i don’t know if it’s because of my dutch heritage, of if their effect is universal, but cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are fundamentally comforting spices to me. whenever i smell them i think of winter, warm fires, and my mum.
now that the weather’s cooling down, i’m making this simple recipe not just to eat, but to make the house smell delicious…
1/4 tsp dutch cinnamon
a pinch of ground ginger
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 tbsp water
- peel and core apples, then chop them into small chunks
- place all spices in mortar and pestle, and grind until the clove is completely crushed and all spices are combined
- place all ingredients in a small saucepan over a low heat. cover, and simmer gently for 15 mins, then remove lid and continue to simmer until apples soften and begin to break down, and liquid reduces
- remove from heat, and either freeze, or serve immediately.
we like to eat this with custard, or on top of porridge. it’s also nice with a spoonful of natural yoghurt.