Aug 17

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate

Posted by Katie on Aug 17 2014

Have I ever told you that my favourite job was at a coffee shop?

Well, it was.

I dare say it might forever be.

When I was 16 I started working at the local Second Cup and I worked there for a few years, until I had to move on and get a “grown up job” at a bank.  Grumble.

I loved everything about the coffee shop.  The  clientele, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and freshly ground coffee beans, the romantic atmosphere…

It. Was. Perfection.

In high school I had a friend named Colette who shared my love for coffee shops…We even had a business plan for starting our own shop! She would sip on a big mug of joe, I a cozy cup of chai and we would dream big.

In fact, for years I’ve told Jeff that I want to work at a coffee shop, just a few nights or mornings on the weekend, just to quench that seemingly unquenchable desire ;)

Of course I’d love to own my own shop, serving up my homemade treats made with natural and healthful ingredients, filling the air waves with James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Joni Mitchell and whoever else warms my cockles at any given moment.

And lets not leave out homemade syrups and concentrates made with natural ingredients.

And the star of my shop would be my homemade chai concentrate.

…Though once you realize just how easy it is to have chai at your fingertips, the ability to whip up a cozy chai latte on a cold November night or an ice cold iced chai latte on a hot and humid August day…I just might lose customers ;)

Everybody enjoys their chai differently.  Some like it sweet, others, not so much.  This concentrate is a perfect balance of spicy and sweet but it definitely IS sweet.   I like a 3:1 ratio of almond milk to chai concentrate.

Enjoy and savour every single sip.

Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
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Recipe type: 4 Cups
Author: Katie
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 3 cups
Mix this concentrate, to taste, into warmed milk or cold for a deliciously spicy and decadent treat!
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup loose chai tea (I LOVE David’s Tea Coco Chai Rooibos because it’s caffeine free!)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
Instructions
  1. Place the loose tea either in a few tea balls, a large tea infuser or in 4 filter bags (I use David’s Tea filter bags!)
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  3. Put tea bags, infuser, tea ball, etc into the boiling water and turn the stove down to low. Let simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Stir in honey and let cool.
  5. Once cool store in a jar or other desired container and put it in the fridge!
  6. ENJOY!
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
4 cups of water in a sauce pan:
1/3 cup loose tea and 4 tea filters (or whatever infuser you choose to use!)
I cup honey!
Step One:
Place the loose tea either in a few tea balls, a large tea infuser or in 4 filter bags (I use David’s Tea filter bags!)
Step Two:
Bring water to a rolling boil.
Step Three:
Put tea bags, infuser, tea ball, etc into the boiling water and turn the stove down to low.  Let simmer for 30 minutes.
Step Four:
Stir in honey and let cool.
Step Five:
Once cool store in a jar or other desired container and put it in the fridge! This will keep for two weeks in the fridge for sure…It could be longer but I’ve never had it last that long in our house ;)
ENJOY!

Aug 11

A Sad Day.

Posted by Katie on Aug 11 2014

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. Don’t lose it.”
― Robin Williams

We lost a profound talent today.


Aug 10

A Symphony of Chainsaws

Posted by Katie on Aug 10 2014

We had a HUGE storm on Friday!!!

It knocked our power out for 12 hours, trees were torn out of the ground, some people lost roofs, etc.

We lost our garbage lid, that’s it ;)  BUT don’t worry, I found it later in the day.

Yesterday Jeff and I spent the morning helping my parents, their neighbours and my uncle chainsaw trees and carry them out of their yards.

Gruelling work.

All you could hear was chainsaws. Everyone chopping their trees and cleaning their yards.

It’s quite sad to see such old and large trees crumbled on the ground.

Jeff and I are currently watching Friends (it’s hard to believe this show is 20 years old) and I am contemplating an Iced Chai Latte.

I can’t wait to share that recipe with you!

Goodnight.

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