Chai au lait

It was a slightly cooler day, the monsoon had finally arrived and the wind delighted us by picking and pulling at the world around us. Although it was the middle of a steamy summer the change reminded me that the other seasons existed. The humidity, that had clung to us for so long, had finally broken and the comparison indeed felt cold. 

Emerson commented that he could 'feel' the air on his skin and he moved his hands around slowly to touch its coolness. I noticed he had delicate goosebumps spread over his arms. Its always interesting how children interpret the world around them. His 'feeling' of the air was sweet.

The coolness made me crave for a nurturing warm drink and as we live in the tropics and rarely have the need to be warmed, we relished in this idea. I looked back on an old recipe and made us a chai.

1 cinnamon stick
10 cardamom pods (smashed)
10 cloves
10-15 peppers
1 star anise
½ tsp ginger powder
1 tsp nutmeg
3 tsp of black tea
2 ½ cups water
2 cups rice milk
2 tsp honey
optional 2-3 tsp coconut paste


Place all the spices into a pan and dry roast for a minute, once fragrant add the water and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add the black tea and milk, and continue to simmer for 10 minutes, add honey just before serving.

Love, J x