Hello my wonderful readers! How have you been.
The month of Christmas is almost upon us and the days are getting shorter and colder. With the onset of cold weather, all the sweaters, socks, caps and scarves comes tumbling out of our closet and warm bowls of soup and hot cocoa become our best friends. More time is spent indoors and as a mum, some how there is more food that needs to be cooked during winter season.
This winter started off as usual with Mr R and me going through a bout of sore throats and leaky noses. In order to make us feel better, I marched into the kitchen this morning to make my favourite cold remedy/panacea (however you may want to call it) — Turmeric Milk!! It’s a really simple recipe and you can use either dry or fresh turmeric. If you propose to use fresh turmeric, I recommend that you clean it well in running water and then use a share knife to peel off the brown skin. Following which, you can use a grate-ing machine or a mortar and pestle to make a fine paste. Use the paste in the recipe that follows. By the way, for this recipe, even the ginger can be dry or fresh. I was lucky to find both fresh turmeric and ginger (so that is what went into this recipe). Maybe I will share my turmeric pickle recipe soon.
Turmeric is an amazing root. This spice finds its way in most Indian recipes. But apart from its wonderful flavour and colour, turmeric has numerous medicinal properties. Firstly it helps boost your immune system and further blood flow through out the body. It is also said to lower cholesterol levels and keeps your sugar levels in check. So next time you have a cold you should try this drink. It really does help 🙂
- Milk – 1/2 ltr
- Turmeric – 1 tsp
- Ginger – 1/2 tsp
- Cinnamon – 1/2 tsp
- Cardamom – 4 – 5 seeds
- Honey – 2 tsp (optional)
- Heat milk in a pan and wait till nice and hot
- Then add turmeric , ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
- Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let it simmer for another 5 mins
- Strain milk into desired glasses and add honey if required
- Serve right away hot !!
Ok, so this post in not a recipe one but it does involve food and mostly vegetables and fruits. We live in a world where everything is genetically altered, sprayed and doused in fertilisers and chemicals that are not just harmful to you and me but to our planet as a whole!
Have you ever wondered why certain mixtures or compounds where never found on this planet? Why it took “MAN”s intelligence to make them and how all these diverse new “inventions” have only lead to the depletion of that one element that we got for free? Our wonderful planet. I believe that there was a reason why god put fossil fuels so deep into the ground. I believe there is a reason why we breath in oxygen and plants do the opposite. There is a reason why we live and we die. There is a reason why fruits are seasonal and why rice grows in such big quantities! The reason is “Balance”. Balance in every aspect is so critical!
Like the chair you are sitting in today. If that chair wasn’t manufactured or made with the balance your weight out correctly then the purpose of that chair is defeated. Like that little honey bee gathering honey and in turn help with more fruits and flower. If we didn’t have bees we wouldn’t have fruits and in turn no flowers and therefor no bees! If you did not know how to balance then you would never walk. If you did not have a job or a hobby then life would seem like a constant train of mundane activities that happen much like a robot taught to do specific deeds at set instructions. Life is a very delicate balance. And the faster we realise it, the better we can teach our children and the more they will learn to respect what they have.
While we could try and save what is left of the planet and as a foodie I try my best to do so. Some times I buy fruits and vegetable from local famers and I know they use a lot of pesticides and insecticides and fertilisers. So this is how I wash my vegetable and fruits.
What you will need:-
- Water – 4 lts
- Veggys / Fruits – 2 kgs ( in this case I used ladies fingers and 4 tomatoes)
- Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
- Rock Salt – 1 tsp
- First wash the vegetable in running water for close to 5 min ( first flush with tap open high for 60 secs and then low)
- Now collect 4 lts water in a large vessel like the one in the photo
- Add turmeric powder and mix into the water
- Now add your vegetable and immerse them in the water and let them remain in there for 1 – 2 hours
- Later drain the water out, rub rock salt over the vegetable and wash vigirously in running water
- Finally drain all the water and set aside to dry or pat dry