We went to Baltimore today to see the tall ships.... oh how I love the tall ships! There were ships from Spain, Brazil, Ecuador, Columbia, Canada, Indonesia, and more. Of course the Barque Eagle was there, I nearly swooned, and the Constellation. There were many US Navy ships (and at least one boat) in port at Pier Five, but we didn't get over there. There was only so much we could do in a day. The USCG Taney was there, proud ship, last active ship to have survived Pearl Harbor. And YPs. YPs! Any Naval officer knows what those are.... we all went on them at OCS or the Academy, or SOMEWHERE. Small wooden hulled boats to teach us how to con, how to be a bridgerat... uh, officer. How to hit a pier....
Then, when we were just about ready to leave, thunder shook the sky as the Blue Angels began to work the kinks out. Be still, my heart. When I learned I couldn't get jets because I wore contacts, I was devastated. Oh, to soar the skies in a screaming silver bird.... okay, okay. Cheap novel now done! Anyway, it was really terrific. The weather was perfect, the ships were tall and the planes were loud..... A GOOD DAY!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Sekajabin has many different variations. More than I knew, and speaking with the Afghan and Persian women in my store have opened my eyes to more. It's origins are way back in the past, probably in the middle eastern region, though the west had a similar drink made with honey instead of sugar. Has to do with the climate!
1.25 cups water
2.5 cups sugar
.33 cups of white wine, rice, or cider vinegar
double handful of mint
To use, dilute 3-5 TBSP of syrup in a tall glass of ice water, or iced soda water. Sit outside and sip a little summer sunshine.