In collaboration with Yogi Tea
Start the day right with a breakfast of creamy vanilla bean porridge topped with turmeric chai tea figs.
As some of you know, I’ve long been a vocal cheerleader for turmeric. Not only have I created many recipes featuring this hugely useful spicy root, I have written on its medicinal properties numerous times both here on Food To Glow, and over on Metro.
I won’t tread old ground, but I will say that I personally find turmeric – both ground and as a root – an invaluable part of my daily routine. There are very few days when I don’t either start or end the day with a mug of “golden milk”.
I can attest to its reputation as a potent anti-inflammatory: it definitely helps ease general aches and pains. Turmeric milk is also my first weapon of choice if there are coughs and colds flying around. The stuff works. Weirdly I find – and others have too – that drinking turmeric milk or tea in the morning is energising, whilst a nighttime cuppa is soothing and soporific. A magical elixir.Turmeric has featured in at least one of my previous porridge recipes. As an adopted Scot I would be remiss if I didn’t have at least a few porridge recipes. So, I have no qualms about offering you another. This time, however, the turmeric is in a teabag with other aromatic spices, and is used to poach dried figs.
With very little, if any effort you can simmer up a pot of warmly spiced figs to go with porridge, rice pudding, yogurt, ice cream, with cold meats and cheese – even in couscous. All without having to scrabble around in your spice rack. Or in my case, spice shelves. Deep shelves, heaving with precariously balanced bottles, jars and sachets. I feel a resolution coming on…Yogi Tea® has kindly given me a sneak preview of a new product that will be in select shops from the end of January. As soon as it arrived, and I got a whoosh of aroma from the opened box, I immediately thought it would be perfect for these poached figs. I wasn’t wrong. And the creaminess of the porridge adds to the chai “feel” and taste.
Turmeric Chai is a heady and unique Ayurvedic blend of turmeric root (55% – very high for a tea), cinnamon, liquorice, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, apple, fennel, mace, cocoa shells and cloves. The tea is beautifully balanced and perfect both for those who already love turmeric tea and turmeric milk and those who aren’t yet convinced. Pleasant, powerful and versatile are good descriptors for this tea.
The tea is organic and tidily contained in little unbleached teabags. As a drink on its own it is gorgeous, but the way to really enjoy it is with a splash of milk, whether dairy or plant-based. A little fat from the milk and the heat from boiling water may make it easier for our body to absorb and use the active compound in turmeric, curcumin.
As the sun sets on 2017 and rises to welcome 2018, Yogi Tea® want me to share with you my reflections on 2017 and what I wish to make happen in 2018.
#GoldenMoment reflections on 2017: working with brands I love, like Yogi Tea®; meeting and filming with the wonderful Dr Rupy Aujla (his book, The Doctor’s Kitchen is available for pre-order); the emails, messages and Instagram posts letting me know that you are making and loving Food To Glow recipes!
#GoldenMoment hopes for 2018: going “self-hosted” so that I can offer more of what you want; getting my act together to learn video (yikes!); adding more topics and free pdfs to the Nutrition and Cancer section here on Food To Glow; creating a newsletter offering subscriber-only recipes, overviews of nutrition studies, product reviews and giveaways!
So, what are your #GoldenMoments reflections of 2017 and your #GoldenMoments hopes for 2018? Share them using the hashtag and @yogiteaeurope on Twitter and Instagram, and @YogiTea on Facebook. 🙂
Vanilla Porridge with Turmeric Chai Tea Figs
Start the day right with a breakfast of creamy vanilla bean porridge topped with turmeric chai tea figs. xx
For the figs (makes a large jar) – make ahead and use within 10 days
250g (scant 9 U.S. oz) dried unsweetened figs, organic if possible
1 Turmeric Chai Yogi Tea® teabag
500ml (14 fl U.S oz) boiling water
40g (1/2 c) organic rolled oats*
120ml (1/2 c) water
120ml (1/2 c) milk of choice (unsweetened)
seeds from a quarter of a small vanilla bean OR a small pinch of real vanilla powder
Add-ins: nuts, seeds (I like to add shelled hemp seeds), other dried fruits like cranberries or sour cherries, slices of fresh fruit, extra vanilla.
For the figs, snip the figs into small pieces and pop them in a saucepan with the Yogi Tea® teabag and 500 ml of boiling water. Bring to a simmer; cook gently for 20 minutes until the water is reduced and you have a light syrup. Allow the figs to cool in the juices. Store in a sterilised jar and use within 10 days in hot or cold dishes.
For the porridge, add the oats to a saucepan along with the water, milk and vanilla seeds/powder. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for five minutes or until the oats are creamy and soft.
*Nairns (UK) have certified gluten-free. Although oats are naturally gluten-free they are processed with the same equipment as other grains.
RIPE FOR PINNING!
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13 thoughts on “Vanilla Bean Porridge with Turmeric Chai Tea Figs”
this sounds wonderful
I don’t like the taste of tea, but want to use the turmeric, is there an alternative ‘something’ to soak the figs in ?
Hi Sue! It’s so nice to hear from you. As for the tea, there is no tea in it, just spices. And it is truly a lovely tasting drink on its own or in other dishes. But if the idea of tea really doesn’t appeal, I would use 1/4 tsp each of turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and a pinch of ground cloves and black pepper. Pop in some cracked cardamom pods, too (in a little bit of muslin cloth). Add the spices and water to a pan with the figs and do as instructed in the recipe. It won’t be exactly like the tea bags but will be a lovely gently spiced alternative 🙂 I hope this takes your fancy 🙂
Added to the shopping list !
I can vouch for your turmeric cheerleading role as your golden milk is my sons ‘go to’ when he gets chesty and when I get ‘jointy’ I put extra turmeric in my lentil soup, well actually I do that as a matter of habit now thanks to you, not just when I get an ailment.
We all love porridge and figs so this is a keeper too. Thanks Kellie!
ps you will tell me if I start turning turmeric yellow wont you 😉 ( I’ve just bought a root from Waitrose and its cooking in a squash, red pepper and togarashi soup as I write and we had your beetroot zinger yesterday so my fingers are an interesting shade of orange & puce!) I will look out for these yogi tea bags though, might save my fingers! Great post as usual x
I’ll let you know! Only if you start using it on skin grazes should it colour you. Unlike carrots, where the beta-carotene definitely comes through to the skin! Niki, your soup sounds so delicious, and an inventive use for your togarashi. I’m addicted to togarashi with yuzu in it. Thanks for the big-up on turmeric. It’s an amazing spice!
Looks delicious – will have to try this for breakfast tomorrow!
This looks delicious! I got some turmeric chai tea for Christmas I will have to give this a try!
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Turmeric-poached dried figs, over porridge?! Yes, please! I’m totally making this, just as soon as I can get my hands on this tea. Not sure if my local shop will carry this blend yet but I’ll be looking for it. And I like your goals for 2018, bring on the videos!! 😉
What wonderful flavour combinations, my friend! Happy 2018 to you!
I’ve still got your carrot date oatmeal from long ago in regular breakfast rotation. Can’t wait to try this one out!
What an interesting bowl…happy feasting.