this time last year. They are still well below normal levels but at least people can use their boats without too much worry getting them out to the lake itself.

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  5. You can get a concentrated version of ginger tea (and other flavors), at most Asian markets. It comes in a jar and looks like jam. I love the citron one. You just stir a spoonful into a cup of hot water. mmmmm good

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    1. Thanks, we will have to look for some of that next time we are near an Asian market. Think it will have to wait though until we can get to a bigger city.

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  6. The tea sounds wonderful. I'm going to give it a try! It looks like our rainy Pacific Northwest around your place right now.

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    1. Yep, we have definitely had more than our share of rain this summer! :-(

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  7. That is a whole lot of rain and mud. But we sure could use some rain. The fires are getting worse and we still have a long ways to go.

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    1. Trust us, we really wish that we could send you some! :-(

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  8. as good as the tea sounds it could never substitute for my morning coffee

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    1. Agreed. But when your system tells you that it can't drink coffee any more, you have to make some changes whether you like them or not...

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  9. The park is awash! Wish we had some of that rain in NorCal. Nice pic of the four of you.

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    1. Yep, way to much rain here! You know we would happy to send some your way if we could along with a few others that have asked as well, we have enough to go around!

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