Is it me, or is this going to be the start of the year of Ginger? And I'm referring to the spice, not the fabulous drag queen Ginger Grant!
That Ginger is always in vogue and ever fabulous! No, I'm referring to the spice.Ginger is one of the most versatile spices we know. It's pungent citrus-like flavor is a compliment to many ingredients, both sweet and savory! We absolutely love it in our holiday cakes and cookies, but then I also throw a teaspoon or two into long braises and savory root vegetable gratins. Careful, though - ginger can quickly go from being a tantalizing back-note to overpowering the entire dish, just like Ginger Grant!!! Sorry girl, you never thought you'd be used in a food post did ya? Remember when pomegranate was all the rage in drinks and good food? Well, the other day my good friend and fellow blogger Kailyn were discussing Ginger sidecars, a lovely little cock-a-tail that the Mistress just became acquainted with. Boy are they mind altering!!!! On my recent trip to the liqueur store I got all the fix ins for the lovely little gem, and here's the one I made.
It contains muddled ginger, four oz of brandy, two oz of Cointreau,lemon juice and two teaspoons of maple syrup. And I also added a pinch of ginger brandy, you know, for good measure. Yum! Anywho, Kailyn and I were saying that ginger is popping up everywhere! Since then I have seen ginger candy, ginger popping up like crazy in all my favorite restaurants seasonal menus and I even had a Ginger Latte at the local coffeehouse. Even the chocolate boutique Godiva has come out with a ginger truffle! Fresh ginger is good for so many things. We love how crystallized ginger safely and naturally soothes an upset stomach. We love ginger, strong and spicy, in hot tea. We really love it in pumpkin pie. When buying ginger look for full, plump roots that are juicy and not dried out on the ends at all. Some of the most recent other things I had with Ginger.
Grilled chicken with a ginger sauce
Brown fried rice with ginger and scallions
Even a ginger gelleto.
And of course, who doesn't love gingerbread! And if any of you try the Ginger side car let me know what you think. It's great to have when coming in from the cold. I can see I'm going to be drunk alot this winter! Tootles!