Nutmeg and Cinnamon coffee

I'm the speaker at a luncheon this week in Kenwood.  My topic is "spicing up your life". I will be talking about how spices are a great way adding flavor to your foods, are a good alternative to salt, and that they bring many health benefits too.

You may have read my previous posts about using spices in drinks such as golden milk, and chai tea - without the tea, and chai hot today I tried spices in my coffee.

Now, I don't like flavored coffees. They are very popular in the UK, with coffee flavors such as:

  • amaretto coffee
  • chocolate truffle coffee
  • toffee cappuccino coffee
  • hazelnut coffee (my dad's new favorite)
  • irish cream coffee
  • chocolate caramel coffee
  • maple syrup walnut coffee
  • sticky toffee coffee
  • chocolate cherry coffee
  • chocolate chip cookie coffee
  • caribbean rum coffee
  • Christmas pudding coffee
  • creme brulee coffee
  • malt whiskey coffee
  • mocha orange coffee
  • pecan pie coffee
  • rum baba coffee
To me, they just don't sound like coffee!  They all sound terribly sweet and sickly! Ugh - just the idea is pretty repulsive!!!  I want coffee to taste like coffee....

So it was with this in mind that I gingerly tried the idea of adding spices to my coffee.  I put enough decaf coffee in for four cups and to that added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg (both ground) to the coffee grinds.

The result still tastes like coffee!  The spices are quite mild - so there is room for more....I think next time I might add cloves as well.  And surprisingly enough,  I enjoyed it.

It's another way for us to vary what we drink, and add some nourishing spices to our life.  Spices also seems to make a drink feel more like food - its  more satiating and I feel like I've eaten something.

So are you a flavoured coffee drinker? What is your favorite flavor?

PS Don't you just love my new orange coffee maker!  With it's little cup warmer on top too :-D

Goldenmilk - improved

Today I made Goldenmilk again, ready for my Food As Medicine classes this week on "healing spices".  I used almond milk instead of the not-so-tasty flax milk that I tried last time and today,  it was good!

It looks as yellow as the daffodils!

Here is the recipe:
2 cups of non dairy milk
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
2 whole black peppercorns
1/4 teaspoon group cardamom
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
Pinch of saffron, optional.

Add all the ingredients into a saucepan and bring to the boil.  Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.  Strain into a mug and enjoy.

It is a great drink to have before bedtime if you are having trouble sleeping.  With the turmeric in it, it is also anti-inflammatory.  The ginger helps settle the stomach, along with the cardamom which is anti-spasmodic to the gut.  Perfect as a "retiring" drink before settling down for the night.

I didn't add the saffron - but if are suffer from depression, you may want to consider it as some studies show saffron to be as effective as prozac, against depression.

Let me know if you like it - and I'll let you know what my classes think!  I found it soothing actually.  Not sweet, not bitter.