Take some ginger…

Ginger has been around for years, and with good reason. It’s pretty delicious. Originating in Southeast Asia, but now grown widely across the globe, it’s spicy yet sweet flavour makes it the ideal ingredient to experiment with if you’re looking for a new and interesting taste.

You’ll get a different flavour and intensity depending on the form of ginger you choose to use, so when a recipe calls for a certain form, try to get your hands on that. Here are just a few little things you can try as you delve into this taste sensation:

 

  • The next time you make a soy-based sauce, add a little bit of ground or fresh ginger for added flavour
  • Make a refreshing salad dressing using oil, vinegar, grated ginger, sugar and a drop of soy sauce
  • When you prepare a leg of lamb in the oven, mix freshly cut ginger and red wine for the marinade
  • Ginger, thyme and garlic complement each other nicely and are great in chicken dishes
  • When browning minced meat, sprinkle about 1 tsp ground ginger over the mince for a nice aroma and less of a meaty taste
  • If you find it difficult to drink enough water in winter, allow freshly cut ginger to soak in boiling water for a few minutes and then remove it. This will give the water a slightly sweet taste
  • For a healthy side dish, mix lentils, boiling water, tinned tomato and ginger in a pot and simmer for about 45 minutes. Add some chopped red and green peppers just before serving

 

Adapted from Food Flavours. See www.soundbites.co.za

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