Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Ginger free ginger cake

I was going to make ginger cake. Then I discovered I didn't have any ginger.

So I decided to make apple cake. Only to find I didn't have any apples either.

At that point it was, 'Shall I go back to bed?'

But I persevered and decided I would make ginger cake anyway. Younger Son crystallised some ginger for Christmas presents and while the ginger has all gone the gingery sugar was left so I used that. I shall let you know if it works.

Ginger-free cake topped with slightly gingery icing
(I've been to the shop)

Sometimes I go for ages just cooking the same old (boring) favourites; and sometimes I have a spree of trying new recipes. This week, for example, not only am I making ginger-less ginger cake but I've made rich venison and red wine pie (left) and tonight we're having braised beef short ribs. I've sort of followed a recipe but thrown in a few extras. The pie was good made with potato and celeriac mash topping instead of pastry - my diet you know - so we'll have to hope tonight's dinner is as successful.

Postscript: it was!

Beef short ribs braised in beer.
Not burned!

But the bits did give a lovely rich brown colour to the gravy.
Served with root veg mash, broccoli and sprouts.


SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Root veg mash on top of cottage pie is yummy, too. Almost slimming, really.

Leslie: said...

That looks SO yummy!

Liz Hinds said...

It is definitely slimming, sonata! According to Slimming World!

It was actually, leslie.