TAFEL

© Neri De Meester

Art     dessert     Food     ice cream     photography

When I was a little kid, I once spent an evening sitting at the dinner table, crying while eating a blood orange. I was so terrified by the idea that I was eating blood. In the meantime I am a true vegetarian, but I have also discovered the beauty of blood.

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peterkaaden

© Peter Kaaden

I stumbled upon this image a few months ago and it hasn’t left my mind ever since. Peter Kaaden is a German photographer, living in Berlin. His work is raw, confronting and erotic, but also very honest. It shows a youthfulness and a reality of the time we are living in, which I like.

On the other hand, I’m having a wintercold and I am already craving summer. So, no better way of curing my cold by eating ice cream. This blood orange sorbet contains all the good stuff you need to heal your sore throat or to cure your runny nose.

Tumeric, the mighty yellow spice, contains compounds with medicinal properties. These compounds are called curcuminoids, the most important of which is curcumin. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and it is a very strong antioxidant. Because curcumin is often poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, it is a good idea to consume black pepper with it. The piperine in the pepper can increase the absorption into the body by 2000 percent. Fat -cashew butter in this recipe- also helps in this process.

Raw honey, the liquid gold, has loads of healing properties.  Honey has been used since ancient times as part of traditional medicine. It is said to have several functions such as antibacterial, antioxidant, antitumor, anti-inflamatory, antibrowning, antiviral and immediate memory improving. The composition of honey depends on different factors, such as the flower source of the nectar and the season, soil type and climate, genetic factors, and processing methods. When using honey, make sure it is raw; heating kills the healing compounds. Also, make sure you are using bee-friendly honey and say thanks to our flying, black and yellow striped friends.

The recipe itself is really easy and takes only five minutes. Make sure to freeze your oranges in advance to enjoy this delight whenever you want.

 

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Recipe

Ingredients, serves one

3 small blood oranges, frozen

15 g (1 tbsp) cashew butter

15 g (1 tbsp) raw honey

5 black peppercorns, ground

5 thin slices of fresh turmeric

Directions

Put all of the ingredients in a high speed blender en blend until completey smooth. Serve immediately, relax, listen to Erykah Badu’s ‘Orange Moon’ and “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” (Hippocrates).

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