Ginger is one of my very favourite flavours to use when baking. But it’s important to remember that it’s an ingredient that comes in many varieties. These Dark Chocolate Ginger Biscuits for instance have a subtle, sweet ginger flavour. On the flip side, my recipe for ginger nuts is far more powerful and full of spice. The difference is in the ginger used – stem ginger is mellow; root or ginger powder is more robust.
Running from January all the way through to the end of April the Yorkshire forced rhubarb season is one of the best things about food in the first few months of the year. More delicate and slightly sweeter than the main crop, forced rhubarb is the perfect candidate for my rhubarb and ginger jam recipe.
It used to be the case that the point at which most people started to nurture festive cheer and excitement was when the classic “Holidays are Coming” Coca-Cola advert first appeared on the television. While this cultural phenomenon remains to a greater or lesser extent true, another indicator has more recently emerged; the gingerbread latté. To be frightfully honest, I’ve only ever had one of these Western delicacies and while it was somewhat delicious, I prefer my coffee bitter and strong. Besides, most gingerbread lattes are served from the centre of caffeine Hell (Starbucks) and are, as such, rather un-frugal.
As you may have noticed, I write rather a lot about flavour combinations. Since few ingredients can bring enough flavour to make a great dish, it is important they have a partner in gastronomic crime. In my mind, there are two distinct types of flavour combination; those that contrast and those that compliment. My previous post, double chocolate cookie bites, is a fantastic example of a contrasting partnership. Happily, for the sake of variation, this recipe exhibits a complimentary culinary combination. Indeed, if one were to visit one’s local green grocers in the dead of night whilst under the influence of a potentially deadly squint, one would almost be able to discern a mushroom and a knob of ginger strolling gaily through the aisles. Perhaps I’ve been indulging in a little too much Toy Story.
One thing really does lead to another in this world of bloggery. A few tit-bits seem to lead to the inevitable deluge of information. However, one might well suppose that it is always best to leave one’s readers wanting more – you shan’t get too much out of me, avid followers. If you wish to know more about what instrument I play you may visit the ‘about me’ section – sleuths you lot are not. In reply to the other questions asked: I am spending time with my girlfriend, Katherine, next week and; if I could be any superhero I would be Desperate Dan, since he gets to eat all the pie. As you can see, I intend not to wash away any carefully formed imaginations about myself quite yet – intrigue is rather underrated. More tit-bits will follow, but you shall be forced to practice restraint.
Hello! I'm Nick, frugal food enthusiast and curator of frugalfeeding, a food blog about eating good, well-sourced food as economically as possible.