I'm no nutritionist but I know turmeric is something we should all be taking on a regular basis so I've come up with this recipe as an easier way to get it into my daily nutrition. I do a good bit of CrossFit so I find this great as a natural anti-inflammatory and helps my recovery. Plus lets be honest turmeric isn't the tastiest on it's own so the addition of fresh ginger and honey make the most delicious hot drink.
Now that the seasons are changing every second person seems to have a snuffly nose, I find my diffuser is great with a few drops of olbas oil or tea tree to help combat colds but it's what we put in us that matters the most. It's not only a hug in a mug (isn't there something so comforting about holding a lovely warm drink) but the boost of nutrients we may need! I like to start my day off with this to get me ready for whatever's to come or just before bed.
Turmeric is so easy to get your hands on these days, I got mine in Fallon and Byrne but I have seen in regularly in Aldi, Supervalu and The Happy Pear. Do take care when you are using it because it it stains really easily, I used plastic gloves when peeling and chopping mine but make sure and wash all utensils and saucepans as soon as you use them, if not they might turn a touch yellow!
One of my favourite foods is ginger and it works so well with fresh turmeric, Also I should note you need very little fresh turmeric in this because it is so strong especially when fresh, I like to add a little honey for some sweetness and some cinnamon too but you could add some star anise or other whole spice like cardamon instead if you like.
400ml almond milk
Thumb sized piece ginger, thinly sliced
thumb sized piece fresh turmeric, thinly sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp honey
Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan and bring to the boil, reduce the heat and all to simmer gently for at least 10 minutes for the spices to infuse the milk.
Discard the cinnamon stick and using a hand blender, blend on the surface of the milk to make it frothy. Pour into heat proof glasses or mugs and serve.
I hope you all enjoy this turmeric latte on a wet and cold morning or just before bed.
Let me know how it goes.
Chocolate pancakes, drizzle with chocolate, what's not to love! I was working with Katie Sanderson one time on a dinner project for the Hopsack and I remember her making the most amazing raw chocolate sauce for the dessert, from what I remember there was cardamon and orange in it so I'm recreating it here to drizzle over one of my all time favourite breakfasts, pancakes.
Anyway the flavour of cardamom is just incredible, it pairs so well with raw cacao as its quite sweet and floral against the bitterness of the chocolate. Drizzled over cacao pancakes, eh, yum!
The chocolate sauce is super easy to make and can always be made in advance, kept in the fridge (if it lasts) and reheated when you are going to use it, its creamy and delicious just like a chocolate sauce made on milk or cream. To make it you simply combine all the ingredients and melt over a very low heat, I do this just as my pancakes are cooked. The chocolate sauce shouldn't be too thin, it's best when it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
Get yourself a good non stick pan to cook these, if you don't have one already it really makes life so much easier, I use a Tefal pan that I got in Tesco and I find it brilliant but most non stick pans are good. The pan only needs a little oil so what I do is drizzle the oil onto the pan and then brush across with a brush or kitchen paper. Make sure the pan isn't too hot or these could burn but cook a few at a time, pouring the mix on into rounds and cook on each side.
These pancakes are nice and light, great for breakfast but also as a healthy snack. This mixture amount in the recipe below makes 16 (enough to serve about 4, or 2 very hungry bellies), divide or multiply the mix according to how many you are cooking for, same with the sauce, although the more the merrier with that really!
Best part about pancakes, the stack. build up your pancakes and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce. You could sprinkle over some seeds, nuts or pomegrate seeds for a fruity burst but I think they're great just as they are.