This time of year and every change of season our body needs help to adjust. The healing spices in this turmeric tea have been used for centuries. We need to maintain our body temperature every day and when the outside environment is up and down that can be a stressful task for the body (cue fever!).
Spices have a long tradition in every culture to help support the body by providing essential nutrients as building blocks. Turmeric, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, cloves, cacao and nutmeg all have a rich tradition as healing herbs. Any combination of these is going to help to support, boost, calm and restore the body during any up and down period (stress included).
I love to make this at the beginning or end of the day. Especially when I am feeling run down, cold, stressed or pre-menstrual. The combination of the herbs gives a big dose of nutrients and healing power. I sometimes make it with milk (I tend to use this coconut cream or cashew milk), I also make it with hot water and a dash of coconut cream.
Simply make up a jar of this mix and add what you like. I especially like to add it to my hot chocolate recipe! The kids like it too….
A warming cuddle in a mug. Perfect to boost the immune system and calm the nervous system.
My dad loves his fish on Friday. We love fish once a week and so friday is as good a day as any! I try to mix up what we have and I absolutely love all kinds of asian food so this hybrid joins all the flavours I love the most.
I serve ours with parsnip rice and green veg like stir fried kale, bok choi or broccoli. You can adjust the heat or leave out the chillies all together if you are not keen on spice. Our kids like a little spice so I try to minimise it so they can eat with us.
Friday Fish Curry
This Thai/Indian hybrid satisfies my taste buds. The thai lemongrass and ginger with the more indian mustard seeds and turmeric makes this curry light, fresh and with a comforting heat.
1tsp dried turmeric or thumb nail size fresh turmeric root
thumbnail size fresh ginger
thumbnail size fresh galangal
thumbnail size fresh lemongrass
3 cloves garlic
3 curry leaves
1 tbsp coconut oil
Juice of one lime
2 tbsp coconut sugar
can coconut milk
2 small shallots
1 small red chillies
800g fish (I use Ling Fillet but any firm fish or salmon would be nice)
3 parsnips for the rice
In a food processor add the shallots, red chillies, salt, pepper, 3 curry leaves, garlic, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, turmeric, mustard seed, coriander seed and cumin seed. blend until almost paste like- add the coconut oil.
Cube the fish
Add the fish and paste to a bowl and mix well. Cover and leave to marinate for an hour (overnight is best)
Add coconut oil to a hot pan and add marinaded fish and fry until spices are fragrant.
Add coconut milk sugar to taste. Allow to simmer.
Add some vegetables (this time I added aubergine and baby corn but anything would work well)
Allow to simmer until vegetables are cooked
Serve with rice and green vegetables. I use parsnip rice.
I have also used beef and chicken with the exact same method.
This recipe works beautifully in the slow cooker too. Just add it to the slow cooker with the vegetables and cook on low for 4 hours.
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I also use exactly the same recipe with chicken and beef too. With the beef I use brisket as it is lovely slow cooked (see my beef bourguignon recipe). Add the marinaded beef to the slow cooker and when there is 2 hours left on the cooking time- add the coconut milk and extra vegetables.
Fermented Turmeric and Ginger Root with Coconut Water Kefir
When you flavour your water Kefir I hop you keep your fruit etc you flavour it with. One of my favourite flavours (find it here) is Ginger, Lemon and Honey and I have been adding raw turmeric root to the mix. So when my recent batch was finished I seized the opportunity to get every bit of goodness from these guys!
Add your fermented flavours (the berries from my mixed berries works well or the pineapple from my Pineapple Ginger is nice too) in your blender to your green jusice or simly add to some coconut water kefir like I have done here for a boost better than any multi-vit or capsule will give you!
A vibrant boost of sunshine on a dull day! Will inject energy and vitality into your day
Elderberries are amazing for the immune system. See my Nutrient Fact Sheet here. There is already a well-known cough syrup that contains them, this elderberry cordial and cough syrup knocks it out of the park! I have used it for months for my family (kids included), to make Kefir, Gummies and as a cordial with sparkling water. Because this is so concentrated, it will last for ages!
Elderberry Cordial or Cough Syrup
A great way of combining the flavours and nutrient properties of many immune boosting nutrients.
2 T fresh or dried ginger root (ginger powder can also work)
1 tbs cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon bark stick
1 tbs cloves or 1/2 tsp clove powder
4 Star Anise
Juice of one lemon or orange (optional)
1/2 cup of dried Cherries (optional)
1tbs fresh tumeric root (optional)
1/2-1 cup raw honey (sweeten to taste but raw honey also has immune boosting properties)
Bring the water and Elderberries to the boil in a non reactive saucepan (ie stainless steel). Allow to simmer for 20 mins. Allow to cool slightly. Strain Elderberries through a muslin bag or strainer, squeezing to extract all the juice.
Throw everything else together (except the honey) into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and allow to simmer until the liquid has reduced to half (about 15 mins). I then let the mixture cool with all the bits still in to try and get every bit of goodness!
When it has cooled (it may still be a little warm) strain out the elderberries and roots and spices. Add the honey to the liquid and stir. Pour into a jar or bottle (you will have about 2 cups of liquid- about a litre).
Is great mixed with soda water, in water Kefir as a second ferment, in Gummies or on its own off a spoon when necessary.
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You can take this daily (1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids over 1 and 1 Tbsp for adults) or you can take it when you start to feel run down. Or you can use it to make Kefir or Gummies. You could also add some Vitamin D3/K” like this one to the bottle to really pack a punch (add 10 drops to the liquid to get a small Vitamin D kick when using it.
Here are some other coughs, colds and natural remedy posts;
I love chicken soup it is not just for the soul but such an amazing all round nutritious and healing meal. Combine it with ginger and coconut, cooked in stock you are on to a real winner both in nutrients and taste! I also add turmeric, garlic and onion to this to further boost its immune boosting punch.
1tbs coconut oil
1 onion chopped
1-3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 Knuckle sized piece of ginger
1 Chicken breast (ours was left over meat from our roast chicken the night before)
2 cups of Cocnut Meat (from 2-3 coconuts) or 1-2 cans of coconut milk
1 litre of chicken stock (or any stock made from bones)
1tsp of turmeric
1 tsp cumin
1 sprig of rosemary (fresh or 1-2 tsp dried)
1-4 stems of thyme (fresh or 1-2 tsp dried)
1 good bunch of oregano (fresh or 1-2 tsp of dried)
Salt and Pepper.
In a big pan on a med-high heat add the coconut oil. Saute the onions, garlic and ginger in coconut oil. When softened add cooked chicken meat. Then add coconut meat and stock. Add the other ingredients and season to taste and allow to come to the boil and turn the heat down to simmer for 10-15 minutes. Use a hand held blender or add to a high speed blender to make it nice and smooth. Season if necessary and serve.