It’s not coffee, it’s chai!
What get’s you up in the morning?
Well apart from noisy boys I like to indulge in a little tipple in the morning. Nope not alcohol.
It seems the nation is full of coffee drinkers. I had given up this source of delight and addiction some years back, for some years I might proudly add.
However, as of late I have succumbed, but I do not have it in the mornings as it seems I am a lightweight and would be bouncing around for the whole day, which for some people is just too much.
Being a bit of an old fashioned gal too, I like my tea. I collect my china, have all different collections which span six shelves and I have an entire shelf just for tea, you name it I have got it. I love my strainers too, yup you might call me sad but one has to have little and easily accessible pleasures in life.
My morning tea is ‘usually’ a cup of Earl Grey, however as of late I have been unfaithful to old grey and found chai! Oh yus, chai tickles me pink, it is utterly delicious and I cannot get enough of it.
So a little bit about chai below…
Does Chai Tea Heal?
The history of chair goes back 5,000 years to the ancient courts of Siam and India. Legend being a king concocted it in order to make a healing beverage, it then became a part in the healing tradition of “ayurveda” alternative medicine.
Along with taking tea, one would indulge in massage, herbs, yoga and other healing elements (that sounds like my kind of wake up call!).
Chai tea then spread in popularity throughout South Asia and far in to the Western World and is very ‘in’ at the moment, yus I am a trend setter! 😀
I first discovered this a couple of weeks ago when a girlfriend kindly took and treated me to tea in Orange Pekoe. Being totally ignorant I asked for this tea black. It really does have quite a punch when drunk like this.
It was only about a week later I discovered the ‘real’ way to drink it, with hot milk and plenty of sugar. Mmmm yum!
Here I am going to share an authentic recipe on how to make chai tea, however you can as I have buy it pre-made.
Chai Tea Recipe
This authentic chai tea recipe serves four.
4 black peppercorns
1 stick of cinnamon
6 green cardamom pods
1 inch ginger root, sliced and peeled
1 tablespoon loose black tea or 2 black tea bags
3 cups water
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sugar, preferably dark brown
Put the spices together in a saucepan with the water and bring to a rolling boil. Cover, and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let steep 10 minutes. Return to a boil. Remove from heat and add the tea, let steep 3 to 5 minutes. Strain mixture and return to saucepan. Add milk and sugar and stir for one minute over low heat. Serve immediately.
I do slightly cheat when making my chai tea, as I have the herbs etc already made up and I use a glass teapot which you can see in the photos. I pour in the just boiled water and let it simmer for a while. The milk is heated up, the tea poured in to the cup, sugar, then hot milk and presto it is done pretty quickly.
For those of you who are tea addicts like me I would like to introduce you to a simply divine WordPress site called Thirsty for Tea, please click here to read all about the sumptuous recipes for things to go with tea and how to drink tea.
What is your favorite tipple be it morning or not?
Photo101 Rehab – For my photo entry I finally managed to sit down and ‘actually’ learn about photoscape a bit better, using the blur, brightening and deepening techniques on specific places rather than just as a whole on the photo. I don’t know the technical names so please excuse my ignorance. I also hoorah cleared up my whole desktop of photos and filed them away, this for me is a major achievement.
Thank you for reading, Justine xx
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