sublime concoctions

{December 24, 2009}   chai afternoon

I am all about tea lately. As aperson with a background in bar/ grill venues, I can go on and on about the wonderful combination wine and beer can bring to food.  In the past year- I have began to find myself really drawing away from the fascination of wine and beer and instead have chose to focus more on the subtle enhancement of teas and herbs and spices in my life.  My daughter just came around the corner in fact with her new invention of broke up apple in her hot peppermint tea I made for an afternoon snack. I am very in love with certain herbal teas that are stand alone miracles. Here is a recipe for Chai I got from some combination of recipes and added what I had- it came out amazing and why dont we just make more Chai at home instead of paying 3.50 for a boxed mix latte out? There is an amazing local company I adore that makes a concentrate called Dragonfly Chai-( spicy version is my favorite way to go)- but after making this at home- I am sure I wont be buying it again.

1 2/3 cup water

8 cardamon pods

1 cinnamon stick

4 peppercorns

2 star anise pods

1 tsp fresh ginger

1 bay leaf

2 tsp sugar ( more to taste)

2/3 c milk

2 tea bags of black tea- or 2 tsp of tea leaves

boil all ingredients in water except milk and tea bags- 2 min or so-

add milk and tea bags- boil for 3 or 4 more minutes

strain and serve- add more sugar if needed and  next time i will make with more peppercorns to have more kick


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