B-R-R-R-R- ... Heavy snow mixed with ice pellets and freezing rain means that I need an invigorating tea blend to warm and spice up the temperatures ... that’s why ....
I LOVE MY “ CHAI ”.
Luckily, I had two bags stashed in the tea cupboard from the now, extinct " Teavana " shop here in Fredericton... OOPS... I forgot that my daughter claimed the "Opera Winfrey Chai" ... but fortunately, she didn’t find the the "Samurai Chai". It is best described as a sweet and spicy infusionof cinnamon and citrus with soft undertones of papaya.
H-m-m-m. It’s perfect on such a cold and wintry day?
In Hebrew, ‘ Chai” means “ Life” and depending on the brew, there are various benefits to our health.
“Chai” is a traditional Indian Tea that has been used for centuries in Eastern Medicine. I have heard, that it strengthens the immune system ... PLUS ... It tastes GOOD.
I found this strange little celadon pottery teapot in Japan ... I believe that it is Korean in origin , but celadon pottery is highly attainable in Japanese Antique stores simply because it is Korean ( Ha Ha) I’m wondering if it may even be a saki vessel. Wouldn't that be a twist to our teatime!!!
Anyways , I’m making tea in it today. I do hope that you ENJOY it !!!
To make eight fluid ounces of tea, the merchants recommended 1.5 scoops into an infuser of boiling water, then steeping it for five minutes.
Unfortunately, eight fluid ounces is hardly enough for us all ... Soooo .... Let’s be naughty and triple the recipe ... OK
One other oddity to our teatime is that the chosen cups are a little on the small side. So, by adjusting the recipe, we could probably have two cups each... which is PERFECT !!!!
Now, Ladies ... the daunting task, is to choose which cup that you want. YES ... It is a very hard decision, since they are all identical !!!( Ha Ha)
When I lived in Japan, second hand items were very inexpensive, regardless of their original value. I noticed that most Japanese people love new items, infact, they rarely keep old furniture and china ... THAT ... is a great buying feature for tourists, however the attitude and markets may have changed since I was there.
Funnily enough, this particular teaset doesn’t have any markings, which I guess, isn’t all that unusual for antique items. I was just so attracted to the artistic story board of the china which displayed three very exotic geishas, meandering in and about the beautiful garden scapes of this artisan ware. They
are almost medieval style.
It is really quite an lovely pattern that just might have a special story to tell.
Maybe It is a story of unrequited love !!!!
BASIC “CHAI “ TEA RECIPE
Boil in saucepan over medium heat.
3 cups water
5 green coriander pods( crushed )
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 pieces star anise
2 tsp. fennel
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
8 black peppercorns
ADD,then return to boil
1 1/2 cups milk
ADD, then simmer for two minutes
6 tsp black tea
STRAIN, and serve with sugar
cinnamon stick and star anise.
ENJOY YOUR TEA LADIES !!!!
I am sharing with: Sandi: Rose Chintz Cottage
Ruth: Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen: Teatime Blog