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Golden Moon Milk #SundayFunday

Updated: Sep 24, 2023

Today the Sunday Funday bloggers are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.


Stacy of Food Lust People Love, Sue of Palatable Pastime, Rebekah of Making Miracles, and Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm coordinate this low-stress group; we only participate when we are inspired. Thanks to Stacy for hosting this week.


Stacy wrote: "Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunisolar calendar with a full moon at night, corresponding to mid-September to early October of the Gregorian calendar. This year, Mid-Autumn Festival is Friday, September 29, 2023. Share a recipe celebrating Autumn." Here's the line-up...



Moon Milk

The Mid-Autumn Festival - also known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival - is a traditional festival celebrated in Chinese culture. But there are similar festivals are celebrated in Japan (Tsukimi), Korea (Chuseok), Vietnam (Tết Trung Thu), and other countries throughout East and Southeast Asia. I decided to share my recipe for moon milk...I haven't been able to locate my mooncake mold this week.



If you are unfamiliar with moon milk, it's a warmed milk drink that can be used to ease occasional sleeplessness. I have also read that when cows are milked at night, their milk contains higher levels of two compounds that help with rest and relaxation: tryptophan and melatonin. Okay, I haven't verified that. But it looks good, right? You can also make this with dairy-free milk.


Spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom have a warming quality that helps to relax the nervous system. So, this golden milk makes it well-suited for bedtime and relaxation.


Ingredients


Golden Root Paste makes approximately 1 cup paste

  • 1/3 cup turmeric powder

  • 5 Tablespoons organic coconut oil

  • 1" knob fresh ginger, peeled and freshly grated

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 1 to 2 cinnamon sticks


Golden Moon Milk makes one serving

  • 1 cup milk (feel free to substitute with nut or oat milk if you are dairy-free)

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric paste

  • 1 teaspoon honey or your preferred sweetener

  • 1 cinnamon stick for garnish


Procedure


Golden Root Paste

Place all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Heat until the coconut oil is melted. Whisk until smooth. Remove from heat and take out the cinnamon sticks. Transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator.


Note: the paste should be stored in the refrigerator and used within two weeks.


Golden Moon Milk

Gently warm milk in a saucepan. Whisk in turmeric paste and honey until well-combined. Pour into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.


And here's a bonus for you in the moon theme...


Magical Blue Moon Matcha Cocktail


I was reminded of a cocktail I made back in 2019 when our #LitHappens group read The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill. Read that post and find the recipe: here.



That's a wrap for my Mid-Autumn Festival offering for the Sunday Funday bloggers. We will be back next week when I host the group in cooking from a cookbook. It can be an old favorite or an adventure into a new cookbook. Stay tuned!

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Amy CookingAdventures
Amy CookingAdventures
Sep 24, 2023

All those warm spices together sound amazing!

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Camilla M. Mann
Camilla M. Mann
Sep 25, 2023
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They are!!

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cdelawder12
cdelawder12
Sep 24, 2023

Loving this recipe and excited to try it. I am so not a good sleeper. I'm willing to try anything and this sounds fantastic! Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck - Colleen

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Camilla M. Mann
Camilla M. Mann
Sep 25, 2023
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Let me know if it helps!

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Karen Kerr
Karen Kerr
Sep 24, 2023

Wouldn't it be funny if the grocery store sold "cows milked at night" milk, lol!

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Camilla M. Mann
Camilla M. Mann
Sep 25, 2023
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Right?!!?

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Wendy Klik
Wendy Klik
Sep 24, 2023

I had never heard of this. Happy Fall Cam.

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Camilla M. Mann
Camilla M. Mann
Sep 25, 2023
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Thanks. To you, too.

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