This cordial is super simple, smells exquisite while cooking and makes a delightful summer drink. The galingale adds just a little edge of spicyness without the bite of ginger:
2 cups water
2 cups caster sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
500g strawberries (washed hulled and halved)
2 pieces of dried galingale
Put the sugar, water, galingale and lemon juice in a saucepan . Cook, while stirring over a low heat, for 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved. Raise the heat and until the mixture thickens just a little (about 5 minutes).
Reduce to medium-low. Add the strawberries. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Strain through a fine sieve (I used a muslin cloth as well to remove the seeds) and pour into a bottle. Keep in the fridge.
To serve.... just add water!