It is very well known that ginger has many health benefits but it also tastes and smells great. I actually have ginger scented candles as I love the fragrance so much.
A few fun facts about ginger...
🐑 In Roman times one pound of ginger was equivalent to the price of a whole sheep.
🍣 Ginger turns pink when pickled in sweet vinegar which is what you get with your sushi.
👸🏼 Queen Elizabeth I of England has been credited with the invention of the gingerbread man.
Here’s a few easy ways to get ginger into your daily diet (and with all those health properties why wouldn’t you?....
🔸Add a teaspoon of ginger to any stir fry you make. It’s best to add it to the pan with a little bit of oil first before you add your meat or veggies. But watch it carefully as it will burn very quickly.
🔸To make your own ginger tea, chop a 2cm knob of ginger, then pour boiling water over the top and let steep for around 5 minutes. You can add a squeeze of lemon and/or a day of honey if you like. This is also a nice refreshing drink when chilled.
🔸Grate some ginger over the top of fresh salads for a zingy alternative to oil dressings.
I’m not really much of a cake person, but that all changes if ginger cake is on offer. Perhaps because its not overly rich and the ginger tends to offset the sweetness. So tonight, I’m sharing an easy ginger cake recipe. If you have a really sweet tooth include the icing but this is a great tasting cake without it. Tip: eat warm with a little bit of butter.
Ingredients 1 1/2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup self-raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon Ground Ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup light olive oil
1 cup golden syrup
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup milk
2 1/2 cups icing sugar mixture
1 orange, rind finely grated, juiced
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
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