I had some chai tea today, and was reminded of a goal list I made a while ago, a 101 things in 1001 days list. One of them was to "make my own tea blend," inspired by a cute Ghibli movie I saw a while ago.
I've enjoyed chai tea since I first had it; sure, I've always had the Americanized style, probably all hopped up on sugar and artificial flavorings, but nonetheless... Maybe I've fallen for a sort of "neo-Orientalism" that seems popular lately, but it's nice to try and experience something that is strictly foreign. Helps me feel better about not traveling - you can bring the world to you if you can't go out into the world. Except, I realized, duh, the chai I get from the coffee shop is NOT this sort of "foreign" experience I want.
Then I realized, of course! Look up the recipe and make it yourself! So I'm going to experiment and come up with my own chai blend. Most recipes include cardamom, cinnamon, fresh ginger, cloves, with a base of strong black tea, water, and whole milk. Some have mint, some avoid aromatic herbs altogether... I think I might like putting in some vanilla as well. When I figure it out, I'll let you know...
PS: I took my bath yesterday, and it's everything I could have wanted!