This week I visited one of my favourite foodie haunts, Earth to Table, in Bondi. It is a quirky little raw foodie haven on Bronte Rd that makes the most delicious vegan meals, raw desserts to die for and an amazing array of exotic herbal teas and lattes all made with the café’s own home made almond milk. Every time I go there I try something new, and every time I leave super inspired by what I have sampled. This time around I found my inspiration in the form of a deliciously smooth and creamy ‘Golden Elixor’.
Warm almond milk infused with a blend of turmeric, ginger and cinnamon to excite the sensors and warm the soul and frothed to perfection by the café barista. It is a restorative drink like no other which is not only to die for taste wise, but also provides the body with a boost of potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial ingredients (turmeric and ginger) which help eliminate toxins, stimulate circulation, aid digestion and boost immune function. Combine these super spices with almond milk which is high in minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium as well as vitamin E and you have a concoction that really nourishes the immune system, and just makes you feel so damn good.
Intrigued by this delicious golden taste sensation, I set about re-creating the experience at home and found it actually super simple to make. As long as you have some good quality ground turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, you can mix this spice blend with any type of milk (almond, coconut, dairy, rice or oat) and it works every time, although I think it works best with almond or coconut milk. It is sure to become a night-time supper staple. And with the health benefits it imparts, why not enjoy this warming wonder on a daily basis? Oh, and did I mention it works equally as well served chilled over ice, or blended with a frozen banana for a golden smoothie sensation. Delish!
(makes enough for two)
- 2 cups almond milk (or your choice of dairy milk, rice, dairy, oat or coconut)
- 2 teaspoon honey (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or powder
- 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger pinch of ground cinnamon (plus extra for sprinkling over the top)
- Combine milk, honey, vanilla, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon
- Place over a low heat and whisk until combined.
- Heat the milk and aromatics gently stirring with a spoon until hot.
- Pour the milk into 2 serving cups and enjoy.