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If you are a fan of Starbucks drinks, then chances are you have tried a chai tea latte. Full of the flavours of Christmas, this is one of my favourite hot drinks. I have made a really simple version of it that will save you calories and money.
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This made my house smell absolutely amazing. I might even start making this just to use as an alternative to air freshener. Speaking of air freshener, I have stopped using it because of all the chemicals, which I would have ending up breathing in, so I am using natural alternatives like boiling oranges and cinnamon together – seriously, it smells amazing.
Sure, it doesn’t look very pretty when it is cooking, but can you already smell it through the screen?
I think having a well stocked herb and spice rack is so important, especially when it comes to healthy eating. I don’t think healthy food should ever be bland and a lot of the time that comes down to how you use herbs and spices in your cooking. Buying them in shops can be quite expensive, which is why I like to order mine online. Not only does it work out cheaper, but you get them delivered straight to your door too – perfect if you do a lot of cooking and you are buying in bulk.
I got sent a great selection of whole spices from Just Ingredients and as soon as they arrived I knew I had to make a chai latte with it. Opening up the packages filled my kitchen with the smell of Christmas. All the spices were really good quality and full of flavour. I would definitely recommend ordering some.
We are trying to cut back on wine in our house (it’s so hard, I really enjoy wine), and what works best for us is replacing one habit with another. So instead of having a glass of wine in the evening, we are having a hot drink. This means I am experimenting with lots of different hot drinks, so look out for more recipes.
For it to be a true latte, you would need to steam the milk, but if you don’t have a milk steamer (I don’t) then you can just heat up the milk in the microwave or on the hob.
Chia Tea Latte (Masala Chai) Ingredients – Serves 4:
Chai Tea Latte
- 1000 ml boiling water
- 3 vanilla pods seeds scraped out
- 10 whole cloves
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 10 green cardamom pods
- 15 g ginger peeled and sliced
- 4 black tea bags
- 500 ml skimmed milk
- 2 tbsp honey
- Put the boiling water, vanilla pod and seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom and ginger in a pan and bring back to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the tea bags and simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Heat the milk.
- Using a tea strainer or a fine mesh sieve, strain the tea in to cups or glasses. Fill with hot milk and stir in the honey.
What is your favourite hot drink in the winter? Leave a comment below.
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