Cocoa Lanka

Raw milk, cacao beans, star anise, Ceylon cinnamon, raw almonds, hemp seed and vanilla bean.  Hot cocoa for grownups..

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Simmer raw milk, split vanilla bean and fresh stevia leaves over medium-low heat.  Do not allow to boil.

Meanwhile, toast raw cacao beans, anise, cinnamon, almonds and shelled hemp seed in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 5-10 minutes.

Crush toasted spices in a mortar, add to the milk and simmer another 15 minutes.

Strain into a coffee mug, swirl in a little fresh cream and garnish with cinnamon and stevia leaves.

Sleep tight, friends..

Lanka is the name given in Hindu mythology to the island fortress capital of the king Ravana in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, and is the ancient name for present day Sri Lanka. The fortress itself was situated on a plateau between three mountain peaks known as the Trikuta Mountains Trincomalee.

Rama preparing for war against Ravana

Rama preparing for war against Ravana

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Lacto-fermented, Sprouted Quinoa w/Maple Butter & Cream

Talk about an easy, healthy, hearty breakfast for a cold morning!

“Quinoa (KEEN-wah), the ancient grain of the Incas, has been cultivated in the Andean highlands of South America for over 7000 years.

It was of great nutritional importance in pre-Columbian Andean civilizations, being secondary only to the potato, and was followed in importance by maize. In contemporary times, this crop has become highly appreciated for its nutritional value, as its protein content is very high (12%–18%), making it a healthful choice for vegetarians and vegans.

Unlike wheat or rice (which are low in lysine), quinoa contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete protein source. It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is gluten-free and considered easy to digest. Because of all these characteristics, quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA’s Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long-duration manned spaceflights.

Quinoa has a light, fluffy texture when cooked, and its mild, slightly nutty flavor makes it an alternative to white rice or couscous.”

The night before, soak quinoa in an equal volume of milk (i.e., 1 cup of milk to one cup of quinoa) with a dollop of whey or active yoghurt (I leave it out on the counter, covered with a piece of cheesecloth or a thin cotton kitchen towel). Raw milk products are preferred, but you can certainly substitute non-homogenized, low-heat pasteurized products if that’s what you have.

In the morning, boil filtered water equal in volume to the milk. Notice that the grains have sprouted!  Stir in the quinoa and its liquid. Reduce heat to a gentle boil, cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.

Serve with milk or cream and a spoonful of maple butter.