tag: spice

hello lovelies! today i’m starting a new column called the forgotten ingredient. so often i find myself not only discovering new ingredients, but also discovering the health benefits to some more common ingredients that i just never knew about. are you with me? sound interesting? feel free to share you thoughts in the comment section, add any knowledge you may have or even suggest ingredients for future posts!

on today’s menu? turmeric.

forgotten ingredient: turmeric {organic ground turmeric} (on etsy!)

wh foods describes turmeric as has having a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger. to me, turmeric has a very light and agreeable flavor, one that you might be surprised at given the intensity of it’s color. you’ll often find it in indian dishes and curries, as the ingredient that gives them that vibrant yellow color. turmeric has quite a long list of health benefits, among them are an immense amount of anti-cancer properties and anti-alzheimers preventers. in fact, over a billion people eat turmeric in india every day, and they have one of the lowest rates of alzheimers in the world!

turmeric and its active component, curcumin, are useful for treating indigestion, ulcerative colitis, stomach ulcers, osteoarthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, uveitis, and bacterial and viral infections. it is a natural liver detoxifier, anti-inflammatory agent, pain killer and may aid in helping fat metabolism. click through the following articles to find even more of turmeric’s benefits and read the details of each:

- university of maryland medical center on turmeric

- 20 health benefits of turmeric

wh foods on turmeric

so the next question is, just how much should we be eating a day? the recommendation for adults are:

– cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
– dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day
– standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
– fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day
– tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day

that’s roughly about 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric a day (anyone have some turmeric and a gram scale??)

so the next question might be, what do you do it with it?

– add it to curries, stir fries and any indian dishes
– toss it with vegetables before roasting
– make turmeric tea (and read about the benefits)
– add 1 tsp (or more) to rice, quinoa, bulgar or any rice-y dish
– add it to potato or egg salad
– add it to soups

any other ways in which you use turmeric? please share!

 

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This week I thought we would take a break from the espresso, and share a recipe for the tea drinkers: the creamy, chai latte. While this method of making a chai may be a little unorthodox, one of the points of this series is to save a little money and make drinks at home, using what you hopefully already have.

ingredients

1 cup of water

3 tsp darjeeling tea (or experiment – whatever you have handy!)

2 cinnamon sticks

1/2 tsp ground ginger

10 whole cloves

1 orange peel

1/4 cup honey

1 cup of milk (regular or soy)

Additional ingredients for more spice (optional)

2 tsp crushed black peppercorns

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

6 anise stars

directions

Place the tea leaves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves, orange peel, and optional ingredients in a paper-lined filter basket of a drip coffee maker. Run 1 cup of water through. Use your coffee pot, or a tea pot if your coffee pot is currently occupied (like mine was!).

Split the honey into the bottom of two empty mugs. After tea has brewed, pour in the mugs, and stir.

Steam 1 cup of milk or soy milk with a wand, or simply heat in a pot on your stove. Pour into mugs, top off with the foam, and drizzle with a little honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Too many ingredients for your taste? Try this simple method with chai tea bags from BigelowTea.com:

For every 8 oz serving, place 1 chai tea bag, 3/4 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of milk in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil, lower heat, and simmer for 2-4 minutes. Pour into cups and sweeten with sugar or honey.

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ashley paul indie pretty project Ashley has been coffee-crazy since college when her husband bought her an espresso machine for Christmas. Armed with a pot of dark roast, she spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her self-titled Etsy shop.

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