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Chai tea


It was another bleak and dreary autumn day today, and when the sun went down there was a real hint of winter in the air.  The sprogs got into their winter jammies and asked for a cup of chai.  So for a bit of a treat I decided to make them a home brewed chai.

This recipe came from an old bohemian friend of mine.  She goes bush every now and then and when she does, living is truly rough.  This chai tea was something she would brew up when she could afford to get into town and buy herself some fresh milk.  She would boil it up over an open fire and fill her biggest mug, and sip it while reading a book by candlelight.  And every now and then she would turn up at my place to have a hot shower, a long chat and a cup of chai that she would make for me with spices that she brought with her.


  • 8 cloves
  • 7 cardamon pods
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2cm knob of ginger roughly chopped
  • 2 1/2 c water
  • 2 1/2 c milk
  • 2 t sugar, or to taste
  • 1 T formosan (not bitter) tea

Boil spices in water for about 15 minutes.  Add milk and sugar, bring back to the boil. Turn heat off and add tea.  Strain into cups. Lovely served with a light sprinkling of ground cinnamon on top.

Cup and saucer from Bormioli Rocco.