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TURMERIC THE WONDER SPICE

From the kitchen...

TAWNY TURMERIC The spice with the super powers...

 

Have you noticed lattes, ice cream and smoothies with a tawny hue? That could be a sign of a not-so-secret ingredient: turmeric. At a time when the immune system is our most important asset, we need to think very carefully about incorporating a lot of greens, citrus, garlic, onions, ginger, horseradish, and as many spices as you like into our diets.

The tawny-coloured 'wonder spice', Turmeric, should not be overlooked. It's very possible that you have some hiding on your spice-shelf right now. Here are some top uses for it...

TURMERIC PROMOTES RADIANT SKIN

Turmeric is an anti-aging powerhouse. Given that it’s an antioxidant – it can fight oxidative damage and boost the overall look of the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help fight the appearance of aging skin as well. This great face mask featuring honey and turmeric will help to soothe acne-prone skin and remedy blemishes. It's one that you can try with just store cupboard ingredients too....


Manuka Magic Face Mask


How it works:

If you suffer from angry skin, acne and redness, this mask will help calm and heal in a natural way. Both the healing and bacteria zapping properties of Manuka honey along with turmeric with its anti-inflammatory properties to help bring down any redness in the skin, incorporated with the sea salt to help clean and reduce inflammation and infection, this face mask with its three ingredients is a skin SOS.

You will need:

1 tablespoon of Manuka (or ordinary) honey
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt

Let the magic begin...

Take your ingredients and mix them together in a small bowl to create the mask.
Using your fingers, gently apply the mask mixture to clean skin in soft circular motions.
Wait for 15-20 minutes while the mask gets to work.
Rinse off the mask with a damp cloth and moisturise your skin, and voilà!

TURMERIC MAY HAVE HEALTH BENEFITS

Have you noticed lattes, ice cream and smoothies with a tawny hue? That could be turmeric. Dubbed ‘Indian saffron’, It’s actually this yellow pigment in turmeric - called curcumin - that’s thought to bring about health benefits. A small molecule found in turmeric, it is commonly used in alternative medicine to treat inflammation, stress and many other conditions. 

One way to get more turmeric is to make it milky. Here's how...

MAKE IT MILKY - TURMERIC LATTE

 

You will need:

350ml almond milk (or any milk of your choice)
¼ tsp ground turmeric
 ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger
 ½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp maple syrup
 grind of black pepper

 

Let the magic begin:

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk constantly over a gentle heat, ideally with a milk frother if you have one. Once hot, pour into mugs and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon to serve. Don’t omit the black pepper – it boosts absorption of curcumin - even the smallest pinch can significantly boost curcumin levels in blood.

TURMERIC CAN BOOST YOUR RECIPES

The culinary uses for turmeric are endless! The flavor is fairly intense, so start with a small amount and increase it once you get used to it. Have fun experimenting with this golden root! Add turmeric to omelettes, soups and lentil dishes, too.

 

GROUND TURMERIC

 
Smoothies & Soups

Blend it into smoothies: use 1 teaspoon for a subtle turmeric pop. Add up to 2 teaspoons for a more intense flavor. Add some coconut oil to your smoothie to boost the turmeric absorption.

Add 1-2 teaspoons to any soup recipe, and it will add a deep golden hue to it.

 

Curries, Rice & Lentils

Turmeric brings warm flavors to any curry or stew. When you sauté the vegetables in oil, add in 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric. Add a further color pop to rice by adding ½ teaspoon turmeric to the water when cooking rice.

Cook lentils or other legumes with onions, olive oil and 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric. You can either serve them kust like that, or you can combine the cooked lentils with cooked quinoa and make patties out of them.

 

FRESH TURMERIC

 

To use the fresh root, you first need to peel it. Just like with ginger root, then simply grate with a microplane grater or cut off whole pieces. Wrap the left over root tightly in clingfilm or store in Tupperware. It'll keep in the fridge for 7-10 days.

Marinades & Dressings

Use the freshly grated root in marinades for chicken, fish and beef. Simply add 1 teaspoon of the grated root to any marinade recipe for a flavor and color pop, or stir freshly grated turmeric into salad dressings.

Cooking with Eggs

Sprinkle a little turmeric into egg dishes. It’s easy to add a teaspoon or so to your scrambled egg mixture, or add into a frittata or quiche recipe. The color of the turmeric will enhance the color of the eggs, it's a win-win.