This Masala Chai is filled with warming spices…perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold afternoon!
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Last year, I stumbled across the most popular books in 2015 according to the New York Public Library. I managed to pick up 2 of the top 6 from last year’s list, and they were both good reads. When I was challenged by goodnessknows to try something new this year, I thought it might be fun to revisit the 2016 list and grab a book that I might not normally pick up.
#10 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. (I had to reach back and include the #10 book since Laura just finished listening to the audio book. She said it was a great book about women who helped downed Allied pilots escape from Nazi territory back during WWII.)
#3 When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. (This book was published posthumously, and it tackles the tough subject of living with lung cancer. I imagine it’s pretty moving and inspiring.)
#2 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (In keeping with tough subjects, this one tackles racism in America. This one is certainly appropriate given all of the events over the past 12 months.)
#1 The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. (Up from #2 last year, I actually did read this one. And it was good! It’s also been made into a movie, and I’d like to see the big screen version. Of course, we don’t go to the movies as we have a certain young toddler who demands our attention in the evenings. Maybe we’ll rent it instead!)
So there you have it. If your reading list was getting a little sparse, now you have some new options! I enjoy a good historical novel, so I might have to pick up The Nightingale sometime this year. Since we’re talking about reading on a food blog, it only makes sense that we chat about snacks. We’re smack in the middle of the coldest part of the year here in upstate New York. Fires are a daily occurrence whenever Laura and I are both home. The smells of soups, stews and other comfort food are commonplace in our kitchen. And whenever Robbie takes his afternoon nap? Yeah, that’s time to curl up on the couch with a good book!
A good book and a roaring fire gets you pretty close to the perfect winter afternoon. A mug of Masala Chai along with a couple mixed berries, almond, dark chocolate snack squares from goodnessknows completes the afternoon! Laura has long been a fan of Masala Chai. When we first moved in together way back in our days in Atlanta, I remember Laura claiming a corner of the pantry for the various spices needed to make this Masala Chai. Sure, chai is easy enough to buy in the store, but if you’ve never made it from scratch then you definitely need to treat yourself! The combination of warming scents and flavors in this milk-based tea is absolutely amazing.
As I’ve mentioned before, Laura and I have really been working hard to improve our eating habits. We picked up a few extra pounds last year due to the pregnancy, and we’ve really buckled down here in January. I mentioned recently that we follow the 80/20 rule. It works for us! We both know that we will still crave desserts or other favorites, so we treat ourselves occasionally.
Snacking has always been my downfall (especially late in the afternoon when I’m on Robbie duty!), so I started keeping a detailed journal of what I eat each day. Sure enough, the snacking was the problem! But I’ve started making better snacking choices, and that’s where goodnessknows has come in. Their snack squares are quite tasty…and perfect when I need to nibble on something while chasing a toddler across the living room! I still mess up occasionally, but I’m ok with that. I don’t just give up entirely. Instead, I get back on track the next day. After all, every try is a step towards being your best.
Laura first picked up some goodnessknows snack squares on a work trip last Fall, and she’s been raving about them ever since. These snack squares are essentially fruits and nuts embedded in a layer of dark chocolate. Each individual two-bite square is approximately 40 calories. These goodnessknows snack squares are super tasty, too, and I have totally reinvented my snacking habits! Just this past weekend, I sat down with a mug of this Masala Chai and a couple goodnessknows blueberry, almond, dark chocolate snack squares. (That’s a new flavor out just this month!) I didn’t have time to read a book, but I gotta say the snack recharged my batteries for another round of playing with Robbie. And I didn’t have to feel bad about recording my snack!
Did you make this Masala Chai at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!
Masala Chai (Spiced Tea)
- Using a small saucepan, combine water, cardamom, allspice, peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon stick and ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- Add milk, tea leaves and honey; let simmer for 1-2 more minutes.
- Remove saucepan from heat and let steep for 2-3 more minutes.
- Pour chai into mugs through fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth.
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