I’ve just started working as a chef at Kings Camp Lodge. So I’ll be sharing my life in the kitchen and camp as well as lots of yummy recipes.
If I had to describe my overall feeling from this week it would be isolation. Strange. I’m challenged, inspired and busy. I’m learning lots about how a lodge operates and the kitchen in general. I’ve had an amazing time putting together meals and menus, thinking through flavour combinations, texture, colour and availability. So many aspects play a role in the development of a fine-dining menu – it’s a wonderful process.
But at the end of my shift I come back to my room and I’m in my own head. I’ve been exercising, writing, reading and listening to more music for the first time in ages. But I feel disconnected. I’m sure I’ll get used to this quiet, the lack of tv, radio, cell phone reception and internet. I think perhaps it shows that I was one of the masses addicted to being entertained and distracted.
So now I have none of that and I need to learn to entertain myself. The simple process of making a cup of tea has taken on significance since I have the time to do it properly. If you can take the time perhaps try this anti-inflammatory tea. It’s satisfying, warming and satisfies a sweet tooth.
Recipe – Turmeric Tea
Find fresh turmeric root if at all possible OR get dried, non-irradiated from your local health shop.
Use a micro-plane or zester and grate a small amount (thumbnail) into a small saucepan.
Grate half the amount of fresh ginger.
Add a pinch of black pepper (to ensure your body absorbs the turmeric)
Add a cup of milk – preferable lactose free – try oat, almond, coconut or rice milk which all have a natural sweetness.
Heat till it just starts to froth but not boil. Turn the heat off and cover to infuse for 5 minutes. If you have a frother or can heat with steam – this adds a lovely creaminess. In Malaysia and Singapor the ‘Pull the Tea’ but I haven’t got that right in the Timbavati yet;)
Drink daily to help with arthritis, aches and pains in the joints, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and other inflammatory conditions or just to warm you up.