Success! After looking around the internet at various ‘homemade chai tea recipes,’ I went in search of whole spices. I found most of what I wanted at my favorite cheap market. They had some little bags of spices in the produce section that were only 79 cents each! The only thing they didn’t have was whole cardamom. I didn’t know what this was, but I had an idea it might be a key ingredient. I was on the way home when I thought of stopping at the health food store. It is a really interesting store, and sure enough they had a room full of jars with all the spices I might ever want. I got some of the whole cardamom.
Here is the recipe I followed. I liked this one because it was called a ‘base’ for the chai tea, and you could keep it in the frig and just add milk to make each cup. The spices I chose to use were allspice, cardamom, cloves, star anise, and a stick of cinnamon. I grated some nutmeg and pepper into the pot, and cut a bit of fresh ginger into very thin slices (saw this recommendation in another recipe.) Instead of the 1/2 cup of brown sugar I added 1/4 cup of agave syrup. I really just estimated the amount of spices, but I think it was about 4 Tbsp. It smelled absolutely delicious when it was brewing for 15 minutes. And then I added 6 tea bags of plain black tea and let it steep for 5 minutes, and then strained the whole thing.
What I really liked about it was that it was very strong and spicy, but very smooth tasting. Very satisfying. That is a little mug that I have, and it was just right for a little snack this evening (along with a healthy cookie from Vicky.)
Had a great day today–went to the gym for a good workout, including starting off with 2 Tabata intervals. Treated myself to some of my favorite lo-cal frozen yogurt, and then went to the movies! I hardly ever do this any more (because of the popcorn.) But I really wanted to see this movie, and I really enjoyed it–The Blind Side, with Sandra Bullock.
Back to work for two more days. See you Sunday, hopefully with ‘The Yogurt Report!)