Monday, January 9, 2012

Homemade ginger ale recipe. Syrup method for SodaStream.

Ingredients for ginger ale syrup:
1 quart water (can be made with SodaStream)
ginger root
1 lime
1 lemon
1c white sugar
1.5c brown sugar
0.5 cup honey

You will also need to buy soda water or make your own soda water.

Zest the lemon and lime. I did this with my new hand held citrus zester
Juice the lemon and lime.
Peel and then grate the ginger.
Mix the juice and zest with the rest of the ingredients in a sauce pain and simmer for 30 min.
Allow to cool.
Strain with a tea filter.

Finally mix the syrup 1:5 or to taste with soda water.

Take it one step further and make your own soda water. Or carbonate with fermentation. My previous recipe for self carbonated spicy ginger ale . More recipes for soda in this great book Homemade Soda: 200 Recipes for Making ....

Like this. Try my orangina recipe

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Alico summit backpacking boots review

Review in progress.....

Took these sweet new boots out for 4 hours in the hills in moderate terrain. Legit old school boots. No doubt more heavy than a more modern style/material boot. I appreciate the real full grain leather. Seem to be very durable. Comfortable, but stiff out of the box.

I have now taken these out for a two 6 hour hikes over very rough terrain and have been quite satisfied. Still notably heavy but great support. Very comfortable. Still have not gone with anything more then a day pack but I have no doubt that they could handle a heavy load.

I got mine at Sierra Trading Post. They often have the best prices, but availability is sporatic.

The best prices on this and all outdoor gear at Sierra Trading Post (when available)

Monday, January 2, 2012

still life with octopus wallpaper (in progress)

Help me make the wallpaper look more real? more texture? a seam? peeling? any other tricks?
still life with octopus wallpaper