Almost twenty years ago, my Man of God was diagnosed with kidney disease. Reading the information given to me about the disease, I set out to make adjustments to his diet. Salt was a huge no no, and even though we were not big salt eaters, eliminating it was the goal. One day I seasoned and cooked fish without it and yuk, unpalatable and into the trash it went. The other salt free spices didn’t help that fish one bit. Salt adds flavor to food.
Years later, with my spiritual eye, the information I found was different. All herbs and spices are not created equal. Those with additives, chemicals, and pollutants should be avoided for the potential harm they can cause. Therefore, buying organic assures you that pesticides and toxic ingredients are not in the mix. It is important to educate yourself about our food sources. Do your own research or get with someone who is knowledgeable. Inquire of the Lord what to purchase, read, or who to ask. My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: Hosea 4:6
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Now with the legalities behind, join me for a brief stroll through my culinary world with a glimpse of my salt preference, Pink Himalayan Salt, and my golden spice turmeric.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Salt is a mineral and is used for many of our biological functions. In its natural form, it is mined from the earth or evaporated from salt water bodies. Which means it has been around since the earth began. The Bible speaks of a salt covenant lasting forever. Jesus spoke of believers as the salt of the earth. With all this in mind, I believe that salt has gotten a bad reputation because of the common table salt. Table salt has been extremely heated, stripped, bleached and additives included. Anticaking agents are added to keep the salt from clumping. So table salt is not just salt and there is not much natural about it. Check the labels and try to figure out why some salt has dextrose or sugar added.
I use Pink Himalayan Salt. Its pink color is due to the minerals and elements found in its unrefined state. So as an added bonus you get beneficial trace minerals. It can be purchased in slabs, chunks, and from coarse to fine grain. Salt is essential but as in many things exercise moderation.
Turmeric is a deep golden colored spice derived from a root and is a member of the ginger family. It can be used in the root or powdered form and has been prevalent in Indian dishes since ancient times. It adds color to pickles and mustard, used as fabric dye and for medicinal purposes. Use precaution because it can stain you and your clothes.
I use it in savory foods mixed with other herbs and spices. An all-purpose seasoning blend that I concocted includes turmeric as a showstopper. Sweet pickle relish and bread and butter pickles get their color from a pinch of turmeric. As a matter of fact, many of my culinary delights have a yellow color due to my love of it. Yellow is fast approaching a favorite of mine, at least in the kitchen.
Search the internet on the benefits of turmeric and you will find an overwhelming amount of information including words like anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It can help fight damage and infection. You will also find that it is beneficial to many areas of the body including the heart, brain, and joints.
I hope this has inspired you to be more creative with your cooking skills. May your families be blessed with meals bursting with flavor instead of flavorless. God has provided everything we need from the earth for our health, healing, and pleasure.
As you select and use your favorites, always remember to add a good measure of prayer and do it as unto the Lord.
Herbs, spices, and seasonings that zing, these are a few of my favorite things.
Harriet Noel Jones