I love a hot beverage.
Hot coffee.  Hot chamomile.  
 
I hate hot wine… like at Christmas.
Ick.
But I love Chai Tea.
Awhile back my sister gave me Shaye Elliot’s cookbook and it’s full of great “whole foods” recipes.  Her recipe was my “inspiration” – I tweaked it just a bit to suit my spice rack and preferences.  Shaye is a very knowledgable homesteader, did I mention gorgeous?  She has a great Facebook page and blog too! Girlfriend has mad homesteading skills and tons-o-knowledge!
I insist that you order her cookbook!  If you are wanting to start a whole foods lifestyle it’s full of everything you need to get started from Kombucha to Chocolate Mousse! 
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1484076230?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1484076230&linkCode=xm2&tag=theellihome0d-20
 
The great thing about whole foods recipes is that you can’t hardly ruin them and you can change them up to suit your needs like I did with this one…
 
You will need:
Cardamon (10 pods or one tablespoon ground)
One inch chunk of ginger root
10 bags of Oolong Black Tea
Raw honey to taste 
10-12 cups water

Slice open your vanilla bean and scrape out the contents.  Add contents to your water (it will look like a blackish goober).  I use my garlic press to slightly crush open the peppercorns, cloces and all spice berries.  Then I add everything but the tea and raw honey.  Steep for about 30 minutes then add your tea bags and steep for another thirty.  Strain and pour into a half gallon ball jar or container of your choice for storage.

To enjoy simply prepare 50% milk with 50% concentrate and add raw honey (or honey, or cane juice or your sweetener of choice) to taste.  Hot or cold – Oo, la, la… banish away the winter dull-drums.


A votre santé.
Angela
Parisienne Farmgirl