Mak Manja’s Steamed Orange Juice Healer

13 Dec

My Mak Manja has given me so much in this lifetime – her wisdom, her love, her strength, the sanctuary of her home, her intervention when I had no will… and so much laughter and joy. If I could wish anything for you, it would be for a Mak Manja of your own, who guides you, watches over you and loves you through it all. Of course, I cannot arrange for a Mak Manja for everyone (I believe that’s down to karma and fate!) but… I can share with you this.

The last time she visited, I was getting over the flu. My Mak Manja brought me a gift. A bag of oranges, and some rock sugar. She made herself at home in my kitchen, and she proceeded to prepare me this amazing, blissful, divine orange juice healing potion. Its very simple, and even though I am not sure which natural healing medicine it comes from (Ayurveda? Traditional Chinese Medicine? Natropathy? Or may be just her own instinctual knowledge…), I do know that this juice has extraordinary healing benefits. The orange is steamed, in a covered mug, in a pot. For hours and hours and hours. Well, a minimum of two hours, but really, as long as you can … the result is an elixir which intensifies and concentrates the huge vitamin compounds in the simple orange – vitamin C, folate, vitamin B1, and vitamin A, amongst others.

Drinking this juice is like getting a massive dose of pure, unadulterated love & vitamins – it feels like a supercharged vitamin shot. It goes through you, and suddenly you feel… warm, strong, steady. Full of energy. Nurtured and supported. Its wonderful as a tonic against the cold winter months. And for those with lowered immune systems, or who are recovering from an illness – it is perfect. The gentle application of heat and steam concentrates all the natural goodness in an orange, and give you a massive dose of feel good love. Making this juice for yourself once or twice a week will up your strength and stamina, and will boost your immune system and vital functions.

Its a wonderful gift, because its so easy to make. And it makes you feel so good.

So even though I cant give you your very own Mak Manja, I can give you her recipe. Make it for yourself when you are feeling in need of strengthening and comfort, or better yet, make it for someone you love.

Take one orange. Or two if theyre quite small.

Peel the orange, but leave a little bit of the white pith on. Not all of it, mind you, but may be about half.

Put the orange in a mug. Squish it down. With a knife, make a little hole at the top of the orange, and stuff a few pieces of rock sugar into the orange. If you dont have rock sugar, its OK. Use brown sugar – half a teaspoon or so. Squish the orange down if its small, and add another and repeat.

Cover the mug tightly. I used a little soy sauce dish because it fit exactly, but you could use some aluminum foil. Put the covered mug in a pot which has a lid.

Pour room temperature water into the pot, about half to three quarters of the way up the mug.

Cover the pot, and place over medium low heat on the stovetop. The water will take a while to come to the boil. When it does, turn the heat down to the lowest you can go, and let it simmer for a minimum of two hours, and up to four or five, or even more. Check and top up the water every hour or two. You could also make this in a slow cooker, or in the oven, but I prefer over the stovetop, because thats how I learned it πŸ™‚

Once you have grown tired of waiting for the orange to steam (I usually get impatient by the three hour mark or so), then switch off the heat. Let the water (which should be bubbling) calm down a bit. Use kitchen gloves or a very thick kitchen towel, and lift the mug out of the water. Remove the cover of the mug. You will have very soft, tender oranges, in their own liquid.

Place a sieve over a bowl, and pour the entire contents of the mug into the sieve.

Use a spatula or spoon to mash the orange – it will be spectacularly soft and yielding. Try and mash as much juice out of the steamed orange as possible.

Pour the juice into a glass (it wont be boiling hot – but it will be quite warm), and sip slowly. Drink your fill of love, healing and strength.

9 Responses to “Mak Manja’s Steamed Orange Juice Healer”

  1. jm December 13, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    Hmmm what an interesting drink. I’m not much of an orange juice fan but its definitely something I try to overload on in the winter months and when I’m sick to try and fight off the cold. This is an interesting way to make some orange juice and certainly sounds comforting.

    • delectableblog December 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

      Its really comforting and you feel stronger, more energetic after drinking it! Its got a unique taste too – its orange juice, but its like an intense deep version of the original. Im glad Im not in the cold anymore, JM, but if I were, I would be steaming oranges like crazy! Do tell me how it turns out if you decide to try it πŸ™‚ x P

  2. Nilam December 19, 2010 at 1:57 pm #

    it’s brilliant! i tried it today! love love love

    • delectableblog December 19, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      Oh YAY! Sooo pleased! It really gives amazing energy, yes? πŸ™‚

      • Nilam December 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

        totally! how does the sugar help?

      • delectableblog December 19, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

        It just makes it a bit sweeter – the oranges can be a tad bitter once steamed because there is such a strong concentration of vitamins in the juice. The sugar just makes it more palatable.

  3. Nilam December 19, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    awesome, i tried it with raw brown sugar. love ya missy!

    • delectableblog December 19, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

      Perfect! Must have tasted good πŸ™‚ Hugs and love back at you πŸ™‚ x


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