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October 04, 2018

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How the classic Moscow Mule got its name and copper mugs

It's National Vodka Day! Yes, there is, in fact, a National Vodka Day, so let's take this opportunity to celebrate it with the very best ingredients.

Then Moscow Mule is such a great cocktail.  (Get the kit here with mugs, ginger syrup, and recipe cards)A few simple ingredients and you have a refreshing cocktail that has broad appeal. Combine it with copper mugs and it's eye-catching!

It seems like so many iconic drinks started out as a marketing campaign. Most accounts have a John G. Martin buying the rights to the Russian Smirnoff brand in the late 1930s only to find that vodka was not the drink of choice. The Second World War was yet to burst upon the world, but the memories of WWI and the Russian Revolution were still fresh. The story goes (and this coincidence is perhaps a bit of a stretch) that Martin was discussing his issue getting vodka sales moving with two friends, one with a similar problem with ginger ale and one with copper mugs. This is just a crazy enough combination to possibly be true. The three set about solving this business problem by combining their respective products into a newly manufactured drink - the Moscow Mule. Just as I can personally attest (as an Australian) that the "blooming onion" only exists at Outback Steakhouse and nowhere in Australia, the Moscow Mule was a marketing creation and not the historic drink of Cossack warriors.

Nevertheless, what was handed down since the 1930s has become a favorite. The drink has been made with ginger ale, but we've found that by using our Ginger Syrup you can better control the flavor.

Moscow Mule Recipe

 

 

Ginger Syrup

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August 31, 2018

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Infused Water - A Great Way to Stay Hydrated

Turmeric Dusted Baby Ginger Infused Water

It's summer and we all need to think about keeping ourselves and our families well hydrated. It is one of the key things we can do to help build and maintain a Strong Active Life™. Is it really possible to consume the recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day? Not only is it possible, it can be enjoyable and full of whole health benefits. One answer is simple - "Infused Water."

The recipe couldn't be easier. Make your own spa-quality Turmeric Ginger Water with Turmeric Dusted Baby Ginger. For a citrus mint burst, try Lemon and Mint Dusted Baby Ginger. Just add a piece to a water bottle, infuser or tumbler of sparkling, still or tap water. Give it a shake or stir. Let it sit for a few minutes and drink. At the end, eat the piece of ginger. It will still be packed with flavor.

Our bodies are 60% water, and our very life is dependent on water. We've all heard these statistics. It isn't just a life or death question. Our bodies and mind run much better with the correct amount of water. More on this topic in a later blog. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggest a consumption of 2.5 liters per day for women and 3.7 liters per day for men.

Easy to say, but let's put that into perspective. That is equal to 84 fluid oz of water for women and 125 fluid oz for men. It doesn't just vary with male/female, it also depends on age, size and physical activity, so for simplicity let's just call it 90 fluid oz on average. My math gives an equivalency of 9 x 8 oz glasses of water per day. 

Our daily water intake can come from a number of sources and not from just drinking 9 glasses a day. Many of our foods have a high water content and count toward this daily target. Fruit, for example, is often 90% water. A large apple like the one I weighed as 12 oz, would be about equal to an 8 oz glass of water. 


 

Tea, coffee, fruit juice and soda are all mostly water, so an 8 oz coffee counts as one of the 9 glasses we need each day. For many of us, that still leaves 40+ fluid oz a day to be consumed (5 x 8 oz glasses).

Enjoying 16 fluid oz of infused water each day is a great way to help reach the daily goal. Many people are just not motivated to drink plain water except when they're thirsty. As we age, our bodies are less reliable at letting us know when we are mildly dehydrated. Tea and coffee are after all just another form of infused water. Let's describe infused water as anything that is left to "steep" in water. The water acts as a carrier and moves some of the flavor, nutrients and other compounds into the water.

Back through time, people who did heavy manual labor realized that if you flavor water with ginger, you can consume more water without that bloated feeling. Infusing your water with our range of ginger-based products is a quick, simple and delicious way to help stay hydrated.

Recipe - Curried Turmeric Honey Shrimp with Pasta

A quick and satisfying weeknight or date night meal - ready in under 20 minutes! Like so many of our recipes, this tasty meal is wellness on a plate. Olive oil brings out the flavor and dissolves the active compounds in the spices ready for your body to use.
 
