Oh sweet! I'm totally going to use this, thanks.
2009-09-11 06:43 am (UTC)
if you go to middle eastern stores, or even indian stores cardamon is waaay waaaaay cheaper. stop buying ethnic ingredients at chain grocery stores- they over charge!! same goes with pomegranate juice... or figs... or dates.
I love it when your comics take a turn to the psychedelic side...
Holy cow I'm doing this the second I get home from work. I also love the Oregon Chai stuff, but I'm usually too cheap to buy it D:
Ok, yeah, definitely making a bigger batch next time. Its so incredibly good.
I used to get the best Chai tea from the cafe at Borders when I worked there, for some reason I've never had better! It was so thick and creamy. I bought some chai tea bags the other say and remain unimpressed. Perhaps your recipe will help!
Yeah, they had great Chai...then their cafes became Seattle's Best and the good Chai could never be had again. *tear*
are you planning to publish a book of the various comic recipes you've been making?
(and if not, can i print them out to save for my own use?)
Twinings had a nice Indian Spice Chai in tea bags, which is nice.:D
Oh wow this is the coolest recipe ever! I am going to send it to all my friends with a link back here. :D
Cardamom is a lovely, lovely spice, and makes a fabulous spiced sweetened bread. I reccommend it!
I actually HAD a carton of the Tazo chai syrup that starbucks uses IN MY HAND yesterday while gorcery shopping, and then decided it was way too pricey and kinda scary because I had no idea what was really in it!
I can't WAIT to try this recipe now. My parents live in the city with the highest East Indian population in all of Canada, and we found out the other day that we can get cardamom still in the pods for pretty damn cheap at one of the local markets, I'm gonna steal some the next time I'm there and add it to this!
try Oregon Chai. It's better than Tazo. We use it at our coffeeshop here.
Do you have a PO Box where random fans who happen to live in the Little India
area of Toronto can send you cheap lovely spices?
If random fans were to email me, I'd be happy to send them my mailing address! (My email is Lucylou @ gmail)
Totally making this for my dear, who often turns to the aforementioned nasty-ass powdered "chai." Thanks!
I live with a certain guy who is afraid of cardamom :(
2009-09-10 04:07 pm (UTC)
This sounds delightful.
Also, I'm a sucker for a Pimm's Cup. That shit is delicious. Tho I like mine with cucumber AND apple slices, because I am fancy.
2009-09-10 04:09 pm (UTC)
P.S. This comic totally reminds me of Lynda Barry's fried-baloney-sandwich comic.
AAAAA ANANTH WON'T STOP FAWNING AT ME TO MAKE THIS FOR HIM
SEE WHAT YOU'VE DOOONNEE
additionally: "The smell will be awesome... LIKE CHRISTMAS!" is my favorite thing today. :D
ooh, I am so excited for this!! I love chai tea and we have a tassimo at home...but you can't buy the chai lattes in Canada. I ordered 3 boxes of it online and it was expensive! This will be much better!
2009-10-26 07:59 am (UTC)
Uhh, I'm pretty sure you can buy chai lattes in Canada. In fact I'm positive you can buy chai lattes in any town that has a decent cafe. Where are you?
:cough: take out the chai and replace it with normal tea, and excessive amounts of Pimms and tea is what you'd call a fairly normal British summer. Mmm, Pimms...
I'm ridiculously excited to use this recipe. My love for you knows no bounds.
You can use decaffeinated black tea if you can't handle the jolt. Or rooibos! But you'd have to steep the rooibos for five hundred years to get the right flavour.
Yerba Mate also makes a lovely low-caff substitute, but be sure to get the good stuff.
Oh gosh.... saved and saved!! Thank you!!
Fantastic! Mind if I share this on yayfood
Sure! That's totally great!
Thank you very much for this, I will very likely use it!
2009-09-10 05:23 pm (UTC)
Is there any good substitute for ginger? I'm allergic, but not deathly, and I -loooove- chai.
Brilliant! I love the fact that it utilize honey as opposed to a cane sugar or corn syrup. Bless you Lucy!
Also, Ginger and Cinnamon are two of my closest friends.
agave nectar is also a good sweetener :)
Probably due to our large pakistani and bangladeshi communities, cardamon pods are cheap cheap over here.
We could get a lot of them in Seattle because the Swedes like putting them in their pastries! Swedish cardamom bread with icing is, like, the best thing in the world.
If you can find a indian grocer somewhere in Chicago, I highly recommend it. I actually live in an Indian neighborhood here in and toronto, and I go to my indian grocer all the time for nummy treats like Paneer and Kulfi.
Not only can you find cardamom super cheap there, you can actually find HUGE packages of pre-mixed chai spice for a pretty decent price. And it's really good stuff! I use it in everything actually - shortbread cookies, pumpkin pies, crumbles, hot chocolate. I have to, I have so much of it kicking around!
One ingredient you left out in your recipe, that I love in chai is: Black pepper. Really! It adds a kicky little jolt of heat that's really nice.
Oh, and If you're worried about the caffine (my body can't handle it) you should try it with caffeine-free rooiboos. Mmmm really good.
Fabulous! Ha ha, I don't think we get those little plastic honey jars here = nostalgia factor.
I do pretty much the same thing, although I sometimes include a few black peppercorns, and toasted root ginger. (Which I actually toast on a wooden skewer in the toaster and it always is a total fire hazard, I really should put it under the grille.) If I'm just making chai to drink right then, I shove everything in a cafetiere to strain it.
Ooh, now I want to make some tonight.