My recent attempt at making grapefruit-apple cider vinegar was wholly unsuccessful: it smelled like a loaf of sourdough. Though perhaps I was successful in creating a sourdough starter, who knows?That's what you get for starting with a difficult fruit vinegar (grapefruit), instead of a simpler one (apple). Today, I read an article in Edible Austin (www.edibleaustin.com) and was reminded of the salutary Turmeric Milk I learned about when I lived at a yoga ashram in 2006-2007. It's a well known Ayurvedic remedy, and most of you should be aware of the anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer powers of turmeric (scientifically documented). I was lucky enough to receive some fresh turmeric a few months back, and hooboy!, did it change my already delicious chai into spectacularly-delicious-and-now-even-more-super-healthy chai. I've noticed a change in my skin as well, since I'm eating about a tablespoon or so of fresh turmeric daily, sometimes more when I add it to my smoothies. [Benign tumor in my shoulder for a decade--gone! Painful skin growth on my forearm that I've had for two years--gone!] Turmeric imparts a lovely golden hue to anything it is added to, and thus the elegant and historical term Golden Milk comes into play.
Golden Milk is simple: grate a tablespoon of fresh root into a tiny splash of coconut or plain sesame oil and saute for a minute or so, then add a cup soy, almond, or cow milk and bring to a boil. Pour it in your favorite mug and add some honey, (strain it if you like, but be sure to eat the turmeric: it's crunchy, healing, and has a faint carrot-y taste). I love the rich, unique flavor of dark Buckwheat honey. This is the perfect nightcap, which I will begin drinking instead of a wine nightcap!
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I'm on a roll here, so I'm going to make some fresh soy milk as well! I've got my soybeans a-soakin'! After a lot of research, and not so confident in many of the recipes out on the web, I found this one and feel it is the most healthful: http://drbenkim.com/how-to-make-soy-milk.htm. Soak, rinse, cook, blend, strain. I love easy and quick (just like my men - NOT! Oz knows I've never met an easy man, they're more difficult than a Gran Marnier Souffle! Ha!)
Ginger Beer is the last on the list. Ginger beer, Ginger Ale, Ginger Soda, whatever you prefer. That one might be a bit harder, but I've got a great resource: http://wellnessmama.com/8942/ginger-bug/. From there, I might move on to Kombucha, after reading so much hoopla about its healthful benefits!
Be well and prosper!
...can't get enough Korean Food!!! :-))