Golden Mussels, lime & chilli butter in arrack

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Mussels, lime & chilli butter in arrack අරක්කු ගැන අරක්කු,දෙහි හා මිරිස ්

Serves 4

  • 1kg mussels
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10g garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 20g coriander stalk, finely chopped
  • handful of curry leaves (if possible)
  • 250ml arrack
  • 3 tsp kithul treacle or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chilli butter (see below)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of sea salt
  • handful of coriander leaves

Not native to Sri Lanka however super-cheap, quick and easy to make. Buy your mussels live and shut tight from your local fishmonger. Store before use in a cool, damp place – the sink. This way you can clean them, by removing the barnacles and beards, in a self-contained, no-mess cool box. Rinse the mussels under cold water, removing the beards by pulling them sharply towards you. Discard the shells that don’t close when tapped with a knife.

Heat the coconut oil in a large pan (with a lid). Once hot, add the garlic, shallot, coriander stalk and curry leaves and sizzle for a couple of minutes. Add the mussels, give the pan a good shake and cook for a minute. Add the arrack, treacle or syrup and turmeric and then immediately cover the pan with a lid and let it steam.

Cook for 5 minutes, giving the pan a good shake. Check the mussels have opened and add the chilli butter to emulsify the liquid, add the lime juice and salt, and finish with the chopped coriander. Discard any shells that haven’t opened.

Serve the mussels with fresh pol roti.

Chilli butter කහ කෝපි

  • 250g salted butter, softened
  • 4 red bird’s-eye chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 15g garlic, peeled (optional)

Chilli butter is great for so many things: eggs, stir-fried mushrooms, roast sea bass, corn on cob. You can roast the chillies if you want to make smoked chilli butter. This can keep in the fridge for weeks and the flavour only deepens and improves. Tamarind butter goes with most roast white fish, clams, scallops and game birds. Even roast cherries roasted in brown sugar. Put everything in a blender or mix with a whisk in a bowl. Store in a plastic container in the fridge. 

A Breakdown on Bioavailability

For any and every individual seeking to truly maximise the nourishing potential of their food choices, knowledge of bioavailability, or nutrient absorption is key. Upon full understanding of how and which ingredients work in synergy with each other, one has the power to unlock a whole host of nutritional benefits that can bring a lifetime of healing and energising benefits to the body. 

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The idea behind bioavailability is that the specific combination of certain ingredients or foods can increase their very absorption by our clever bodies. Integrating some very small tweaks and flavour combinations into our daily routines can produce some pretty paramount effects. Now tell us - who wouldn't want that? The best part is that the most powerful of combinations can be found in our kitchen cupboards already, not to mention in our Wunder blends too. 

If you are finding yourself unsure where to start, our favourite hacks are in fact the simplest. Give them a try in your next tonic or meal and reap the magic. No surprise that turmeric is in the mix …

- Turmeric + Black Pepper: While black pepper is already a super spice in its own right, the powerful molecule piperine in black pepper enables curcumin to pass the gut wall and enter the bloodstream, elevating our body’s capacity to harness the goodness of the mighty curcumin compound in turmeric to another level. You will find this very blend in our Instantly Golden Classic Turmeric Latte mix alongside cinnamon and coconut milk for a turmeric taste sensation. 

- Vitamin D + Calcium: Living in the notoriously overcast London can mean we city dwellers aren't able to naturally produce adequate levels of the frequently termed ‘sunshine vitamin’. Fear not; simply combine calcium-loaded leafy greens like chard and kale with vitamin D charged, omega rich salmon to better absorb this elusive nutrient. As the vitamin famously responsible for boosting moods, this certainly is our kind of happy meal.

- Ginger + Turmeric + Healthy Fats: When the ultimate digestion soother ginger is paired with golden turmeric and a healthy fat - think avocado, coconut, or flaxseed for example - our body absorbs the latter better than ever. We don't know about you, but this is giving us serious inspiration for a pretty magical morning smoothie concoction, no? 

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 active cannabinoids that form the chemical structure of the Cannabis sativa plant, yes more commonly known as cannabis, weed, marijuana... you name it. It is a major component of this, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. Whilst much of the past research on Cannabis sativa has focused explicitly on Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects that the plant is more renowned for, research supporting CBD is beginning to emerge.

