Anthemic, stadium rock, clock is ticking, ready for the next wave.
Anthemic, stadium rock, clock is ticking, ready for the next wave.
Fresh Ginger Tea
This afternoon, I’m going to sound like a hack selling some cure-all elixir on the street corner. This homemade, heart-warming, health-giving brew is so good, it’s worth the risk of like sounding like a shill, though.
I promise, this potion of minced fresh ginger slowly steeped into hot water, finished with spoonfuls of honey and squeezes of lemon or lime has cured me of: oncoming colds, indigestion, being freezing, exhaustion, and even the Sunday blues.
I first had a tea like this in a much richer variation, a thick, sweet liquid served hot in tiny cups. You could only drink a few sips, the tea was so rich and sweet, but the taste was so developed that when we looked at the recipe we were amazed to find just three ingredients: ginger, honey, and citrus. The instructions explained a lot. Those ingredients simmered for a long time, maybe even hours, until they reduced and the tea grew syrupy. In the end, I never made it this way–it was just a little too much.
When you need to drink a lot of tea–when you’re dehydrated or feel like you might be coming down with something like a spring cold–that syrupy stuff doesn’t do. You just can’t drink enough of it. And that’s the reason I started brewing a weaker version. The ginger steeps for at least twenty minutes, so there’s plenty of spice and flavor. I can’t explain what deliciousness happens to that flavor when you add the honey and lemon; that’s the moment the cloudy ginger juice goes from a simple tea to an elixir you might want to sell on a street corner, or at least tell everyone about.
The tea has become such a staple of my drinking life that when Skinnygirl Daily asked me to share a recipe inspired by my participation in the Healthy Habits Challenge, I knew it was time to post about the brew. There’s no one food or drink that makes me feel so consistently good after I eat or drink it as this tea, and so I thought I’d give you the magic formula for making the cure-all stuff yourself. Drink it after an indulgence, to ward off a cold, or to chill out at a moment when you feel some creeping nervousness. It’ll cure what ails you.
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Fresh Ginger Tea with Honey and Lemon
Makes 4 cups (I drink them all myself)
1/4 cup chopped ginger (from a roughly 2-by-4 inch piece, peeled)
4 cups boiling water
about 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
juice from 1/2 a lemon
Place the minced ginger in the bottom of a glass pitcher, four-cup measure, or French press (that’s what I used). Pour the water over, cover, and let steep for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, stir in the honey to dissolve, then add the lemon. Taste, adding more honey or lemon if you like. Pour into a mug or glass, straining if you wish (I never do, since the ginger naturally settles on the bottom). Drink hot, warm, room temp, or cold.
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If you have been there you know, it is THE BEAR CAFE, if you have yet to go……. what are you waiting for?!
A beloved part of Woodstock. A reason to visit onto itself.
A huge trove of John Lennon’s writings and drawings is coming up for auction in New York City this summer, offering a renewed look at the former Beatle’s lesser known comic literary side. According to Sotheby’s, the 89-lot collection titled “You Might Well Arsk” constitutes the most extensive sale ever of Lennon’s original artwork, autograph manuscripts and corrected typescripts.
The items come from the private collection of Tom Maschler, the publisher partially responsible for creating Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize. Maschler worked with Lennon on two books in the 1960s, In His Own Write and A Spaniard In the Works, and the manuscripts came out of those projects.
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“My relationship with John Lennon was different to those I had with all the other authors I worked with over my years as a publisher,” Maschler said in a statement to the New York Times. “Having seen a superb sketch of his that a mutual acquaintance showed me, I met with John to suggest that he should produce John Lennon ‘In His Own Write.’ I then had to inspire in him the confidence to write and produce the drawings.”
The collection includes a number of satirical drawings, doodles and gibberish poems, as well as the manuscript for a Sherlock Holmes parody Lennon wrote in 1965 called “The Singularge Experience of Miss Anne Duffield,” which is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000. A 1964 drawing titled ‘Neville Club’ includes the caption, “Puffing and globbering they drugged theyselves rampling or dancing with wild abdomen, stubbing in wild postumes amongst themselves…” Its estimated value is between $18,000 and $22,000.
A John Lennon literary souvenir of a different sort went up for sale last week when auctioneers Cooper Owen offered a letter Lennon scrawled to Phil Spector blaming Keith Moon and Harry Nilsson for urinating on a recording console.
