SPICE HEALTH HEROS

by Natasha MacAller photography by Manja Wachsmuth

SPICE HEALTH HEROS

A selection of my favorite work from the book Spice Health Heros

Immune spice Cleansing spice Energy spice Warming spice Restorative spice Calming spice

CONTENTS

IMMUNE SPICE

Turmeric Clove & All spice Star anise

TURMERIC The Master Spice Among its plethora of talents, turmeric is lauded not only for its potential pain relief from joint inflammation, but also for being naturally soothing. Turmeric’s active compound, curcumin, is a natural sedative: It calms and quiets nerves, settles those pre-performance jitters and, in a cup of turmeric milk tea, can help you sleep. A recent test study showed that taking 1000mg a day of curcumin may have the same results as taking an anti-depressant and can also offer relief to those suffering from insomnia.

TROPICAL TURMERIC SMOOTHIE

I just looove this smoothie. It reminds me of tropical beaches, a light breeze and a relaxing daze in a hammic in the sun. It makes me happy both summer and winter! Turmeric was a spice I’ve never really used before, but after being introduced to it by Natasha, it has now found a regular space in my fruit and vegebowl, ready for juices and smoothies. The pepper adds some wonderful heat to compliment the sweetness and should not be left out.

PORK CHILE VERDE

by Anne Conness

Shooting a lot of food for books and magazines, I’ve become somewhat immune to a lot of food. It takes a lot to impress me these days, but every once in a while, I’ll shoot something that really blows my mind. Taste wise I mean. Anne’s Pork Chile Verde, is one of these dishes. It just knocked my socks off. You’d think I would have known what a Chile Verde is, having worked as a food photographer for so many years, but admittedly this was my first. It’s just amazing! The right amount of heat, spice and umami, to make you just want more and more. This is one of those dishes that has truly become the fooodphtographers favorite. Thank you Anne!

SPICED PICKLED PLUM & SHALLOT CHUTNEY

CLEANSING SPICE

Cinnamon Oregano

CINNAMON​ A dash of cinnamon can help to keep your energy levels sure and steady because of the blood-sugar-balancing qualities it provides. It is also a primary ingredient in certain analgesic balms for external pain relief to warm and invigorate muscle tissue and increase blood flow to tired and aching muscles.

MARINATED VENISON W. CINNAMON BROTH

by Neil Brazier

HIBISCUS & CITRUS CRUSTED PRAWNS

SYLVIAS SOURKRAUT FERMENTED RAINBOW CARROTS

ENERGY SPICE

Pepper Coriander Cacao Nutmeg

BLACK PEPPERCORN The King Spice These pungent balls act as a warming bio-enabler, increasing blood flow and maximizing absorption and benefit of other nutrients. They are also good for easing discomfort in the digestive tract, reducing gas while increasing hydrochloric acid in the stomach, which helps to reduce stomach distress.

HOT SMOKED LEAF & CORN SALMON

TOASTED PEPPER, LEMON & STRAWBERRY SWIRL ICE CREAM

CORIANDER The concentrated free-radical-fighting antioxidant compounds in coriander seeds help to protect, cleanse and regenerate liver tissue damaged by lifestyle behaviours and a number of diseases, including NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). The cell-protecting antioxidant oils contain large amounts of linalool and geranyl acetate, which play a huge part in clearing the body of unwelcome bacteria and may also be helpful in clearing bladder and urinary tract infections.

AVOCADO & PINK PEPPERCORN TOAST CUCUMBER & CORIANDER FIZZ

PUMPKIN BREAD PUDDING

WARMING SPICE

Chilli pepper Ginger Mustard seed Horseradish Wasabi

CHILLI The active plant compound in chilli pepper is capsaicin, which is good for the heart, arteries, blood and digestive system and also helps boost metabolism. Applied topically in an ointment, capsaicin rushes blood to the area and reduces pain by increasing blood circulation and stimulating endorphins.

HERB & HARISSA GAZPACHO

COUNTRY ONION MUSHROOM SOUP

TURKISH EGGS

by Peter Gordon

SAZON RUB BEEF ROAST

with chimichurri

RESTORATIVE SPICE

Garlic Cardamom Pomegranate

GARLIC This super-warming and stimulating antioxidant and antimicrobial hero of ancient Greek and Chinese medicine was fed to Egyptian slaves to give them good health and long-lasting strength. Its heating and stimulating effects have been recognized for thousands of years and it has been used as a remedy to treat everything from the common cold to contagious diseases.

CARDAMOM A fragrant pungent and warming spice used in chai tea, cardamom helps to lower blood pressure. Its most active oil, cineole, impressively both antibacterial and an antioxidant, has been recently trialled as an aid for asthma and other respiratory ailments, showing great promise.

CARDAMOM CHAI TISANE

CARDAMOM CARAMEL ORANGE ICE CREAM

CALMING SPICE

Sage Basil

VEGETARIAN BURNING LOVE

by @mettehelbak

BASIL Familiarly fragrant basil relieves stress, supports the adrenal glands, helps to restore and rebalance levels of cortisol and is being studied for its promising antiaging benefit. Basil is full of free-radical activity in its antioxidant phytonutrients orientin and vicenin and volatile oils eugenol and apigemen, which can help rebalance stress hormones.

CINNAMON BASIL ICE CREAM

by Mindy Segal

This ice cream is both refreshing and surprising. I love the combination of cinnamon and basil, and it kinda fits perfectly as a Christmas dessert in the warm weather here in New Zealand, if anyone dares to swap out the pavlova!

Text © Natasha MacAller Photos © Manja Wachsmuth Published 2016 by Jacqui Small Props by Lianne Whorwood @ The Propsdepartment Get a couple of the recipes on my blog and see more photos from the book. The Food Photographers Favorites #stellerfood #foodphotography #spice #healthyfood

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