Thursday, December 17, 2015
Homemade Chai Tea for Winter !
My Version of Chai Tea
1/2 teaspoon whole pepper corns
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cardamom pods
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2 star anise or
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
1/4 vanilla seed
Grind all the ingredients in your coffee bean grinder. Leave them in the covered grinder or put them in an air tight container. (A pinch of these spices might taste good in your coffee another day, or in a citrus salad dressing, or in applesauce ! ) Put 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture in a teacup. Add 6-8 ounces of boiling water. Cover your cup and let it steep for 3-5 minutes. I heat about 1/4-1/3 cup of milk or 1/2 and 1/2 in a metal measuring cup on the stove. Watch it carefully ! Add the hot milk to the tea, plus a teaspoon of honey, or a little more ,if desired. If the tea isn't strong enough for you, add a little more of the tea mixture to your cup.
Then I take my tea outside ,if it's warm enough, watch my cats enjoying the sun rays, gaze around the tranquility of my flowers and trees in my garden, watching a new morning unfolding, and thank G-d for another day of life !
P.S....This tea, placed in small zip-lock bags, then put in decorative bags, and tied with ribbon or raffia, would make nice gifts !
P.P.S....Freeze-dried limes add authentic lime flavor to cuisines including Middle Eastern, Mexican, Thai, and Indian foods. The watermelon seeds are dried, salted, and offered to guests in Persian homes. There are such new, exciting, things to learn when entering into a different cultures' market and going up and down the isles, studying all the foods one has never seen before ! Ask questions about certain foods are used ! Your world will expand and grow !!