When I’m writing this it is the day before the trip. I’m so nervous!! I desperately want everything to go perfect and smoothly since I’ll be traveling for 28 hours straight, of which 22 hours is on a plane. I’m trying to relax and tell myself that a little flight cold is not the end of the world if it happens. Although I’m not wholly convinced. Yet.
And when you’re reading this, it will be Christmas Day and hopefully you’ll have a whole week of vacation ahead of you to go ice skating, read books, snuggle up in front of the fire aaand drink this warm and comforting (and immune boosting!) orange & carrot drink! During summer I drink a lot of fresh juice, but these past months I’ve hardly used the juicer at all. When I get home from a winter walk, a cold glass of orange juice is perhaps not the first thing I crave. Still, the oranges taste so frickin amazing this time of year I can’t have enough of them! So I got the idea of simply heating the juice an adding some spices typical for the season. Great idea, right?!
I like to use a looot of ginger in mine, to really get that boozy, burning feeling in my throat. I promise you, you will feel instantly reheated when drinking this after your winter adventures :) Also, it will give your immune system a nice little boost. Ginger is as you may know powerful when fighting colds, and both carrot and orange contains the antioxidant betacarotene. C-vitamin is unfortunately sensitive to higher temperatures, so I recommend you only heat the drink until it’s steamy but not burning hot. The turmeric paste is optional, but I highly recommend it! The active substance in turmeric, curcumin, is a strong antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It also has the ability to sooth muscular and bone-ache, increase skin health and metabolism due to its liver detoxifying capacities. Black pepper pairs especially well with turmeric, since a substance called piperine that you find in black pepper increases the body’s absorption of curcumin with about 1000 times (true story!). Source: internet. No but seriously, this book is a great source of nutritional information. Also, GKS wrote a little about turmeric here.
Se instructions for turmeric paste below.
The photos below is from a particularly beautiful sunset two weeks ago. I spent that weekend with my parents at our country house an hour or so outside of Stockholm, and it was COLD! Colder than it looks like in the pictures. And yet the fields and forest were glowing like on a vibrant October day. Strange December this is. Global warming is scary :S
Hot Carrot & Orange Drink
2 large carrots
1×2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1/3 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder or paste (can be omitted)
pinch of black pepper (can be omitted)
Equipment: A juicer.
I make my turmeric paste by letting 1/2 dl organic turmeric powder + 1,5 – 2 dl water + 1/3 tsp black pepper simmer for about 8 minutes until a paste forms. Store in glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Can be replaced with turmeric powder, but I find the paste mixes better with liquid than the powder.
Wash carrots and ginger thoroughly. Peel orange. Run carrot, ginger and orange through a juicer (juice can be prepared in advance and stored in a glass bottle in the fridge for 1-2 days). Transfer juice to a small sauce pan. Carefully heat juice along with ground cinnamon, turmeric and pepper. Serve immediately.
Hope you’re having a lovely holiday!
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