Water, water, everywhere…

19 09 2009

cucumber waterIt’s hard to overestimate the importance that water plays in daily life here in Taiwan. We are surrounded by water, and yet there are often water shortages. Typhoons can bring enough rainwater to fill reservoirs, but it often comes at a price:  flooding and landslides like the ones that devastated southern Taiwan in August.

In the September 19th edition of Feast Meets West, we take a closer look at water. We’ll find out how the Chinese word for water — 水, “shui” — is used in idioms; discuss some unique water-related facts, plus introduce some great natural ways to add flavor to water.

Keep reading to find out which Feast Meets West host is pregnant!

Taipei water authorities maintain that it is perfectly safe to drink water straight from the tap. But most people in cucumber cutTaiwan tend to boil the water first. Others will also run it through a filter, too.

There are a variety of ways to give your water a light, natural flavor that will make it more enjoyable to drink. In today’s program, we sampled three different healthy, organic ingrediants in our water: lemon juice, cucumber slices, and sprigs of rosemary. These work well separately or together.

There are a variety of other ingrediants that you can experiment with, but it’s best to avoid adding sugar, chemical colorings or preservatives.

A dash of fruit juice or even slices of fruit can add both color and flavor to your water. Alternatively, you can make ice cubes with berries or fruit juice in them for chilled water that looks as great as it tastes. Other herbs that cucumber ellenyou can experiment with include mint and lemongrass.

If you are okay with a little dash of caffeine, you can dunk a teabag or two in a pitcher of water and place it in the fridge for an hour or so.

Have fun with these natual water flavorings, and let us know if you have any favorites!

And for those of you who are wondering, or who may have heard it through the grapevine: YES! Ellen is indeed pregnant! In fact, she is about four months pregnant, and doing very well. We look forward to accompanying her for the next five months through this exciting period in her life, and offer a big congrats to both her and her husband Zach. Andrew is already preparing for his avuncular duties!

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