October 7, 2010

Speaking of Chai...(and yet another giveaway!)

I promise there will be more quilting & crafting and less random "other things" in the near future, but I can't help myself! Fall does strange things to me :) Plus I'm in that weird in-between stage on most of my projects. I've posted pictures of a lot of WIPs, but haven't yet finished the next stage on them (quilting, binding, etc), and therefore can't take pictures and blog about it! Quilting is such a slow process, ya know? Take heart though, because I will have a TON of stuff for you after our MQG Retreat in 2 weeks...A TON!!! Basted quilts, top-secret finished tops (*cough* Spiderweb). What? Did someone say something?

Since I mentioned Chai Lattes the other day, I thought I'd give you my recipe. If you can't find green cardamom pods in your local store, you can always order some from my favorite culinary spot in the world - The Spice House. And word to the wise, if you ever decide to type the name directly in the address bar, make sure you type "www dot thespicehouse" rather than just "spicehouse"....or you might be in for a nasty (and graphic) surprise...haha! Their shipping is a little expensive because they send everything via UPS (I think they might offer Flat Rate USPS now though), so I'd recommend ordering several things at once (darn!) to get your money's worth. It's a family run business that was down the street from my apartment in Chicago, and I went there once a week for two years, so I can personally vouch for the quality of their products. And BONUS, their prices are super reasonable because they cut out the middle man and directly import all their own spices from producers around the world. Their spice blends are made in house and the meat rubs are fantastic. Some of my favorites are the Tuscan Seasoning, Old Taylor Street Cheese Sprinkle, Lake Shore Drive Blend, Pumpkin Pie Spice (I use it in all kinds of things like quick breads, muffins, cake rolls, etc...the Apple Pie Spice is good too), Vanilla Beans, and Tomato Powder.

Chai Latte
from my sister, Kendall :)

1 small cinnamon stick
10 green cardamom pods
1 in. piece of fresh ginger root, mulched
1/2 tsp. whole cloves
1/2 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 c. milk (we're Skim people, but I use 1% for this to give it more flavor)
2 c. water
2/3 c. sugar (I adjust it to 1/2 cup)
2 tbsp. loose tea leaves (Lipton sells them in a small yellow box in the coffee & tea aisle)
A stove (verbatim from her instructions, haha!)

  1. Pour water into a medium pot and add the following: cinnamon stick, cardamom pods (crush with the flat of your knife and throw in everything - seeds & shell), mulched ginger root, cloves, peppercorns, and nutmeg

  2. Turn on burner and bring to a boil. Boil about 2 minutes, and then add the sugar. Stir well.

  3. After about another 2 minutes, pour in milk and turn down heat to Low-Medium heat (if your dial is numbered, I usually take it down between 2-3). Let simmer for about 10 minutes (if you stick your spoon in and pull a thin "skin" off the top, it's ready).

  4. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit on burner 15 minutes.

  5. Take off lid and return to a boil. Turn off heat completely and add tea leaves. Cover and let sit no more than 5 minutes.

  6. Strain tea through a fine mesh strainer and pour into a fridge-friendly container. Can serve hot or cold.

To make things even more fun, I've decided that whoever posts the tastiest looking recipe in the giveaway comments will win 2 scrappy modern potholders made by yours truly and a packet of spices from my cabinet to make this chai tea! (if the winner doesn't care for tea, I'll find a substitute! I live in New Orleans aka "the land of food and beverage" after all!)


Wholy Moly- I can taste and feel Fall running down my throat when reading this recipe!

I have made your recipe of Chai for YEARS now!!!
I have shared it with many friends and family, even submitted it for a school cookbook. It is better than coffee house chai (according to my chai loving boyfriend who spends way too much time in a local coffee shop). And store bought chai doesn't even come close to this recipe. Did I mention how easy it is, or how fragrant it makes your kitchen?

I have actually started to leave out the sugar, and just add it by the cup to taste if I am serving it hot. If I am making enough to save in the fridge, I add sugar like the recipe calls for, but try to use as little as possible (I have too many cavities and must be careful with sugary drinks). It works well with soy milk too, and if you live in a place with an Indian grocery store you can often find cardamom pods for super cheap there.

Oh I could go on and on about how much I love this homemade chai! If it wasn't for darling Kaelin I would never have started making it!

Oh, and if I give you my mom's famous, yet secret apple pie recipe, do I get free/awesome Kaelin stuff? I mean, I can't go posting that all over the web, or all the people that make overly sugary pies with poor crusts will know the secret.

Here is my go-to super-healthy banana muffin recipe:

* 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup rolled oats
* 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup skim milk or 1/2 cup soymilk
* 1/4 cup applesauce
* 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup mashed banana (about 1-2 bananas)
* a few pinches whatever spices you desire in your banana muffins, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, etc
* optional chopped walnuts or almonds

1. 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
2. 2 In a bowl, combine flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, soda, spices, and salt.
3. 3 In another large bowl, mix together milk, applesauce, and vanilla.
4. 4 Add the mashed bananas, and combine thoroughly.
5. 5 Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Fold in nuts.
6. 6 Lightly grease and dust 6-8 muffin cups (or line with paper bake cups), and divide the batter among them.
7. 7 Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 20 minutes.

You're going to make the Chai for us on the retreat right? I'm an AVID chai latte drinker! and my chili recipe is super tasty. ;) You know you want to pick me. Heck just give me the fat quarters and the potholders and the tea makings! No shipping ;)

Oh and thanks for the warning about the spice site. Too funny...but I can definitely see someone thinking that you had led them astray. LOL.

As a hint to anyone looking to buy cardamom in their grocery, Indian groceries are often a great place to buy it in larger quantity and for less money.

~ Meagan

That recipe sounds wonderful I have never made chai tea from scratch thanks for the chance to win.

@ladmquilter - you should definitely try it then! it's SO delicious!

@snippetsandyarns & dana-nator...thanks for the tips! i usually use a little bit less than the 2/3 cup called for too. and i'm really excited that indian grocery stores usually carry the cardamom, because we have one that's not too far away from our apt!

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