We chose a high-protein pasta to deliver a full serving of protein, while the shrimp is used sparingly. Think of animal and fish protein as a "garnish" rather than the star of the plate.

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Ingredients: 

  1. Verdant Kitchen Turmeric Infused Honey - 1 tbsp
  2. Shrimp - 8 oz
  3. Red onion - 1 cup, chopped
  4. Frozen peas - 1 cup
  5. Olive oil - 1 tbsp
  6. Cumin - 1/4 tsp
  7. Coriander - 1/4 tsp
  8. Ground black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  9. Low sodium soy sauce - 2 tsp
  10. Cornstarch - 1/2 tsp
  11. Pasta - we chose a high-protein fine spaghetti - 8 oz

Details:

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Boil salted water in a large saucepan and add pasta. Cook according to package directions.
  2. In a skillet, add olive oil, cumin, coriander, black pepper and Verdant Kitchen Turmeric Infused Honey and warm to bloom the spices.
  3. Add shrimp, onions and peas and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Mix cornstarch in 1-2 tbsp. of water and stir to thicken.
  5. Drain pasta.
  6. Plate and serve.
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Recipe - A Healthy Ginger-Cranberry-Almond Snack

Treat yourself and your friends to this healthy Ginger-Cranberry-Almond Snack! Three simple ingredients make a quick snack that's packed with energy and great for picnics, hikes, traveling!

A mix of heart-healthy raw almonds, antioxidant-rich dried cranberries, and Verdant Kitchen Crystallized Ginger.  A delicious way to enhance a strong active lifestyle! 

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Ingredients:

  1. Verdant Kitchen Crystallized Ginger – ½ cup
  2. Dried cranberries – ½ cup
  3. Whole raw almonds – ½ cup

Details

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: None
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  • Combine all 3 ingredients and serve or pack individual servings to go.

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Crystallized Ginger

June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Grilled Fruit Kebabs with Ginger Syrup

A selection of your favorite summer fruits - strawberries, pineapple, peaches, grapes work well - drizzled with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup and grilled. An easy side dish or dessert that's sure to add some healthy flair to your picnic or barbecue!

Summer fruit kebabs with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup
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Ingredients:

  1. Fresh fruit - 3-4 of your favorites such as strawberries, pineapple, peaches, grapes.
  2. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Syrup - 1 tbsp.
  3. Wooden skewers - soaked in water for 20-30 minutes.

Details

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Prepare fruit, cutting larger pieces into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Thread the fruit on the skewers.
  3. Drizzle the fruit with Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup and place the skewers on the grill.
  4. Grill, turning once, until marks appear, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter.

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June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Iced Ginger Mint Green Tea

A quick recipe for a cool, refreshing glass of green tea with ginger and mint - the perfect beverage to sip with summer meals. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint and enjoy!

Iced Ginger Mint Green Tea

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Ingredients

  1. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Mint Green Tea - enough for 4 servings
  2. Sprigs of fresh mint - 6-8
  3. Sweetener to taste - optional

Details

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: None
  • Servings: 4

Preparation

  1. Brew tea
  2. Refrigerate till chilled.
  3. Divide among 4 large ice-filled glasses.
  4. Garnish with sprigs of mint.
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June 27, 2018

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Recipe - Antioxidant-rich Green Salad with Ginger Bites & Candied Pecans

This antioxidant-rich simple salad of fresh greens sprinkled with Candied Ginger Pecans and Ginger Bites is perfect for light summer meals. Dress it with our Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing for an additional burst of flavor from turmeric and honey.

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Ingredients:

  1. Mixed fresh salad greens - 4 oz
  2. Verdant Kitchen Candied Ginger Pecans - 2 oz
  3. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites - 1.6 oz

Details:

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: None
  • Servings: 4

Preparation:

  1. Wash and dry the greens.
  2. Dress with our Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing or your favorite dressing.
  3. Sprinkle salad with the pecans and ginger bites.

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Ginger Bites

 

Try out the delicious and easy Golden Vinaigrette dressing

 

June 03, 2018

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When Harry Met Meghan - a toast to Gingers everywhere.

