Welcome to my tea shelf. This is the place where teas go to die… or at least be forgotten. Jasmine, mint, detox, chai, rooibos, etc, etc. I love tea. I drink at least one cup most every day. And now that it is cooling off I drink it more often, sometimes just to warm my hands.
But I am stuck in a rut. I have countless options (well, I don’t want to count them) and yet I always go for the Irish/English breakfast teas (with a little milk and sugar). This morning I was about to reach for my usual “rut” tea when I stopped to look more closely at the tea graveyard. I felt a twinge of guilt. I put the breakfast tea back on the shelf and grabbed the masala chai instead.
I can remember buying the chai at World Market, excited that I’d have real chai tea at home. But then the chai was sentenced to the shelf because I couldn’t figure out how to make it taste remotely like what I’ve had at Indian restaurants, and rather than try to solve the problem I sent it to the shelf of misfit teas.
This morning I made a decision. It was time to resurrect some of these misfit teas. And I’m challenging myself to drink my way through some of these other teas before replacing the box of breakfast tea (which only has about a week’s worth left in it). I’m not crazy enough to say I’ll make it through the entire shelf before buying more tea, but I feel I owe it to myself and to the misfit teas to make a dent larger than the size of that box of Irish breakfast tea.
I actually managed to make a decent cup of chai this morning. It turns out I had not been adding enough sugar (go figure). I’d never claim this is authentic chai, but it tastes good to me. So without further ado, here is my new morning tea…
2 teaspoons loose masala chai tea
2 1/2 cups boiling water
4 teaspoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
- I used a french press, but it isn’t necessary
- Steep tea in hot water for four minutes.
- Add sugar, stir to dissolve.
- Add milk.
- Strain into your favorite cup and enjoy.
Here are just a few of the blogs I like to read while enjoying a cup of tea: