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Turmeric: How To Make Fresh Turmeric Latte

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Turmeric is a really popular spice for its healthanti-inflammatory and antioxidant – properties and is also regarded as a superfood. It also makes a tasty drink, sometimes called golden latte.

There are an increasing number of ready-made powder mixes on the market, often using dried coconut powder to give turmeric latte its milkiness.  But you don’t need to buy a premade mix, and you can make turmeric latte, or golden latte, yourself.

I find it refreshing, with an earthy and warming taste, and it also looks a lovely light yellow colour.  Here we add a little black pepper which increases the bioavailability of the curcumin in the turmeric, so increasing the healthiness of this turmeric drink.

Recipe for Fresh Turmeric Latte, or Golden Milk

Enough for 2 cups/mugs of Turmeric Latte

Ingredients

500 ml Almond milk (or other dairy-free milk)
0.5 cm Fresh ginger
1 cm Fresh turmeric
Pinch Black pepper – organic
0.5 tsp Cardamom powder, or 2 whole cardamom pods – crushed – organic
0.5 tsp Cinnamon powder (optional) – organic
1 tbsp Coconut sugar or honey

1. Cut 0.5 cm of fresh ginger, then remove the skin. Grate the fresh ginger and put into a small bowl.

2. Cut 1 cm piece of fresh turmeric, then remove the skin. Grate the fresh turmeric and put into a bowl. If you’ve got some rubber gloves, it is sensible to use them as turmeric can stain your fingers!

3. If you have a pestle and mortar, put the grated ginger turmeric into this then pound it down to a mushy pulp. This will increase the potency of the curcumin extracted.

4. Alternatively, put the grated ginger and turmeric plus 100 ml of almond milk into a blender and blitz to a mushy pulp.

5. Into a ramekin or small bowl, measure the cardamom, cinnamon and pepper.

6. Pour 500ml of almond milk (or other dairy-free milk) into a small saucepan.

7. Add the fresh ginger and turmeric. Whisk the almond milk to start infusing the flavours.

8. Add the ground, dry spices. Gently whisk the milk to mix through the dried spices.

9. Gently heat the almond milk, mixing the mixture gently every so often. When the almond milk is just below boiling point, take the pan off the heat.

10. Add 0.5 to 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar or honey to taste.

11.  Whisk gently to melt and mix the sugars in.

12.  Strain through a metal sieve. Pour into two mugs and enjoy.

For a quicker turmeric latte, you can use dry powdered ginger and turmeric.

A bit about Turmeric…

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

Turmeric RootSteenbergs Organic Fairtrade Turmeric comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. Turmeric originates from a root, known as the rhizome, Curcuma longa; it looks similar to ginger and galangal. To create turmeric powder, the turmeric rhizomes are lifted, boiled for one hour to fix the colours, dried for 10-15 days then cleaned (called polishing) before being crushed and ground.

The colour of turmeric comes from its natural curcumin colouration, although it’s commonly a bright yellow, it can also be more orange-yellow and almost brown.  Fairtrade turmeric has a distinct earthy aroma and a pleasing, sharp, bitter, spicy and lingering depth of flavour.

Turmeric has been widely used in Asia and India for centuries in cooking, and also as traditional medicines. Now, we are all beginning to understand its health benefits in a bit more detail.  As turmeric has been used as a traditional medicine, this implies that it may have health benefits, therefore here at Steenbergs we have done some googling and found that Curcumin doesn’t just give turmeric its vibrant yellow colour.

It is also the primary biologically active component of turmeric, as it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Due to this there is high interest in curcumin as a lead molecule in anti-inflammatory drug development strategies, as curcumin has potential to alleviate and prevent multiple disease conditions, such as cancer, Alzheimer disease, heart disease and arthritis.

Over the last 25 years, curcumin has been extensively evaluated for its health promoting properties. Preclinical investigations provide substantial and compelling support for curcumin’s antioxidant, immunomodulatory, and anti-inflammatory properties; clinical studies are less numerous but are growing in number. For example, a head to head study carried out by W.C. Roberts found that daily ingestion of the turmeric component, curcumin can improve endothelial function just as well as up to one hour of aerobic exercise a day can! However, it was found, to get the best improvement in endothelial function a combination of both daily aerobic exercise and curcumin consumption are needed. Large clinical studies are needed to confirm the benefits of curcumin, current ongoing clinical studies should provide further insights in the future.

