The power of ginger.

I love cooking with spices and natural ingredients and since I discovered the benefits and the simplicity of preparing drinks and food with ginger, I am not abandoning it anymore. In my fridge there is always a fresh root of ginger plus in my cabinet I never miss plenty of herbs and spices in little cans and bottles. I think this is a tradition of my family, to always prefer spices and herbs instead of salt and artificial seasonings and I am more than glad about it!
Talking about ginger, last week I had a strong pain in my abdomen and I felt like exploding, so I decided to follow a simple recipe for a hot drink based on this root. In 20 minutes I was able to prepare and taste this special and relieving drink, which helped me to kick out my pain and warm me up before going to bed. It worked!
Ginger is good for your stomach, it relieves nausea and motion sickness, it is good for mentrual discomfort and it boosts your blood circulation by helping your arteries, it reduces infiammations and fights colds, it warms you up and kicks up your energy. If you want to read more : http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=72


Ginger tea
Ingredients:
4cm of a fresh ginger root
5 glasses of fresh water
juice of half a lemon
honey

Proceeding:
Put water into a pot with minced ginger root. Cook on moderate heat and let it boil for 5 minutes, add lemon juice and take the pot out from the fire. Add honey if you want to give a sweet taste to the tea. Drink it hot and enjoy the benefits of this amazing beverage.

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When ginger meets raisins and tea.

Delicacy and softness with a taste of character.
This cake has all of those details: the delicacy of the roiboos tea, the softness of the dairy-free dough and the spicy taste of ginger. The time of rising is the secret of this deliciousness.
Probably one of my favourite piece of cake for brekfast! 😉


Ginger, raisins and tea cake
Ingredients:
350gr flour
15gr of dry yeast + 1 pinch of baking soda
80gr brown sugar
juice of half a lemon
1 large cup of rooibos tea
half of a fresh ginger root
half cup of raisins
2 table spoons of oil

Proceeding:
Blend the sugar with oil, lemon juice and tea in a bowl.
Add chopped ginger root and raisins.
Add the flour, dry yeast and baking soda little by little, combining all the ingredients untill the dough is smooth and uniform.
Let it rise for about 2 hours in a warm place, far from drafts.
Bake the cake in a pre-warmed oven at 175°C for 40 minutes.
Serve at room temperature with jam.

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E faccio i miei migliori auguri di Buon Compleanno alla dolcissima Cecilia Romana per la sua prima candelina da soffiare 😉 … ricordati di esprimere anche il tuo primo desiderio!