The holidays of various religions are sprinkling the season like festive stars. We celebrate meaningful occasions with splendid foods from all regions of the planet.
Indian Spice Tea is splendid as dessert (without the calories of a rich creamy pastry). It also helps digestion after a rich meal.
Fill a large pot with 1⁄2 water and 1⁄2 milk, according to the number of servings. Sprinkle a handful of dark Assam tea (1 spoon per cup) into the water. Take plenty of cardamom seeds and clover, crush them with a mortar and pestle, and add them to the pot of Assam tea. Stir and bring to a boil slowly.
Cut up a freshly peeled ginger slice, press it’s juice into the tea mixture and add after you slowly simmer the tea blend on low heat for 20 minutes. The flavor becomes richer when you let it steep for awhile after boiling.
If you would like it as an afternoon dessert drink you may add vanilla sticks, or break some cinnamon sticks and boil them with the tea.
Invigorating teas for those cold winter nights
For an even more stimulating tea, boil these ingredients in water with no milk, but add a shot of good rum into the tea. Light some Tibetan healing incense and a lavender scented candle. Listen to Nat King Cole‘s Christmas songs and enjoy the moment.
For holiday blues: put 15 drops of Bach Flower “Rescue Remedy” in a glass of water and sip throughout the day. It will keep you smooth and even-tempered.
When it gets suddenly very cold and you have a sore throat or loss of voice, I suggest my grandmother’s traditional remedy: she peeled and boiled an onion covered with milk, then let it simmer for 10 minutes to absorb the juice of the onion. Add honey and drink slowly. Your voice will soon be smooth again.
Ginger tea for digestive support: Cut a piece of ginger into small slices and boil for 10 minutes in water. Let it simmer. Add honey and a tiny sprinkle of cayenne pepper. This is also a preventative for colds.
Peppermint tea for indigestion. Chamomile tea for cramping in stomach or colon.
Just when you think the winter weather isn’t going to come so soon this year, you are caught in a cold wind-rain-snow hailstorm on your way home from work. When your hands are frozen stiff, immediately put up your water kettle to boil for a pot of tea. Best to use Assam tea for this recipe. Open the bottle of rum from your last vacation in the Caribbean and pour a shot glass of rum into the teapot. Add some brown sugar, fill your favorite mug and hold it in your hands till the warmth softens your fingers. Slowly sip the delicious brew and feel your insides and outsides change.
You can also soak a few dry plums in hot rum tea overnight and nibble on it later with your tea. Warning: Don’t think you won’t feel the effects from it because it tastes like dessert!
This is a time of renewal, a time to be in touch with family and friends, to be mindful of all we are grateful for.
I would like to hear from you!
Tea and Sympathy wishes you a blessed holiday season!
In the New Year of 2013 look for my forthcoming book on Tea and Travel…Life Filled to the Brim.
Your friend, Sylvia