Mountain Dew is Obviously the Worst Ever, So Make Your Own Soda. Always Dog Pics Too.

Posted: 29/06/2015 in Uncategorized
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It’s getting hot out.

It’s almost like summer is here already.  That means get bananas, pineapple, mango & other fruits to keep good sugars in you.  I played around making a fruity hot sauce even, but that one is for another post.

For now, we’re going to play with ginger soda.  After all, I’ve been playing around with fermentation for a while now & it is immensely great for your gut & health.  There’s healthy bacteria that are in it, very similar to homemade sauerkraut.

Insanely good for you.

Plus, it’s kind of cool to have something living on your kitchen counter.

That might have sounded weird.  It doesn’t really walk around or anything, but it does have some cool action going on in the jars you put it in.

This is what you start with.

This is what you start with.

Okay.  To start, throw 1/2C of water in a mason jar, add a tablespoon of sugar & tablespoon of minced ginger to that. Make sure to put a lid on the mix.  Every day, add another tablespoon of sugar & minced ginger.  Do that for five days or so.  The mixture should start getting a little bubbly & have a good pressure whenever you open the jar.

I’ve always liked making sun tea.  I’ll throw four bags of green tea into a quart of water & throw that on a windowsill in the morning.  Like this:

The ginger grows after a while.

The ginger grows after a while.  Kind of like a healthy Freddy Krueger.

Next up:  add about 1/4C of the liquid from the ginger bug(that’s the cool kid name for the mix we made earlier) to 2C of the tea, then add a tablespoon of sugar.

Why all of the sugar you ask?

Because bacteria need to eat too.  The little fizzies aren’t going to happen on their own in an environment where they can’t get some sort of energy.  That energy is sugar, & it gets broken down on a molecular level, so it isn’t like you’re drinking maple syrup.

Unless you put maple syrup in your ginger soda.

I won’t judge.  It might taste great.

Here’s what it should look like:

The three amigos.  You can tell which one has more sugar being broken down by the foam at the top.

The three amigos. You can tell which one has more sugar being broken down by the foam at the top.

Give it a couple of days & test it by tapping the top of the jar.  If there’s pressure, you did things right.  Open it up, hear the hiss & pour yourself some of your homemade soda.

There’s so many flavors you can incorporate into it too–I threw a pineapple chunk into one of the jars to just have fun & the next day I got a fruity ginger soda.  Hibiscus tea instead of green tea?  That works really well too & it’s almost caffeine free!

So.  Easy.

You just have to have some patience & ferment.

While you’re doing that, you should check out this awesome vegan joint in Jacksonville called the Garden Truck.  It’s been around for nearly a year & they have some fantastic food there.  They do sausage & gravy and blueberry(from an organic farm not too far away) pancakes for brunch, among other meals.  There’s a great selection for lunch & dinner too, ranging from their white bean sausage & peppers on cibatta bread to a delicious gumbo that’s like hanging out in Creole country.  The decor is modern, where there’s a strong influence of city life mixed with some wonderful relaxing living herb centerpieces on the tables.  I love the place & the crew there is so much fun.  I definitely need to get out there more often.  Here’s a couple of pictures:

The brunch.  It is soooo good.

The brunch. It is soooo good. 

It even has an open kitchen.  It has a great ambiance.

It even has an open kitchen. It has a great ambiance.  I love the plants too!

I love peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, so I played around & created this quick recipe too.  I put 2C of sunflower seeds, 1/8C sunflower seed oil, 1C pureed strawberries, a banana & 1/8C agave into a blender and made a sort of butter & jelly mix.  Just something fun to play with & you can even eat it on its own.  I chose to have it on some sourdough bread as an open sandwich & that worked out really well.

It's almost like a pate spread.

It’s almost like a pate spread.

That’s all for now, here’s some awesome pictures of the pups:

Everyone is happy after a walk/run in the park.

Everyone is happy after a walk/run in the park.

When I'm on a ladder grabbing kumquats from the tree, this is what I look down to.

When I’m on a ladder grabbing kumquats from the tree, this is what I look down to.

Vegan pigs in blankets & broccoli mac kimchi-eeze.  Kind of tough working around these guys in the kitchen sometimes.

Vegan pigs in blankets & broccoli mac kimchi-eeze. Kind of tough working around these guys in the kitchen sometimes.

Sometimes, I have no caption.  Feel free to add one.

Sometimes, I have no caption. Feel free to add one.

Have a great week!

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