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Home made Chai Tea

9 Dec

chai-tea

Its Christmas time, mistletoe & wine……but not in our house.  Alas no wine, just delicious cups of sweet, spicy homemade Chai Tea.

I have always been a fan of Chai Tea, but I have to admit that I used to drink that awful sweet syrupy stuff that was filled with questionable ingredients that gave me a tummy ache every time I indulged – but of course the odd tummy ache can not deter my sweet tooth & I indulged regularly regardless!

That was until I started making my own Chai Tea, now I can indulge my sweet tooth every night after Miss Three is in bed & no tummy ache!

This Chai is sweet & quite spicy – just the way I like it.

The recipe makes about 4-6 mugs full of Chai Tea (depending on whether you add milk or not) so I recommend making the recipe as it is & then tweaking it to your individual taste preferences by mixing up the quantities of spices etc.

Chai Tea a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 2 Star Anise
  • 7 Cardamon pods
  • 1/2 t Fennel Seeds
  • 1/2 t Coriander Seeds
  • 8 Cloves
  • 2 Sticks Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 4 t Tea (I used Organic black tea)
  • 2 Vanilla beans
  • 1 T coconut sugar
  • 3 Peppercorns

This is yet another super simple recipe – what else could you expect from this Lazy Cook?.

Place all ingredients except the tea & sugar into a blender, Thermomix or coffee grinder & blend until the ingredients have been ground to a tea like size. I then pick out the cardamon pod shells (but you can leave them in – it makes no real difference except to the look of your tea). I then add the tea & sugar & blend till combined.

And thats it – It takes all of five minutes & taste divine.

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To make a Mug of Chai Tea (which is the way to go, a cup will leave you wanting more…) simply place about a dessertspoon of your Chai mix into a tea pot, strainer or plunger. Top with 250ml of just off boiling water & leave to steep for five minutes. Enjoy it black or add some almond milk or cows milk & enjoy a wholesome Chai Latte with all the natural goodness from the spices & no nasties!

Enjoy

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Kefir Water from milk grains

11 Jul

Kefir Water, the healthy Soda!!

Kefir Water may not look like much, but it tastes good.

It is seriously delicious. Our family is hooked, I can not make Kefir Water fast enough. My “little one” loves it so much, plain, flavoured, anyway it comes.

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Kefir Water is a fermented beverage teeming with beneficial bacteria, it’s easily flavoured, simple to make & a perfect replacement for commercial fizzy drink. It tastes like a slightly dry, mildly alcoholic & gently fizzy soda that has a faint fermented taste.

Kefir Water not only tastes great but it is impressively rich in micronutrients, enzymes & benefical bacteria, it is a great DAIRY free source of probiotics. Kefir Water is made be fermenting a scoby (symbiotic culture of bacteria & yeasts) in sugar water. The beneficial bacteria & yeasts present in the grains metabolize the sugar & turn it into actic acid and thus making yummy Kefir Water.

How to make basic Kefir Water a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 600ml Glass Jar
  • 500ml lukewarm boiled off water
  • 2 T Sugar (raw, brown, rapadurra, palm, coconut etc)
  • 1/4 c Kefir grains

Stir your sugar into the lukewarm water. Pour it into your glass jar and add your grains. Screw on the lid & leave out on the counter for 24-72 hours depending how warm your home is. In cooler climates the Kefir will take longer to brew, when its warm you can have Kefir Water in 24 hours.

Once your Kefir water has reached your required taste, strain out the grains & repeat the above process with a different sugar. Bottle your Kefir water & screw the lid on. If you want your kefir to be more bubbly leave it out on the counter for another 1-2 days. If your happy with it refridgerate & enjoy.

*Water Kefir grains like variety to keep growing, I feed mine with raw sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, rapadura sugar & palm sugar. Alternating the sugars on a regular basis so that my grains stay nice & happy.

*Water quality is important but I have read that the grains do not like RO water, they need minerals to keep growing so I prefer to use boiled tap water even though we have RO water on tap. I boil the kettle with the lid off for several minutes to try & boil off some of the impurities. If you use filtered water it is recommended that you add egg shells to the water to re-mineralise the water, but I have never actually done this.

*Never use Honey – the honey’s anti-microbial properties will attack your grains.

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How to convert your Milk Grains into Kefir Water Grains

The process to convert your grains takes about a week in total.

Take your milk grains that you want to convert & wash them gently in purified water (I use R.O water – but you could use boiled or bottled water). Rinse your grains several times until there is absolutely no milk residue.

Boil the kettle with the lid off for several minutes to try to boil off as many chemicals in your tap water as you can. Leave the water to cool, pour in 500ml of warm water into your jar & stir in 2 T of sugar. Let the sugar dissolve & add the grains, screw on the lid & leave to do its magic.

Leave for 48 hours, giving the jar a shake every 12 hours or so. Once the 48 hours are up, pour out the contents & repeat.

Repeat 3 – 4 times before trying to drink your Kefir.

*I have converted about 1/4 c of milk grains & that makes 500ml of Kefir water within 24 to 48 hours.

*You can add a variety of fruits & spices to your Kefir water to make all sorts of different lightly carbonated beverages.

Kefir-water

Ginger Ale

Add a few slices of ginger to your Kefir Water when you make it & viola you will have Ginger Ale

Creaming Soda

When bottling add 2 t Vanilla extract

Fruit Soda

Instead of bottling your Kefir pour it into another glass jar & add 1/4 c berries & let it ferment on the bench for another 2 days, strain off the berries refridgerate & enjoy

Lemonade

When bottling your Kefir add the juice of one lemon for instant lemonade.

Dr Pepper

Instead of bottling your Kefir pour it into another glass jar & add 1/4 c raisons & let it ferment on the bench for another 2 days, strain off the raisons refridgerate & enjoy

ENJOY

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