Keep the cold at bay with a warming cup of fresh ginger.
‘All that’s good is found in Ginger’, according to an old Indian Proverb, and this is especially true during autumn and winter ‘cold and flue season’. Ginger claims a myriad of healing benefits one of which is its anti viral properties. It is also revered for its anti inflammatory ‘gingerols, which reputedly help to sooth stiff and sore joints. Ginger gently warms and calms, yet is at the same time energising. These two simple hot ginger infusions are perfect winter warmers. The first, Thai Ginger Tea, is gentle and calming, the second, ‘Ginger Coffee’, is punchy and invigorating. Both are easy to prepare, and you can make enough to last the entire day. Continue reading
Fresh Cavalo Nero
Last week I was lucky enough to have a cookery session with Giulia Scarpaleggia at her fabulous Tuscan Cookery School, Jule’s Kitchen (www.juleskitchen.com). On the menu, amongst other mouth-watering traditional Tuscan dishes was a Cavalo Nero salad. Now I confess to being a little intimidated by this elegant nutritious brassica with its long slender dusky dark green leaves, having learned from experience that you need to know how to prepare it for a good result. Continue reading
Blackberry and Apple Crumble
Is the Soggy crumble thing of the past? The modern trend for deconstructing traditional dishes insists on separately cooking the fruit and topping before pairing. The result, a crumble par excellence; succulent fruit sweetened to perfection, bathing in its own syrup and topped with golden, buttery crumble. Continue reading