Monthly Archives: April 2016

Recipe: “Golden” Spiced Hot Chocolate

A few days ago I felt like having a coffee, but I didn’t want an actual coffee. You know those times when a cup of watery tea won’t cut it? I wanted the sensation of drinking a warm cup of full-fat, steamed milk, but with more flavour. I was a bit bored with the plain hot cacao or hot cinnamon I usually make, and considered making a ‘golden milk’, but didn’t want something particularly turmeric-y. I didn’t really feel like going through the fuss of brewing and straining chai (although sometimes I do find this process quite relaxing).

I sound like a right fussy brat, don’t I!?

So I made this as a bit of an experiment – a hot chocolate with a little heat and spice, and enjoyed it even more than I guessed I would. The cacao mostly masks the turmeric, so it’s not too in your face, but it has more kick and complexity than a regular plain hot cacao. I feel a bit silly writing it up as a recipe, since it is SO simple and the proportions are really to taste, but thought I would as a few people have asked me lately about the ways I incorporate turmeric into my diet. Continue reading

#6 A Simplicious Challenge: Let the lady bleed in peace!

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

Over the last few months, doing this Simplicious Challenge has gotten me thinking about the ways I consume in other areas of my life, rather than just in relation to food – which is probably the point. But in the process, I have found that looking more generally at my consumption habits, beyond just food, is far more confronting.

About 18 months ago, I wrote a blog post about beating myself up for making particular choices as a consumer. Particularly for what I felt was a hypocrisy of sorts – that I would take reusable green bags to the supermarket, but use masses of cling wrap at home. Or make my own baby purees, but use regular disposable nappies. I’d avoid buying Nestle products, but bought Nike shoes for my son. At the time, as I agonised over the ethics of my decision-making, I observed the impact it was having on my mental health. I decided I had to stop allowing my personal guilt to affect my anxiety, whilst continuing to (gently) push my own boundaries a little at a time, which I have continued to do. I thought that the most important thing was that we all just keep trying, rather than feel overwhelmed by all the possible changes we could make in every area of our lives. Most importantly, I felt – and still feel – that we should try to avoid judging others for the decisions they make, which are influenced by a whole bunch of factors. We start where we are. And let others start where they are.

So that’s why I got pissed off when this happened:

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