Book of the week
Spice Yourself Slim
by Kalpna Woolf
Kalpna Woolf has worked with Nigella, Nigel Slater and Rick Stein, launched food festivals, written about food, and is now engaged on a project to showcase the food of Bristol’s 91 language communities. In between times, she has produced this guide to incorporating potentially healthgiving spices into your daily diet. ‘Spices are powerful,’ says Woolf, ‘because they provide huge bursts of favour and give great health benefts.’ They also add zero calories to a meal and can help you lose weight. That’s the theory – and Woolf has included a list of 10 key spices (eg turmeric, cloves, cumin, fennel seeds) and 100 ways to use them (magic beans and skinny paneer; sweet potato and spinach cakes; sumac-dusted hake with carom seed kale; spiced porridge) to prove it. A dose of turmeric in this smoothie may help to combat dementia.
Super-boosted turmeric and black pepper smoothie
1 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 1 avocado, peeled and stoned 75g blueberries handful of kale, chopped 200ml coconut or almond milk ½ tsp ground black pepper
In a bowl, mix the coconut oil and turmeric to make a paste. Add it to the other ingredients and blend until smooth.