When Harry Met Meghan
At the Royal Wedding private reception hosted by the groom's dad at Frogmore House, it was reported that the couple had a specially crafted "ginger" cocktail celebrating Prince Harry's famous red hair. That George Clooney jumped over the bar and created this drink to toast one of the world's most loved gingers or not is still disputed.
Now love the term or hate it, "Gingers" hold a very special place in history and a  very special place in our hearts at the ginger-loving Verdant Kitchen®.
Where the term "ginger" came from when referring to those with red hair is also unclear. Perhaps the most likely is the warmth that ginger delivers and the association with the warmth of the color red.
Our cocktail research department (referred to in-house as the CRD) has been hard at work! After much sleuthing, the CRD has concluded that it was a Rum and Ginger cocktail. Thrown off the track early by rumors of the inclusion of elderflowers, which never made much sense to us, the CRD has suggested the following:

When Harry met Meghan - Verdant Kitchen® style

In a great big royal-sized silver punch bowl (plastic will suffice as a stand-in), add the following. Makes 20 servings for paparazzi-dodging guests.
  • Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup - 11.3 oz bottle
  • Dark Rum from any of the colonies (we used Bundaberg Rum as we have much Friday afternoon research and development experience with this Aussie elixir) - 12 oz
  • Soda Water (seltzer) from your antique soda fountain, or 2 x 2-liter bottles of $0.99 soda from your closest grocery
  • A good-sized bucket of ice freshly chipped from the purest clear block, or a bag from the closest gas station
  • 2 oranges sliced and arranged around the edges of the punch bowl and one for each glass
  • Serve in your finest Waterford crystal or IKEA tumbler

Be calm, sip your drink, toast the happy couple and think of England!

 

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Verdant Kitchen® Ginger Syrup

 

May 17, 2018

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Recipe - Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

 

Try this wellness-packed simple and delicious Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing on fresh salad greens. Just 3 ingredients and 3 minutes! It will have your taste buds tingling and your friends and family asking for an extra serving.

This quick dressing is not only tasty, but it supports whole body health. Featuring our Turmeric Infused Honey, you can add some extra crunch and flavor with a sprinkle of our Candied Ginger Pecans!

Recipe - Golden Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Prep Time : 3 Minutes |  Cooking Time: 0 Minutes  |  Servings: 4

Vegetarian

Calories: approx 35 per serving

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Ingredients

  1. Verdant Kitchen™ Turmeric Infused Honey - 1 tbsp.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar (consider raw and unfiltered) - 1 tbsp.
  3. Olive Oil ( consider virgin or extra virgin) - 1 tbsp.

Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients. (A small Mason jar is a good container to make, mix and store salad dressings.)
  2. Shake or whisk the ingredients together for 30 seconds till mixed.
  3. Pour a portion over salad and gently mix the salad to completely cover.
  4. Optional: sprinkle with Candied Ginger Pecans.

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May 02, 2018

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Recipe - Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote with Ginger

Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote features the tartness of rhubarb and apples, the sweetness of strawberries and the warm spice of ginger.

Gently simmered until soft and sweet.

Rhubarb is a cool-season perennial plant with a taste somewhat similar to green apples - which is to say, it’s tart. It is a member of the buckwheat family and, botanically speaking, it's a vegetable, not a fruit! The leaves are not eaten because they contain a certain amount of acidity that could be toxic. The stems are most commonly sweetened and used in pies, sauces, cobblers, and compotes, although savory dishes also abound.

Thanks to North Dakota State University and Iowa State University for rhubarb plant photos.
It is packed with minerals, vitamins, organic compounds, and other nutrients that make it ideal for maintaining health. and is often eaten to promote regularity. The earliest records of it date back to China in 2700 BC, where it was used for medicinal purposes. Rhubarb is often prepared with strawberries because of the lovely pairing of tart and sweet they offer. Here’s an easy recipe for our Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote that features the tartness of rhubarb and Granny Smith apples, the sweetness and vibrant color of strawberries, and the warmth and spice of ginger.

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 INGREDIENTS:

  1. Rhubarb - 3 cups, chopped
  2. Strawberries - 2 cups, sliced
  3. Apples, tart - 1 cup, chopped
  4. Verdant Kitchen Ginger Bites – 1 tbsp.
    (see Note)
  5. Sugar – ¼ cup or to taste

 DETAILS:

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4
  • Note: If using Crystallized Ginger or Bare Ginger instead of bites, dice in smaller pieces.

PREPARATION:

  1. Prepare the fruit.
  2. Place fruit, ginger, and 2 tbsp. water in large saucepan.
  3. Simmer on low heat while stirring constantly for 15 minutes.
  4. Serve plain or top with a scoop of ice cream or yogurt of your choice.

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