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Monday, 30 June 2014

Chai Latte and Mail Art

A while back I posted a recipe for Golden Yoghini Drink, made with turmeric, which led me to thinking that would be a good way to make Chai Latte.
My version doesn't actually have any tea in it, but there is nothing to stop you putting some in.

Chai Latte Spice Tea

2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1-2 teaspoons of ground ginger
1 tsp  ground cardamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
ground cloves to taste - I used 6, ground with mortar and pestle or you can just buy already ground.
Mix these all together and store in an airtight jar - makes enough for 3 cups.

Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a little saucepan and add of 2 tsp per serve of the spices,stir and cook until you can smell them. Take care not to burn them, it is quick. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Add honey if you want to sweeten it a little.
Use your milk frother if you want froth, or pour from a height into the cup.


Mail Art

I look for excuses to send mail, so when my friend wanted my Busy People's Bread Recipe (which comes from the lovely tv chef Annabel Langbein), I thought I would send it via snail mail. 
My friend Anne doesn't use the computer, and she has been going through a second round of I hope it will bring a smile to her face when she opens her letterbox. She is an artist, and I know she likes the quirky.
I hope people aren't too horrified that I have used an old book cover for the postcard - haha, too bad! It was a discard from the library, and I liked the design inside.
Mail Art postcard from an old book cover

I have sealed the cut edge with my home made washi tape...made from an old atlas and double sided tape. (There I go cutting up books again).

Home made washi tape

I Have Been Campaigning...
There is a little suburb of Kamo nearby, which the retailers like to call a village. I shop there a bit because I like the small businesses and the people are nice. Yesterday I spoke to the Chairperson of their Retailer's Association about the possibility of giving Kamo a green focus as a point of difference to encourage people to shop there. Particularly reducing plastic bag use, but also promoting the second hand shops, the garden shop, and The Binn Inn, where customers are welcomed to take their own containers to fill, and the butchers, who will paper-wrap orders. I'm going to keep feeding them ideas and see where it goes, but I got a good reception. 

part of the Kamo Christmas Parade


  1. I hope Kamo takes up your idea to distinguish itself and draw in customers. I think it's brilliant! It would make me want to shop there.


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