27 August 2010
chai mix for winter afternoons
This winter has been the first proper winter we've had in years. Truly cold, with real rain day after day. At eleven years of age, the youngest child's entire life has been spanned by Victoria's ten year drought and he views the squelchy green grass of our [usually dry brown dustbowl] lawn as something of a novelty straight out of an Enid Blyton book.
The wood burner has been burning continuously for about two months now. We just shut down the vent before going to bed and in the morning open it up again and off it goes, sometimes all by itself and other times with the addition of a handful of kindling.
And I've been discovering the joys of making my own chai mix.
1 tin of condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Blend all in a jar, shake well. Store in the fridge up to 2 weeks. To use, stir 2 tablespoons directly into a cup of strong hot black tea. Best enjoyed by the fire with some Miles Davis on the cd player.