Chai chai chachacha

Firstly, did you see what I did up there, God I crack myself up.

So, Jasper and Grover’s pregnancies and subsequent bouts of insanity ended my love-affair with coffee. Or with a skim mocha more appropriately. Coffee now makes my tummy sad and my nerves very very edgy. I am officially a tea drinking through and through. I even make my own blend of loose leaf tea. Because tea aficionados can be just as pretentious as coffee ones.

I ‘discovered’ chai along with the rest of the western world and while I appreciate proper chai tea all that milk can make me feel pretty skeevy. When I saw Suse’s post (and far more lovely pictures than my own) about this chai mix I knew I had to give it a go.

This came from the lovely Suse but I have adjusted it, using skim condensed milk and doubling the spice mix – again I like it sweet but not too sweet and not too milky. I also ramped up the cinnamon content because my level of cinnamon adoration is probably bordering on creepy. Obviously if you like it sweet and milky just halve the spice quantities I outline below.

Seriously, this is the best. I keep it in a cute jar in the fridge and every morning have my fancy pants chai tea. It lasts me a week.

 

Chai mix

  • 1 can skim condensed milk
  • 1 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • few good grinds of black pepper
  1. Mix it all together, pop it in a jar and store in the fridge for up to one week
  2. To use, stir a dessert spoon into a cup of strong black tea.

Noice.

 

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  • Paola

    Sounds yummy … although we’re heading towards cold drinks time here !!!

  • http://edenriley.blogspot.com/ edenland

    Oh, I’m making this. I just read your words and thought, oh …. maybe I should cut back on the coffee. For, you know, my EDGY NERVES. No shit, Sherlock.

    Put as many badges up as you can. The world needs to know you, Kim. You and your beautiful mind and your FABULOUS calf muscles.

    xox

    PS Seriously WTF? How do you have calf muscles like that? You need a badge just for those babies.
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      dude, those calf muscles are actually my core, they just went south on incubating four children, three of which came out the size of a toddler.

  • http://ourgreatsouthernland.blogspot.com/ Jayne

    Oh, I say!
    Between you and a good friend tempting me with mixing my own tea leaves the universe is obviously screeching something in my ear.
    So, I shall henceforth take notes and give that recipe a whirl, looks delish :)
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      Do it – it’s just so very very good.

  • http://www.undertheyardarm.com Naomi

    Hear that? That’s me tripping over myself as I run get the stuff to make the tea. You had me at condensed milk.
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      A friend once said (over under Suse’s post about this) he’d eat the phonebook if it was covered in condensed milk. The end.

  • http://www.tummyrumble.net Reemski

    That sounds yum. Am not a chai drinker with the whole lactose intolerance thing, but I chuck my chai spice mix in my porridge with my lactose free milk. Smells divine.
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      I am almost in need of an intervention for the number of things I now add cardamom, cinnamon, allspice and cloves too. Bordering on ridiculous.

  • http://www.yayforhome.blogspot.com Shae

    You had me at condensed milk…
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  • http://www.ahthepossibilities.com seraphimsp

    Dammit! Naomi totally stole my words. Anything that has condensed milk in it has my vote. I’m an old fashioned tea drinker myself, but for this recipe I’m willing to branch out.
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  • http://www.dazeofmylife.com Corinne

    I’m so trying this. Yum!
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  • http://adelaide-southaustralia.blogspot.com Torkona

    No! no more coffee?! Coffee is the reason why we exist as humans on this earth.. without it, there would be no buildings built, no bridges crossed, no late night term papers completed..

    but I do enjoy a good chai latte at times.. only occasionally though, there are still bridges to be built :-)

    cheers on the post, i’ll pass it onto wifey, she loves her chai.

    following you now too :-)

    - tork
    Adelaide and South Australia blog
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      see, wifey loves it so you should totally try it out. there is also no reason why you couldn’t ‘milk’ your coffee with the mix.

  • http://magnetoboldtoo.com Kelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

    Tea and cloves?

    I may just barf.

    *sips delicately on her bucket o latte*
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  • http://river-driftingthroughlife.blogspot.com river

    Thanks for this post. Until now I had no idea what Chai actually was. My usual drink is cheap and nasty instant coffee.
    I love condensed milk too, but don’t put it in anything, I just eat the stuff straight off a spoon.
    I like Reemski’s idea of putting the spices in porridge, usually I just add chopped dried fruit to my porridge.
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      the porridge thing does sound good doesn’t it.

  • http://clementineshoes.blogspot.com Di

    I put my father in law onto Suse’s post and I think I won at least a years worth of brownie points. Good stuff!
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    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      It really is so good – so comforting and just makes a cup of tea feel special.

  • http://www.peasoupoftheday.blogspot.com Suse

    I stopped making this over the summer. Thanks for the reminder to get going again! (And thanks for the linky love, love).

  • http://Www.saffroncraig.com Saffron Craig

    I love you for this.. I do…
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  • Goldie Rodgers

    Bordering on ridiculous. I put my father in law onto Suse’s post and I think I won at least a years worth of brownie points. Oh, I say! I am almost in need of an intervention for the number of things I now add cardamom, cinnamon, allspice and cloves too.
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  • Dana Holden

    Sounds yummy … although we’re heading towards cold drinks time here !!! I like Reemski’s idea of putting the spices in porridge, usually I just add chopped dried fruit to my porridge.

    • http://www.allconsuming.com.au allconsuming

      I tend to put cinnamon in pretty much everything these days! It’s sprinkled over my yoghurt and berries every morning. I’m fairly addicted.

  • Amelia

    Oh heavy duty cinnamon love here too. D’lish d’loo. So happy you blogged! xx

  • judi

    Thank you Thank you thank you…xx