It's sooo hooot!
I know, I know, it's nowhere near as hot and humid as it was last week, but I still leave work all sticky and quite grumpy from having spent the entire day fighting with clothes that insist on clinging to every inch of my body. As soon as I step out from work, the only thought to inhabit my mind is the ice-cold water that awaits in my fridge.
Granted, it wasn't really all that hard to give up the bottle: I'm not much of a water drinker. In fact, I only started to drink water when I lived in France, where water with bubbles takes up entire aisles at the supermarket. It was the bubbles that got me, and the fact that mineral water in France is a little salty... But I digress.
My long standing objection to water had always been its lack of flavour. I could not see the point of it, when tea, coffee, milk and juice fulfilled the same job and tasted so much better. I have changed my mind since then, especially now that I work in sweltering kitchens. I do feel the hydrating benefits of a tall glass of water. I know that my body needs and craves water. But my taste buds are still not excited by water. At home, I will sometimes adulterate my water with syrups and squashes, though I must say that in the midst of a killer heat wave, I don't want my water to be sweet.
So I've partially solved my herbal glut by throwing a few sprigs in my water pitcher. It's not the end-all-be-all solution, but it is a quick fix. And I do mean quick: there is no need to let the herbs steep for hours before enjoying a refreshing glass of herbed water. The herbs impart their aroma within minutes of hitting the water. If your pitcher is already chilled, you can help yourself to a glassful more or less as soon as the last sprig hits the H²O.
It's also a good way to get rid of a few extra cucumbers you may have lying about. If you've signed up for a CSA basket, you are probably being invaded by the cucumbers right about now. Or maybe you would prefer something sweet: if you have left-over bits of fruit sitting in the fridge, they can go in the water too.
All those bits and pieces won't keep forever in the water though, they will have to be strained out after about 3 days, but in the meantime, you will have refilled the pitcher several times, and drunk lots of tasty water.
À votre soif!
P.S. Before bringing the sliced cucumber out to the compost pile, they could have a second life as eye masks or as a soothing compress for sunburns. Or you can blitz everything, and have a tall glass of green smoothie.