The Road Ahead : October 2012
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB OCT/NOV 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD 13 QUEENSLAND INGREDIENT LIFESTYLE ginger rich christmas cake REAP THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER WITH THIS DECADENT FRUIT CAKE. INGREDIENTS: 230g sultanas; 230g raisins, chopped in half; 150g currants; 250g glacé ginger, diced; 60g finely diced glacé cherries; 200ml sherry; 2½ cups plain flour; 1 tsp baking powder; 1 tsp mixed spice; 250g butter; 250g dark brown sugar; 6 eggs; 60g diced slivered almonds METHOD: Place the sultanas, raisins, currants, cherries, glacé ginger and sherry in a large container with a lid overnight. Preheat the oven to 150oC. Carefully grease a deep 19 cm to 22 cm square cake pan and line with baking paper. Sift together the flour, baking powder and spice. Add the flour to the fruit mixture mixing thoroughly until combined. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy, and the sugar dissolved. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gently add the fruit mixture and almonds to the creamed ingredients and mix to combine. Place the mixture in the prepared pan and bake for 3 to 3½ hours or until golden brown and cooked through. GINGER HAS GAINED a reputation as being a force to be reckoned with on the frontline of healthy living. The herb, which is the edible, underground root of the plant Zingiber Officinale, is used as an ingredient in more than 50 percent of all herbal remedies. Perhaps best known for its ability to ease nausea associated with travel sickness and pregnancy, research by the University of Sydney has indicated ginger could help long-term diabetic patients by aiding the management of high levels of blood sugar. Extracts from ginger were found to increase the uptake of glucose into muscle cells to allow them to operate independently of bloody insulin levels. "The components responsible for the increase in glucose were gingerols, a major part of the ginger rhizome," University of Sydney Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Basil Roufogalis said. "It is hoped that these promising results for managing blood glucose levels can be examined further in human clinical trials." Gingerols are what give ginger a distinctive, spicy taste and are known to produce more digestive juices and help neutralise the stomach acids associated with nausea. Ginger is also a natural decongestant, and has been used for centuries to reduce the symptoms of colds and flu. As a diaphoretic, an agent that produces perspiration, ginger fights colds by gently raising the body temperature. Add to the evidence that it contains anti-inflammatory properties which can lessen the pain of arthritis, and can be useful in the treatment of migraines, and it becomes clear that ginger isn't an ordinary herb. Best of all, it tastes fantastic. ginger has much going for it The benefits of this wondrous root, produced prolifically on the Sunshine Coast, are many and varied. STORY DEB ECCLESTON win The Road Ahead and Buderim Ginger are giving away five hampers filled with ginger products including Ginger Bears, Gingerbons, Sweet Chilli and Ginger Sauce and Original Ginger Marmalade, plus a Family Pass to the Buderim Ginger Factory, each valued at $100. To enter, simply visit roadahead. com.au/win/ginger.
August 1st 2012