TEA AND GINGER JELLIES or GELATINE DI TEA E ZENZERO

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One of the many things my mother transmitted to me was her love of ginger. When I was bout eleven she introduced me to tea with ginger, you couldn’t get fresh ginger in Sweden at that time but ground ginger is a staple spice for Swedish baking so we used that, a sprinkle of dried and ground ginger over the tea cup, a quick stir and down it went. We continued to look for gingery things as soon as we got together, I specially remember our joy when she came to London to visit me when I spent a year there to do research for my PhD thesis and we found ginger wine. Now I think that ginger wine probably is quite disgusting but we loved it and she worked hard for month afterwards to make it at home. But she never really managed to reach the heights of the one we bought. I have this lovely memory of us sitting sipping ginger wine and watching Doris Day movies, just enjoying the moment and how nice life can be sometimes. I still like to see Doris Day movies even though it’s really so out of character (mine I mean) because it brings back my mother to me (I hasten to say that she didn’t resemble Doris Day at all in case you wonder) and how she managed to create such a nice atmoshere all the time just by being herself.

tea and ginger jelly

TEA AND GINGER JELLIES or GELATINE DI TEA E ZENZERO

350 ml/1,48 cup black tea
150 ml/0,63 cup sugar
150 ml/0,63 cup water
Fresh ginger, I used quite a large chunk because I like it strong
3 tsp gelatine powder but it’s always best to control the dosage on the packet.

– Simmer sugar and water with slices of of ginger in it for about 10 minutes.
– Add a little water to the gelatine powder to soak up.
– Mix hot tea and ginger syrup, add the gelatine and mix very well.
– Pour into small ramekins or aluminium forms and put them in the fridge for 3-4 hours to settle.
– Serve as a refreshing break!

tea and ginger jelly

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