Amazing with everything RAYU
THIS creation is for many an occassion. Consisting of the dried master tonic ingredients mixed with some roasted nuts or seeds for extra crunch, it is sumberged a in sesame seed oil with a splash of tamari and a dollop of honey (only if you need some sweet in your life.) It is spicy, salty, sour, umami, rich, deep and unbelievably satiating. All that remains is for you to see of yourself.
A spicy paste used in Korean cooking, made from red chilli peppers, fermented soya beans, rice, and salt. It is similar to miso and is as versatile. I like to use it straight on toast, or stirred into dipping sauces but it is really for you to see what way it gets you going! Stir it into soups or stews to bring this to the next level. This recipe has it all:
- 1/3 cup white miso
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/3 cup master tonic powder
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 4 cloves garlic
- water to thin if needed.
Pop everything into the blender and whizz it up.
Garlic What doesn’t garlic do? Garlic is believed to be an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral, and anti-fungal, qualities that make it a popular immune-booster.
Ginger famous for both culinary use and healing uses. Ginger is believed to help ward off cold, flu, and infections plus soothe sore throats. It has been studied for anti-inflammatory properties and anti-nausea properties/
Chilli How much heat can you handle?. Chillis help with digestion and metabolic rate. They are a great support for the immune system and act as a natural decongestant. Red & Orange varieties have high levels of vitamins A & C but any variety of these spicy fingers wake up the body. You can feel them right down to your toes.
Onions are believed to be a great expectorant. They possess a variety of anti-oxidants and are believed to have high levels of quercetin which has been shown to help reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections.
Horseradish If you’ve ever cut into fresh horseradish root, you know the purging effect it has on your sinuses and nasal cavity! Horseradish is incredible for stimulating the immune system. It has a warming effect once you have solidered through the preparation of this eye-watering root.
Traditional Master Tonic.
This infusion will be made from the 5 basic ingredients mentioned above.
This infusion will have a greater abundance of chills and horseradish for those who like it hot
This infusion will feature Rosemary and Elderberry, offering a smoother tonic for those shy of the spice..
Mushrooms — which are fungi, not plants — have recently been shown to have a positive effect on cognitive function. Adding them to your diet may be one of the simplest ways to support your brain health.
In September of 2018 I was fortunate to meet Sir Roger Philips, one of Britain’s foremost experts on wild food. He has written many books, including the essential illustrated mycological encyclopedia. Once met, never forgotten, there is no-one quite like Rodger Philips, He is as fascinating as the subject matter he writes about and to forget him would most certainly be a suggestion of cognitive decline. Pictured is a small section of his guided forage walk around Haywarden Estate in Chester, after which he demonstarted many muchroom recipes over the open camp fire. The love of mushrooms was intensified and I patiently await for mushroom season to return.
Mushrooms are packed with numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide outstanding health benefits.
“A number of edible mushrooms have been shown to contain rare and exotic compounds that exhibit positive effects on brain cells both in vitro and in vivo … In short, these mushrooms may be regarded as functional foods for the mitigation of neurodegenerative diseases,” researchers wrote in the Journal of Medicinal Food.
Should you share our fascination of fungi and the man health benefits they impart, consider joining us for a Special Event at our Cultured HQ on May 4th where we explore the magic of the medicinal mushroom. We will be joined by holistic nutritional counsellor, Barbara Faibish, to guide us through her favourite medicinal mushrooms and her favourite ways to eat these gifts of nature.
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The saliva glands are watering because they are so good, not just because of their nutritional superpowers but because the fermentation process transforms the lemon peel’s bitterness into a unique taste that will amaze you.
Rich in probiotics
A liver detoxifier (the peel contains d-limonene which helps liver detox)
An immune booster (through the high content of vitamin C)
What’s not to love? We have a great habit of squeezing our lemons and then throwing the best bit out.
Preserved lemons are traditioanl to North African and Middle Eastern cuisines. Used as a highly flavorful condiment to brighten up pretty much any dish.
But have you skipped by them not quite sure what to do with them?
To use in cooking, just rinse the preserved lemon, remove the seeds and use the rind and/or pulp in your recipe. Chop up and add to salad dressings.
Of course that just scratches the surface, there are many a culinary trick from tapenade to tonic, with this exquisite umami flavour.