Monday, December 29, 2008


I have secret fantasies of being this really great cook. That I can whip out tortes and souffles and perfectly round, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies.

But then I remember, I can't even make toast. I don't know if I have some sort of genetic mutation that predestines me to always burn it but I am really good at it. I think I have about a 50/50 chance each time that my toast will come out smoking and blacker than dirt. And the really funny thing? I hate burnt toast. Even the smell of it nauseates me.

The only highlight to this story? I have found a recipe to make a wicked good cup of chai tea latte. It is a hundred times better than anything I have ever gotten from a coffee chain and I know exactly what's in it. And it makes eating burnt toast even somewhat bearable.

Perfect cup of chai latte, 4 servings

2 c water
1/4 c of honey (or less to taste)
1/2 t vanilla extract
1/2 cinnamon stick
5 whole cloves
1/4 t ground cardamom
1/4 t ground ginger
a shake or pinch of nutmeg
a shake or pinch of pepper (I use black)
2 c milk
4 black tea bags

Boil water in a saucepan. Add honey, vanilla, and spices - simmer for 5 minutes. Add milk and bring to just under a boil. Take pan off heat and add tea bags. Allow bags to steep only for 3-4 minutes (or as directed by the packaging). Remove bags and pour though a fine strainer. And viola! Perfection!


stina said...

i watch all these cooking shows (everything with gordon ramsey, & top chef) and wish i could make magic with food as well. i master toast, i'll have to admit, but that's about it. i thank my lucky star i have someone who doesn't mind cooking for me once in a while, when i was single i was on a tea & toast diet which wasn't exactly doing wonders for my health. :)

Jacqueline said...

Oh gonna try the chai latte! Happy 2009!

gerrijo said...

A tea and toast diet sounds divine stina - they are my two favorites (that is when I don't burn my toast)

And thanks jacqueline! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

Athena's Armoury said...

I come from a family of brilliant Italian cooks. I'm lucky I can boil water.