As I write this post, I’m sitting at LAX waiting to board a flight to St. Louis. I’m spending the weekend with my sister, brother, his fiancé and my mom- whom is celebrating her 60th birthday this Sunday. I’m sipping a latte – just a regular ol’ latte but I’m really wishing I were sipping on one of these turmeric lattes!
My mom lives in Southern Illinois – which this time of year – is BEAUTIFUL. The leaves are changing all kinds of gorgeous colors, the temperature (unlike most of the year) is pleasant and where my mom lives there are so many lakes it makes for such beautiful scenery.
I moved from Colorado to Southern Illinois in between my sophomore and junior year of high school, which I can describe in one word – BRUTAL. I had lived in the same small town in Colorado all my life. I went to the same school and had some of the same friends since kindergarten and before. That transition, moving from Colorado to Illinois, was a culture shock to say the least and I can still remember the first day we walked into our “new” home – tears. Lots and lots of tears!
I stayed in Illinois for college – there is a school not far from where my mom lives – so it was a logical transition. I mostly stayed because the guy I was dating at the time was going there as well. It didn’t end up working out with him, but I am so happy I chose to go to college there because that is where I met some of my very best friends – people I still count as friends today and many of them were all just at my wedding in August. Those long hours spent in design studio at school, hot summers kayaking on the lakes with obscene amounts of alcohol, and just general college foolery has bonded us for life.
But after 8 years in Illinois, I decided to pack up everything and move to San Diego for graduate school. I moved there and didn’t know a soul – not one person and those first few months were pretty lonely. I eventually met friends through school and I got a job at a resort bartending, where I made even more friends. But for a short time, I thought I was missing Illinois – which was crazy! Although my college years were great and fun, I never really felt like Illinois was home for me. I ended up going back during a break from school and I realized maybe I was just missing my friends and the familiarity of knowing a place. It wasn’t until that flight back to San Diego, I finally felt like I was going home.
I’ve happily called California home for the last 7 years now. Yes, I do like going back to Illinois (occasionally) to visit my family, but I’m always happy when that plane is descending into the sprawl of Los Angeles and I can see the ocean fast approaching. I live by the beach, so I guess that makes it easy to love. But no matter what, it makes a world of difference to love where you live.
And now – this turmeric latte. Turmeric is mostly used in savory dishes – like curries – but has lately been making an appearance in sweet dishes, health drink and now lattes! People have touted the benefits of turmeric (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, etc…) but all I can tell you is it pairs well with cinnamon, honey and cardamom – especially when you add it all to steamed milk. Also, turmeric will stain like a mother***** so proceed with caution. It has some bite and is pretty earthy, but the honey and additional spices really complement those qualities. It also doesn’t dissolve – similar to cinnamon – so I like to give my latte a good strain in a fine mesh sieve before serving. And – a $10 frother from Sur La Table will take this drink from 9 to a 10. I mean, who doesn’t love a nice foaming latte?!
- 1 cup milk - you can use whole, 2%, skim, coconut, almond, etc...
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon honey
- 1 cinnamon stick
- cardamon pods
- In a small pot combine milk, turmeric powder, honey, cinnamon stick and cardamon pods.
- Set on low to medium heat and let warm to desired temperature, stirring occasionally. If you heat too fast or don't stir, the turmeric powder will stick to the bottom of the pot.
- Once mixture has reached desired temperature, using a fine mesh sieve, strain into glass.
- For a frothy top - use a frother (you can pick one up for $10).
- Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
****This recipe makes one glass but can easily be multiplied (and is recommended cause you'll definitely want a few cups of this latte)