First of all I’d like to apologise for the dreadful photography in this post. I’ve not had time to take any photos today. I’ve had a busy day catching up on jobs and also it has been the only day where I could spend it with my children. My son wasn’t working and it is my daughter’s last few days before she goes back to uni. So it was a great chance to go over to Leeds for lunch and a quick trip round IKEA for some picture frames to put up in my new office.
Before we set off I started to prepare tonight’s dinner. I completely forgot my daughter was going to be out with her friends but I thought a slow cooked recipe could be simmering away nicely in the crock pot while we were out. In the latest Eat Well For Less book there is a recipe for Slow Cooked Ginger Glazed Gammon. I absolutely love ginger flavours and have never put ginger with ham or gammon before. I tend to boil gammon and then serve it with pease pudding, roast potatoes and green vegetables. It was even more surprising to see that the ginger flavouring came from some sugar free ginger beer! I love ginger beer and we had a bottle left over from Christmas on the shelf!
According to the recipe tip this gammon can also be cooked in a large, ovenproof casserole if you don’t want to use a slow cooker.
First, I prepared my slow cooker and preheated it. Unfortunately as I was in such a hurry I didn’t read the recipe properly and left the fat on the gammon as it was cooking. I should have taken it off before cooking. I chopped an onion and put them in the base of the crock pot with the gammon on top. Then I poured the ginger beer on top of the gammon. I was also meant to add two carrots to the pot but we had run out as I had used them yesterday with our roast chicken dinner.
While we were out I left the gammon cooking on a low heat. When we got back the kitchen smelled lovely with the aromas of ginger wafting about. I made myself a cup of tea and then suddenly remembered I was doing an online webinar that one of my supply teaching agencies had set up between 6 and 7pm. This meant that I’d need my husband to cook the veg to go with the gammon. My husband is a good cook so I knew he would make some mash and some other veg. I forgot that the cooking sauce needed to be turned into some sort of glaze.
The dinner was delicious even though it came out slightly differently to the way it was meant to be served. My husband had pulled the gammon and had served the onions separately in a dish. He had made some of his delicious creamy mash and cooked some sweet corn to go with it. The ginger beer gave the gammon a wonderful flavour.
In fact, there was enough gammon left over for me to make into sandwiches tomorrow.
I will definitely make this gammon dish again but will try and make it with the ginger sauce to see the difference.
Have a great night!
Love Sam xx