Sunday, November 29, 2015
A winter warmer
When I've been running errands outdoors all day, and I’m chilled to the bones because the hint of morning sunlight deceived me in to dressing inappropriately for the day ahead, I like nothing better than to curl up by the fire in my thermals when I return home; an added bonus would be a hot drink but I’m not really a tea or coffee drinker, so what’s my usual alternative? Maybe a hot chocolate if I have some cacao powder, but more recently it’s been Turmeric Milk - in my opinion, a delicious warming and comforting combination of hot milk and the boldly coloured spice, turmeric.
Turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, has been hyped for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and although many studies have investigated turmeric/curcumin, and some have shown promise, at this point these findings aren’t good enough evidence to suggest that consuming turmeric improves any health condition. I use the spice in my cooking and even some of my smoothies because of the earthy, spicy flavour it gives my recipes. Being a lover of milk and milky products, turmeric milk is one of the few favourite hot drinks I enjoy at this time of year and, if you’re interested, you can too!
Dutiful Disclaimer: be careful, the turmeric can stain!
WHAT I USED
-A large cup of milk (the choice of milk is up to you, but I opted for cows milk on this occasion - you could try my almond milk)
-1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric spice
-½ teaspoon of coconut oil
-½ teaspoon of honey
-1 Bay leaf
WHAT I DID
-Add the milk to a small saucepan and then add the oil, turmeric, cinnamon and bay leaf and bring to a light boil.
-Whisk gently to combine the ingredients and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes until hot – apparently the longer you simmer, the more intense the flavour tends to be
-Pour the milk into your favourite mug or cup, add the honey to sweeten and grab a few nuts and dates to nibble on
-Turn on the fire, find a thick blanket, get a good book, look out through the rain splashed window and then sink into your sofa whilst you slurp on the warming goodness!
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