Turmeric paste: where were you before?!?

I love golden milk or turmeric lattes, and I’m all for adding more turmeric and its anti-inflammatory goodness to my life. However, I have to admit that preparing this delicious drink from scratch every day is too much for me. I was about to give up, when I stumbled upon an instand drink I had in my tea shelf. This gave me an idea, and I decided to try to make my own turmeric paste. After all, mixing turmeric powder, spices and coconut oil should work, right?

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Well it does. The result is a thick cream that I keep in my fridge, that is ready to go with a “just add water” quality to it. This is perfect for busy nights as I just use one teaspoon of this golden paste in a teacup of hot water or milk. Instant turmeric latte. Yup.

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This clearcly is the answer to all of you lazy cooks (welcome to my corner!) and busy people who need a little bit of TLC (turmeric loving care) in their life. This recipe makes enough for about 2 weeks of daily turmeric drinks and takes 10 minutes to prepare.

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Cheers to that!

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whole black pepper grains
  • 1 quill of true cinnamon
  • 5 tbs coconut oil
  • optional: 1/4 cup of maple syrup or sweetener of choice

Here is what you do:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a small sauce pan on medium heat. Mix well. Bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to keep a soft simmer going. Let sit on the stove for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and transwer your paste to a glass container with an air-tight lid. Keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.
  3. To make your golden milk: Heat up the milk of your choice or water and dissolve 1 tsp of the turmeric paste into it. Enjoy!

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Because this paste has everything to enhance the availability of the turmeric active agents (fat and pepper), it’s full proof! Adding just warm liquid to this makes it so convenient. It really is the best way I have found to make sure that I drink all of that golden magic. Let me know if you try it out!

From bad to good to yummy!

If you follow cooking people on Youtube, you probably got invaded with a ton of pumpkin spice recipes: smoothies, lattes, pies… and even body scrubs (although edible, I suggest you stick with its intended use). All these videos are amazing and made me really hungry and crave for pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice has never been something that I particularly craved, and I have to say that I ate my first pumpkin pie only last year. Yes, shame is crushing me (yeah, not really).

So when I saw FabLunch’s pie video, I decided that I would try out this one. It looked really creamy and easy, and plus I already had all the ingredients.  The recipe looked amazing, and I was really happy to try it out.

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I set up to ‘bake’, and everything turned out great! The pie looked like it was supposed to (although mine is more brown then hers), and everything was amazing until I tasted it and realized I didn’t really care for pumpkin pie.

Yes… so in the freezer it goes!

I wanted to give this another go, because I reasoned with myself that maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for pumpkin pie that day. I bought some pumpkin pie cookies, and bluh. Muffin? Bluh. I was starting to get a little nervous about the pie that was sitting in my freezer. What was I going to do with it?

And then a very good friend told me that she got ‘rebounded’ by a stupid, stupid man. I was outraged because she is the kind of friend that makes you feel invisible when you are walking with her, astounds you with her talent and comforts you with her kindness (seriously, she is that good… and real too!). However, what really got to me was her reaction to this. She told me she would run it off. I was really stupefied by her resilience, because if I had been her, I would have curled up in bed and waited to die, cat by my side.

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It got me thinking about this silly pie because of course that’s what brains do. So I took that baby out of the freezer and pulled out some almond milk. Cut myself a nice slice, put it in a sauce pan, covered it with milk and mixed it up with a whisk.

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

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The result is a rich, creamy, caffeine free, wonderful, comforting, extraordinary and pumpkin spice drink. There are no words to express how good this is.

So, I guess that what I’m trying to say with this is that sometimes, life sucks, boys suck, students act like crazy monkeys, and pumpkin pie sucks. The real deal is to find what you can do with this ‘suckiness’ and turn it upside down. Because, most of the time, things happen for a reason, and you never know how good they can be until you work with them.

Look how great this pie looks! But I'll stick to the milky amazingness.

Look how great this pie looks! But I’ll stick to the milky amazingness.

Alright I’m going to stop here because I’m turning into Jack Johnson (which is only the best singer ever).