Searching for Turmeric Recipes
Well, as you can see, I’m searching for Turmeric Recipes to help with my Cancer. My specialist’s Professor in India has done a whole load of research into Turmeric regarding women and Cancer, and regards it of great importance. So my quest for information begins here.
According to the BBC Good Food magazine, “Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that comes from the rhizome of a plant of the ginger family. It is sometimes available fresh, but is usually sold dried and ground in powder form. Turmeric has anti-oxidant properties which is why it has long been an Indian home remedy for many illnesses.”
I’m still here after a 3-day stint at Castle Hill Hospital getting started on my treatment. Day one (Tuesday) lots of questions and answers for my pre-assement meeting with a great nurse. Explanations of what was going to happen to me over the next few months and lots of important literature to read. Day 2 – at Castle Hill ‘s Nuclear Meds department, having some Radioactive liquid injected in my arm, followed 3 hours later by a Bone Scan.
We spent the 3 hours in-between catching up with our old Hessle Neighbours, and a quick shopping expedition around Waitrose for fun. Back to the Nuclear Meds for the Bone Scan, then home again to Hornsea by the sea, to be welcomed by a very excited Fizzi the dog, desperate to go out into the garden, bless her. We had to leave her for about 6 hours, but as long as I put a rug on our bed, she’s happy to snuggle up on it, or she can sit up and oversee our garden for us.
Day three was the first Chemotherapy treatment. Not much different than the ones three years ago, except for a little ‘hiccup’ when I suddenly couldn’t talk and almost blacked out, but the husband of the lady in the next bed to me realised I had stopped talking, and was in difficulties and called the nurses over. It was a reaction to the drug, so they gave me something else and I was soon fine.
Back home, and hoping to carry on gardening this weekend, but my quest at the moment is searching for Turmeric Recipes that I want to eat. I want to use Turmeric in lots of ways, in Italian, English, Greek, French food, some Indian food, but it has to be what I like. Especially if I lose my appetite again, as I did 3 years ago. I’m after tasty, light recipes, nothing too heavy, so if you know anything like that, please let me know.
Right. Now, who wouldn’t fancy that bowl of warm broth below. Full of light foods, just glowing with warmth and health. I could eat it right now (even though it is 6.46am and I’m still in my dressing gown!)
Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup Recipe
- 1.5 -2 kg Chicken
- 2 medium onions, unpeeled, quartered
- 2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
- 1 10cm piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 3 dried bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground turmeric (or a small knob of fresh turmeric)
- 2 tbsp black peppercorns
- 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
- 4 medium carrots, peeled, cut into ½ inch pieces on a diagonal
- 450g dried udon noodles or rice noodles or even spaghetti
- Scallions (spring onions) very thinly sliced
- Chilli oil for serving
- Place chicken, onions, garlic ginger, bay leaves, turmeric, peppercorns, coriander seeds and several pinches of salt in a large pan or casserole.
- Pour in cold water to cover and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and gently simmer until and instant-read thermometer entered into the thickest part of the breast registers 155 degrees - takes roughly 30-35 minutes.
- Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool slightly. Keep stock simmering.
- Remove skin from chicken: discard. Pull meat from bones and shred into bite-sized pieces: set aside.
- Return bones and carcass to stock. Increase heat and bring stock to a boil and cook until reduced by about one-third, approx. 15 -20 minutes. Taste, and season with a bit more salt if needed.
- Strain stock into a large saucepan, discard solids. Add carrots, bring to a simmer and cook until carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook noodles in a large pan of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop cooking. (If using rice noodles or spaghetti, cook as suggested on packet).
- Divide noodles among bowls. Add shredded chicken meat to stock and cook just until heated through. Season stock with more salt if needed. Ladle over noodles and top soup with spring onions and drizzle with a little chilli oil if you like the heat.
Ground Turmeric is available from supermarkets everywhere, but make sure you get a good brand. The fresh Turmeric is available in the UK – Erik sends off for it. He found various companies on Google which he is trying out. We are even going to try and grow some from one of the small roots. It needs a lot of warmth, so a sunny spot in a big pot may be the answer.
Seriously, I am really searching for light, delicious Turmeric recipes, so if you can help I would be delighted to hear from you. Lots more to come in the future of all sorts of recipes, not just Turmeric, so see you soon.