Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Turmeric Milk to ward off the winter blues



 The things I do to keep myself  warm. It wasn't snowing this time here yet. But it's unbelievably cold. I think I haven't still got used to the cold. I don about 3 to 4 layers of cloth,the last being a soft and cozy robe. Last winter,I didn't know a fleece robe is a quintessential winter clothing to be worn inside the house. Man,I suffered. A dear friend pulled me out of that misery. We talked about robes while she cooked me lunch wearing a soft blue one. This time around I never made that mistake. I bought not one but two robes. And bought them for hubby and kids too. I'm glad I converted my husband  and he can never be seen around the house without his dark blue manly robe.

And then comes warm liquids. I haven't craved for warm teas since my vacation days in Nuwara Eliya. Hill Country. The coldest part in Sri Lanka. We were once staying at Ambewela,near the famous milk factory. Every morning fresh milk was brought to the cottage,heated until steam comes forth,Mom would generously add heaps of tea leaves and sugar ,stirring until the color is just right.a sort of beige,and pour the steaming milk tea into our mugs. I would hold the mug as a precious jewel as dropping even a drop of that liquid gold was unthinkable. An utter waste. I would savor each gulp and never wanted that stream of hot tea down my throat to end.




I don't remember how I came up adding turmeric to my milk. I probably saw it in Pinterest and Instagram when it was doing it's round in autumn. I wanted to try. To be honest, i didn't know what to expect. I use turmeric everyday,mostly twice a day in my cooking. In curries and fries. I was skeptical how it will taste in my tea.
Paired with crushed cardamom,the smell whet my appetite. I was impatient to taste it.  With the right amount of sweetness it won me over. It'snot an everyday thing for me. But when the mood hits for loads of crushed cardamom and a touch of yellow dust in my milk I go for this tea. For warmth. For the sense of If you want to take a break from your everyday cup of hot chocolate give this turmeric milk a chance. It can't and won't replace a steaming bowl of hot cocoa but at least you're not left off the health bandwagon. You can fit in with the "turmeric cures cancer"crowd.

Before we were down with the flu,we took a walk in the lake which is a stones throw from our house. When the weather is nice I take a walk near the lake. It clears the cobwebs in my head. Makes me fall in love with my town again and again. I will post more pictures of my town in the coming posts.









Turmeric Milk

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 cup milk of your choice. I used Soya milk
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
3 to 4 cardamom pods
2 tsp or more sugar or sweetener to taste

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Add the milk to the saucepan. Sprinkle the turmeric powder to the milk and stir to break any visible lumps. Crush the cardamom pods in a mortar and pestle. When the green skin is bruised and the brown seeds pop out, crush them too to release the wonderful aroma of the cardamom. Add the skin and the seeds to the milk. Heat the milk and stir occasionally to prevent burning in the bottom. Once it comes to rapid boil,lower the heat and let it boil slow for a good 5 minutes. Switch off the fire and strain the milk into your mug. Add sugar or sweetener if that's what you're using and stir to dissolve.
Now find the warmest,coziest spot on the couch,grab a book and enjoy the turmeric milk.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Broccoli Soup (Dairy Free)



This is my first Autumn here in Ireland. I am in love with the scenery around me. The shades of trees from,green to the different hues of orange adorning the streets are a thing of beauty. And the falling leaves scattered around made me want to bring some home and photograph it. Which I did.The photo is in my Instagram feed.

The days are short and weather is getting colder. And I crave more warmth and often find myself in front of the heater or making something hot to drink or eat.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fish Curry Recipe



Looking at this fish curry,evokes the memories back in the day . Specially tuna, it had to be my favorite fish. Because it resembled meat,sturdy and held it's shape. I despised fish of all sorts except this. I hated the tiny long bones fearing that it would get stuck in my throat and the fish smell . I've always been a meat girl. Chicken was very rare those days, you get to eat it only on special occasions. It was always beef and fish on rotation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Homemade Rice Crispy Bars



Kids,they always seem to be hungry."Mama,can I have something to eat?" or "Mama,can I have a snack?" are often repeated words in our house. I've tried all sorts of things to keep their hunger at bay till the next meal time. Some stick.Some don't.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beef & Rice Conjee/Porridge


After a long silence in my blog,here I am reviving it again. Come what may,I realized I couldn't abandon my blog. I sincerely thank all my readers who messaged me,inspiring me to keep the blog alive. Also a shout out to my husband who designed this lovely header. Felt like coming back to a newly decorated, good old home filled with memories. A lot happened during the past year,and I thank the Almighty for giving me courage and keeping me going.

It's the blessed month of Ramadan. A month of fasting,not feasting. This year,Alhamdulillah,I made a resolution to keep our meals to a bare minimum. Not that we had extravagant meals all these years,but the focus was always been on food rather than more on worship. It's always been what to cook for Iftar(Breaking fast),what to make for Suhoor(Early Morning meal),how many iftars do I have to organize and so on and so forth. But starting my higher studies on Islam, getting myself bombarded(in a good way) with all the updates about the true essence of Ramadan by the social media and various groups that I'm part of, helped me realize the true spirit of this blessed month.

Now in Srilanka, the staple Iftar meal is the Conjee or the rice porridge. This is what we've been having for Iftar plus dinner every day. The snack and the fruit juice will vary every other day. This is a simple dish that doesn't require much time. I make it for 2 days and refrigerate minus the coconut milk. If you want to keep a portion aside,after you boil the rice you take a portion of it and refrigerate. For the remaining rice portion you add the coconut milk and consume it that day. Freshly squeezed coconut milk is what we always use for this but a lot of us here in Gulf are unable to get fresh coconut. So substitute coconut milk powder diluted with water or canned milk.



Beef and Rice Conjee
Serves 4

1/2 cup white raw rice
150g beef cut into small pieces/small bones can be added too
1 small carrot julienned/cut into strips
1 small leek chopped or green onion chopped
1 small onion chopped
1 small tomato chopped
3 cloves garlic,peeled and cut into half
1 inch piece ginger
few curry leaves
1 piece pandan leaf/rampe
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
salt to taste
3 cups water

1 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
few peppercorns
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In a pot add rice,beef,ginger,garlic,curry leaf and pandan leaf,the spice powders,fenugreek seeds,chopped carrot and leek,chopped onion and tomato with water.Add salt.
Do not cover while boiling.Boil on medium to low heat,till the beef gets cooked and rice becomes mushy.
Switch off the fire and mash the rice with the back of a big spoon.
Add the coconut milk bit by it and mix it with the rice,getting a smooth consistency.
At this stage,the porridge will be thick.You need to add 1 cup of water or more to dilute it. It should be in the consistency of a slightly thick soup.
Add more salt.
Keep the conjee on fire again and heat it. Crush the cumin seeds and peppercorn using a mortar and pestle to a fine powder.
Sprinkle it on the conjee and mix it.
When the conjee is heated and bubbles start to appear on the sides take it off from fire.

You can garnish it with fried onions.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Kiwi Mint Lemonade


 Zespri Arabia did it again, that is to send me another box of kiwis. This time it was a pleasant surprise, in the form golden kiwis. I have never tasted golden kiwis before. Eagerly, I cut open a kiwi,scooped out the golden flesh and started devouring. The note of lemonade hit me sharply as I was warned. It was still not fully ripe. I gave it a few days and since the Ramadan started the box of kiwis was not disturbed very much.
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Hello,I'm Farwin - a Food Photographer,Stylist and Mum. I'm fond of spices and add it to almost everything I cook. This is where I share food I cook for my family and little snippets of our life.