Monday, 21 November 2011

Chai latte

I'm totally into chai latte's at the moment, but where I live it's almost totally unavailable to buy, so the past week I've been experimenting with how to make my version of it. I can't claim its authentic, it's just how I've made it to taste as I like it - the 'McDonalds' of chai tea if you will. Here's the recipe;
1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup cows milk
4 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp black tea leaves

Stick everything bar the tea into a pan over a medium heat to simmer for about 5 mins. Add the tea and leave for another minute or so (however strong you like your tea) then pour through a sieve and you're done.

You don't need the almond milk - I just think it adds an extra flavour and sweetness. If you slightly squeeze the cardamom pods first they open and infuse better. I think the result would be smoother if rather than a sieve I'd use coffee filter paper but I don't have any and am not that fussy about texture. (Thats a lie - I'm really fussy about textures, I can't eat dumplings when they are crispy on top, they have to be all squishy and doughy). But anyway, give it a try - then you can add things depending on your own taste. Enjoy.

Edit: just made some using rice milk instead of almond milk and earl grey tea - YUM!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

She's Back!

Hi everyone!
First off I'd like to say sorry for being offline for soooooooo long. I've really been away from everyone and everything at the moment but I'm happy to say I'm back in the world of the living!

So the reasons behind my absence - a few posts back I mentioned we were bidding on a house, well - we put a bit on, rejected - put another bid on - rejected, put ANOTHER bid on - finally accepted, hopefully with all things running smoothly from now we should be in by the end of January. Of course I will put pics up when we get in (if we get in - still feeling a bit nervous about it since it had such a tentative start).

On to second point. The last few months have been really crazy at work - I work for the local council and we're going through a restructure at the moment which basically meant everyone's job was disestablished and we all had to apply for new jobs within the new system (regime, she says, tongue in cheek.) There are now nothing like as many people at the level I currently work at (supervisory - nothing to write home about) so it's really competitive. But now I've had my interview and I can get back to my job - and my life.

Sorry about the long post, I just had to explain because I've been stressing out, but I'm back to same old now. Next post I'll be back on my game!