Turmeric - A Taste of Spring

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[Today, I'm welcoming my friend Debra from Winding the Skein.  Her Etsy shop--full of amazing, lovely yarn--is also called Winding the Skein, and you can say "hi" to her on Ravelry, as well.]

The wood pile is dwindling, a sure sign that spring has arrived. Soon the daily chores of filling the wood box and stoking the fire in the wood stove will give way to planting seeds and bringing home a box full of peeping chicks from the feed store. The spring sunshine and bright yellow daffodils are happy reminders of another vibrant color – the deep orange of turmeric. I would like to share with you some simple ways I have been incorporating this gorgeous spring-time color and spice into my life.

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Turmeric in food

Why should we even try to incorporate this spice into our foods? Turmeric has a high antioxidant value and boosts the immune system. The benefits of turmeric go on and on. As part of the ginger family, it improves digestion, reduces inflammation (think arthritis and joint problems), improves skin conditions, kills yeast and parasites, lowers cholesterol, purifies blood and prevents progression of Alzheimer’s to name a few.

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Lemon Coconut Bread (Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free and sugar-free)

This recipe calls for a dozen eggs, which makes it very nutrient dense. It fills you up without making you feel stuffed. We like to let it cool a bit and eat it like cornbread with lots of butter on top. It’s good hot or cold, and a great recipe for keeping up with your hens while they are laying all their beautiful eggs.

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 15 drops lemon oil
  • 1 lemon juice and zest
  • 1 cup berries (sprinkle on top)
  • Stevia extract to taste

Directions

Mix ingredients together until well-mixed, place in baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-40 min.

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Singing Canary Drink

Drink away adrenal fatigue with your daily dose of the Singing Canary drink. The pithy part of the lemon is important for this drink as it contains healing bioflavonoids and don’t forget the turmeric!

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder (you won't taste this ingredient, but it has amazing inflammation fighting and adrenal rebuilding properties)
  • 2 good pinches of good natural salt (Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Rock Salt)
  • 2000-4000mg Vitamin C (buffered ascorbic acid powder or tablets or whatever is in your cupboard that does not include sugar or dyes)
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tsp.protein powder
  • 3 splashes vanilla essence
  • Pure stevia extract to taste
  • 4-8 drops of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil of Lemon, optional

Directions

Remove zest from lemons, cut into chunks, de-seed and blend with 3 cups water, blend until fine.

Sieve to remove fiber and return liquid to the blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.

Fill a large jar with ice, pour the lemon drink over the top, adding more water if it doesn't cover the ice, shake and serve. Drink your nourishing orange color!

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Turmeric for the soul

We’ve covered turmeric as food for your body, but we can’t forget what beautiful colors do for your soul. I am currently knitting a tunic-style sweater for my daughter in this lovely turmeric color. It is the Bulle pattern (#1 below). It’s a wonderful pattern, but I am changing things a bit. I can’t seem to simply follow a pattern, thanks to my lovely knitting mentor Elizabeth Zimmermann, who has taught me to be in charge of my own knitting. For this sweater I wanted to have the gathered front higher up and more pronounced and I love how it’s looking so far.

I will leave you with six knitting patterns for you to consider adding to your knitting queue this spring. I have made some of them, and some of them are still in my queue. I think they are all patterns that would be well worth your time. And if I may recommend one particular knit you ‘must’ do at least once in your lifetime, it is number two, a truly fascinating and ingenious pattern.

  1. Bulle by Karen Borrel 
  2. Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann 
  3. Entrechat by Lisa Chemery 
  4. Shalom Cardigan by Meghan McFarlane 
  5. Spring Chick by Barbara Prime 
  6. Snuggy Cowl by Winding the Skein

I will leave you with some very fine words of wisdom from Elizabeth Zimmermann. Until we meet again...be well and knit on. 

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