Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Cinnamon. A wonderful gift from nature.

Visually soft and warm toned, cinnamon is one of those ingredients that is easily forgotten, but in fact, quite powerful. "Cinnamon spice comes from the bark of the cinnamon tree, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, which is native to Sri Lanka (Ceylon). Today, cinnamon is grown in many tropical areas, including Java, Burma, Borneo and throughout South America. Most spices sold today as cinnamon are actually a mix of cinnamon and cassia, a relative of cinnamon that offers a stronger flavor more suitable for today's palate." (quote link) There is quite an in-depth history regarding cinnamon that many people may not know about...

And in fact, several studies suggest that cinnamon may help in regulating blood sugar levels amongst other things. In a study at Copenhagen University, "patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium." (quote link) Beyond adding a bit to your coffee or porridge, here are a few delicious recipes to help you work a pinch more cinnamon into your life: Tea / Cinnamon Pear Crostata with Almond Oat Crust / Mexican Chocolate and Almond Ice Cream / Caramelized Apple Cinnamon Cake

images: 01 / 02, 03, 07 Victoria magazine, sept. '01, by François Deconinc / 04, 06 / 05 Hermès / 08


  1. delicious, warm and makes me think of winter and baking - ahhh, but don't forget, that wonderful cinnamon tea :)

    beautifully warm pictures

  2. Nothing like cinnamon to send a beautiful fragrance through the home. I am happy to learn that the honey and cinnamon helps aches and pains.
    It certainly makes everything taste better.
    The equestrian china is gorgeous! The taste of cream doesn't look bad either.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Love a pinch of cinnamon, especially around this time of year. Oh yeah, and some cloves, too!

  4. I just love cinnamon, LOVE IT!!! One of my favourite ingredients for sure.

    Gorgeous images today :)

  5. ahhh such a romantic post darling! love, love, love! xo

  6. these photos are so gorgeous! love, love, love it all!


  7. Im a big fan of cinnamon, I love rice pudding with lots of cinnamon!!

  8. Beautiful images...off to add a little cinnamon in my tea!!

  9. What a beautiful warm and rich post! I love the tablescape and the equestrian inspired china! XX

  10. gorgeous! read this poem: the cinnamon peeler (michael ondaatje)


    if i were a cinnamon peeler
    i would ride your bed
    and leave the yellow bark dust
    on your pillow...


  11. i load up my yogurt w/ cinnamon, honey, ground flax seed, and raspberries or blueberries and sometimes walnuts. love it!

  12. What a beautiful, romantic post!
    Love that table and that plate, and I can smell the cinnamon.

  13. Lovely and informative post, Sarah. So like you to take something simple like cinnamon and create such a glamorous post. I find the half teaspoon cinnamon in a Tablespoon of honey idea interesting and even though I don't have arthritis, makes you wonder if it isn't a good habit to take up because of anti-inflammatory abilities. hmmmm. And what could be better than warm cinnamon rolls? (I think that would delete all of the healthy benefits of cinnamon!) xoxo Hope you're having a wonderful Wednesday!

  14. Darling girl, are you trying to kill me with all these beautiful, romantic images?! Visiting your blog is like visiting a dreamland. Keep it up :) Paris in Pink

  15. Cinnamon is one of my favourite scents. It is so nurturing and instantly calms me down!

    I love using cinnamon in tasty Moroccan style marinades - mix with red wine, cardamom, honey and garlic.. yum!
    And of course.. Swedish cinnamon scrolls/buns.. Have you ever had any? You'll be in heaven!! Recipe under 'Swedish impressions' on my blog. Thank me later.. and oh, don't blame instant addiction which will lead to weight gain on me.. You have been warned..! :)

    xx Charlotta

  16. Aw, this makes me want to cozy all up... that honeycomb title is gorgeous!

  17. Your images are gorgeous and little did I know the versatility of cinnamon. Thank you for the info. :)

  18. LOVE this post! That picture with the couple kissing near a light post...that's exactly what I was picturing when I came up with the name of one of our skincare cremes..."Lola's Late Night Rendezvous!" Awesome blog!

    Just added your blog to my link love list on my blog!

  19. This post is just perfect for this time of year, I love how beautifully you've paired the images.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend Sarah!


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