The Ancient Egyptians used different spices.
The ginger plant is thought to have originated in India and was one of the first spices in Europe and Asia. It has been used in cooking for flavour and for health benefits. The Ancient Egyptians are known to have grown ginger to use in their cooking and for medicinal reasons to help keep illness away. It may have been introduced to them by the Greeks; it is believed to be good for digestion and eye health.
Cooking with Ginger
If you like ginger (not everyone does as it is a strong flavour) then you might like to bake these ginger cookies. Don’t worry if you haven’t got stem ginger but it adds a more intense flavour and texture.
You will need:
110g soft brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup
75g (4-5 balls) stem ginger (usually in syrup) finely chopped
350g Self raising flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 baking sheets greased or with baking parchment
- Preheat oven to 190 degress C. An adult should always supervise
- Melt butter, sugar, syrup and stem ginger in a pan
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients to form a dough
- Divide the dough in to equal pieces (about 16) and roll in to balls
- Place the balls of dough on to the baking trays and press down with a fork to flatten. Keep them evenly spaced out
- Bake for approximately 7 minutes until golden.
- Allow to cool and enjoy