I didn't want to do a rushed post because Nicola deserves more then that. another Food24 original, Nicola has always impressed me with her beautifully packed lunches. No matter how much I try I can never replicate and mine always look like a sad mockery of hers. As a designer I really appreciate creativity in every day things and Nicola really brings that into her food. If I had to open a lunch box with her creations at work every day my days would be filled with smiles. So without further ado, I bring you the Bento Master :)
Lady Raven has been asking me if I would like to do a guest post for her for awhile and every time she has extended the invitation I've chickened out. But this week when she asked I couldn't say no and so a mad scrambled began as I tried to figure out what to post about. Luckily I found something in my archives that thought might be fun to revisit, home-made pickled ginger. Making it yourself is so easy and the flavour is much fresher and not as sweet as the commercially produced kind.
It's a really simple process, all you need are four ingredients
- fresh ginger - about 5cm long
- salt - enough to sprinkle over slicked ginger
- 1 cup rice wine vinegar and
- 2/3 cup sugar
- Peel the ginger and thinly slice using a mandoline or vegetable peeler.
- Sprinkle slices with salt and leave in a bowl for an hour or so.
- Drain the slices of ginger and pat dry to remove any excess salt.
- Gently heat the vinegar and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the vinegar and sugar solution over the sliced ginger and leave to cool.
- Once cooled store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.
You don't have to limit yourself to eating pickled ginger as an accompaniment to sushi either. Here I've used it in a salad (you can't really see it, but it is there) with some sliced chicken breast, avocado, orange, cucumber and mint. It's a really refreshing meal for those warmer days that are heading our way.