Okay, so turmeric is all the rage. You know, that brilliant yellow powder that stains everything it comes into contact with—your new tea towels, your apron, your fingertips, and even your stainless steel rasp? It’s used commonly in Indian and Ethiopian cooking. But raw turmeric? That’s not been so common, at least around these parts.
Lately, though, I seem to find it kicking around all over the place. It looks a lot like fresh ginger, just smaller and with a bright orange flesh. The first time I picked it up, I have to admit it was all about the novelty and I really had to scour the internet to figure out what to do with it. I have since learned to put it in scrambled eggs and a warm milk drink with honey and cinnamon that’s also pretty great. But as much as I like routine, I decided it was time to shake things up a bit. So guess what? I made a shake out of it! (Obvious pun totally intended) And it’s healthy; I mean like superhero healthy!
Let me give you the scoop. There was this prof in naturopathic school (a hilarious character who liked to tell us about his Ayahuasca trips). Despite his experimentation with psychadellic herbs, he knows his sh$t about science. And this man is in love with turmeric. I mean, people in India and China have been in love with it for centuries, but for the West this love affair is a pretty new thing. Thankfully we have finally come around to it in the western world, because it is indeed a superfood. It can make you live to be a million years old, it can cure cancer, and it stops inflammation on the spot. Duh.
- 1 large Sicilian blood orange, zested and peeled. Set aside 1/4 tsp zest. *This is the BEST kind of orange because it’s a bit tart. If you can’t find one, a navel orange will do, it will just be sweeter.
- 4 full-fat coconut milk ice-cubes (freeze full-fat coconut milk in an ice cube tray overnight or until frozen)
- 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp freshly grated turmeric, based on taste (Be careful because it stains very easily!)
- Optional: Honey or stevia, to taste
- Place the orange flesh, 1/4 tsp of the zest, coconut milk ice-cubes, milk of your choice, and 1/4 tsp turmeric in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more turmeric if you’re feeling feisty. Sweeten with honey if you like and blend again.