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warming winter tonic

Sorry about the radio silence, friends! I just looked at my home page and realized my last post was about a month and a half ago.. yeesh. The holidays are partially to blame; even though I didn’t do presents this year it still felt hectic leading up to Christmas. Luke and I hosted Chrismukkah dinner two weekends in a row (one for our friends and one for our families), school was busy catching up after the strike and I was applying for internships. Then I went home for a week to my parents’ house, visited with people, stayed up much later than usual, drank more wine than usual… It was a lot for someone who is usually an early-to-bed hermit.

On top of that, my motivation for the blog was just low. Even though I had a schedule of posts to work on, I felt drained when I would get home from school/work and no part of me wanted to spend any time in the kitchen. Instead, I retreated to Netflix (finished watching The Crown!) and books.

As with many people in the new year, I think about the year that’s passed and what’s ahead. I have come to accept that doing a post every week is just not feasible for me because I have too much other stuff going on. I like to dabble in lots of different things so I’m going to keep volunteering, knitting, reading, baking, practicing my French, and whatever else my heart desires. My intentions/resolutions this year are fairly broad and have to do with personal growth and relationships; I won’t bore you with them here, and I’d rather keep them to myself for now anyway.

Anyway, hope the new year finds you all happy and well and warm. The cold streak we just had was W A Y too much. I got a nosebleed the other day after being outside for 15 minutes! In the spirit of warm wishes and warm hands I’ll leave you with this recipe for my own winter tonic. I scanned our spice rack for all the warming spices and threw in some fresh ginger and turmeric for good measure. It’s chai-ish in nature but the ginger and turmeric are quite prominent (which I like). I know turmeric is having a moment right now, but if you don’t have it don’t worry about it!

Feel free to add a black or green tea bag during the final steep; I only kept it caffeine free as I’ve been drinking it as an afternoon/evening tonic. You also may have noticed my recent confession re: dunking¬†slightly old ginger cookies into my tea to soften up their stale-ness; turns out they have also proven useful as a prop for blog shoots #leavenocookiebehind.¬†

Hot tip: though I haven’t tried it, I suspect this might be good with a splash of whiskey instead of the apple cider vinegar.

Warming Winter Tonic with Turmeric and Honey

Warming Winter Tonic with Turmeric and Honey

Warming Winter Tonic with Turmeric and Honey

Warming Winter Tonic with Turmeric and Honey

Winter Tonic (vegan option, gluten free)

serves 2

1 inch piece turmeric root (about 4 g)
2 inch piece ginger root (about 11 g)
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1 star anise
1-2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar (per cup)
1-2 teaspoons local raw honey or maple syrup (per cup)
sliced lemon

Bring 5 cups water to a boil in a medium pot. Add turmeric through star anise then reduce to a simmer for 20 minutes over medium low heat. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, then strain and divide between two large mugs with apple cider vinegar, honey and a slice of lemon.

If you like this recipe, you may also like:

iced green tea with citrus and herbs
pistachio date olive oil loaf
warm winter salad with apple cider dressing

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