Wednesday, January 23, 2013
If at First You Don't Succeed, Chai, Chai Again
The best way to make a good cup of rosy lee is to use boiling water isn't it? But why? Well, the answer is very simple. Tea leaves are an organic substance. Dried tea leaves absorb moisture and can become a fertile breeding ground for bacteria. Boiling water kills the bacteria and sterilizes your cuppa.
Kill! Kill Them All!
So now you know better, will you ever make tea by dunking one of those silly tagged teabags in a cup of hot water again? Nah! Do it properly and boil the brains out of those awful buggy baccy beasts.
The Best Solution
East Indians, Arabs and other Asians have the best idea. They boil their tea in a pan or kettle with herbs and spices and call it "Chai".
Give this recipe a try. Mix 2 cups of milk with 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Toss in 2 or 3 bags of your favourite British brew along with a teaspoonful of cardamom, a quarter teaspoonful of nutmeg and continue boiling for a couple of minutes.
By the way, cardamom is a herb that is said to cure all manner of unmentionable ailments of the digestive tract. You can buy it in a jar in most supermarkets. If used to excess nutmeg is a hallucinogen so Simon says don't overdo it.
Whoa, Brown Betty ... bam-a-lam
Pull out the teabags and throw them in your compost bin, then pour the chai into your old Brown Betty ready for immediate serving. Chai tastes naturally sweet so cut back, or hold off, on the sugar. Nice delicious cuppa with no nasties swimming around in it. Good innit?