Stormy Weather Spice Rack – Part One

One key to eating and living well in Corner Brook is to keep a well stocked spice rack. You never know when you’ll wake up to this:

Frosty Prospect

Saturday’s endless ice and rain, howling winds and blowing snow was enough for a self-declared snow-day — the perfect excuse to channel warmer climates indoors. The morning began by opening a bag of recently selected spices from Corner Brook’s delightful bulk store/café, More for Less:

 

More Spice -- Less Freezing

Together, ginger, cinnamon, black and white pepper, cloves, and cardamom pods will lift your spirits instantly, transporting you from the doldrums of winter to the spice markets of India.

And when you add these lovely charms…

 

Star Anise - the spice rack's beauty queen

…and 6 cups of water…

 

Spices + Water = Magic

…you’re well on your way to a magical Chai Latte.

Boil the spices for 10 minutes (if you haven’t died and gone to heaven from the tea’s sensational aroma), then add 6 bags of high-quality black (Darjeeling) tea…

 

Almost Tea-Time

…and let the tea steep for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add a 1/2 cup of honey or cane sugar. Stir, taste, and correct the spices according to your own preference, then simmer the brew for 5 minutes.

While the tea is hot, strain and fill half a mug with the tea. Top the mug with warm milk or soy, and presto:

Fresh Chai-Latte

Your own delicious cup of Chai (and none of the risks of stepping outside to the coffee shop — or to India).

What’s even better?

Canned India

The tea (along with its spices, but not the milk) stores well in the fridge for about a week. So, if the week’s forecast is (as is common in Corner Brook) uncertain, you have no excuse not to live well indoors. At least until the sun comes out again.

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