Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thursday Tea Time!

Thursday Tea is a weekly meme hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Books. To play along, all you need is some tea, a book, and the will to answer some very simple questions: what tea are you drinking (and do you like it)? What book are you reading (and do you like it)? Tell us a little about your tea and your book, and whether or not the two go together.

The Tea

Right now I'm drinking chai that I made myself!  The lovely Greentwiggy sent me the recipe.  Here it is:


  • 1/ 2 inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 bags black tea
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan
  2. Lightly bruise spices with the back of a large spoon
  3. Add water and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to low and partially lid and simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and add tea bags
  6. Steep for 5 minutes or so
  7. Discard tea bags
  8. Add milk and sugar
  9. Bring tea to simmer over medium heat, whisking until sugar dissolves
  10. Strain and serve

This took a long time to make and was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be.  The cinnamon sticks have been in the cabinet since I can remember--literally, which means they're at least 26 years old--and we didn't have any cardamom pods.  I don't even know what cardamom pods are, in all honesty.  But!  It was all worth it, because this chai is really delicious.  Like really, really good.  I might just have to resign myself to making it from scratch all the time now. :)

The Book

Right now I'm reading An Indecent Proposition by Emma Wildes.  It's pretty good, despite the alarming downy eyebrows going on in this book.  Romance heroes should not have downy eyebrows--that should be a rule.  There should be nothing downy about them except their squishy brains hearts.

Go Together?

Mmm, not really.  I don't think any of the characters in this book would even know what chai was.  On the other hand, chai is comforting and tasty, kind of like this book.

What are you drinking/reading this Thursday?

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