A problem with curcumin is that the liver sees it as being toxic, and therefore curcumin gets digested very quickly, giving it a low bioavailability. However, it has been found that when curcumin is consumed with pepper this can increase the bioavailability of curcumin. This is due to peppers active component, piperine. Piperine is an inhibitor of drug metabolism and therefore, prevents the liver breaking down curcumin. This leads to an increase curcumin in the blood, causing increased bioavailability. Therefore, consuming curcumin with pepper may enhance the potential benefits of curcumin.

A great way to try it is in a turmeric latte.

Reference: 

Singletary,K.,(2010) Turmeric: An Overview of Potential Health Benefits. Nutrition Today, 45(5), 216-225.

https://www.jenreviews.com/pepper/ – has a great article on the health benefits of pepper including 15 different pepper recipes

 Nutritional Values for Steenbergs Organic Turmeric Powder:

Values per 100g

Energy- 341kcal; 1449kj

Protein – 8.5g

Carbohydrates- 75.2g

Fat-0.7g

Values per 2.5g

Energy- 9kcal; 36kj

Protein – 0.2g

Carbohydrates- 1.9g

Fat- 0.0g

 Try turmeric now! 

Fairtrade organic ground turmeric: The soft golden spice

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Turmeric has received a lot of attention recently but it’s truly an old yet new superfood in many ways. This soft gold dust has been used for thousands of years in Asia as both a dye and later for its medicinal properties. Nowadays it’s used more and more in cooking and what better way to naturally add nutrients to your diet like calcium, copper, iron and magnesium than in your everyday dishes?

Organic Fairtrade Turmeric spice

Organic Fairtrade Turmeric spice

This organic spice can be added to soups, stews, roasts and so much more. Asian dishes contain copious amounts of exotic spices and turmeric is usually the staple spice used. It’s wonderful in Korean cuisine, particularly with meat dishes such as beef and sticky coconut rice. Here’s the recipe to tickle your taste buds:

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All you need is:

(Use organic/natural real food ingredients where possible)
Serves 4

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes


From your kitchen: 

  • A small saucepan
  • A sharp knife
  • A rice cooker or deep pan
  • A couple of teaspoons and tablespoons
  • A silicone spatula
  • A couple of mixing bowls
  • A chopping board
  • A couple of serving bowls


Step 1:

In your saucepan gently heat your crushed garlic with 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil (use the other tablespoon for cooking your rice). Keep the heat on a steady medium- high temperature as you do this. After a couple of minutes, turn up the heat and add in your minced beef.

Step 2:

Spend about 5-7 minutes browning your meat and grounding it up with your wooden spoon vigorously. At the same time, cook your rice according to the packet instructions (you can also do this ahead of time and heat up the rice as you cook your beef). Add in your lovely pyramid salt, Fairtrade organic ground turmeric, cracked black pepper, fish sauce and half your chopped Thai chillies.

Step 3:

Stir for a final 3-5 minutes and drizzle in your sesame seed oil when you’re ready to serve. Spoon next to your prepared rice and add in the toasted desiccated coconut in with the rice. Garnish with your sesame seeds and chopped mixed Thai chillies, delicious!

Article written and researched by

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

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nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

 

Cardamom, the exotic and warm spice

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Spotlight  on Cardamom, one of Steenbergs key products

Steenbergs Organic Cardamom pods

Steenbergs Organic Cardamom pods

 

Often being regarded as the ‘Queen of spices’, cardamom is one of the most expensive and beautifully perfumed spice in the world. Originating from India, both the seeds and pods give a very pleasant and warming flavour. Cardamom has also traditionally been one of the key ingredients in Ayurveda and Chinese medicine. It has been linked to helping with gum infections, throat problems and even inflammation of the eyelids.

