Cooking with Gold: Neysa Mendes of Good Slice

Every time I've met Neysa, she's arrived bearing presents. The first time, it was her famous lemon poppyseed cake covered in edible flowers for the inaugural Mumbai-based potluck series Neighbourhood, that she started with photographer Prarthna Singh and communications strategist Bhavana Singh.

The second time snuggled between a industrial grade roaster and wall of coffee beans at the then newly opened Koinonia, she got me hooked onto Pickle Shickle, the small batch achaar company that has made a pickle fanatic and transcontinental pickle smuggler out of me.

The third time might have been the present most representative of Neysa- who runs the wellness blog Good Slice, and somebody I'd happily nickname the Smoothie Maharani - she poured me this tall drink of #turmericyellow goodness. 

So because it's January, and though we're not usually ones for resolutions or diets or for fad wellness around these parts- a Good Slice x Diaspora Co. turmeric smoothie recipe seemed too good not to do. I know that I definitely overdid it on the fistfuls of road trip cheeselings and oversized mugs of mulled wine this extended holiday season, and I have never craved jug-fulls of tropical tasting smoothies more. 

Thank you Neysa! We <3 you! 


Turmeric PiƱa colada-ish Smoothie by Neysa Mendes of Good Slice

My internet research taught me that turmeric is best absorbed with some pepper and a little fat, so I've incorporated both of these in this pineapple-y smoothie. It's easy to make, pretty yum, and reminds me of the beach, where I'd always much rather be.

1 cup pineapple
1/3 cup coconut milk*
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3/4 inch nub of fresh ginger

Add all ingredients to your blender with a handful of ice. Pulverise. Pour in a tall glass, and dream of the beach. 

*If you make fresh coconut milk (by blending dried coconut with water and straining), then you might need upto 1/2 cup of coconut milk. If canned (85% coconut), which tends to be thicker, 1/3 cup should do. I tried both ways. 

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