Hello October! Tenth month of the year! In less than 100 days we would be saying bye to 2017! Is this making you nervous or are you done with 2017 already and can’t wait to welcome 2018?
It’s interesting how a lot of us (including me!) begin the year reflecting on the last twelve months, getting shiny planners and setting up new goals . Some are achieved, some forgotten and some change over the year. How are your resolutions coming along?
Now that I have given you something to mull about (Read: worried/excited/inspired/stressed all at once) how about I help you calm down with a cup of chai. Because we know where there is chai there is hope and even though the year is about to end, there is always some time for chai:)
This chai is ofcourse a little different. Not the drinking kinds but the sprinkling types and if you are a masala chai lover you will absolutely adore it.
Masala Chai Flavoured Sugar. Yes, you read it right! This sugar has all the flavours of masala chai…the heat from the ground ginger, the sweetness from the cinnamon sticks, that fragrant green cardamom that is a must, musky cloves and the strong black Indian tea.
Now we know that every Indian family has their signature blend for masala chai so feel free to alter it according to your taste. Add a bit of fennel, may be some star anise or some black peppercorns, if you like.
A jar of this makes for a beautiful gift as well. Be it, for when a friend invites you over for tea or as a part of your Diwali or Christmas (I like to add nutmeg then as well) edible gift basket. Add it to your french toast or pancake batter, sprinkle it on plain doughnuts or sugar cookies, Blend it with your vanilla icecream mix or simply add it your regular cup of chai. Endless options!
And when you sprinkle some of this magical dust on your cup of tea remember to treasure these last three months, rethink, meet your goals and most importantly enjoy them. It could be keeping in touch with friends, running that marathon, reading more, decluttering your home (festive season is the best time, right!), volunteering to help (especially when we are celebrating and others are not so fortunate), resolving to making more memories with loved ones (hello, lovely weather and picnics!), learning something new or getting back to school.
I am firm believer that sometimes a shorter window works better than a longer period of time because, hey you only have this block of time left. So let’s get moving people!
But first some chai! Recipe is at the end of the post.
What else have we been up to last week…
With Diwali less than 20 days away, our Diwali Countdown Calendar is ready with two activities done and crossed out! My little girl loves that there is something special to look forward to every day. The calendar is a healthy mix of craft activities, family time, little treats, prepping for the big day (so she feels big and part of all the planning) and finally understanding why it is so beautiful to be the light in someone else’s life, be appreciative of the people who brighten her life every day and to be thankful for what she has.
I was been tagged by the lovely Ishita to share 10 things about myself. Usually I shy away from doing tags but since I really loved reading everyone else’s, I decided to give it a go! Find #10thingsaboutme here.
Murgir malai curry, kosha mangsho, baigan shorshe, kumro chenchki, cholar dal, luchi, bhaat and payesh was how we celebrated Durga Pooja.
And a platter full of jalebis (store bought) was how we marked Dussehra. Jalebis was what my granddad got for my dad every Dussehra and my dad got for us. Now we do the same for Sara.
Masala Chai Flavoured Sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup strong black tea (I was tempted to increase the quantity but it made the whole blend bitter, so be careful)
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- Add all the ingredients to a dry blender. Pulse until everything is finely ground. You may need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender.
- Transfer the flavoured sugar into airtight jars of your choice.
- Add some cinnamon sticks and cardamom pods (because they look really pretty and we love pretty!)
- If gifting, add a little note on how one can use it.
Also if you like the idea of making edible gifts then you just might like some of these simple ideas as well.
- Edible Chocolate Pebbles
- Indian Trail Mix
- Thank You Cookies
- Madras Curry Spiced Nuts
- Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Mini Pinwheels
- Chocolate Nariyal Laddoos
- Cake Balls; Three ways
Chai it, you will like it! (Sorry couldn’t resist adding this bit :))
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