you capture – L

Hot season is upon us. It’s heading well into the 90′s here, even in the shade. Waiting at traffic light in midday with moto gear on is like a recipe for melting – and not in a good way. I’ve been wearing SPF wherever I go, and still I’m getting darker. Who knows. Maybe if my skin continues to darken, I’ll actually begin to look Thai.

Eh. Who am I kidding? People will still think I’m Indian. {“Dots not feathers.”} Ten points if you recognize the quote.

But while we’re literally languishing like lizards in the heat, (how’s that for L’s and alliteration?) there is one thing in Thailand that makes it bearable – and sometimes divine: fresh squeezed fruit juices. Passion fruit, pineapple, mango, strawberry, litchee, orange, lime…so many different types and all served on ice. Thai people also do something really interesting (and inspired). A lot of the juices are so naturally sweet from the fruit, they don’t even need to add sugar. But what they do often add is salt. It’s a little adjustment for the taste buds, but easy to adapt to. It’s brilliant, though, because in this tropical heat you sweat a ton and if you drink a lot of water, you’ll mess up your water-to-salt balance in your body, which actually can be really dangerous. Adding that tiny hint of salt makes for a WAY more refreshing drink that quenches your thirst immediately and gives you energy. (Kind of like the electrolytes in Gatorade.)

A few nights ago we went shopping in the Sunday Night Market and had our first taste of lime juice (Or maybe limeade is a better term for it. Kind of like lemonade but made with limes and a wee pinch of salt.) And I was hooked. I made T buy a kilo of limes so I could make some for us at home.

And all was right in the world.

Here ya’ are: legs, limes and a little limeade.

When life hands you a lime…

…make pinwheels!

Sorry. Was that a little weird? I just thought the squeezed lime bits looked like pinwheels.

All right. On that note, you can look for and link up with loads more L’s at Beth’s.

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20 thoughts on “you capture – L

  1. This sounds really good – is it actually just limes and a little salt or is there water or sparkling water or anything else in there?

    They really do look like pinwheels (which I only know about from reading US blogs!). Good work with the letter L!

    Jade

    • There's a lot of different ways you can make it, but the principal ingredients are: water, lime juice, sugar, and salt. The limes here are less sweet/more sour than the ones in the States. I made a small batch with 2/3 cup of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled until sugar is dissolved and the water begins to thicken), 2/3 cup of fresh lime juice, 2 cups of water, and about a teaspoon of salt. The ones we had in the Sunday night market were far more watery and I think maybe a little sweeter. I'd say just play around with it until you find a balance you like. It's one of those things you can just keep adjusting until it tastes just right to you!

      Oh, also, I make the flavors a little bit strong because I serve it with ice, which tends to dilute it pretty quickly as it melts in approximately 2.5 seconds in this heat. :)

  2. I have a handy dandy electrical juicer. :)

    I can get a lot of juice out by hand if I cut them a specific way: across the middle just off center of the core, and then follow the core around at 90 degree angles to make wedge-like shapes and then squeeze. But I only do that for adding lime when cooking. I do think the taste is better (maybe from the salt/sweat of your hand from all the effort? or maybe it's all in my head?), but that's way too much work for drinks.

  3. I'm really late to commenting this time around – starting a new job has been getting in the way of my blog reading! – but I had to say that all of the fresh juices in Thailand are definitely awesome. I initially thought the salt in the juices was a bit weird, but then I realized it wasn't really all that different from the salt/chili pepper seasoning that's served with fruit (which I LOVED), so I just went with it. :-)

    Oh! And I know (and use! lol) the "dots not feathers" phrase, but I don't know where it comes from. Ah, too tired to Google right now…