Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Forest Chai (wild love)
Early morning in the rainforest: the mist surrounds me in a humid blanket and all is calm. When I open my thermos, the steam from within blends into the surrounding mist and fills the air with spicy freshness. Later I will snuggle up in a warm herbal bath and have another cup. Ah, the magic of water in its various states! I love my time in these wet rainy woods. Tonight I created an herbal blend chai tea, honoring these experiences by pairing traditional chai spices with wildforaged flavors (because you just can't beat the way the forest tastes.) The ingredients are cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, pink and black peppercorns, plenty of cardamom, wild ginger (not related to ginger root), wild mint, wild rose petals, bits of turkey tail mushroom, juniper berries, fir needles, and lots of wild love. It is excellent on its own, or brewed strongly and sweetened with honey and milk or cream.