As friends we should always be supportive and encourage each others dreams although we might not always agree about the choices… I call that respect!
One of my friends Joanne from Milton, Ontario decided years ago to start a tea shop. The concept was amazing! She wasn’t only selling loose tea but also anything related to it; tea pots, tea cups, tea containers, tea bags, etc. Where the cash register was, she had a wide selection of chocolate… yummy!
As a friend, I bought whatever I could because I wanted to support and encourage her in her business venture. I bought so many different varieties of loose teas; from oolong to rooibos and everything in between. One day, she made me try a popular tea from India and Pakistan. Oh boy! It was incredibly amazing and I became an addict! The one I’m talking about here is Masala Chai! This aromatic tea is fabulously flavorful! Brewed with black tea and spices, this is a beverage that is seriously awesome! Just a quick info – masala means “mixture of spices” and chai means “tea”
When I moved to British Columbia, I went to a couple of tea shops in Vancouver and bought some but unfortunately they were not as strong and spicy as Joanne’s. One day I decided to make my own. Just by the taste of it, I kind of knew which spices were in it and since then I’ve being enjoying my homemade masala tea whenever I feel like having some!
When it comes to the ingredient amounts, I give “the smoother” version of it. I personally prefer much stronger flavor therefore using more peppercorns. Like any recipe you come across, the amounts are just a guideline so from there, you can always adjust them to your liking.
Depending on how I feel, I either make it with half water and half milk or go for a richer flavor using strictly milk. It is such a tasty chai to enjoy by the fireplace with a book and your favorite music playing in the background. Take your spice grinder out and don’t delay to savor this delicious chai!
Oh my! A New Year… a new chapter! I’m so excited to see what this year brings. Last year was awesome… I met a lot of great people that became friends! David and I moved to a bigger place with a bigger kitchen… yeah! Although there was a lot of work involved, the rewards were greatly appreciated. Club Foody has grown rapidly and as you’re reading this, there are many recipes that rank in the top 20 on the Google search page! Overall 2017 was a good year and David and I are looking forward to 2018…
There was a lot of cooking involved last year and I really tried to keep it simple. This year won’t be any different and I’m very glad that you, my lovely subscribers, keep enjoying them. As you know me better throughout my recipes, I love to diversify my culinary repertoire… from healthy to sweet to meat and vegetarian. I don’t channel my cooking into a specific category because I would get bored (that’s the way I am) plus I’m too curious… I love experimenting and creating with a wide variety of ingredients, herbs and spices. It’s interesting when someone asks me what I prefer cooking because my answer is… EVERYTHING!
The first recipe of the year that I’m sharing with you is my Winter Salad! This delicious recipe is packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants… all the good stuff to boost your immune system especially during the colder winter months. The ingredients you’ll find in this recipe are very “wintery”. Each season brings us its own gems so what better way to take advantage of it than by using fresh ingredients! One of them that I’m using is homemade Pomegranate Molasses which is a great recipe to have on hand!
As the year begins, we might have a couple of resolutions to start off on the right foot! The most popular one is losing weight. Having a salad as a meal can definitely help shed some extra pounds added over the Holidays. On one hand, there’s the health benefits and on the other a light meal to slim down. What else is there to add besides going ahead and giving it a try…