Lashings of ginger beer, part deux

July 8, 2009 at 9:41 pm | Posted in Eating and Drinking | Leave a comment

The beer is brewed! I’m impressed. It’s gingery and actually properly fizzy too – strange alchemy is afoot. On first sampling I must confess that it tasted a bit weird and yeasty but before reaching for the Fentimans, I tried adding more sugar and leaving it for a little bit longer. It worked – three days in and the ginger beer is tasting good. I enjoyed a refreshing glass with plenty of ice while watching the delightful Railway Children this evening.

Homemade ginger beer

Of course DVD players and Jenny Agutter are not something the Five would have experienced, but I figure they may well have known (and loved) E. Nesbit’s 1906 story of the three Waterbury children who, with their mother, move from London to a country small cottage when their father is imprisoned for spying.

Nesbit may have influenced Enid Blyton’s own writing (I’m not going on any facts here, just idle and no doubt controversial speculation – further research needed) and the Railway Children’s penchant for buns is certainly something that Julian, Dick, George, Anne and Timmy would have appreciated.Ginger Beer and the Railway Children


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