If you are wondering why we haven’t posted lately, it’s because our household is now on a strict size-zero diet. Well, everyone except for Louis. Inspired by icons such as Keira Knightley, Kate Moss, and Ghandi, we have virtually stopped eating. So, this space may remain blank indefinitely.
Ok, all jokes aside, Lotte an I have been feeling a little under the weather, resulting in a lack of appetite. Hence, little cooking has been taking place, though we did make some lentil burgers for Rata.
I know what you must be thinking – “Holloway Road not full of the good smells of gingers gems, banana cake, or roasting root vegetables? Has the apocalypse come!!???”
Don’t worry, we’ll get back in the kitchen soon.
Since I’m logged in and writing anyway, I might as well post a recipe for my newest herbal concoction- Coco’s Tummy Tamer Tea – works wonders for indigestion, or, God forbid, flatulence! Have a cup or two after dinner, and before you get into bed with your sweetie.
1 tsp dried peppermint leaves or 1 peppermint herbal tea bag (T Leaf tea makes a lovely and potent pure Peppermint tea)
1 tsp dried chamomile flowers or 1 chamomile herbal tea bag (the chamomile we have is from Homestead Health, though you can get it all over)
2 tbs grated fresh ginger (freeze fresh ginger for easier grating and to keep it fresh longer!)
Fill a tea pot with boiling water, and top off with some milk (unless you happen to be lactose intolerant…) and some honey!
According to the internet:
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. As a result, food passes through the stomach more quickly. Peppermint relaxes the muscles that allow painful digestive gas to pass.
Chamomile tea contains essential oils and flavanoids, which actually relax the smooth muscles in the digestive tract, to relieve pain and cramping and promote normal peristalsis (the contractions of your intestinal tract that help move food along). Another class of compounds called sesquiterpenes, have anti-inflammatory effects which helps soothe the irritated lining of the gastrointestinal tract and reduce the inflammation associated with poor digestion. This tea also acts as a relaxant, to help calm down nervousness and tension.
Ginger stimulates digestion by speeding up the movement of food from the stomach into the upper small intestine. (It’s also great for coughs, colds, and general good health.)
Drinking milk can neutralize the acid in your stomach.
So, there is the reasoning behind this tea. If you have fennel seeds, bruise a tablespoon of them and put them in as well. Fennel is another stomach soothing herb. We don’t have any, but I’m guessing if you did put them in, your tea would be a bit anise-y flavoured, which could be a pro or a con, depending on your tastes.
Since I’m on the topic of herbal remedies, here’s what I call “The Miracle Elixir“. If you can manage to drink it and not vomit, you’ll be cured of whatever ails you!
1 tbs grated ginger
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
2 tbs fresh lemon juice
2 cloves raw garlic, diced
1 tsp honey
1 shot of rum (or whiskey)
I’m sure Lotte has some of her own herbal remedies she’d love to share with our readers, so I’ll get back to studying now.