Ideas and recipes with spices

Allspice

Allspice can be used in biscuits, drinks, desserts and other dishes:

Adding a couple of allspice berries when you are making glühwein or chai tea will add warmth to your drink (perfect if you are heading into winter);

Adding allspice to sweet dishes like gingerbread, apple pie or dark chocolate desserts, will add a bit of sweetness and spice to these dishes.

*Please note that, if you have any health problem or is pregnant, speak to your medical practitioner first before using Allspice.

Ginger

Spicy tea:  ginger is not just used to ease nausea or an upset stomach.  It can also be a wonderful tonic and a refreshing drink to have anytime of the day or year.  Here is an easy recipe, if you would like to make yourself a spicy tea:

Peal and chop 3 pieces of fresh root ginger (1 inch / 2.5 cm);

Put it into a pan of 1 3?4 pt / 1L water and 4 – 5 tsp clear honey;

Bring it to the boil, the let it simmer for 15 – 20 minutes before straining it;

Serve either hot or cold.

Exotic coffee:  yes, you read it correctly – ginger can also be added to coffee:

Peel and chop 1 inch / 2.5 cm piece of fresh root ginger;

Put it into a pan of 1 ¼ pt / 750 ml of water;

Bring it to the boil, then let it simmer for 15 minutes before straining it;

Using the flavoured water, make yourself a cup of coffee, with / without sugar.

Mace and Nutmeg 

Nutmeg is often used in Egg Nog but can also be used in other drinks (and dishes) alike.  Similar to cinnamon, it has a calming effect and used for many different ailments.

Egg Nog:  you will need 1 XL egg; 1 tbsp brandy / sherry; ½ pt / 300 ml milk; freshly grated nutmeg to serve.  Whisk the egg and sugar together, then add the brandy / sherry.  Heat the milk but be careful not to let it boil.  Pour this over the egg mixture and make sure to mix it well.  Once mixed, pour the egg nog into a serving glass and sprinkle some freshly grated nutmeg over.

Double Chocolate Dream:  a comforting drink after a long, hard day!

You will need:  ½ pt / 300 ml chocolate flavoured milk; ¼ – ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg; 1 oz / 25 g white chocolate, finely chopped or grated; ½ oz / 15 g mini marshmallows; freshly grated nutmeg to serve.

Place the milk and nutmeg in a pan and heat until almost boiling.  Add the chocolate and marshmallows.  Pour the mixture into a mug and sprinkle the rest of the freshly grated nutmeg over.  Enjoy!

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