Cardamom, an exotic spice made from the seeds of several plants from India, provides a healthful and delicious addition to a quick and easy breakfast.
I’ve just started a new job which requires early rising. I’m determined to start the day with a good breakfast that is easy to make and good to eat. In a fit of absentmindedness (or sleepiness) this morning, I sprinkled cardamom into my yogurt and oats instead of cinnamon. “Hmmm, this will be interesting,” I thought. Then for good measure, I threw in some cinnamon as well. The result was quite delicious.
I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to food information, so I looked up the nutritional value of cardamom.
According to organicfacts.net, “The health benefits of cardamom include gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol control, control of cancer, relief from cardiovascular issues, and the improvement of blood circulation in the body. It is useful for curing dental diseases and urinary tract infections such as cystitis, nephritis, and gonorrhea. Cardamom possesses aphrodisiac properties and is also used as a cure for impotency, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.”
Given the last sentence, I’m surprised cardamom isn’t the most popular spice in all creation. I mean, it makes you randy then cures the nasties that are caught in the act. (I will, however, continue to trust modern medicine as well as eating a healthy diet.)
The point of all of this is that I recommend trying a little cardamom in the morning. Here’s my favorite combo which can be made in two minutes.
2 tbsp. rolled oats
1 tbsp. natural full cream yogurt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1 tsp. honey
Plus two of the following options:
1 tbsp. raw nuts
1 tbsp. dried fruit
1 tbsp. flaked coconut
1 tbsp. frozen berries
1 piece of fresh fruit
Mix the oats, yogurt and cinnamon and leave to sit for 5-10 minutes.
Chop the nuts and fruit, and add to the mix.
Drizzle with the honey and serve.
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Louise Harper is a sculptor turned cook who specializes in recipes for one. She lives in Melbourne Australia (in a house for one, of course) and loves cooking “just for her.” For more information on her “single” series of cook books, visit www.singleserve.net.au