Winter Menu at Ocean Basket
Shake your taste buds out of hibernation this season with spices and herbs that not only add a tasty punch to dishes but are also bursting with nutrients, essential oils, antioxidants and the minerals and vitamins essential for winter wellness. Ocean Basket has launched it’s new spicy winter menu which is guaranteed to bring even the most spice-shy souls in from the cold.
Research into why the body craves spicy food in winter has revealed that ‘unconventional heat’ not only warms you up from the inside out, but can also keep nasty bugs and viruses at bay. Authentically spicy dishes such as steaming curries and spicy seafood paella along with a rich Glühwein are packed with surprising health superstars – herbs and spices that will fast rid your body of the chill brought on by winter.
The starring role in any seafood curry – aside from the succulent seafood – is turmeric. This golden-hued spice is a powerful anti-inflammatory that’s 50 times more potent than vitamin C or E. Curry also contains cayenne pepper, coriander, chilli powder, cumin, ginger and garlic, all of which aid in digestion, improve immunity, insomnia, respiratory disorders, asthma, bronchitis and even the common cold.
A firm winter favourite is Glühwein, a mulled red wine, heated and spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, citrus, sugar and vanilla pods. The antioxidant compounds in cinnamon help prevent blood sugar level spikes. The active principles in cloves are known to have antioxidant, anti-septic, local aesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.
It’s with the above health benefits in mind that Ocean Basket have spiced up their menu with offerings guaranteed to warm the belly and satiate the appetite. The addition of Spanish Paella and rich Seafood Curry, both flavoured with the sunny spices of warmer climes, as well as new additions from the East like Rock Shrimp Tempura, Spicy Tuna Rainbow Rolls and the Fuyu Platter (sushi) are all guaranteed to make you positively glow, no matter how frigid the air outside or frosted the windows.