Combining this with turmeric’s well known anti-inflammatory effect may further boosts your ability to reduce low lying levels of inflammation. Antioxidants present in turmeric also help to protect your body from both internal and external damage caused by our stressful environment. At Wunder Workshop we stand for prevention rather than a cure and we are excited to introduce our most powerful wellness booster yet.

Golden Adaptogenics

Adaptogen herbs are a unique class of plants that promote hormone balance and protect the body, especially from excess stress. In addition to boosting immune function and combating stress, research shows that various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha can:

Golden Balance

This unique blend of organic Ayurvedic herbs and spices is designed to combat a stressful modern lifestyle, managing cortisol levels and improving hormone balance. Ashwagandha is rich in iron, improving alertness as well as strengthening the body’s response to stress and anxiety by reducing adrenal fatigue and stabilising thyroid hormones. Turmeric, liquorice and ginger have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, whilst cayenne pepper stimulates metabolism and circulation, revitalising and rejuvenating the body.

 In our society’s hectic lifestyle where our bodies and hormones are constantly put to the test, Golden Balance helps to maintain your balance day in day out. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day in juices, smoothies, lattes as a nutritional supplement.

Golden Glow

Glowing skin starts from the inside and this blend of turmeric, maca, rice bran, brahmi and black pepper is full of beneficial antioxidants and vitamins. Rice bran is a rich source of vitamin E, which protects skin from premature ageing and environmental pollution and also contains tocotrienols (“tocos”), which may have anti-cancer, neuroprotective and cholesterol lowering properties. Maca, a natural hormone balancer, can enhance the body’s ability to combat anxiety and depression which may negatively affect skin appearance. Furthermore, the antioxidants in brahmi, turmeric and rice bran help to relieve stress and expel toxins from the body and the upper epithelial layers of the skin, stimulating skin cell regeneration.

 To “glow” is more than just having wonderful skin, it is about having a radiance that transcends appearance and that is often affected by our mood and alertness. Brahmi is a potent Ayurvedic nootropic herb that has been known to naturally boost cognitive ability, helping you to feel focused and alive. Golden Glow is a versatile blend that can be enjoyed at any time of the day in juices, smoothies, lattes as a nutritional supplement. 

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GOLDEN BALANCE - Anais Rachel Calzadilla

GOLDEN BALANCE

As we believe it is all about balance in life we have started interviewing high flying//busy individuals who do not automatically fit into your stereo-type ‘health-freak’ box, but instead live very demanding stressful lives and yet manage to create a golden equilibrium between daily strains and a healthy body and mind.

Please tell us a bit about your daily life and what you do for a living?

I’m based in Brooklyn and work as photographic Producer in Chelsea. I liaise between clients, photographers and creative teams so my day to day is very focused on communication. My work life is very fast paced and can be stressful. In my free time I love being with friends, travelling and going on trips in nature. Being in New York is great. It’s an exciting city which has everything to offer. You are also close to the Catskills Mountains and a couple of hours away from the beach.

What does balance mean for you?

Having energy, both in mind and body.

How do you create a golden balance? What are your health tips (supplements, work-outs, eating, therapy etc.)

Drinking a lot of water, eating clean, exercising, reading and being in nature. I used to take a lot of supplements but I focus more on getting the nutrition I need from what I eat.

What is your favourite quote/inspiration?

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts – M. Aurelius

Making healthy meals can be very time consuming, what do you recommend to busy people that have limited time to prepare food?

There are many simple & quick recipes online for healthy and quick meals during a busy period. I recommend steaming vegetables, it’s a quick and healthy addition to any meal and can be topped with a bit of coconut or olive oil, garlic and salt. Of course, there are plenty of healthy eateries in most big cities that offer great options.

How do you recharge? (favourite place, meditation/yoga, or anything else that resets you)

Hot yoga is really nice for recharging after a busy day but sometimes it takes a little more than that. A nature getaway or a trip home to see family always helps me keep grounded.

What's your guilty pleasure?

Little Choc Apotecary’s Chocolate cake

What 3 ingredients do you use most for cooking?

Coconut oil, Turmeric and Garlic.

Coffee or turmeric latte?

Turmeric Latte because coffee is too strong for me to have on a daily basis.