Ginger

By:Brandon Blythe

Description

  • Ginger is a spice
  • It originated in South China, then eventually spread to all of Asia and West Africa
  • It thrives in warm and subtropical climate.
  • The root is the part of the plant that is used
  • Sold whole or grounded usually

Cooking Uses

Used in Chinese foods such as tofu.


Quatre Epices is French for four spices and is a blend that commonly includes pepper, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger..

Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds carrots (6-7 large carrots), peeled and sliced thin
  • 2 cups chopped white or yellow onion
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 large strips of zest from an orange
  • Chopped chives, parsley, dill or fennel for garnish



METHOD



1 Melt the butter in a soup pot over medium heat and cook the onions and carrot, stirring occasionally, until the onions soften, about 5 to 8 minutes. Do not let the onions or carrots brown. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt over the carrots and onions as they cook.


2 Add the stock and water and the ginger the strips of orange zest. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the carrots soften, about 20 minutes.


3 Remove the strips of orange zest and discard. Working in small batches, pour the soup into a blender and purée until completely smooth. Only fill the blender bowl a third full with the hot liquid and keep one hand pressing down on the cap of the blender to keep it from popping off. Add more salt to taste. (You will need more salt if you are using homemade unsalted stock or unsalted butter.)

Garnish with chopped chives, parsley, or fennel fronds.

Websites

Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.



Han, Emily. "25 Spice Mixes From Around the World." N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.


"Carrot Ginger Soup Recipe | SimplyRecipes.com." Simply Recipes. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.