Honesty Boxes: Honest to Goodness
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Words, recipe & photos: Samantha Gowing
“The Truth is Out There”
You know passionfruit, turmeric and eggs are not normally ingredients who play together, however during my last confession to the Honesty Box I found two out of three sitting side by side. Turmeric and passionfruit are kinda yellow so I reckoned they’d blend up well with a few egg yolks and make a cracker of an accompaniment to a handful of local grilled prawns or a slab of Tassie salmon – both were excellent.
Passionfruit, an obvious aphrodisiac, also has powerful healing properties including antioxidant and anti-fungal activity and has been used by Amazonian tribes for centuries for its sedating powers and pain relief.
Like its little sister ginger, turmeric is a tuberous rhizome – a root plant with fleshy extended stems that run just under the ground and produce shoots and roots for new plants. A handsome plant that can grown up to five or six feet with a large yellow and white flower spike surrounded by long leaves.
Medicinally, turmeric has been used as a liver tonic, blood purifier and continues to be useful for a variety of skin conditions and minor injuries. It is celebrated for its powerful antioxidant component called curcumin, which has been noted as having anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.
In addition, turmeric has been used in connection with the following conditions and symptoms:
- Digestive disorders – Curcumin, one of the active ingredients in turmeric, induces the flow of bile, which breaks down fats
- Arthritis – Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves the aches and pains associated with arthritis
- Cancer – Curcumin has shown to decrease symptoms of skin cancers and reduced the incidence of chemically caused breast cancer in lab animals
- Bacterial infection – The herb’s volatile oil functions as an external antibiotic, preventing bacterial infection in wounds
Recipe 1 – Tweed prawns with turmeric passion aioli Yields about 3 cups
The sweetness of the passionfruit really lifts the depth of flavour of this pretty yellow aioli.
Serve with a salad of beautiful butter lettuce, macadamias and avocado that you’ll probably find in an Honesty Box.
3 egg yolks
250mls macadamia oil
3 cloves garlic, roasted
1 large lemon, juice and zest
1 teaspoon turmeric finely grated
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon white pepper
2 passionfruit, pulp only
12 large extra fresh, large green prawns, unpeeled
2 tablespoons balsamic glaze (avail in fancy food stores)
1 teaspoon oil
Wedges of fresh lemon or lime
- Whisk egg yolks with lemon juice and zest
- Add turmeric, salt and pepper then passionfruit
- Gradually drizzle in macadamia oil and continue to whisk
- Briskly until aioli starts to thicken
- Refrigerate until required
- Marinate prawns for about 20 minutes in balsamic
- Heat oil in a skillet or fire up the BBQ
- Add prawns and grill over moderate to high heat until the prawns are orange and tender
- Serve warm with a finger bowl, a wedge of lemon or lime and plenty of aioli
Recipe 2 – Tickety Boo Turmeric Tonic
Feeling the chill? This special tonic is the perfect pick-me-up to keep your immunity in tiptop shape. Its rich golden yellow hue comes from the beta-carotene.
1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, peeled and grated
1 teaspoon raw, unfiltered honey
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
- Select the central body of the turmeric (called the mother), wash, peel and grate into a teapot
- Top up with hot water, allow to steep for 5 minutes
- Strain and mix with honey, lemon or lime juice to taste
For more recipes and healthy living, visit Sam Gowings website – www.samanthagowing.com