The Spice Trail: cooking with ginger

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This month our trip along The Spice Trail takes us to the Land of Ginger. But our destination could be just about anywhere on the planet. From gingerbread men to ginger beer, from curries to cakes, ginger is an ingredient used the whole world over. And that’s precisely why I am so excited about seeing your ginger-inspired dishes, as who knows what you might come up with.

Fresh or dried, preserved in syrup or crystallised, ginger must surely be one of our most popular spices and is used in savoury and sweet dishes in equal measure. As usual, I turn to the Leon book of Ingredients & Recipes to see what they have to say on the subject of ginger…

Zingiber officinale is a rhizome that was indigenous to South East Asia before the Chinese made it world-wide popular. A natural remedy, specifically for warding off colds, most of the power is concentrated in the outermost 2mm, so best not to peel, just give it a good wash and as long as it’s good and fresh you can grate it just like that. Elizabeth David used to swear by keeping it in foil in the fridge but I think our supply and fridges are better these days. Ferocious in its intensity, historically ginger has been used in many ways, both medicinal and culinary, savoury and sweet. A vital part of all Asian cooking, it was being ground and transported to Europe by the Romans, but more for health reasons. It wasn’t for about another 1,000 years that it started to be used in cookery, but then things really took off (candied ginger became a favourite ingredient in medieval England.) Good for dodgy tums, as well as clearing the paths and passages in your body.

But what I really want to know is, what’s your favourite way to cook with ginger?

Win a set of spice tins from Dotcomgiftshop

This month’s winner of The Spice Trail challenge will be lucky enough to receive a gorgeous set of six Pantry Design spice tins, thanks to the kind people at Dotcomgiftshop.

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How to enter The Spice Trail

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  • Display the The Spice Trail badge (above and also available here) on your recipe post, and link back to this challenge post.
  • You may enter as many recipe links as you like, so long as they feature this month’s key ingredient, ginger.
  • Send your recipe URL to me at vanesther-at-reescommunications-dot-co-dot-uk, including your own email address and the title of your recipe or post. The closing date this month is Friday 28 March 2014.
  • If you tweet your post, please mention #TheSpiceTrail and me @BangerMashChat in your tweet and I’ll retweet each one I see.
  • Feel free to republish old recipe posts, but please add the information about this challenge and The Spice Trail badge.
  • As entries come in, links to these will be added to the bottom of this page.
  • At the end of the month a guest judge will choose a winning recipe and the winner this month will receive a set of spice tins from Dotcomgiftshop.
  • The winner will be announced in a monthly round-up of all the entries.
  • All entries will be added to The Spice Trail Pinterest Board.

So what ginger goodies will you come up with for this month’s Spice Trail? Any questions, please tweet or email me.

And thanks to everyone who entered February’s caraway challenge – you’ll find the round-up of recipes here.

March’s entries

  1. Chicken in Ginger and Spring Onion Sauce from The Spicy Pear
  2. Methi Vegetable Malai from Home Cook Food
  3. Baked Sea Bass with Ginger, Garlic & Chilli and Miso Rice from Bangers & Mash
  4. Kala Chana Aur Methi Curry from Home Cook Food
  5. Apricot, Gingers & Pecan Breakfast Bars from The Hedge Combers
  6. Chicken & Veggie Chow Mein from Eat Your Veg

  7. Ginger Parkin from Mamacook
  8. Carrot, Ginger & Pumpkin Soup from Mamacook
  9. Gingerbread Men from Mamacook
  10. Sugar Free Date & Ginger Muffins from Mamacook
  11. Quick Ginger Biscuits from Mamacook
  12. Lettuce Wrapped Pork from Mamacook
  13. Spicy Chickpeas from Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous
  14. Tomato & Lentil Soupy Broth from Slice Off Me
  15. Goan Shrimp Curry from Cooking for Kishore
  16. Chickpea & Kabocha Squash Lemongrass Curry from The Taste Space
  17. Curried Carrot Soup from Recipes From A Pantry
  18. Mushrooms, Tamarind, Ginger and Spice from Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous
  19. Spiced Teacakes from The Garden Deli
  20. Slow Cooked Pork in Tonkatsu Sauce (Japanese Barbecue Sauce) from Searching for Spice
  21. Ginger Simnel Cupcakes from The Lass in the Apron
  22. Lamb Kofta Curry from My Golden Pear
  23. Coconut & Ginger Cake Pops from Chocolate Log Blog
  24. Speculoos Ice Cream from Edible Things
  25. Broccoli Ginger Stir Fry from Spicy, Quirky and Serendipitous
  26. Fresh Ginger Cake from The Fig Tree
  27. Dutch Ginger Cake Squares from Family – Friends – Food
  28. Ginger Cookies from Family – Friends – Food
  29. Ginger Wine Zabaglione with Mango from Lapin d’Or and More
  30. Homemade Pickled Ginger for Sushi from Vohn’s Vittles
  31. Steamed Crispy Shanghai Bok Choy in Ginger Garlic Sauce from Nasifriet @ By The Way
  32. Gingerade from Edible Things
  33. Ginger Chutney from The Odd Pantry
  34. Soy & Ginger Glazed Salmon & Courgette Kebabs from Eat Your Veg

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35 thoughts on “The Spice Trail: cooking with ginger

  1. Oh, I have exactly the right recipe for this month’s challenge. I took the photos yesterday, and am finishing writing it up, so it will be up soon. I have to say, I was secretly hoping for ginger or nutmeg this month. Thanks Vanesther 😀

  2. gosh, another challenge! I’ll try – I promise! I am soo bad at doing challenges, but as someone else said the tins look lovely!

    1. I know, I know! There are so many challenges about now aren’t there? But if you do happen to post any ginger dishes this month, I’ll give you a prod re linking up. Those spice tins would.make it well worth it 😉

  3. I really need to get my act together and take part in your challenge, I just keep missing it. GG

  4. Hey Vanesther I feel like such a klutz for not having participated earlier considering most of my recipes have lots of different spices! but entered this time , the email I sent you keeps bouncing back but have linked my post to yours.x

    1. Better late than never Manjiri! Good to have you on board this month with your delicious tomato and lentil soup. Not sure what on earth’s going on with those emails though…

  5. Hi Vanesther, i just sent you an email with my URL. I hope I’m not too late. I LOVE cooking with Ginger, that’s why I could not resist when you put up this challenge, but I only noticed this this week..

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