I totally didn’t take the above advice.
Today I was all revved and prepped to make this wonderful sounding recipe. I know! doesn’t it sound wonderful? It would be perfect since it’s nearly summer, so I got my sugar, and tea bags, and water, set it to boil and lally la left it alone.
Yeah, reall dumb.
by the time the smoke wafted over (“what’s that nice smell?’ Phil asks) the kitchen was drowning in whiteish blue smoke and I’ve got what looks like a burnt brain in my pot. Sniff. All that sugar gone to waste, and a pot that looks like the inside of a smoke addicts lung. I went all emo and silent and went for a walk, and by the time I got back home, I decided to try another recipe.
A Chai concentrate! Ooooh yum. Yes I know, it’s not winter but think of an iced Chai tea? Man that would hit the spot like no other. And it wins because you don’t use half as much sugar, plus there’s no ‘boil the sugar’ instruction at all. Phew! My relationship with sugar and baking is rocky to say the least.
Anyhow, I found out something cool today, well Phil did for me anyhow. We have the coolest herb shop ever! I was despairing how we couldn’t get any of those ‘fancy’ herbs, like cardamon, cloves, and the like. HOWEVER! We do in fact have a herb stall right in our wet market, and it’s so cheap too! A small zip up bag half full of cloves were only 2 kuai! Dude, if you tried to get cloves in an import store, they’d be easily 30 a packet. So that was my pick up for the day.
I’ll post pics of the chai, if it fails or not.