Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Really Random Tuesday #65: Book Winners, More Giveaways, and Turmeric Tea

I'm on a roll!  Welcome to the 65th edition of Really Random Tuesday, my third RRT post this month.

I have two book winners to announce today, traveler and dinnerbyjr.  Both have won copies of No Ocean Here, a new collection of poems by Sweta Srivastava Vikram, in either print or ebook form.  Congratulations to both of you!  While this book focuses on the plight of women in several countries and is quite serious in nature, I think you'll both relish these poignant and powerful poems.

If you didn't win this book giveaway, don't be too upset.  Why not enter my giveaway for  Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall, if you haven't already done so, and/or the other giveaways listed on the right side of my blog?  These book giveaways are a way to thank you for visiting (because I wonder, "what is the sound of one blogger blogging?").


I'll admit that I'm a bit of a "health news junkie", and lately I've been reading a lot about the benefits of spices, including turmeric, a spice used abundantly in India, Pakistan, and the Middle East.  I often add turmeric to the pot when I'm cooking rice.  It imparts a yellow color to rice (which can be quite bright depending on how much is used).  I also love to add curry powder (which contains turmeric) to chicken and vegetarian dishes.  I became curious about making turmeric tea, and after spending a short time online "researching" recipes, I decided to try my own simple version.  To a cup of hot water (from my Keurig machine) I added a sprinkle of turmeric and some freshly squeezed lemon juice, and mixed it well.  The resulting turmeric tea was amber-colored, mild-flavored, and easy to drink.  Remember that ground spices are concentrated and potent, so you don't want to overdo it, although the many health benefits of spices are heavily touted right now.  (Even cinnamon, which I often add to my morning oatmeal, should be used in small amounts.  A little bit goes a long way.)  The book shown here, Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice of Life by Prashanti de Jager M.S., is on my wishlist.


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  1. Congratulations to the winners! I try to eat healthy too but admit that I don't always do it.

  2. Congrats to the winner! I try to eat healthy when I can. I'm not much of a tea drinker though.

  3. Not sure I would enjoy turmeric as tea? But I always enjoy hearing about healthy tips like this. I do LOVE you mugs - so very summery.

  4. Congrats on your 65th Really Random Tuesday post Suko :)

    Congrats to the winners too!
    Thanks for sharing the turmeric tip, I've never used that spice before.

  5. I like turmeric and curry and use it occasionally in my cooking. Turmeric is especially good for arthritic pain. I never thought to make tea with it though, but what a good idea.

  6. Congratulations to Traveler and to Dinnerbyjy.

    I sometimes cook Asian and African dishes and I like to use turmeric. As it easily stains my wife is not usually happy when I do.

    1. Brian, you do need to be careful when handling turmeric, lest you take on a new hue: http://lavacheinteressante.blogspot.com/2013/02/vache-jaune.html.

  7. Well done your winners.

    A true believer in that many of the things we eat can be beneficial to our health, garlic is one of my favourite 'remedies'.

  8. Congrats to the winners.

    I've taken turmeric as an herbal supplement in capsule form but never thought to make it into tea. Great suggestion.

  9. I think that turmeric is the spice we name curcuma in French. I like it too and during winter often prepares red lentils soup with turmeric.


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