about 300 grams granulated sugar
5 cups of water (not to use all at the same time)
½ kg. ginger roots (choose smaller roots, which are younger and will be more tender)
NOTE 1 = Keep the sugar that falls off the ginger pieces and use it to sweeten tea, or to make ginger cookies.
NOTE 2: Use your crystalized ginger to add to your trail mix, cut into smaller pieces. Or use it to top ice cream, sprinkle over a fruit salad or bake in a fruit crumble. Or just eat it by itself; it’s good for your breath and your stomach and can avoid motion sickness or morning sickness.
NOTE 3: You could also store some ginger in its syrup, before draining it, it keeps for about a year in the refrigerator. In order to keep it from crystallizing, add a tablespoon of corn syrup to its own syrup.
I was born near the end of WWII and raised in a small town in New Jersey, just a little more than a 30-minute drive from NYC. It was a wonderful place to be brought up, feeding ducks and canoeing on the river that meandered through the town in the summer, and ice-skating on that same river in the winter.
My two brothers and I were privileged to be raised in a lovely town that was safe to explore on foot, but close enough to NYC to be taken there on day trips to see the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Baily B & B circus, museums, Chinatown, street fairs in the spring and Broadway shows as we grew older. But we thought nothing of it.
Later as teens, we would go into NYC to buy a couple of beers (the drinking age in New York State was 18, and 21 in New Jersey) and hang out in Greenwich Village where we saw singers such as Bob Dylan who were on the first rung of the ladder on their way to fame.
The sixties were a time of speaking out and creating change. I decided to do my part by joining the Peace Corps, an innovative cold war program established by John F. Kennedy in 1961. I arrived in Brazil at the end of 1966, and after an adaptation period, was sent to serve in Porto Nacional, in what was Goias at that time. I can’t say I changed the course of the country, especially as I was immediately called upon to teach English in the local high school.
I have been teaching ever since; high schools, college literature, college language pedagogy, financial English and everything in-between. I married a wonderful Brazilian from Rio and we had 3 boys and moved around some, as he was an engineer who worked on hydro dams. Nowadays I am a widow and live in BH with 3 cats, one of which has extraordinary powers, and I have 4 wonderful and uniquely different grandchildren nearby. Thus far, I have had an interesting life, and this new endeavor called a blog should make it even more interesting.