The gingeriest ginger cake

The gingeriest ginger cake

Serves 6 200g butter, softened, plus extra 5g to grease 200g dark Muscovado sugar 5 tbsp ginger syrup (from stem ginger jar) 4 eggs, lightly beaten 350g self-raising flour 8 tsp ground ginger 25g fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely grated 100g stem ginger, chopped Lemon drizzle 5 tbsp icing sugar 1 lemon, zest and juice 1. Heat the oven 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4. Cream together the 200g…

Ukrainian apple sponge cake

Apple sponge cake

This is one of the easiest cakes to whip up in seconds. Whenever we had a craving for something sweet, my mum would make this, which she simply called biskvit (a sponge). It is mostly apples, with some fluffy eggy batter spiced with cinnamon and sprinkled with icing sugar. Serves 6 5 eggs 200g caster sugar 200g plain flour 1 tsp cinnamon 4 green…

Eggplants

Aubergine, the underdog

He’s cool, he’s hip. He is Monsieur Auberge. He is the underdog of the vegetable world. Even though he looks slick and mysterious when raw and left whole, an aubergine has very little flavour in his raw state. Throw him on an open flame of a hob and within 20 minutes he is a collapsed a mess but tastes similar to what a Marlboro…