Monday, July 20, 2009

On this day in travel history

Innocents Abroad (aka The New Pilgrim's Progress) by Mark Twain began as a series of travel letters written mainly for a San Francisco paper that sponsored Mr. Twain's trip to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867. It was published as a subscription book on July 20th, 1869.

[photo by Randy Mayor for Cooking Light]

Make yourself some delicious ginger limeade to celebrate this day in travel history.  Ginger is a traditional treatment for nausea[1].  My favorite limeade recipe is from Madhur Jaffrey's World-of-the-East Vegetarian Cooking.  Makes one tall glass.  Quoted from the book, page 343:

5 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice
4 tablespoons sugar [I would add 'or to taste']
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger
ice cubes
Mix the lime juice and sugar in a small bowl.  Put the grated ginger in a small strainer.  Lower the bottom of the strainer into the sweetened lime juice.  Stir the ginger around with a spoon.  (The ginger will still be in the strainer.)  Lift up the strainer and discard any remaining ginger pulp (there may not be much).  Pour the ginger-flavored lime concentrate into a tall glass.  Add 2/3 cup water and a few ice cubes.  Stir.  [savor]
[1]  At the beginning of the trip, many of the travelers became seasick.  Years after reading the book, I found out that the word "yacht" comes from the Dutch word "jacht" -- meaning to throw up violently.  I think that's pretty darn funny.

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