Mustard-Turmeric and what they have in common

mustardMustard has been used for thousands of years and was so highly thought of that King Louis the XI took it with him where ever he went.  Also the Egyptian pharaohs had mustard seeds stocked in their tombs reserved for their after life.

To this day it is still highly popular and is almost in every household in America.

It did not take long for people to realize that you could grind the seeds and make a paste.  Using it to then spread on food and, for poultices or as an ointment to relieve body aches, tooth aches and many other ailments.

To make a paste the mustard seed was ground, then water, vinegar or wine was added.  The French Monks used “must”, or unfermented wine which is where the name “Mustard” came from.  It stems from the Latin mustum ardens (roughly meaning “burning wine.”)

There are many different types of mustard from different places around the world.  Dijon from France, American  and German mustard to name a few.

mustardThe true color of mustard ranges from light yellow to a dark brown.  The brilliant yellow we see in the bottles actually gets its color by adding turmeric  Turmeric for your Health .  Both mustard and turmeric are extremely beneficial to a person.  Whether you serve them in your food or by using them in poultices or pastes.

By adding these tasteful spices you will be adding health and flavor to your life.  Listed below are a few of the long list of benefits your body will receive.

Turmeric

  1. Cancer preventer
  2. Liver detoxer
  3. Immunity booster
  4. Blood purifier

Mustard

  1. Pain reliever
  2. Good source of calcium, magnesium and potassium
  3. Promotes healthy skin
  4. Cancer preventer

Again the benefits listed are a small portion of all the incredible benefits these rich colored ingredients have.

Start looking for new recipes that use mustard or when reaching for something to add a little flavor reach for golden-yellow.  To get you started I will add a recipe below.


Asparagus Rolls

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Serves 10. Ingredients
10 fresh bread slices
1/2 tsp mustard powder
2 green chillies, chopped (optional)
10 asparagus pieces (fresh or from can)
1/3 cup butter (approx.)
little salt

Method

  1. Remove the crust from the slices of bread.
  2. Mix the mustard powder in 1 teaspoon of water. Add this to the butter and mix well.
  3. Roll the bread slices a little. Apply the above butter over the slices.
  4. Sprinkle very little salt and a few green chillies over each slice.
  5. Put a piece of asparagus at the end of each slice. Roll up each slice and tie the rolls with thread.
  6. Put all the rolls in a box and chill in the freezer compartment of a refrigerator for 1 hour.
  7. Remove thread and cut into pieces.
  8. Serve cold.

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