27 August 2010

chai mix for winter afternoons

grinding cloves for chai mix

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.

25 July

27 comments:

Susan said...

thanks for the chai recipe - I've been on the hunt for a good one

BabelBabe said...

I am so going to mix some of that up. thanks for the recipe. of course, it's still summer here - but this morning it's chilly.

RW said...

now. that is something I am going to try. my daughter has gone on a bit of a chai kick and we are searching for the perfect one.

rachel said...

Hmmm, chai... not sure. When we travelled in India, drinking sweet, thick, spiced tea everywhere, we got to love it - after the initial shock, at least - but the moment we got home, it felt all wrong, and back we went to our black tea with a little shot of milk. Maybe I should try again; your recipe sounds straightforward!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this recipe. I too have been looking for a good one.

Martina said...

With summer coming to an end here I am going to enjoy using this recipe. Thanks Suse!

The Coffee Lady said...

Right. I am bookmarking this one, lady.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Bet that smells lovely !

blackbird said...

Thank you for this - everyone is always "chai" this and "chai tea" that and I've had it and loved it pre-mixed but have always wondered.
Am longing for cool temperatures (as always, via your posts) and am sure they are JUST AROUND THE CORNER.

Lesley said...

Yum — thank you!

So good to know you're getting al that rain. It's not been wet enough over here, and I'm starting to worry about summer already.
Nearly finished knitting my scarf from your lovely wool - about 10cm to go and then blocking. Woo-hoo!

peskypixies said...

YUM!!!

froginthepond said...

My two - 11 and 8 - are amazed at the rain and keep wondering when it will stop. Only this year has the 8yo discovered playing in mud.

katiecrackernuts said...

This is going to sound weird, but I was a short-term child health volunteer in Bangladesh when I was 18. I know, others do schoolies, I go to the poorest country on the planet and dig wells and teach people ORT.
Anyhoot, the chai there was made by kinda boiling the tin of condensed milk first. Like the whole tin in a thing of boiling water. Then the caramel was opened the spices added and infused while it was warm and there you go. Good.

joke said...

I could devour a phone book if covered with condensed milk.

Jacqui said...

I think you must have stolen our cold weather from over here in Auckland, it's been the warmest in ages!

I made a similar chai mix from (I think it was) Angry Chicken and I'm ashamed to say I ended up mostly just eating it by the spoonful from the jar. Needless to say I won't be making it again until I have better willpower!

Homesteadgirl said...

After a hot July, the August-in-Canada nights are turning cool and once again we look forward to autumn wood-stove evenings. Love that this is a make-ahead (the recipe I have involves lots of simmering)...thanks!

Emma said...

I am so glad I saw this post before tomorrow's grocery run! It sounds divine.

shadygrey said...

D'yknow, there is a tin of condensed milk in the cupboard and I had no idea why it was there-until now.
Thanks for solving that mystery.
x

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Hasn't this winter been wonderful - it is so great to have a real one.

I am looking forward to trying this recipe - thanks for posting it.

Apple Tree Dream said...

Sounds delicious - I'll have to try it this winter.

Lynn said...

Dang! I have been looking for a nice mortar and pestle and yours is FAR cooler than any I have seen. Got to get my little Steiner-esque kindergartner grinding things, you know.

(If I start drinking homemade chai, will I instantly become hip and serene, like all those yoga practitioners who do same?)

shula said...

So...

We're grinding them all in the mortar and then steeping them in the condensed milk, right?

Right?

Sheesh....

The word verification reads 'Degas', so I'm going to take that as a yes.

Isabelle said...

Well, I hate to sound a discordant note but why would you want to put that in a nice cup of tea?

Still, never mind. Each to his/her own.

Jo Windmill said...

Yum yum, condensed milk, eh! How Indian! Will be giving that a go...

kim at allconsuming said...

What Joke said.

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

Just made my second batch - its fabulous.

Caro said...

This would be a great Christmas gift. I could pre-mix the spices and present with a can of milk and instructions. Yummy. Thanks for sharing.