Cardamom also works so very well in hot beverages. From cracking a few pods into black loose leaf tea to a golden chai latte. All you need to make two cups of this warming drink includes 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (coconut milk is a great alternative for a more creamier base), 1 cinnamon stick, ½ a teaspoon of organic Fairtrade turmeric, 6 cardamom pods, crushed and 1 tablespoon of date syrup.

Simply heat the almond milk (or milk of choice) and pop in the cinnamon stick, ground turmeric and cardamom pods and stir occasionally. Once it has come to a simmering point, add in your date syrup and strain off your milk with a mini sieve, pouring into your cups. Enjoy right away.

Recipe for a delicious warming cardamom and turmeric almond drink

Recipe for a delicious warming cardamom and turmeric almond drink

Tip: Make sure you store your cardamom pods in a cool dry place and away from direct sunlight as this can weaken its beautiful and warming aroma.

Article and recipe created and researched by:

Niki Behjousiar

Recipe Creator and founder of nikibakes

www.facebook.com/nikibakes

www.nikibakes.co.uk

Twitter: @Niki_Beh

 

nikibakes has been blogging for over 10 years and has a passion for gluten free and dairy free recipes. She’s a Persian chef who loves all things spice and particularly enjoys Asian and South American cuisine. She’s always on the lookout for fresh and delicious flavour combinations and uses our spices daily in her cooking and on her blog.

 

Turmeric, the wonder spice

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

We’re really excited to announce the launch of our new Steenbergs You Tube channel. We’ll be showing short ‘Behind The Products’ clips, as well as longer cooking demonstrations which we hope you’ll enjoy.
We thought we’d start with Turmeric. It’s one of the top 5 store cupboard essentials and is having somewhat of a revival at the moment, with much being made of it’s health benefits as well as the brilliant colour and taste it gives to so many dishes.

416949_10150608745213226_209904074_nturmeric-ground-organic-spiceTurmeric is a rhizome native to southern Asia, that is grown as an annual and looks similar to ginger and galangal. It is sometimes available fresh, but is usually sold ground into powder form, having been boiled and dried. Turmeric powder is bright yellow with a distinct earthy aroma and a pleasing, sharp, bitter, spicy and lingering depth of flavour and is an essential ingredient for Indian and South East Asian cuisine.

Steenbergs stocks 2 different varieties of turmeric: organic turmeric and an organic Fairtrade turmeric which comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka. Click here to watch our Behind the Products Video about turmeric. Classic dishes include curries, fish stews and rice dishes and Steenbergs uses it in many of its spice blends including curry powder and chermoula.
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Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley are big turmeric fans. “A powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, this little pot of gold is a vital ingredient for good health at any time of the year, but in winter we tend to start putting organic turmeric in anything and everything, just to give us an extra boost.” They use it in smoothies, hot drinks and curries to boost their turmeric intake. Take a look at their website for inspiration.

Madeleine Shaw also promotes turmeric in her latest book, READY, STEADY, GLOW! (published by Orion books). Her recipes for warming Turmeric Milk and revitalising Turmeric-tastic juice, are creative ways to add it into your diet.

Sharmini Thomas, local York based Indian cookery tutor, uses turmeric extensively in her Indian cookery, as well as believing in the healing properties of turmeric, citing examples of it as a useful antiseptic. Chicken Tikka Masala typically contains turmeric, as she shows in the delicious recipe she created for Steenbergs. Watch out for the cookery video coming soon….

But what is the scientific evidence for turmeric? Recently Michael Mosley, one of the presenters on the BBC’s Trust Me, I’m a Doctor programme, conducted a test with the help of Professor Widschwendter of University College, London, looking at DNA methylation in cells, using three groups of people: one given a placebo; one given turmeric to take by itself and the final group given turmeric to take with food. Interestingly they saw positive results in the group who were given turmeric to take with food and will be investigating the link further. For more information, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37408293

Definitely all food for thought…

Ancient Roots with Modern Benefits – Steenbergs’ Top 10 Superfoods Selection

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

With Gwyneth Paltrow extolling the virtues of Matcha Tea and Victoria Beckham tweeting about the benefits of Bee Pollen, superfoods have never been more on trend.  Now through partnerships with like-minded artisan producers, Steenbergs offers a full complement of powders, seeds and teas to boost the body and get you set for 2016.

