I've been relying heavily on hot drinks to fight all sorts of maladies this winter. Various tisanes for various symptoms, turmeric milk for sore muscles, and hot chocolate when I'm feeling blue.
Here I've got a tisane of ginger, rose hips, and lemon to soothe an upset stomach and fight a cold. Rose hips are high in vitamin c, ginger is good for several digestive issues, and lemon has all kinds of vitamins and minerals.
I love turmeric milk, and it's as easy to make as the hot chocolate I've been treating myself to. It's best in a high-power blender if you're using fresh turmeric, which I prefer. Blend homemade cashew milk, cinnamon, a 1-inch piece of turmeric, a bit of vanilla bean (totally optional), and half a date if you want some sweetness, until completely smooth. Transfer to a small pot and gently heat on the stove.
I have a new piece up on Food52. It's the first in a series I'm working on, and definitely one of the most personal things I've shared. It's about getting back into the kitchen after not cooking at all last year, and it starts with soft scrambled eggs. I've relied on these eggs during a lot of hard times and they've never failed to provide comfort. They require patience and a bit of attention, which is nice when there are too many thoughts in your head.
I picked up this book in one of my favorite stores and couldn't put it down. A book that includes Evelyn Waugh, Emile Zola, and Nora Ephron writing about food is impossible to resist. The title made me realize how long it's been since I've shared any stories from my kitchen, and it sparked an urge to start doing that again. I haven't been cooking very much, or spending time in my kitchen making things from scratch like I used to, but I'm working on changing that. This book has been kind of a first step in that direction.
This afternoon, I was in particular need of a pick-me-up, and decided to make myself a very virtuous cup of hot chocolate to sip on while curling up with the book and getting lost in the stories. It's not cooking at all, but it's homemade and works wonders. This also isn't a recipe at all, but some general instructions for healthful hot chocolate: blend homemade cashew milk, a few heaping spoonfuls of raw cacao powder, some vanilla bean, cinnamon, half a date, and coconut oil until completely smooth, then gently heat on the stove. (This works best in a vitamix, because you can really blitz the date, and use the soup setting if you don't want to use the stove.)