Honey lemon and lime has always been a bestseller, one of the more popular drinks with its refreshing taste of sweetness and sourness. It’s tasty, the kitchen staff loved it, I loved it; it’s just a good thirst quencher.
Until now…. when two new contenders entered the competition – the Strawberry Basil and the Honey Orange Lemon Lime (and salt) drinks. Long stories short, Strawberry Basil isn’t the main focus of my tall (beverage) tale – it’s Honey Orange Lemon Lime (and salt).
By the way to side-track a little, I do find it ironic that for a place called “The Garden Slug”, we’re using salt in our dishes and drinks. That’s because salt is a desiccant.
What is a desiccant, it is a dehydrating agent. Now what does this have to do with slugs? 90% of the slug’s body is made out of water.
By pouring salt onto a slug, you perform a reaction called “osmosis” which would literally suck all the water out of the poor thing, killing the slug in an instant. In other words salt should be banned!
Okay now that I’ve satisfied my ADD let’s get back to the main topic.
Do you have friends who take ages to reply to you? Like between 48 hours to never. And then miraculously one day you get an almost instant reply, and you’re like “Whoa they love me!” but turns out it’s only coz they’re on the porcelain throne and have nothing better to do. OR WORSE – ARE YOU ONE OF THOSE PEOPLES???
Well. As it turns out, yours truly always gets instant replies. Only because I have a sixth sense for when my friends are making that long distance call, if you know what I mean.
We all have superpowers. It’s all a matter of whether you care to acknowledge them or not.
As a collective group of SuperSlugs, our special C-grade superpower is… dreaming up weird combinations of food and giving them glamorous names and fancy descriptions.
Such as Low-fat Carrot Vichyssoise topped with toasted sesame. On Twitter we even add a #superfood hashtag to it. We’re so relevant it hurts.
Then there’s the Homemade Chia Seeded Honey Yoghurt. Selling point? Homemade (yes we make our own yoghurt). And chia seeds, the latest fitness foodie craze. We know this because we read the Straits Times.
To further prove our C-grade superpower-ness, we held an innocuous mac & cheese hostage, pelleted it with hand-rolled meatballs, smited it with Marmite (of all things), and finally interrogated it with an egg and lots of mozzarella. It survived the ordeal, emerged victorious and is now known as a “Mac & Cheese with Muscle“.
Finally, you can’t go wrong with the Super Combo of Nutella, bananas and toasted almonds. Perfect as either a pre-run boost or post-run treat.
We summon our superpowers every week on Wednesday evening and they usually last through Sunday.
We’re looking for more people with C-grade superpowers to join our team of X-Slugs. We’ll be at the ST Jobs career fair this weekend 12-13 July, Booth E22 at MBS halls D & E. If you know someone whose superpowers are yet unrecognised and underdeveloped, sacrifice them to us. Or if nothing else, come say Hi to lovely Jo-anne Slug and affable Andrew Slug.
It’s greenish for St Patrick’s Day, a day for festive boozing
And Garden Slugs are never slow for fun and song and shmoozing.
Tho’ no sane Slug has ever kissed the blessed Blarney Stone,
There is no lack of yakety-yak or puns to make you groan.
So put your shamrock on your button, your green shirt on your back,
and hit the road to Lorong L for beer or meal or snack.
We cannot know if leprechauns will serve you at your table
But we will cook a yummy feast and feed you what we’re able.
by Shireen Lim (a.k.a. resident Poet Slug)
Shireen is full-time mother, gardener, cook, baker and ice-cream maker, and Part-Time Slug. She is also the proud owner of a bright orange bicycle.
Mary had a little lamb,
Some kind of fusion ‘pho’,
But she had longings for this dish
so to the Slug she’ll go.
Mary’s lamb is not for school,
Is not for faint of heart
Mary’s lamb is major food
for soul… and every body part.
Shireen is full-time mother, gardener, cook, baker and ice-cream maker, and part-time Slug. She cycles to TGS mostly weekdays mornings on a bright orange bicycle. If you look up “AWSUM” in the dictionary you’d see Shireen’s picture.