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.
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.