It's off to the salt mines we go! Well, not mines, actually. We're headed over to Bolinas to scoop up sea water. Bolinas, for those of you outside the Bay Area, is a strange little coastside town in Marin County inhabited by leftover hippies and at least one peculiar resident who likes to decorate her skin with chocolate. Lots of dogs, lots of nature worship, lots of resentment toward outsiders. (They're known for consistently tearing down the road sign that points to town; word has it the government has given up trying to replace it.)
This adventure of ours is an attempt to do without commercial salt for a week. I'll boil the water to sterilize it, and then use it for cooking. Probably have to dilute it a bit: sea water is salty! I think I'm going to try evaporating a tray of it too, but I have no idea what to expect.
Why am I doing this? Go visit Jen; she has the story.
So. We started the day with cups of Twinings tea, as usual, the one item I decided not to give up (though I might make some homegrown mint tea later). Instead of sugar, we used honey, and it tasted wonderful! I thought I wouldn't like the intrusive flavor of honey, but it was almost alive in my mouth. The milk was from Straus Family Creamery in Marshall, CA (Marin County). The honey was -- you won't believe me, so see for yourself: