Jan 5, 2009


I wanted to post a couple of different things, both referring to drinks, so I just combined them into one.

First off: a little idea for those of you joining me in the One Week Dessert Fast. Have a homemade fruit smoothie! Frozen fruit of your choice, a banana, some ice and skim milk, and wallah! It's a very tasty treat that is TOTALLY good for you. You can even squirt in some honey if you like.

Second off:
I am on a quest...a quest for my perfect hot drink. I always feel a bit "out of the ordinary" during the winter. I don't like coffee. I don't particularly like tea. I don't even love hot chocolate. I LOVE Chai but am looking for something that would be healthy and easy to make at home. Something in the chai/steamed milk type category. So...send me your ideas/recepies if you have one. I'll be looking to. Thanks!


  1. i've recently developed an affinity for chaider = chai + cider. heat up some cider, then brew some loose-leafed (or bagged) chai tea directly in the cider. delicious!

  2. Hey Eeka! This is the Indian Chai Tea recipe from my soon-to-be brother-in-law. It's delicious! If you can't find the spices let me know and I'll send them to you. They're very inexpensive and easy to find in Wichita at our spice store. Unfortunately, you can't drink this with the spices (clove, cardamom, fennel seeds) when you're pregnant.

    Indian Chai (Makes 2 cups)
    1 whole clove
    1 cardamom pod
    1 tea bag (regular kind)
    8 fennel seeds
    1 slice of ginger

    Place above ingredients in 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil. Add 1T. sugar (or to your taste). Stir in 1 cup of milk and bring to a boil. Strain into cup and enjoy.

    Once you start making this it's very easy. You can also omit the clove, cardamom, and fennel seeds and just use ginger and a tea bag. Still very good! Let me know what you think!

  3. My favorite hot drink is Tazo's Passion tea. It's an herbal tea, so you don't get that bitter tea flavor you probably don't like. It's fruity and red and tastes a bit like hot fruit juice.

  4. Winter Wassail (with variations)
    1 quart each apple cider/juice
    1 can apricot nectar
    1 tsp lemon juice

    In a cheesecloth:
    3-4 cinnamon sticks
    8 whole cloves
    6 whole allspice
    cranberries (optional)

    Heat on stove top to desired temperature. Don't let the cheesecloth stay in too long-it will get too spiced. Other optional ingredients that I have tried are pineapple juice, pomegranate cider, orange slices to float on top...
    **There are never any leftovers.
    **I am always asked for the recipe.

  5. Anonymous4:09 PM

    I saw this in a magazine but haven't tried it yet. You could possibly use steamed milk in place of the milk powder and some of the creamer.

    spiced chai mix
    makes 5 cups or 26 servings

    3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
    1 1/2 c. sugar
    1 c. unsweetened instant tea
    3/4 c. vanilla powdered nondairy creamer
    1-1/2 tsp. ground ginger
    1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
    1/2 tsp. ground cloves

    Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor until powdery. Store in an air tight container.

    Dissolve 3 Tbsp. of mix in 3/4 cup of boiling water. Stir well. Top with whipped cream if desired.

    (I'm really curious; what's wrong with clove, cardamom, and fennel seeds when you're pregnant?)

    Anne R.

  6. Anonymous11:34 AM

    I decided to try the Chai Tea mix and I love it! I took it to my MOPs group and several other people commented on how good it was. The ingredients are a bit pricey if you don't have them on hand, but it makes quite a bit.

    Anne R.