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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

August 29, 2010

Masala Chai Recipe – The Cough and Cold Buster!

Filed under: Food & Drink Recipes — Tags: , , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 5:19 pm

Having a cough & cold when you live alone is the pits.  Much as you want to whinge on about your every ailment and symptom to your friends and family, they seem shockingly disinterested in you phlegmy news.  Leaving you alone to face the prospect of being a lethargic, sweaty lump of self pity, squawking like a fledgling for someone stronger to feed you… to no avail.

Still, one must look after oneself and so I wheeled myself into the kitchen on my wheelie chair to experiment with Masala Chai recipes – a new found cold buster brought to my attention by the charming & knowledgeable @aftabarab of Masterchef fame.

Now, I have in my time tried Masala Chai, although have found it tooth-achingly sweet and cloyingly strong.  So, after researching and testing many recipes, I have come up with my own recipe for a delicious & gently spiced Masala Chai that is both refreshing and medicinal for those with cough or cold symptoms.  I would have liked a second opinion, although my friends will not come near me through fear of catching my lurgy – the selfish pig-dogs!

Masala Chai Recipe

 

Masala Chai IngredientsIngredients:
3 cardamom pods
1 cinnamon stick, lightly crushed
2 whole cloves (optional)
4 thin slices of ginger root
6 black pepper corns
1 bay leaf (optional)
750ml water
125 ml milk
1 ½ tablespoons black tea (I used Assam, Darjeeling would be good)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar (or to taste)

Method :

  1. Lightly crush Cardamon pods and Cinnamon in a mortar.
  2. Pour the water into a pan. Add the crushed Cardamon, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pepper Corns, Bay Leaf and Cloves. Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce the heat and gently simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and steep for 10 minutes, to allow the spices to infuse.
  3. Add the tea leaves to the pan. Bring to boil, stir, remove from heat, cover and steep for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and milk to the pan and bring to a boil and stir.
  5. Your Masala Chai is now ready. Just strain through a fine mesh sieve into a warm tea pot or pouring jug and serve.

Masala Chai


August 19, 2010

Essex Couples – Are You Getting Married or Expecting a Child in Oct/Nov…?

Filed under: Celebrations & Events — Tags: , , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 6:53 pm

Lime Pictures

Lime Pictures are award winning producers of mainstream popular dramas and factual entertainment, including C4 ‘Hollyoaks’ and BBC1 ‘Apparitions’.

They are currently casting for a new ITV show set in Essex. The show will be a hybrid between a documentary and a drama and they are specifically looking for mums-to-be, who are due to give birth in Oct/Nov 2010 and couples from Essex who are due to get married in Oct/Nov 2010.

Lime Pictures are not necessarily looking for first time mums or first time weddings, and you can be any age, as long as you live in Essex and are expecting/getting married in the time period stated, then they would love to speak to you!

For further details email Aaron – astone@limepictures.com or telephone 0207-147-7430.

All the best!

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