It’s a snow day!! The kids are excited to have an extra day off school, and I was pretty happy to sleep in and not to have to make school lunches this morning 😉
The snow that’s been happening in Vancouver over the last few days is nothing short of crazy, and it’s been even crazier where I am, about an hour east of the city. We’ve had close to 40 cm and they’re calling for an additional 10 cm over the next 24 hours (for my American friends, that’s close to 20 inches). We don’t get snow like this on the West Coast, so I think it’s caught most people off guard.
With the snow falling outside and no choice but to stay home, a warm comforting drink sounded like an ideal post to make today. This is actually a recipe I prepared back in the fall for a baby shower a few of us were hosting for a dear friend. The whole shower was themed with a Bohemian bent, including organic, earth friendly gifts, henna and an Indian inspired, vegetarian menu. Sweet and lightly spicy, the Chai was a perfect fit and went over really well with all the guests.
This recipe makes a large batch, but is easily halved or even quartered. It can be made ahead of time and warmed up on the stove or in the slow cooker. It’s also easily adaptable, so feel free to play around with the spices a little bit.
If you’re dealing with snow and cold like we are on the West Coast, I hope this recipe helps keep you warm. Enjoy!!
*Photo courtesy of Tanya Loewen – Wild Honey Art House*
10 Cups of water
2 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp cardamom
10 teabags of black tea (such as orange pekoe)
2 Cups whole milk
1/2 Cup sugar
In a large pot combine the water, cinnamon, star anise, nutmeg and cardamom. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and continue to boil for about 2 minutes. . Add the teabags and sugar and stir well. Boil for an additional minute or two (longer, if you like stronger tea). Using a sieve or slotted spoon, remove the teabags. Add the milk to the pot, stir well and heat through. To serve, pour through a strainer into a teapot or cups.