Pour a few drops of milk/yogurt or water to make a thick paste for smooth application
Test a small area on the hand for a few minutes before applying to your face
Apply mask to face in a very, very thin layer using a brush to avoid staining hands. Leave on for no more than 5 minutes or until it begins to tingle (this happens because it's an anti-inflammatory spice!)
Wash off well with soapy water and pat your face dry
NB Any curry aficionado will know that turmeric can stain skin and clothing! Be sure to use an old t-shirt or towel to avoid tinting good clothing. We recommend doing this mask at night time so that any skin stains can be washed off in the morning.
A dash of nutmeg in your morning coffee could add more to your life than just flavour...nutmeg is said to be able to help with arthritis pain, indigestion and improve cognitive function. Simply add a few gratings of nutmeg to your morning coffee!
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern mix which usually consists of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt. This combination may lead to a whole host of health benefits, like boosting brain power and energy levels and helping you get better sleep.
Fenugreek, aka Methi, has traditionally been used as a hair potion to prevent early greying and to add shine. There have also been claims on its ability to fight signs of aging skin like wrinkles and fine lines. Enjoy this spice in a Yemeni Helbeh, great with rich tomato stews or with eggs and flatbread for a Yemeni-style breakfast!
Total Time: 1 hour
Heat rating: 3/5
50ml Freshly boiled water from the kettle
25g Bunch of coriander - roughly chopped
1 Green Chilli - roughly chopped (seeds removed if you prefer less heat)
For this week's Turmeric Tuesday, we focus on Turmeric 'Golden Sauce'. Used over roasted vegetables or served with falafel, turmeric golden sauce may be the ticket to treating common issues such as heartburn and bloating and it might also help to improve your memory!
Since this spice boasts a long list of health benefits, we've dedicated Tuesdays to Turmeric. Turmeric is said to have antioxidant properties, which may help slow down the ageing process! Stirred in with noodles is a great way to add this spice to your day.
Total Time: 25 minutes
Heat rating: 1/5
1 Large thinly sliced onion
2 Cloves of finely chopped garlic
2 Tbsp oil
1/2 Tsp salt
Precooked noodles for 2
250g Shredded chicken or tofu
Choice of coriander, beansprouts and/or peanuts to garnish (optional)
Did you know that Cumin contains Calcium, necessary for strong bones and teeth as well as Vitamin A, which helps boost the immune system? Get a taste of these benefits with a bowl of delicious Moroccan Harira!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Heat rating: 3/5
1 L water
1 Finely chopped onion
1 Tin of chopped tomatoes
1 Tin of chickpeas
1 Handful of green lentils
1 Handful of couscous or rice
250g Diced lamb (optional)
1 1/2 Tsp salt
1 Handful roughly chopped fresh coriander or parsley
Simmer water with onion, chopped tomatoes, chickpeas, green lentils, couscous or rice, diced lamb (optional), ground cumin, chilli powder and salt for 1 hour in a covered pan until the rice and lentils are tender and have thickened the soup.
Stir in roughly chopped fresh coriander or parsley and the juice of 1 lemon to serve.
Contrary to popular belief, some studies suggest that the spicy sensation from chillies may actually aid in digestion, rather than cause irritation. Either way, these Chilli Kale Crisps are a healthy treat that's difficult to resist!
Turmeric has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a healing spice to treat colds or even depression. Today's Turmeric Tuesday features a Turmeric Latte - the perfect way to kick start your day!