Have you ever thought about starting your own little company? You know, going out on a limb with your famous cookie recipe and turning it into a real company? Like many food-obsessed creative minds, I definitely have. The first question I alway ask myself? "How many of that could I eat in one day?" Because surely if you own a cookie company, you end up eating a lot of cookies along the way.
Here's the one and only thing that's ever resulted in a "yes" answer: Chai.
Chai is my reset, my comfort zone... a happy moment in a mug. Nothing feels more like hitting the reset button than sitting down with a steamy mug and slowly sipping, thinking of nothing else.
Yields: 1/3 cup loose leaf tea mix | Total Time:
- 20 black peppercorns
- 20 cloves
- 2 teaspoons fennel seed
- 2 teaspoons anise seeds
- 2 2-inch sticks of cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons coriander
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1/2 nutmeg mace
- 1/4 cup dried ginger (found in the tea isle - this is not candied ginger)
- 1 dash cayenne
- 1/4 cup black tea leaves
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- Measure out the whole spices and place in a small skillet. Heat over low heat, just until the spices are fragrant. Remove from heat.
- Roughly grind the spices. Add the other ground spices to this mix at this point.
- Toss the ground spices with the tea, ginger and cocoa.
- Store in an airtight container.
- To serve: Heat 8 ounces of water to a boil. Place a tea basket in your mug, and fill with 1-2 teaspoons tea mix. Pour hot water over the tea. Allow to brew for 3-5 minutes. Add milk of choice (I recommend almond or coconut) and honey to taste.