Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I have very early memories of being taught how to ask my Russian speaking grandfather if he wanted tea, or milk or whatever.
I would ask."Hotite Chai?" ( SВы хотите чай?) I have always known "Chai" meant TEA. I really love the spiced Indian style of making tea, which is known as Chai, these days, and is so popular. I have copied the recipe from Madam Stewart's site, and included a link to a Chai Information and Recipe site, as well!

Now I am looking for a local supply source for green cardamom seeds...

Serves 4
10 whole green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
5 whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
1 piece fresh ginger (about 2 inches), peeled and quartered
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped
1/3 cup honey, plus more for serving (optional)
4 bags black tea
1 1/2 cups milk
Place 3 cups water in a small saucepan; add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla bean and scrapings. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; simmer until mixture is aromatic, about 15 minutes. Whisk in honey; drop tea bags in pan. Turn off heat, and let steep 3 minutes.
Strain tea through a fine strainer or a coffee filter into a warmed serving pot. Heat milk in same saucepan over medium-high heat, about 3 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil because it will separate. Pour into serving pot with the tea, and stir well to combine. Serve immediately, with more honey on the side if desired.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Crispy Cream Louisiana Pralines

1 1/2 cup white sugar,
3/4 cup (packed)brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons Half & Half
1/2 stick butter
1 1/2 cup pecan halves
1 tsp. vanilla
In a sauce pan, place the sugars, Half & half and butter. Stir. Bring to slow boil over med. low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture comes to soft ball stage. I made these without the candy thermometer, but it would read about 239 degrees, should you use one. Remove from heat add the Vanilla and the pecan halves and stir until mixture thickens, and gets cloudy colored. Immediatly spoon large spoonful (puddles onto greased cookie sheet or wax paper. Allow to set until firm and cooled. I wrap these each individually and place all into air tight container to dole out at during the holidays.

Don't worry,this recipe makes lots more than what I have pictured on the plate above!
Holiday Hugs!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Let me get this Recipe page rolling!