I stumbled across a great recipe for ginger cookies recently, pretty much a foolproof delicious treat to make: Ginger Cookies
I’ve made these several times now, as always trying my own spin on it. In this case I’d say stick fairly rigorously to the original, it’s good for a reason. However in their latest incarnation, I did substitute raw cane sugar for regular sugar (for the positive health benefits as a pose to the empty nutrition of refined sugar). Still delicious, but with a granular texture that might not appeal to all (however still used refined sugar to roll the dough in for that frosted effect on the outside). I also used pastured butter, more of which I’ll chat about later.
Very delicious end result. These ginger cookies stay moist in the center even after being left out for a few days (not necessarily recommended, but hey, it happens). As for the pastured butter aspect of things, having read The Omnivore’s Dilemma recently I have been convinced to try to switch as much as possible to pastured meat and dairy products. The most important aspect is the ethical treatment of the animals themselves. Having for many years avoided factory farmed animal products as much as I could, this next step towards a more compassionate method of obtaining dairy, butter, eggs and yes, meat if eaten is a logical one. The side benefit of this choice is apparently a better quality food. For instance in pastured (from grass fed cattle) butter there are higher concentrations of health providing CFA’s (conjugated linoleic acid) and an ideal balance of omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acids. Not to mention the extra beta-carotene. The omega 3/6 balance is supposedly true of the pastured beef itself, along with beneficial MCT’s (medium chain trigylcerides). I’ve yet to find eggs from grass fed chickens, but am on the hunt. It may require visiting local farms to track them down, which is an ideal opportunity to view how the farm is run and the animals treated. Farmers markets are an obvious venue as well but it’s a little trickier in the winter. Eating ethically and sustainably is a big subject, and one that pulls me back time and again. The best way to learn about the topic is to throw on that Sherlock hat and cape and investigate, investigate…..