Back to the Kitchen

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

…and we’re back.

Sorry about that little sabbatical I took there. June was quite a month – moments of frustration and accomplishment, moments of sheer exhaustion tickled with exhileration, moments of bliss, love and shining happiness. It passed by so quickly but when I look back on it all, I can’t believe it was all crammed into 30 days.

One of my best friends got married; the first of us to take that leap. The wedding was magical, sincere and pure, and a testiment to what real love looks like. Standing beside her on the alter was an experience I’ll never forget and one I’m eternally grateful for.

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

Another feat – helping to open the Seed to Sausage General Store in Ottawa. I’ve dreamed of a job where I get to be and do many things, all tied together by food. Officially I am the purchaser for the store, something that keeps me constantly absored in unique Canadian food items that I’m anxious to share with our customers, but unofficially I get to help with the butchering, the marketing, the customer side of things, the merchandising and of course, the taste testing. It’s been a joy. When I’m not at work, I miss it. I suppose that must be what it feels like to love your job – or maybe it’s insanity. Either way I feel like I’m finally where I was meant to be. Surrounded by food and people who love food.  It’s been long days, and my diet usually bears the brunt of that. Less full meals, more snacking. Less grains and vegetables, more meat and cheese. Lately my stomach can be heard protesting the shift in diet, demanding I smarten up and get back on track. Begging audibly for healing foods.

Everything in this Lemon/Limeade was meant to help me heal my gut back to vigor. The turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the ginger for it’s ability to aid digestion, ease cramping, and improve absorbtion and stimulation of essential nutrients in the body, the lemon and lime for their cleansing, detoxifying and immune-boosting properties and the cinnamon and cayenne for their antimicrobial, anti-fungal and ability to help digestion. But aside from all those wonderful things, it simply tastes good. It’s icy and soothing and refreshing on a hot day and would, if you’re into this sort of thing, be lovely with a shot of good, aged tequila.

As I ease back into the kitchen, sip on one of these and accept it as a peace offering for my absence. I’ll be back in action as soon as I drink another 100 of these.

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade

Spicy Ginger Turmeric Lemon-Limeade
makes 8-10 servings

Using sparkling water, as I did here, makes this lemonade feel a little more special. It would be a great treat for your friends who don’t have a taste/don’t partake in alcoholic beverages. 

2 large lemons
3 limes
water or sparkling water
ginger-turmeric simple syrup, recipe to follow
lemon slices, for garnish
mint, for garnish (optional)

Juice the lemons and limes and pour juice into a tall jar or pitcher. Add 5-6 cups of water, stir and then add 1/2 cup syrup at a time until the sweet vs tart is balanced to your liking. I usually add about 1 = 1 1/2 cups which yeilds a nice tart lemonade. Pour over ice and serve.

Ginger-Turmeric Simple Syrup
1 cup raw cane sugar
2 cups water
2 tsp grund turmeric
1-2 tbsp freshly grated ginger (I like it spicy so add 2 tbsp)
strip of lemon zest
generous pinch cayenne pepper
generous pinch cinnamon

Bring all ingredients to a gentle simmer over med-high heat, whisking, until sugar is dissolved and syrup is flavourful. About 5-7 minutes. Taste and add more sugar if you feel it’s necessary – it should be quite sweet. Strain into a jar and cool. Syrup will keep for 2 weeks in the fridge. It also makes a lovely vanilla ice cream topping.

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade