Golden milk - hot turmeric and ginger drink

This should be known as Anti-InflamaTea. Healing turmeric and ginger almond milk, known as 'golden milk' due to its vibrant colour, is quick and easy to make and is naturally sweet, making it a great pick me up.  

INGREDIENTS

350 ml almond milk
3-4 cm fresh turmeric
3-4 cm fresh ginger
5 twists of freshly ground black pepper
1 pinch of ground cinnamon

METHOD

Heat the 350ml of almond milk in a pan over a medium heat.  Meanwhile, peel off the outer layer of the ginger and the turmeric.  Then either grate the turmeric and ginger directly into the pan or chop the finer and thermic into small chunks and place in area strainer.  Add the freshly ground black pepper and the cinnamon and leave to simmer for 10 minutes (being careful not to let it boil).

After 10 minutes, remove from the heat and pour into a mug.  If you grated directly into the pan then the golden milk will have small bits of ginger and turmeric floating in it which sink to the bottom of the mug and can be thrown away at the end.  If these offend you, pour the milk into the mug through a sieve.  

TOP TIPS

1) Don't be tempted to miss out the ground pepper.  It sounds like a weird addition to a hot drink, I know, but the pepper helps the body to benefit from the turmeric, and I personally cannot taste the pepper.

2) Fresh turmeric is like the yellow equivalent of beetroot, it stains everything it touches.  To help avoid yellow fingers, which look similar to the nicotine talons of a lifelong smoker, use a slightly longer piece and don't peel off all of the outer layer but leave a small section on one end for you to hold whilst grating or chopping.

 

Avocado and lime breakfast smoothie

Avocado and lime breakfast smoothie is a delicious and nutritious way to get some healthy fats in before work

Having a vegetable based (rather than high sugar fruit based) smoothie has been the simplest way for me to get some good fats and much needed vitamins into me in the mornings.  This avocado and lime smoothie is delicious, thick and creamy.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 avocado (peeled and de-stoned)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Approx 300 ml of coconut water
  • A handful of fresh mint (or 1 heaped teaspoon of dried mint)
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder

METHOD

Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender until the mixture is smooth and creamy.

Bone broth

Nutritious bone broth, using whatever bones you can get your hands on...

Homemade fresh bone broth can be stored in the fridge for use in recipes throughout the week or as a nutritious hot drink in place of a cuppa.  Everyone is drinking it these days so it no longer makes me a weirdo.

INGREDIENTS

Your bones of choice - e.g. Chicken carcass, necks, or other bones (ask at you local butchers, mine sell me a bag for 50p)
2 onions
4 garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
1 handful of fresh herbs (rosemary is a favourite)

METHOD

Place the bones into a slow cooker or larger saucepan and pour into the pot filtered water, enough to cover the bones by a couple of inches.  Add the onions (removed of its outer skin and quartered), the garlic cloves (no need to peel as these will be sieved out later), bay leaves and fresh herbs.

Put the slow cooker onto a low heat, or the pan on a medium to low heat, and leave to bubble away for a long as possible but a minimum of 3 hours.

After the broth has simmered away for 3 or more hours, remove it from the heat and allow to cool slightly (to avoid the inevitable splashing and burning of hands - happens to me every time).  Pick out and discard any of the big bones and then pour the remainder of the contents through a sieve (lined with muslin if you want a really smooth broth) and into a container.  Don't forget the container!  Learn from my mistakes and don't accidentally pour all the broth (and at least three hours of your life) down the drain by forgetting to catch the liquid.

Then throw away the contents caught in the sieve (they are often stomach turning mush) and leave the broth to cool.  You can keep the broth in the fridge for around a week.  It can be used in many cooking recipes, or as a weird but tasty hot drink.

FOOTNOTES 

Bone broth develops gel over time, which looks like melted wax and for those new to broth, can be somewhat alarming.  Sometimes the gel is in chunks that float around the broth and other times it extends all the way across the top of the broth like a wax hat.  The wax hat is apparently a sign of a good broth, as the gel is the gelatine from the bones which is good for your body.  No need to sift off the gel.  Just break it up, mix it in and it will dissolve back into the broth when heated.  

 

Fiery lucuma hot chocolate

A lucuma hot chocolate that is dairy and sugar-free with a fiery kick of cayenne pepper to warm the throat

INGREDIENTS

1 mug of unsweetened almond milk
3 teaspoons of raw cocoa powder
1 teaspoon of lucuma powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 pinch of cayenne pepper

(Optional) sprinkle of desiccated coconut

METHOD

Measure out one mug of unsweetened almond milk using the mug that you plan to drink from.  Pour the almond milk into a small sauce pan on a high heat.  Add all the other ingredients into the pan and whisk until dissolved.  When the drink begins to boil, remove from the hob and pour into your mug.  If you like a little texture, a sprinkle of desiccated coconut on top is a great addition.

TOP TIPS

  1. The cayenne pepper adds a severe kick so use just a tiny pinch to start (you can always add more later).  The first time I made this drink it was less a warming, more of a burning, experience.

  2. Watch the pan at all times as the liquid bubbles up very quickly.  Nothing ruins a relaxing hot chocolate more than having to drink it whilst you clean the hob.