Greens Organic Smoothie with Bee Pollen

Greens Organic Smoothie with Bee Pollen

With the rise in popularity of smoothies and juices as foods on the go, as well as the increase in vegan and special dietary regimes, there is now, more than ever, a need to make sure that our bodies are getting enough of the right minerals, vitamins and proteins. Superfoods, especially in powder or seed form, are a quick and easy way of adding those much-needed nutrients.

Greens Organic owners Morris & Nicky, who have been vegetarian for most of their lives, take superfoods to boost the vitamins and minerals in their diet.  “All the superfoods we stock we take ourselves, so we know each of the products inside out…and our favourite has always been the Spanish organic bee pollen.”

Axel, who set up Steenbergs in 2003 with his wife Sophie, drink a cup of matcha tea to kick start the day and often make a turmeric tea to ward off colds.  Axel also uses maca and baobab to boost his morning smoothies. “The baobab has an unusual tart tropical flavour which is delicious when blended with other fruits.”

Here are Axel’s current Top 10 favourite superfoods:

  1. Chlorella – a blue-green algae that has the highest content of chlorophyll of any food on the planet! Chlorella is an easy way to get your ‘Super Green’ boost each day.

Greens Organic organic Chlorella Powder: £18.99 for 250g

  1. Bee Pollen – Greens Organic organic bee pollen comes from the unspoilt mountainous regions of north western Spain, using natural, organic bee-keeping methods to ensure the health of the bees and the purity of their pollen. Organic bee pollen contains high amounts of Vitamin B1, which contributes to the maintenance of normal skin.

Greens Organic Raw Bee Pollen: £13.99 for 250g

  1. Spirulina – a blue-green algae that’s over 3 billion years old, and one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet.

Naturya organic Spirulina Powder: £11.99 for 200g

  1. Moringa – made from the naturally dried leaf of the moringa tree (or Miracle Tree), Moringa is a rich source of plant protein and is high in 10 essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus -all of which are great for normal energy release.

Aduna organic Moringa Powder: £7.99 for 100g

  1. Chia – Chia seeds are an ancient South American superfood. Their very subtle nutty taste allows you to add them to absolutely anything that you eat or drink – helping to boost your nutritional, antioxidants and Omega 3 intake. Sprinkle Chia seeds on salads, cereals, yogurt, even soup, or add a sprinkling in your baking – great in bread, cakes, cookies and biscuits.

Raw Chia Seeds: £6.99 for 230g

  1. Baobab – Organic Baobab fruit pulp and seed powder is harvested from the inside of the coconut-like fruit of the mythical African Baobab tree. This fine powder is full of essential nutrients and packed with vitamins & minerals. It has an exceptionally high level of fibre (45g), and recent research has shown that baobab has a very high antioxidant level. It’s delicious as a flavouring in smoothies, yoghurts, cereals and even jam.

Of The Earth Superfoods Raw Organic Baobab: £9.99 for 150g

  1. Maca – is a source of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, calcium, zinc and iron which all contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Add to baking for a smooth malty flavour, or smoothies for a tangy taste of Peru. Enjoy as a part of a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.

Naturya Organic Maca Root Powder: £19.99 for 300g

  1. Turmeric – Used in Chinese and Indian medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to reduce infection, turmeric isturmeric-powder-organic-fairtrade-40g high in anti-oxidants. Grown as an annual, it looks similar to ginger and galangal, with the powdered organic Fairtrade turmeric being a bright yellow with a distinct earthy aroma and a pleasing, sharp, bitter, spicy and lingering depth of flavour. Steenbergs Organic Fairtrade Turmeric comes from an organic and Fairtrade co-operative in the Kandy region of Sri Lanka.

Steenbergs organic Fairtrade Turmeric: £2.60 for 40g; www.steenbergs.co.uk

  1. Matcha Tea – Steenbergs Organic Matcha Tea is highly matcha tea openregarded for its health properties due to its relatively high levels of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Grown in the Nishio area of Japan, where Japanese Zen Buddhist monks and the Japanese Imperial Family have drunk it for hundreds of years, the leaves are grown in a way that produces extra amounts of chlorphyll and natural amino acids and are then ground down to a bright green fine powder.

