Brrrrrrrrr. Have you guys been as fooled as me recently? Fooled by the mild winter we have been having through to earlier this year. Fooled into ‘it’s not so bad, look I don’t even need a scarf, what were people complaining about’ kinda smugness.
I am not too proud to admit that my temporary smugness has been frozen out of me. Yeap, the fire has been roaring full blast, I am wearing 3 jumpers and I refuse to leave the house unless ABSOLUTELY necessary. I might have been a tad grumpy whilst taking the kiddoes to the animal farm and play grounds over the February half term. Hey, I am only human.
There is one big advantage to the cold though. And that is having the excuse to make warming drinks like this honey saffron milk with extra warmth, fragrance and sweetness from some cardamom. I tend to make a honey saffron tea as well, but more often than not I just whip up a milky version as it is less work and the absence of the tea allows the flavour of both the milk and the saffron to shine through. Some of my favourite flavours in one cup.
I tend to make a large pot, which means I have some to hand and can and pour myself a mug full every few hours, whilst leaving the saffron and cardamom pods to steep in the milk. So I get a stronger and stronger drink towards the end of the day. Just how I like it. Honey saffron milk, how I love thee.
Oh and have you guys heard of a2 Milk, which I made this saffron honey milk with? It is a great alternative for people who have had trouble digesting milk. Regular cow’s milk includes the a2 protein and a1protien. These proteins are digested differently with A1 protein being known to cause bloating, indigestion, cramps and more in some people. a2 Milk is produced from specially selected cows that naturally produce only a2 protein and no a1. Nothing added, nothing taken away, just easier to digest cows’ milk and less likely to trigger symptoms often associated with milk intolerance.
Please do pop over to the a2 milk website, where you can find lots of information about allergies and intolerances and even a contact email for their own in-house nutritionist. You can also find them on Twitter or Facebook for more information.
*a2 Milk is not suitable for anyone medically diagnosed with galactosaemia, lactose intolerance or a cows’ milk allergy. If you require any specific advice, then please do check with a nutritionist.
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If you like saffron then why not try my easy saffron sauce with pasta and figs.
- 500 ml (2 cups) semi-skimmed milk
- 4 cardamom pods split
- 0.25 tsp saffron threads or more to your taste
- 2 tsp honey
- Put the milk, cardamom pods and saffron threads into a pot over low hit and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 5 mins. Then switch off the heat.
- Stir in the honey and let milk cool a little bit before serving.
- Top with a few saffron strands, a few pistachio nuts and some rose petals.