A nice Cup Of Chai. My perfect way to Start The Day

A nice cup of Chai

My ideal way to start the day is, hands down, with a hot cup of chai tea. I love all kinds of tea but chai is my morning go to and I always have a full tin of chai teabags in my cupboard.

When the weekend comes around, however, I elevate my chai indulgence to the next level with my spicy homemade chai. This tantalises the taste buds with the delicious warmth of cinnamon and ginger, the deep and meaningful notes of cardamom and clove and is kicked up a notch with black peppercorns.

As this simmers away on the stove the house is infused with its deliciously comforting fragrance. For a morning cuppa verging on a hug in a mug, I sometimes make this with half water, half milk. I always add a generous spoonful of golden honey.

Try playing around with all of these ingredients, adding more of things you love or pulling back on the elements you aren’t so keen on.

Homemade Chai Tea

Makes 2 big mugs

Ingredients

  • About 700ml water
  • 1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • About 2cm of ginger, sliced
  • 3 or 4 cloves
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 4 cardamom pods, gently bashed to release their inner aromas
  • 1 teabag (black tea is perfect for this but Rooibos also works well)

Method

  • Put all of your ingredients in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  • Pop a lid on your pan and simmer for at least 5 minutes. I like to leave it a little longer but 10 – 15 minutes should do it.
  • Add your teabag, turn off the heat and leave for 3 – 4 minutes to steep.
  • For a little morning sweetness you can add honey or sugar. Remember to use a tea strainer to pour into your cup. You can serve with or without milk (plant or dairy).
  • Retreat to a cosy spot, sip and let the warming spices wash over you.

Angelic Fruity Water

I’m feeling very lucky that it’s Springtime in Scotland, the sun is shining and the temperature is soaring. With the kids spending more time in the sun it reminds me of the importance of staying hydrated.

But let’s be honest, after a couple of glasses of good old tap water it can get a bit boring and you know most soft drinks are full of sugar or nasty sweetening chemicals.

So change things up by popping some slices of juicy fruit or some tasty fresh herbs into your water. You’ll be amazed how much flavour you can get from just a couple of slices of fruit and what’s more my children will drink a lot more water when it’s boosted with a hint of fruitiness.

Some say there are added health benefits of infusing your water with fruits and herbs but I guess the biggest health benefit would be proper hydration without all the sugars and nasty stuff you get with most soft drinks.

So get slicing and sipping the healthy way. No nasties added here, just smug, sorry angelic, hydration.

I like to take a large jug in the morning and slice the fruit into it before topping up with water. If it’s a warm day I pop the jug in the freezer so that the fruity water delivers maximum refreshment with its icy blast.

Here are my favourite fruity combos:

  • Raspberry
  • Sliced apple
  • Sliced lime and mint
  • Lemon or orange slices
  • Sliced strawberries with grape slices
  • Watermelon