Val's Masala Chai...

My friend Valerie brought homemade Chai tea to a little get together once and it was to-die-for! Recently, I got ahold of the recipe and cannot wait to try it out on one of these frigid January days.

Masala Chai Recipe: (serves 2)

1 1/2 c. water 1 inch cinnamon stick 8 cardamom pods 8 whole cloves 2/3 c. milk 6 teaspoons sugar 3 teaspoons loose black tea 1 inch +/- Β fresh ginger (grated or sliced) (this is her secret addition, extra spice!)

Put 1 1/2 c. of water in a saucepan. Add cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. Bring to a boil. Cover, turn heat to a low and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the milk and sugar and bring to a simmer again. Throw in the tea leaves, cover and turn off the heat. After 2 minutes, strain the tea into two cups and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Keen-WHAT? (Quinoa)

So, I am trying out something new in the kitchen, Quinoa. Β It has been all over the place recently (magazines, NYtimes, cooking shows, on menus at "normal" restaurants), yet we have not really had a chance to get to know one another. Β It's about time!

Breakfast Quinoa:

Cook Quinoa according to package instructions and then sprinkle with your favorite toppings.

Some ideas: craisins, raisins, dried fruit, toasted almonds or other nuts, honey, greek yogurt, cinnamon sugar

(note: just ate this sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, it was delish...and delightfully less slimy than oatmeal)

Dinner Quinoa:

Corn, Edamame and Quinoa Salad (courtesy of the NY times)

Dinner at our house tonight:

Thai vegetables (Yellow Curry sauce from Trader Joe's combined and slow cooked with zucchini, red potatoes, carrots, garbanzo beans and onions) guessed it!...QUINOA!

If you have more ideas or great recipes involving this South American Super Grain, let me know by leaving a comment on this page.

Thanks and Happy Tuesday,


additional reading - Quinoa craze: