I woke up the other day to a text from my dad asking me if I’m okay because he hadn’t see a post from me and he knows how much I care about visiting this space on the regular. I actually have been sidelined by a pretty bad cold. Most of the time when I get run down people like to say, “You do too much. It’s your body telling you to slow down.” Usually I’ll disagree with them. Sometimes you just catch a bug. But this time, maybe for the first time ever, I think they’re right. It is possible to run yourself down. The combination of cross country work travel, plus having a friend in town right afterwards, my gym routine followed by my drinking routine (as sanctioned by this fine study) just wore me down. I could feel it coming.
When you’re coming down with something it’s like balancing your normal spinning plates, but this time on a unicycle. Wearing a clown nose. And my unicycle hit a little pothole. But I’m back and up and running, just more slowly and mindfully this time and with fewer spinning plates. Part of caring for yourself is understanding that we are the agents of our own limits and if we don’t heed them– well–clown nose, unicycle.
So I had all these plans to share my stewed rabbit recipe with you and/or my discovery of roasted radishes, my excitement over a new preserve I discovered and make a pie for the office on pie day, all of which may be dropping by the blog soon enough, but this week I think it makes sense to show you what I’ve been subsisting on (aside from takeout Chinese soup). Winter has taken its final bites, but before the old crone fades I plan to down citrus like it’s my job. So I bring you a seasonal and powerful drink.
I’ve been making two versions of the same drink for myself this week. Both involve turmeric, a bright and earthy spice that is known for having antioxidant properties as well as other health benefits. A little bit of pepper helps with the absorption of turmeric too and adds kick here. As my husband found out when I knocked one of my concoctions over by accident, turmeric actually works well as a dye for clothing too! I tried to wash it out, I really did, but I ended up asking, “Ummm how do you feel about tie dye?” As we don’t have laundry in our building, I added it to the pile to haul down the stairs when we’re ready to balance that spinning plate.
The first version of this eye opener is more a tea if you’re not into tolerating anything heavy. If you’re feeling well enough to get some calories in you, but shouldn’t have dairy– which isn’t great when you’ve got a cold, you can use the frothy almond milk version. Either way, both drinks are good and provide comfort and a homeopathic boost.
These are my adaptations after tons of scouring my trusted sources for a little respite. The key ingredients are always a little lemon, ginger and turmeric…and for me honey, always. The cold shake is adapted from Green Kitchen Stories. The hot one is adapted from Lan, whose recent and- oh so timely- post gave me the overlooked obvious solution of how to get a milky effect without using milk. Can we talk about her Instagram gallery for a second?!!! The tea is adapted from The First Mess, a trusted source for good vibes and all things flavorful and healthy. Wishing you all a good week! Looking forward to some good cooking up ahead, spring produce and precious natural light!
TURMERIC GINGER SHAKE HOT OR COLD (DAIRY FREE)
- 1 cups almond milk (I like to make mine at home)
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 tsp honey
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or ground vanilla
- 3-4 tsp ground turmeric (or fresh turmeric root)
- pinch of sea salt
- tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
- tiny pinch of cinnamon
- 2-3 ice cubes
- a turn or two of the pepper shaker (optional)
For the Cold Shake:
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 2 minutes. Top with ground turmeric.
For the Hot Shake:
If you’re really not feeling it cold, ditch the banana and the ice, warm the almond milk in a medium saucepan to just below boiling, add the other ingredients and blend with a hand blender. Top with ground turmeric.
TURMERIC GINGER TEA
- juice of half a lemon juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- small pinch of sea salt
- 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and grated (or 1 tsp ground ginger)
- 1 inch piece of fresh turmeric, grated (or 1 tsp ground turmeric)
- small pinch of cayenne pepper, or to taste
- a turn or two of the pepper shaker (optional)
- 1 cup boiling water
Combine all ingredients in a large mug. I don’t actually filter out anything, but if you want you can combine the grated ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper in a filter. Place the filter in the mug that contains the combined lemon juice, orange juice, honey and salt mixture. Pour the hot water over top of the filter and into the mug.