Steenbergs organic Matcha Tea: £16.75 for 30g; www.steenbergs.co.uk

  1. Organic White Tea –although harvested from torganic-white-tea-loose-leaf-bai-mu-dan-caddyhe same plant, white tea has higher anti-oxidant levels and less caffeine than green tea, due to minimal processing, helping to promote overall health and wellbeing. Steenbergs Organic White Tea is an Organic Bai Mu Dan – literally White Peony – an organic white tea from the Fujian Province of China.

Steenbergs organic White Tea: £5.65 for 50g; www.steenbergs.co.uk

All products listed above are available at www.steenbergs.co.uk.  To view the full range of health boosting superfoods available at Steenbergs, please visit: https://steenbergs.co.uk/subcategory/139/smoothie-and-juice-ingredients.

We wish you a healthy and energy-filled 2016!

Meet Sharmini – our new recipe collaborator!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

LOGO_grey_155wWe’re really pleased to announce our new partnership with Sharmini Thomas.  Originally from Kerala, Southern India, but now based in York, Sharmini runs her own cookery courses, is a cookery tutor for the City of York, and is a presenter and judge for York Food & Drink Festival.   We’re delighted to be partnering with her on some new recipes to highlight the Steenbergs Indian spices and blends and are looking forward to an exciting 2016 where we’ll be demonstrating and videoing, sharing top tips along the way.

  1. Tell us a bit about what you’re up to at the moment:

I am Sharmini Thomas and my Company is Sharmini’s Inspirational Indian Cuisine which denotes my passion for cooking and inspiring everyone to cook simple delicious homemade food. I’m originally from Kerala but I’m now settled in York where I have been teaching Indian cuisine for the past 17 years.

I am a presenter and judge at the York Food and Drink Festival and won the ‘Yorkshire Vision Curry Contest’ through public vote against several reputable York curry houses.

I also deliver cookery demonstrations for Radio York and local schools, as well as offering team building events, hands-on cookery workshops and networking events to corporate clients through the ‘medium’ of cooking.

  1. Who was your inspiration?

Indian cooking is an art handed down from generation to generation in India and my mother was my inspiration, she shared her love through food.

  1. Tell us about some of the recipes you will be cooking for Steenbergs:

I’ve recently done a version of Bombay Potatoes, which is a very popular dish in the UK and a great accompaniment to any Indian dish.  I’ve also shared my version of Tandoori Shammi Kebabs, made with minced lamb.  Kebabs originated from the Middle East and were made famous in India during the Mogul reign.

Sharmini Bombay potatoes Sharmini tandoori shammi kebab

  1. What are you looking forward to about the partnership with Steenbergs?

A marriage of ‘Spices with recipes’!

Steenbergs had sent some of their spices and I decided to use them in preparing my usual curries. Wow! To my surprise, the curries tasted so much better as the spices took it up another notch.  It then dawned on me what I have been missing all these years…

These are some of partnership ideas to share with you all:

  • Sharing some of my classic recipes using Steenbergs spices and blends.
  • Recipe development – coming up with new dishes using different organic Steenbergs blends
  • Use of Steenbergs spices in my cookery workshops and courses
  • Cookery demonstrations – joint cookery demonstrations next year
  • Customer involvement – asking customers to post pictures of their versions of the recipes.

We will be happy to hear from you on any other ideas?

  1. What is your favourite Indian dish?

Chicken/Lamb biryani: a one pot dish with memories of family get together back in Indiaturmeric-powder-organic-fairtrade-40g

  1. Which spice could you not live without?

Turmeric powder: it has so many health benefits.

  1. Who would you most like to have dinner with?

Family and friends- looking forward to our Christmas lunch at home.

  1. What is your favourite piece of Yorkshire?

Villages of Yorkshire-very scenic and lovely fresh air –we are really blessed to live in such a beautiful county.

 

For full details of her recipes, visit: www.steenbergs.co.uk/recipes

For more details on Sharmini’s cookery courses visit her website: www.sharmini.co.uk