The “You Might Well Arsk” collection goes on sale through Sotheby’s in New York on June 4th. Highlights from the sale were recently exhibited in Austin and London and will be on view in New York beginning May 28th.
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Full disclosure, we are not big TV watching people. We have a tendency to turn on the tunes before we reach for the remote to the boob tube. All that said, because we were not one of the millions of fans that were watching and rooting for Josh and Brent who won The Amazing Race on CBS….Otherwise known as, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”.
When we heard that they were two guys “who bought a farm and are sharing their experiment in living better lives, season by season, neighbor by neighbor.” We became fast fans. The farm is right here in the Hudson Valley….so not much of a stretch to file this posting under Woodstock Wednesday.
Today is an overcast day and it just seems like a perfect day to make this smoky tea!
Here’s a step-by-step photo guide to how we make African Smoky Milk Tea at home. (Full recipe at bottom of post.)
Obviously…be very careful when doing anything involving an open flame. And it’s probably not a good idea to let small children make this themselves. Unless you have a ready escape route and good insurance.
First you’ll need a heavy-duty thermos with tight lid, as well as a 1-2 inch thick stick of wood (We used applewood, since we are certain that there are no toxic compounds. But research online for other non-toxic woods if applewood isn’t available to you.) It’s important that the stick can completely fit inside the thermos, and the lid can bed screwed on with it inside.
First, add about ½ cup of room temperature water to the thermos. Next, insert the stick into the hot embers of a fire.
Once about 3 inches of the stick are flaming and glowing, remove from the fire and immediately drop – lit end down – into the water in the thermos.
Cap it quick! Swirl the thermos around for about a minute.
Once you remove the cap, smoke and stem will escape. Don’t do this directly under a smoke alarm.
Using a fine wire sieve lined with either a coffee filter or paper towel, pour the “smoky” water into a heavy saucepan. The filter will trap bits of soot and burned wood.
Add another cup of water to the smoky water, along with the tea and spices, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 4 minutes.
Add the milk and sugar, and bring to a simmer, just below boiling.
Once warm, strain through a fine wire sieve directly into mugs.
Prep time: 15 Min
Cook time: 10 Min
Total time: 25 Min
Follow instructions above for making “smoky” water. Heat the water in a heavy saucepan with tea, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns & ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce and simmer over low heat for four minutes.
Add milk and sugar (or honey.) Bring back to simmer (not boil) while stirring over low heat.
Strain directly into mugs and serve immediately. (Strained mixture can also be chilled and served over ice.)
Folk music has been a presence in Newport since 1959, when the Newport Folk Festival was founded by George Wein. Backed by board members Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel, Oscar Brand, and Albert Grossman, the Festival became renowned for introducing a number of performers who went on to become major stars, most notably Joan Baez (who appeared as an unannounced guest of Bob Gibson in 1959), and Bob Dylan, whose first Newport appearance, as a guest of Joan Baez in 1963, is generally regarded as his premiere national performance.
Always a step ahead, the Festival cultivated a broad range of folk music, and continues to stretch the boundaries to this day. In the 1960s, there were famous performances by Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf, artists usually described as representing country music and blues respectively. The festival was associated with the 1960s Blues Revival, where artists “lost” since the 1940s (e.g. Delta blues singers) were “rediscovered”. And in the 80′s and 90′s, the festival brought in reggae, rock, and indie artists to broaden the Americana landscape.
Much of the history of the Newport Folk Festival has been preserved through a rich source of recordings. Murray Lerner directed the 1967 film Festival based on the 1963-1965 festivals, and there are 15 recorded albums of the festival from 1959 through 1990. Most recently, NPR has been on site to capture live broadcasts and streaming performances from the web.
Since 1959, we have been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. Newport Jazz and Newport Folk are the grandparents of the modern-day festival, and have left an indelible mark on the landscape of music history. A 53 year road has led us to the 2012 festival – a year that promises to expand on the recent successes of the festival, and promises to for years to come as a non-profit. To learn more about the Newport Festival Foundation, visit newportfestivalsfoundation.org. Not only are we preserving the legacy of the Folk Festival, we are also continuing the traditions of music education and collaboration for years to come.