The Ancient Spice, Turmeric

Can you believe it, February 1st is suddenly upon us! I’ve always seen February as a transition sort of month, leaving the old year behind and looking ahead to what the next eleven chapters of this year will bring. Although our surroundings are still clutched by snow and ice, we can feel a shift starting to evolve and a promising hope that perhaps Spring is just around the corner. Now I know it’s been a tad chilly the last few days, so my premature hopes of Spring might just be a dream, but these brisk days had me craving revitalizing, warming, rich soup and mysterious golden lattes. Thank you cold winter days for revitalizing my love for the warming, golden and beautiful ancient spice, turmeric.

I do tend to use turmeric powder in my curry dishes or I add it to a dish that could benefit from its stunning golden hue. But last week as I was bustling through the farmer’s market, I saw out of the corner of my eye a vibrant orange root calling my name. For those of you that know me, know that I smell everything… (yes I’m that weird person smelling fresh produce, I’ll admit) so my first instinct was to sniff this gorgeous little root and I was pleasantly surprised how different it was from the bitter powdered version. Hints of orange citrus, muddy earthy tones and gingery spice hit my nose – like sun showers in a magical forest, I was exhilarated! That night, no word of a lie, I woke up at 3 AM and a recipe idea hit me square in the face for a heart warming turmeric soup, I needed to use this magnificent root!

This wee vibrant root inspired me to create my, Sweet Potato Carrot Turmeric Soup and fabricate Golden Lattes! The flavors developed in this quick and easy soup are mind-boggling and I had to jump on this strange idea of turmeric lattes and see what all the hype was about, boy am I glad I did, it was HEAVENLY! I am warning you in advance, turmeric stains like crazy… before I could get my hands under water I had fallen victim to its yellow powers and I was asked shortly there after, by my loving sister, if I had an accident with self tanner… Thanks J 😉 I will take the yellow stained hands if it means reaping the many benefits of this spice! Turmeric has mood stabilizing properties, it aids in wound healing, encourages balanced blood sugars, is an impressive aid in digestion and of course… it looks pretty and tastes so inviting! SO, try these recipes out and let me know what you think of this ancient spice!

For this heavenly latte, I warmed up unsweetened cashew milk on the stove top, added 1 tbsp pure pumpkin puree, 3/4 tsp fresh grated turmeric, 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp coconut sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, pinch of cardamom and salt. I let it heat up until just boiling, added it to my blender to froth up and sipped away on this weirdly amazing latte!

Have an amazing night everyone, xoxo!

 

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