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04-28-2011, 10:15 AM   #226
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Eh, that'll buff right out.

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So that's how we roll in Estonia :P
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A plug for Sima (a traditional 1st May "Vappu" thing over here ).
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QuoteOriginally posted by jolepp Quote
A plug for Sima (a traditional 1st May "Vappu" thing over here ).
I'll have to try making some of that for my sweetie for next year. We've got a lot going on for the holiday already. *clipping recipe.*

Brown sugar, eh? Interesting.

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Along with the lemon the brown sugar gives "sima" its (mild) taste and a bit of colour I suppose . The raisins are an indicator: when they rise on the top, the stuff is ready to drink, that is, has gotten carbonated by slowly continuing to ferment in the cold (capped). The taste improves a bit for keeping it for a few days after that. Warning: carelessly opening a a bottle forgotten in the cellar for a couple of weeks results in an instant, sticky mess ) Done by the recipe this is very mild alcoholwise and as most of the sugar has not been converted it is also sweet so kids can have some and like it (which, I suppose, invokes fond memories in older people who have been introduced to it as kids )
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So much the better, J. Sweetie's a bit of a lightweight, alcoholwise.

Any kind of yeast in particular? I know a bunch of brewers and (indirectly) lots of mead-makers. Never tried my hand at it, myself. (Well, unless trying to make some unofficial kvas as a kid with a Russian friend counts. It was dubiously-alcoholic. )
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Regular baking yeast (fresh or dried) is what is used here, brewing yeast sounds good as well. I should try making real honey mead myself . Another popular homemade, naturally carbonated drink drink over here is a very mild beer similar to sima but made with malt instead of brown sugar & lemon ("kotikalja"). This is a year round thing while sima is very seasonal. [edit: come to think of it "kotikalja" might be described as homemade table ale]

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Ah, yes--Norman in May. Some how that song never made the charts (probably because it never occurred to anyone to write it.)

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Safe travels, Chris!

I went into Oklahoma, once: it didn't seem like there was a lot to do, but the light was really something special that day, some rolling terrain and all.
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I am in Santa Fe NM for a month. Then I will move on.
Been here 10 days so far. Variously: snow, heat, wind.
This is nice place to wander around with camera & lens.

This is a *lousy* place to try to make an honest living.
That's why the town is filled with art & antique dealers.
And tourists. And lawyers, but they keep to themselves.

I was told today that business has been hijacked by Arabs.
That one Arab family owns ~30% of shops on the Plaza.
That they import faked Native American arts from China.

For a state capital, Santa Fe at 75,000 is a very small city.
There are REASONS it is small. Economy, isolation, weather.
But Santa Fe is an ideal tourist trap and marketing emblem.

Santa Fe Style: Ristras (strands of red peppers) dangling.
A beehive oven in the corner. A Chamayo rug on the wall.
Hand-painted pine furniture. Kokopeli coffee mugs. Lizards.

A nice place to visit, but don't buy a million-dollar rat trap.
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Went scuba diving in open water for the first time today , in my certification course. Had a great time - no major problems but I definitely gotta practice my buoyancy control some more. And snorkel techniques...

Another day of pool work, another set of open water dives, and I'll be officially certifiable

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She: My friend has a nice camera like that. A Coon? Coo non?"
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I have a tooth issue. Sensitive to hot and cold. Just had one pulled next to it, so I can't afford to have this one yanked. I just hope I don't need a root canal. I am hoping it's just sensitive because the one next to it is gone. I hate the dentist.
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I love this time of year--the peonies and honeysuckle and mock orange and roses are all in bloom: the scent is intoxicating.
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