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Ginger syrup

I’ve been big into homemade preserves lately and absolutely love the flavour of ginger.  I came across this ginger syrup recipe from Saveur magazine and was very impressed with the results. I love the peppery bite this syrup has with the added black pepper. I modified the recipe by adding more sugar and  found I had to boil the syrup down considerably to get a nice thick consistency of maple syrup. This could be used on pancakes, to moisten cakes, on ice cream or even added to sodas.


Ginger syrup
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Recipe type: condiment
Serves: 4
  • 1 6 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 11/2 tsp whole black peppercorns
  1. Peel and slice ginger and add to 2 qt pot
  2. Add sugar, water and peppercorns and boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until almost reduced in half (30 minutes)
  4. Chill overnight, then strain into a glass or plastic bottle
  5. Refrigerate



Fermented Ketchup

My kitchen is alive these days in every corner. Starting with kimchi in one corner, I  now have water kefir bubbling away along with ketchup, mustard and carrots.  Fermenting my food is new to me but I have learned that it’s the best way to store food and create a live probiotic. I love the fact that this ketchup is made without fructose and has a lovely sauerkraut flavor. If you look back at my kimchi recipe, you will now use the live fermented juice to activate the ketchup. I started with pure tomato paste..preferably jarred organic if you can find it. Here is the recipe for fermented ketchup.

Fermented Ketchup
Cuisine: condiment
  • 3 7oz cans or jars of tomato paste
  • ⅓ cups raw honey
  • 3 TBLS raw apple cider vinegar
  • 6 TBLS sauerkraut juice
  • 21/2 fine grind kosher salt
  • pinch cayenne
  1. I fermenting jar (old mustard dijon jar with rubber seal)
  2. Add all the ingredients in the jar and mix well.
  3. Seal the jar and leave on the counter for 3 days.
  4. Open lid everyday to check on fermentation.
  5. Refrigerate after 3 days