Thursday, August 6, 2015

2nd try at pink chai aka Noon Chai or Kashmiri Chai


 

I did some looking on line for Kashmiri Chai Tea.    I found on Amazon carries it from India, Teabox-2014 Kashmiri Kahwa Chai Tea - 100 grams / 3.5 oz- $12.58
 
 
 
So you guessed it- I ordered this tea- it came from INDIA!!!!  
 
 
Ingredients
32 ounces of milk
32 ounces cold water
12oz of cold water

1/4 tsp salt
2 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai
1/2 tsp baking soda
cinnamon stick (about 2 inches long)
6 green cardamom pods
4 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

finely chopped pistachios and/or almonds for garnishing

This recipe will yield 4-5 cups of Pink Chai

 
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Kashmiri chai, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn't all evaporated. 
 
After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
 
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes., with the cover half on. You'll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink!
 
Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups, sprinkle chopped almonds and/or pistachios on top. Its ready to drink! Yum!


Tea from India!  It comes vacuum sealed and it smells amazing!!!



Starting the process....,


Cooked for 30 minutes- it smells heavenly, I want to put a straw right in!!!


Added milk- bringing it to a boil and then let set on medium for 10 minutes


Okay- it's supposed to be pink!!!!  It's not!  I added more baking soda- still no pink!!


I don't have a sieve so trying to see how to drain the "tea" out 
Tried coffee filter- it broke 







So then I tried a tea filter thing- but it got clogged! 





Then I tried my pampered chef can strainer- but it let too much "tea" in 







I got enough and tried it- it was horrible!  Way to salty, I spit it out!!!  I will need to try one more time.  I want this to be my signature tea in my shop!

Plus I bought the tea from India!!!  I need to get the taste right and the pink happening!!!



My goal!!!


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

World Market Zhena's Gyspy Tea



Fair trade teas

At World Market Friday night, the boys helped me pick out some new tea.  Not that I need any more tea :)

**This stackable set was $6.99 at World Market.  It was a nice way to try the tea.  I have only tried this tea one other time and it was at my sister, Christy's house.  I liked it then, so I let the boys "talk" me into this sample set.  There were three sample sets to pick from.
 
 
Variety tea tin stackable sampler. Each sampler contains four embossed recyclable air tight tins containing four sachets of 100% certified fair trade and organic tea for 16 total sachets. Flavors include: Raspberry Earl, Egyptian Mint, Ambrosia Plum and Italian Chamomile.
 
Chai tea tin stackable sampler. Each sampler contains four embossed recyclable air tight tins containing four sachets of 100% certified fair trade and organic tea for 16 total sachets. Flavors include: Chocolate Chai, Coconut Chai, Caramel Chai and Hazelnut Chai.
 
*****Black tea tin stackable sampler. Each sampler contains four embossed recyclable air tight tins containing four sachets of 100% certified fair trade and organic tea for 16 total sachets. Flavors include: Peach Ginger, Coconut Chai, Raspberry Earl and Gypsy Rose.*******
 
 
 
Saturday the boys were over and they asked if we could taste test the tea they helped me pick out Friday night.  I love it, that they love to drink and try tea with me!!!!!




The small cups are perfect for them to taste test with!!!!


Ginger Peach won this round!!!!  The boys were not sure about either one- but then I added sugar and they liked them both.  But, they thought that Ginger Peach was the best.  I agreed with them.  I did not like the rose taste in the Gypsy Rose tea.  Anyone want that tea????  I am happy to give those ones away!
 

Neither Ryan and Kyle were fans of the Raspberry Earl - Ryan said it tasted like hot water.  I thought it was good.  Next time I drink this one, I will add milk.
 
 
The coconut chai was a hit with Kyle and I.  Ryan still was not a fan, he said he could not taste the coconut.  I thought that the coconut was definitely there!
 
 
 
 
Kyle and I both liked this tea best!!!!


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Republic of Tea- ginger peach


Boys were trying to help me buy more tea...
 
 
Friday night I went to World Market with my sister and nephews.  They had tea that you could sample....so of course we all did.
 
It was  The Republic of Tea, GINGER PEACH.  We all really liked it. I am not always a fan of The Republic of Tea teas, but this one was good.  But, it probably did not hurt that they added some sugar to the tea.  I do usually drink all my tea (except Chai) with our sugar.  Yes, I am a tea snob!  But, the first step is to admit it, right????
 
 
 




Monday, August 3, 2015

Making pink chai

This was the purest green tea I had in my tea cupboard.  Since, I am not a real green tea lover, I went with this....


I found Cardamom seeds at World Market.  I had my nephews with me, so they were very excited for me to make pink tea!
 
 
Saturday, after geo-caching with my nephews, they wanted to tea taste.  And they begged me to make pink tea.  Okay, they did not have to beg very hard :)
 
Ingredients:
2 C of milk
2 C cold water
1 C of cold water

 pinch of salt
 1 heaping tbsp Kashmiri Chai or Green Tea- I used green tea
1/4 tsp baking soda
cinnamon stick (about 1 inches long) - added 2 tsp cinnamon, I did not have sticks
 3 green cardamom pods
 2 tbsp sugar (or to taste)

  This recipe will yield 2-3 cups of Pink Chai
 
Over hi heat, pour cold water into pot. Add in Green tea, salt, baking soda, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods. Allow it to come to a boil, then lower to medium heat and cover. Allow to cook for 30 minutes, but check on it every 10 minutes, to make sure the water hasn't all evaporated.
 
After 30 minutes, add in 12oz of cold water. Stir vigorously for 5 minutes.
 
Add in milk and sugar. Allow to come to a boil, then partially cover. Lower heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes., with the cover half on. You'll notice that the color is becoming a nice shade of pink!
 
Sieve the Chai, and once chai is poured into cups
 
 
(You can garnish with chopped pistachios and almonds- but I did not do that today)
Maybe once I master this, it will be my signature tea in my tea shop!
 


Here it is coming to a boil


vigorously stirring

adding the milk
 
And it was turning pink!!!  The pictures DO NOT do it justice.  The boys could notice the pink difference.

 
Well, I turned my back for too long and the tea boiled over!  What a mess!!!!!!

 
Thankfully there was still a little left.  You can see, there is not much, but it was enough we could try.


 
We all gave it thumbs up!!!  I think we lost the pink color when I had the boil over.  But, I will for sure make it again!!!!!  It was tasty and I want to see the real pink color!

 
THIS IS WHAT WE WERE TOLD IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE!!!!
 


Passion tea at Starbucks


$2.95 for 24 oz and only 60 calories!!!!
 
I bet it's been over a year since I was at Starbucks.  Today was stressful at work, so I went to Chipotle and picked up lunch for myself and another co-worker.  It was almost 90, so I thought I needed tea too!  I got my Passion Tea- Xlarge, and then instead of the 7 squirts of flavor/sugar they put in, I have them put in 3.5.  It is then PERFECT!!!!! 
 
O how I love this tea!!!  It is wonderfully refreshing!!!!


An exuberant herbal infusion of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips & passion fruit