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A warning about the creaminess of chai tea [Apr. 27th, 2006|09:16 am]
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Everyone knows that chai tea just isn't chai tea unless it's fairly creamy. This is at least true of its latte manifestation that most people know and love. The tendency to add copious quantites of milk within the more traditional recipes has become so ingrained in chai lovers that when they encounter powdered mixes such as those produced by Oregon Chai, they are often baffled by its just-add-water simplicity. They don't know what to do! Although the instructions permit the optional adding of a splash of milk for an extra creamy taste sensation, they neglect to warn the zealous customer about the reprocussions of going overboard. Those who indulge their traditionalist sensibilities in going for a half-and-half milk and water mix may be surprised to have their senses overwhelmed with an emulsion characterized by extreme creaminess, since the mix already contained sufficient amounts of powdered whole and non-fat milk in concentrated form. This warning goes double for the particularly overzealous chai lovers who feel that any amount of water is just too watery, for in their overcompensation they will likely be met with a dangerously creamy chai experience!
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Plans to experiment [Jan. 20th, 2006|07:36 pm]
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[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |Tommy James and the Shondells - Crystal Blue Persuasion]

This year, I'm going to try an experiment, by brewing up a masala chai metheglyn, or spiced mead (honey wine). Here's the tentative recipe based on my chai recipe, and I'd appreciate any feedback on it. I'm aiming to create a chai kind of like Bailey's Irish Cream, something about 25 proof when bottled.

Black pepper, whole 1 tsp
Ginger, fresh 2 tsp
Cloves, whole 1 tsp
Orange zest 2 tsp
Galangal 2 tsp
Cinnamon, chips 3 tsp
Cardamon seed 4 Tbl
Almonds, slivered 2 tsp
Black tea 6 tbl
Yeast nutrient 1 oz
Irish moss 1 oz

Boil in 2 gallons water for 30-45 minutes. Strain, then pour over 12 lbs heated honey into primary and stir to dissolve honey. Add cold water to 5 gallon level, and 2 tbls vanilla extract. Pitch sweet mead yeast when wort cools to below 90 degrees F.

Ferment until dry. Rack into 4 pounds honey and more yeast nutrient. Repeat ad nauseum :) Eventually, add sorbate then rack onto honey for sweetness, and mix with heavy cream to bottle.
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Chai cookies [Jan. 12th, 2006|01:49 pm]
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Haven't made these yet, but they sound yummy.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups powdered sugar, divided
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped toasted almonds

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using electric mixer, beat butter, 1/3 cup sugar, both extracts, spices, and salt in medium bowl. Beat in flour, then stir in almonds.

Using hands, roll dough into tablespoon-size balls. Place on large baking sheet, spacing apart. Bake until pale golden, about 25 minutes. Cool on sheet 5 minutes. Place remaining sugar in large bowl. Working in batches, gently coat hot cookies in sugar. Cool cookies on rack. Roll again in sugar and serve.

Makes about 22.
Bon Appétit
January 2006
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Chai [Jan. 10th, 2006|07:48 pm]
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I love Tazo Chai that Starbucks (in Australia) use.

I've bought cartons of the stuff.
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Mmmm, chai! [Jan. 4th, 2006|03:46 am]
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It seems like everyone that is new starts out with, "Hi, I'm new!" Well, I guess I should too. Hi, I'm new!!! I really like to try all teas, not only chai. It really just depends on the mood I'm in. I made a chai latte, though, a few hours ago. I think that the tea sites are really interesting and have a lot of fun knowlegable facts and input. I was looking at some of the vegetarian sites, and a lot of them are really attacking. All they do is attack, attack, attack!!! Can't people just get along? I shouldn't complain about people arguing about who is a true vegetarian, because this is a site about tea!!! Anyways, tea makes me happy!!
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(no subject) [Sep. 26th, 2005|08:31 pm]
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figued i keep it alive. if you read my personal journal, you've seen it before.

for moral reasons, i haven't gone to starbucks unless i have a gift certificate or someone else is buying for a long time. we stop by after ss and they screw up my chai. it made me really mad. it was was too hot and way too watery. there was almost no flavor even after i asked for the extra cinnamon syrup. foo. oh well at least i didn't pay for it.
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Go Masala! [Sep. 30th, 2005|07:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |Saathiya- Chalka Chalka Re]

Hey everyone,

I stumbled across this community in my wanderings in livejournal-land. I just came back from India, and got addicted to Indian masala chai as soon as I got back. In India they sell it in thimble-sized earthenware cups, for about 5 cents. Its soooo strong, and smells almost like caramel. Immediately when I got back, I set to trying to recreate it. The closest I've gotten is a masala chai teabag, steeped for about 5 minutes, with honey, sugar, and lots of whole milk. Apparently there's a mix circulating with the appropriate spices that one needs to give it that spicy, sweet taste, but I havent gotten around to scoping out Indian groceries yet to find it. Anyone have any idea?

This community looks really interesting, I think I'm going to have fun here.
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(no subject) [Jul. 7th, 2005|01:43 pm]
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Do people like chai tea Luna bars?
I think the flavor is scrumdidilumptios, but all the ones I've had have been kind of hard.
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(no subject) [Jul. 6th, 2005|04:21 pm]
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= happiness
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Another chai recipe [Jun. 1st, 2005|11:38 pm]
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This is similar to my earlier one, and likely works as well. Enjoy it :)

Link here
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