The Jealous Crumpet

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Stay Warm with Chicory


ChicorySee how happy I am to be about to drink my chicory. Sadly moments after this photo was taken I slipped and dumped the entire contents on the ground. I should have taken a photo of that, but I was too busy cursing and my husband was too busy laughing, so alas, there is no photographic evidence.

Though Alabama didn’t get the massive piles of snow that the rest of the of the East Coast received, it get enough to make winter official.snowI lived much of my childhood in New England, so any bit of snow makes me nostalgic and wistful for a simpler time. I love bundling up in heavy socks and sweaters that I almost never get to wear and crunching through the fresh snow, savoring the moment and knowing that tomorrow it will most likely be gone and year before I see it again.8After fun in the snow I like to drink a hot cup of coffee, but as part of my 2016 initiative to be healthier I have been trying to cut my caffeine intake down. Happily I discovered the delights of chicory, which is caffeine free and quite delicious. chicoryChicory is a blue flowered plant whose root has a similar flavor to roasted coffee beans.  There are lots of claims of medicinal uses, such as improving calcium absorption and bone mineral density, as well as helping with weight loss. I just started drinking it, but I let you know if I increase bones and decrease fat.  It is also used in flavoring beers, especially stouts, which is probably another reason I like it.4I started drinking Pero, which has barley (containing important dietary fibers), rye (with several markers of blood sugar control) and chicory. I can’t really say if I’m feeling healthier, but I enjoy it nevertheless.1I also got to break in my new tea-cup, which I’ve been dying to use. The cup and saucer were my souvenir from a recent trip to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. It’s a gruesome homage to Romeo and Juliet, depicting a pierced heart and the quote, “For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” So dark, I love it!6So stay warm everyone and enjoy a cup of Pero. 2



Author: Sarah Bélanger

I am a freelance photographer and writer, working for various magazines, cookbooks and blogs. I love what I do, but I have a lot of restrictions depending on which brand and publication I'm working for. This blog gives me the opportunity to have fun. I'm also a pretty terrible cook, so this blog is forcing me to learn some kitchen skills, which is both thrilling and infuriating. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, half as much as I enjoy making it.

7 thoughts on “Stay Warm with Chicory

  1. You got some snow too, we got slammed in Brooklyn. Never heard of Pero but it sounds similar to Postum, not sure they still make that. It also contained grains and I actually really liked it and drank it all the time. Stay warm!!

    • You did get slammed! My brother lives in the city and his photos were insane. It must be surreal to see so much snow there. I do think it is similar to Postum. My grandparents used to drink that, but I can’t remember what it tastes like.

  2. stunning photos! It is summer here in Sydney but I would much rather be in the cold snow.

    • Thank-you so much! I do like cold weather. The southeast States are a bit warm for my liking. I’d much rather live farther north where they have seasons but not so far north to have to endure 9 months of winter. I hope you’re staying cool!

  3. I am all the way off caffeine and looking for interesting alternatives to coffee. I’ll give chicory a whirl. I like several different herbal teas, but I need to mix it up a bit.

    • As I told you this week I really like it as a substitute. As an update though, if I do end up having celiac I won’t be able to drink it any more. 😦 It’s filled with all the bad stuff I can’t have.

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