Warning: Spoilers everywhere!
Season 2 episode 7: A Man Without Honor
Jon and Ygritte's meet-cute.
You know nothing, Jon Snow.
Season 3, episode 6: The Climb
Because I'll cut your pretty cock right off and wear it round me neck.
Season 4, episode 9: The Watchers On The Wall
We never should have left that cave.
Before Jon Snow danced with dragon fire, there was Ygritte - a red haired, fiery tempered warrior woman, a killer shot with a bow and arrow, an outdoorsy girl with a love of ice wall climbing and natural hot springs, a true Wildling of the North, our favorite Game of Thrones spice girl. The moment Jon and Ygritte meet, sparks begin to fly - apparently on and off screen (congratulations to recently married Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie.) She's a perfect first love for our Jon Snow - she's independent, she's smart, and while we wouldn't say she has a heart of gold, at least she didn't kill him, which is good enough. Her words "You know nothing, Jon Snow" are pretty spot on even, especially, at the end of season 7. We miss you, Ygritte - you were a great first girlfriend, and deserved way better than death by Olly (but so did Jon Snow. Spoiler, sorry.)
So this week, we shoot a flaming arrow into the air for Ygritte, a woman of the Free Folk, North of the Wall and Jon Snow's first love with our sweet and spicy recipe for Extra Extra Gingery Muffins.
These muffins are triple gingered up with powdered ginger, fresh grated ginger and crystallized ginger pieces, it's a spicy sweet celebration of gingery goodness worthy of Ygritte. The recipe is based on David Lebovitz's Fresh Ginger Cake from his book Ready for Dessert. This is one freaking delicious cake, an adult version of homey gingerbread with a sophisticated balance of dark molasses, ground black pepper and a jolt of fresh ginger. It's an amazing cake, delicious and rich, and I highly recommend it for your regular cake rotation (in fact, just buy the book, everything in this cookbook is honestly *mwah* chef's kiss perfection.) But this cake is on the heavy side for morning breakfast, sure to induce a ginger cake coma and very inconvenient first thing in the morning, so I've adapted it into a lighter version for our muffins, a bit of spicy perfection to go with your morning coffee.
If you are a ginger-holic (like me and Jon Snow) and want EVEN MORE SPICE - then go ahead and increase the ginger levels to your heart's content for a ginger kick in the face that would make Ygritte proud. Enjoy!
Extra Gingery Muffins
But if you're EXTRA extra, go ahead up the ginger content - at your own risk. You've been warned.
yields 18 muffins