Annnnnddddd it’s December. You haven’t heard from me in awhile – since my last recipe post in August – but I come bearing a gift: a caffeine-free + dairy-free turmeric latte.
Four months is the longest I’ve ever gone without blogging since I began carving out this little space on the web seven years ago. I didn’t intend to take a blogging break, but that’s what happened and I’m rolling with it!
I do have good reasons, though. I was in Toronto for five weeks this autumn – working, speaking at the Culinary Nutrition Retreat (see photo below), volunteering at the Food Bloggers of Canada conference, and of course spending time with old friends and family in my hometown.
September to December is also when the Culinary Nutrition Expert Program is in session. I’ve spent the last 14 weeks supporting our students from around the world, helping them learn about the therapeutic properties of foods, explore culinary skills and push themselves in ways they never thought possible. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of the work that I do!
In other exciting news, this happened:
My 5-ingredient cookbook, Anti-Inflammatory in 21, made it to #1 on the Canadian Amazon bestseller list (albeit for a brief amount of time, but still – exciting). I’ll be demo-ing a couple of recipes from this cookbook at the Vancouver Wellness Show on March 3, 2017 so mark that down in your calendar if you want to hang out with me.
To be truthful, over the last couple of months I’ve gravitated toward simple, gratifying meals and repeating delicious favourites, rather than chasing innovative culinary exploration. One of the elixirs I’ve been blending at least 3 to 4 times per week is this dairy-free turmeric latte.
It’s taken me awhile to build up my tolerance to turmeric. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory spice (you can read more about its numerous health benefits here) and has a strong flavour, so when I first began using turmeric I could only add in the smallest of pinches. Now, I can add anywhere from 1/2 tsp to a full teaspoon into my hot drinks. This isn’t something that happened overnight – it’s taken years for me to get here, but now that I am I’m in absolute golden orange heaven.
I hope you have the fortitude to try this, too! Start off with a small amount if you’re a turmeric virgin and work your way up.
My culinary wheels are turning, so you can expect to see more from me in January! Happy Holidays to those of you who celebrate and I wish you nothing but the best for 2017.
- 1 ½ - 2 cups of hot water
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp Dandy blend
- 1 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender (or regular blender) and blend until smooth.