#2: Golden Milk, Drink Of Spinster Champions

“Life’s problems are often eased by hot milky drinks.”
— Barbara Pym, No Fond Return Of Love*


So lately I’ve been drinking a lot of golden milk. Do you drink it? I’ve been having a cup most nights, like a hippie Barbara Pym character. (To be straight-up Pymming, it’d be Ovaltine in the mug.) There are a hundred million different recipes for it online but here’s how I make it:

In a little saucepan –
1 cup almond milk
½ teaspoon of turmeric
1 tablespoon coconut milk
thimble amount of fresh ginger in small chunks
a few shakes of cinnamon
a few grinds of black pepper

Heat, stirring occasionally, until nice and warm! Pour in a mug (perhaps a nice cat mug from the Barbara Pym Society?!?!?) and add in some honey. Best enjoyed while doing something relaxing.

*following in the voice of an old witch who lives in the Whole Foods health & beauty aisle*

I’ve found golden milk to be good for the blues, cold-weather creakiness, as well as post-gym soreness recovery. The turmeric and the ginger are great anti-inflammatories. Don’t skip the black pepper. It helps your body absorb the turmeric. So does the coconut milk—and it also helps keep your coat nice and glossy!

Hang in there, spring is going to be here soon,

* If you haven’t read any Barbara Pym and want to, I’d start with either Excellent Women or No Fond Return of Love. They are so very, very funny and good—like the book equivalent of a hot milky drink / several episodes of “The Great British Baking Show.”

Carrie Frye
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