Tomorrow I am scheduled for surgery. This particular surgery is small potatoes compared to several of my previous surgeries yet somehow am particularly disturbed by this one. I feel like it's interrupting my life and my creativity. I want to stay home and make art...and write bad poetry...and sit in the cemetery and brood....
I made a batch of instant chai tea to give as gifts for the holidays and while I was at it, I made myself a cup to pout and ponder over...
Instant Chai tea
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
*** can add 1 teaspoon Allspice & Nutmeg,
1/4 teaspoon White Pepper
*You may choose to omit the French vanilla creamer, and use 2 teaspoons
vanilla extract instead. To do so, mix the vanilla into the sugar, let it dry,
then break the sugar into small lumps. Follow the same procedure as above.
1. In a large bowl, combine milk powder, non-dairy creamer, vanilla flavored
creamer, sugar and instant tea. Stir in ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.
In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup at a time, until mixture is the consistency
of fine powder.
2. To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons Chai tea mixture into a mug of hot water.