Monday, 20 April 2015

Tuesday Food blog - Strange concoctions




I haven't cooked anything different this week but I did create a very enjoyable version of a standard and came across a drink that supposedly has health maintaining properties.

Chilli a la Hairy Bikers

This is a bowl of comfort food for me but I was browsing recipes last week and came across this version which was slightly different and quite luxurious. There were three variations to the standard chilli.
1. The meat wasn't just minced beef but it was a mixture of braising steak cut into chunks and minced beef.
2. There was a third of a bar of 70% cocoa solid chocolate in there.
3. The dish was cooked in a casserole in the oven for a couple of hours to ensure the braising steak was tenderised.

The overall impression of the dish was of something very much richer than the bog standard chilli and if I'd been following the recipe to the letter it would have been served with shredded coriander and natural yoghurt, cream or creme fraiche.

Health

I am a firm believer in the benefits of eating natural products as it is my feeling that when you start processing a food using chemicals and man-made substances you are introducing to the human body unnatural substances that may generate responses in the body that are far from normal. As a result of this interest I often read about health foods and came across the following.

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Tumeric Milk

Of course this involved some research and I came across something else that is new to me - Ayurvedic (ayurveda) medicine which is one of the oldest forms of holistic healing from India. The benefits are legion,

It is usually taken at night to promote sleep and heal an array of ailments including common colds, sore throat, indigestion, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, menstrual cramps, headaches and arthritis.
It also fights cancers like that of the breast, liver, colon and prostate, relieves depression, promotes digestive health, detoxifies the liver, purifies blood, boosts circulation, accelerates wound-healing, relieves pain, protects against cardiovascular disease and helps with neurological disorders.
Recipe
220ml milk
an inch piece of turmeric root or 1tsp turmeric powder
sugar/honey and freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Boil the milk and turmeric for a couple of minutes, allow to rest for a further couple of minutes then strain into a glass and add the other ingredients to taste. If you use turmeric powder it doesn't require straining.
It is usually taken at bedtime as it also promotes sleep.
Sounds great but I haven't tried it as yet.
Enjoy!
God Bless