I'm not one for eating outside of my comfort zone. That means no chocolate covered ants for me! So imagine my shock when I met and married my Asian husband. After the initial culture differences, he introduced me to his cuisine. What....no baked macaroni, meatloaf or burgers...no way! Yes way!
My husband introduced me to curry over 13 years ago and I am still crazy for curry. Curry is a blend of spices such as: fenugreek, mustard seeds, cinnamon, turmeric, coriander, ginger, cumin, black peppercorns and red pepper flakes. I talk about curry, particularly Sri Lankan Curry, whose complex blend of spices is more than a mouthful. The flavor of first toasted and then freshly ground spices are fantastic and compliments any kind of meat you add to it from vegetables to fish. What's more is that curry is loaded with health benefits from the spices! Just to name a few:
Fenugreek - heartburn, acid reflux, lowers blood sugar in
- Type II Diabetes , lessens PMS and menopause symptoms
- Cinnamon - anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, controls blood sugar, reduces pain in joints, anti-bacterial, helps control cholesterol
- Ginger - prevents nausea, eliminates intestinal gas, anti-inflammatory, treats arthritis, can cause ovarian cancer cells to deconstruct, stimulates circulation
- Turmeric - SEE EARLIER BLOG POST ON TURMERIC (CLICK HERE)
I never gave a thought to spices and health benefits until I started studying spices. So I thought, if I didn't know about the power of spices, how many others have no clue about the medicinal values of spices? The point is incorporate different spices into your foods and discover many health benefits along the way. Don't be afraid to try new things and be open to maybe trying that chocolate covered ant after all.