Thursday, October 6, 2011

Chai Tea and Pumpkin Sunsets

Sometimes I miss living in the country,lots of time actually but last night in particular.Autumn outside of the city just seems to arrive at exactly the right time,cool nights mean chai tea by the fire and apple picking in the warm Indian summer sun. This quote explains it ..

"The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly
changes from the summer cottons into its winter wools."
- Henry Beston, Northern Farm

 It is a natural occurrence for the Earth to take her slumber in the colder months,allow the fields to harvest their abundance and the tree's to hibernate for awhile. Winter weather gives Mother Earth time to recover from days of dancing wildly in the sunshine.I felt like I was becoming too caught up in the ever present flurry of the city so I took a walk last night and bumped right into the most brilliant pumpkin hued sunset.It took hold of my breath as I paused to look around the neighborhood that is now my home.Change brought me to this exact moment in time and it is for a reason that I am here, a piece of my heart will always belong to the countryside but I can get used to pumpkin sunsets in the city.

Chai Latte's are best around a campfire !

Here is the recipe:

1 cinnamon stick

5 whole green cardamom pods

5 whole cloves

5 whole black peppercorns

2 1-inch pieces ginger root, sliced

1 1/2 cups water

1 tablespoon loose black tea

1/2 cup milk (or milk substitute)

Honey, to taste

In a small pot, combine cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, ginger, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 7 minutes.

Remove from heat, add tea, and steep for 3-5 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and return liquid to the pot. Discard solids.

Over a low heat, stir in honey and milk and cook until heated through. Pour into mugs, and top with frothed milk and cinnamon, if desired.

I also like to drizzle caramel over the top !


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