Monday, 21 November 2011

Immune Boosting Chutney

Yet another recipe given to me by Chionnessa Kaur (Chionessa, where are you?). This chutney, though an acquired taste is simply brilliant and will get you through a heavy cold, relieve a consistent chesty coughs, and boost your immune system.


5” fresh ginger, finely chopped

Whole bulb of garlic, finely chopped

2 onions, finely chopped,

2 tsp turmeric

Fresh red or green chilies, thinly sliced (add to your own taste)

Tamari for seasoning

Saute the first 5 ingredients in a small amount of vegetable oil for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and add tamari to taste. When completely cool store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat on a regular basis – try for a couple of teaspoons a day. It can be eaten with mail meals such as hot pot, shepherds pie, roast veg, or with sandwiches or baked potatoes, or if you’re feeling hard core just eat it off a teaspoon.

Health benefits of Immune Boosting Chutney

Garlic – supports the bodies immune system, anti inflammatory,

Onions – anti inflammatory and a natural probiotic

Ginger – boosts circulation, kills cold viruses, relieves congestion,

Turmeric – anti oxidant, anti viral

Tamari – powerful anti oxidant

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Yogi Tea

Its that time of year when you should consider throwing a few store cupboard ingredients into a pan of boiling water and making yourself a vat of fresh, spicy, Yogi Tea. The recipe below was given to me by Chionessa Kaur, a Kundalini Yoga teacher, and it has become a staple in my house for over 10 years.

Ingredients: 4 pints water
50g piece of root ginger, thinly sliced (no need to peel)
3 sticks of cinnamon
20 black peppercorns
20 green cardamon pods, split
15 cloves
1 tea bag (I use Yorkshire Tea)

Bring the water to boiling then add everything apart from the tea bag. Cover the pan and simmer for 3 hours. Add the tea bag and simmer for 5 more minutes. Remove all ingredients with a slotted spoon. You now have your tea : ).

Once the tea is made you can do anything with it - I like mine plain. Other options are mix 50/50 with milk or soya, add honey or sugar.

The health benefits of drinking Yogi Tea through the winter months are fantastic, consider the following:
Black Peppercorns - Carminative, Ease Sinus Congestion, Warming, Anti-Oxidant
Cardamon - Carminative, Anti-Inflammatory, Eases Sinus Congestion
Cinnamon - Warming, Eases Congestion
Cloves - Analgesic, Warming
Ginger - Aids Circulation
Tea - Anti-Oxidant

But above all else, the tea is delicious, Enjoy!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Manuka Honey

I went for a dog walk with my friend Colette yesterday. She has been through the mill a bit healthwise so gets to have an eye kept on her by the NHS, so they discovered two stomach ulcers and prescribed a drug from the proton pump inhibitor class, she stopped taking it after she couldnt stand living with the side effects and did some trawling of the internet. After finding Manuka honey as a recommendation she decided to give it a go even though she loathes the stuff. So her symptoms subsided and she felt a lot better. after 6 months another laporoscopy found that her ulcers had gone, her doctor was surprised to find that she had stopped taking the medication after 2 months so the rest was down to the Manuka Impressive stuff