Magical cinnamon sticks
Beautiful morning. All night voila winter, and now the rays of the sun playing outside in the snow. It’s nice to sit here in the morning-sleepy cafes and expect a cappuccino. “Your cappuccino with cinnamon ’, the waiter puts the Cup, and the head already around goes from the magical aroma of Oriental spices.
The smell of cinnamon gradually fills the body and soul
with warmth, inspires and soothes, removes the feeling of loneliness and brings calm, carries away the bad thoughts and adjusts to the positive.
The warming spice known in the East since ancient times. The merchants who brought her to Europe and sold at fantastic prices, wrote about cinnamon incredible stories. If you get the spice in the nests of unseen birds or taking away from scary animals, like rats. The great philosopher Aristotle questioned all these legends. And his disciple Theophrastus for the first time suggested that the spice is extracted from trees. However, and this version became a legend. According to her, the cinnamon tree is guarded by a Legion of serpents, and to get the precious bark, people wore wolf skins, leaving only the eyes exposed. Wandering through Europe legend lifted up to heaven, and so high on cinnamon pictures.
The spice was still popular because supposedly had magical properties. It was believed that cinnamon is space under the influence of Mars — the most courageous of the planet. This explains its properties to enhance sexual desire, to give confidence and determination.
Today already for anybody not a secret that cinnamon rolls — these are pieces of rolled bark of a tree that grows on the island of Ceylon, Sri Lanka and India, Malaysia, China, Cambodia and other countries.
Essential oil of cinnamon
The essential oil is obtained by grinding the bark, soaking it in sea water and the distillation of the infusion. Yellow-gold oil has a pungent aromatic taste. It is believed that it helps to overcome the disappointment of attaining human failures and restores positive aura, makes the nature of man is more bright and harmonious.
Essential oil of cinnamon, you should always have on hand, especially in winter. It has antiviral and anti-inflammatory activity, known for its antiseptic and antispasmodic action.
Folk medicine in its Arsenal cinnamon contains to combat the cold. If you feel unwell are advised to take this mixture: 3 drops of essential oil of cinnamon, 2 drops nutmeg oil, 2 tbsp natural honey and 1 spoon of red wine. Every two hours for four tablespoons of this mixture will support the immune system and help cope with the ailment.
Just add one drop of oil in tea, coffee, juice or wine to strengthen weakened in winter, the body.
Warm, cozy aroma of essential oil soothes and makes you focused. A few drops of cinnamon oil in the bath for hands or for feet will have a beneficial impact not only on the skin, but also lifts your mood.
Cinnamon as a spice
Originally, the ancient Egyptians used cinnamon for embalming the dead, she was burned at the rites of sacrifice. Cooking cinnamon migrated later. The first manuscript with the culinary recipe using this spice has been found in Ancient Egypt 3.5 thousand years ago.
Today, cinnamon — an integral part of many national cuisines, and there are tens of thousands of recipes with this spice.
When it comes to cinnamon, immediately think of hot fragrant buns with sugar and cinnamon. In Sweden, for example, 4 October annually celebrate the Day of the cinnamon buns. All lovers of flour in the day certainly devours sweet buns for both cheeks.
Cooks like to add cinnamon to all sweet dishes on the principle of “cinnamon dish will not spoil. All kinds of cookies, muffins, cakes, breads acquire a special taste and flavor with cinnamon. Eastern spice is the perfect blend of fruit, especially apples, pears, quince, and pies with fruit filling and cinnamon — just yum.
Ice cream, mousses, jellies and compotes, jams and syrups, cheese pasta — this is only a small list of sweets that are seasoned with cinnamon. Russian cooks put cinnamon in milk soup, pancakes, and sweet porridge. Having been in France, many tourists think not only croissants, but also famous cinnamon muffins.
But the culinary field, where used cinnamon, cannot be reduced solely to desserts. Chefs around the world bring the taste and aroma of cinnamon in hot meals, snacks and drinks.
Cinnamon essential in sogrevayet mulled wine. Hot red wine with sugar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon to relieve fatigue, help to get rid of a cold and cough, to cope with excited nerves.
And mulled wine — this is not the only drink that is hard to imagine without cinnamon. Hot chocolate, organic coffee, punches, liqueurs, just find a new sound with a touch of this spice.
Cinnamon is used in all sectors of the food industry. It is added to blood sausage, red and white headcheese, liver pate, cheese starter, the ham (small amount), as well as in spicy and pickled herring, hot smoked fish, jellied and small (spicy) fish. Spicy seasoned snack and lunch of canned food, sauces, salad dressings, and many varieties of mustard.
It is believed that cinnamon refines the taste of fatty meat and adds a unique taste hot dishes beef, veal, lamb, mutton, pork, poultry, game, fish, vegetables, beans, and rice. The hostess will pleasantly surprise guests with cold cuts, meatballs, boiled fish, chicken grilled, deviled eggs, adding just a pinch of cinnamon.
Keep warm in the winter, the pleasant warmth of cinnamon. Bake a fruit pie with cinnamon, coffee with a cinnamon stick and call your friends.
The cinnamon stick just by magic from ordinary black tea will create the ceremony of fragrant tea.
Tea with cinnamon
1 stick cinnamon, 2 tsp of black Ceylon tea, 0,5 l of water, sugar to taste.
The cinnamon stick, pour 0.5 liters of boiling water, infuse for 10 minutes, again heated nearly to boiling and pour into a pre-heated dry kettle, into which poured black tea. Infuse for 4-5 minutes and pour into cups.
Dessert Apple in your handkerchief”
One pack of ready puff pastry 6 apples, 200 g curds with raisins, 3 tsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon.
Of rolled puff pastry cut 6 squares of size 15×15 cm In apples cut out the core and fill it out, made weight, honey and cinnamon. Each Apple wrapped in a square of dough, bring the top corners and place in the oven on a greased baking sheet. Bake 20-30 minutes at a temperature of as. Let cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Natural coffee with cinnamon
1 Cup hot coffee, 1 Cup hot milk, a pinch of ground cinnamon, a pinch of grated nutmeg, 1 tbsp whipped cream, chocolate chips, sugar.
Pour milk and coffee into a tall glass, stir with sugar, sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top put whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Instant coffee with cinnamon
On 6 servings: 4 tbsp instant coffee 1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1.2 litres of milk.
Mix in a large pot, sugar and cinnamon, and then, stirring constantly, heat on low heat. Pour the coffee, dissolved in hot milk, stir on low heat and bring to a boil. Let cool slightly and serve.