Did you know that the word chai means tea? And therefore, calling it chai tea does not make sense? You may hear the term masala chai which denotes the tea is made with spices. My recipe calls for black tea, water and honey for sweetening.
You will have read on Tuesday that we had a flight change from Istanbul to Cape Town. As we are now leaving Italy a day later, there was a lot to do after I changed our flight. The first thing to sort out was accommodation for our last night. I have booked an hotel so that we don’t have to worry about cleaning up before our early morning flight. We have the entire day to drive back to Naples and we will choose somewhere nice to go for supper. This will be a treat as we are self catering for two weeks. We have a 10am flight to Istanbul so we need to be out of the hotel by 7:15 so it will be a bright and early start for us. At least we will be able to enjoy breakfast at the airport once we get there.
The next thing on my list was changing our documents for our Visa application. I had these all filled in already as I had time on my hands. So now I had to change the dates as well as adding in the extra accommodation. Luckily for me I gave the incorrect date for our return to work to the accountant so I don’t need a new letter from him. I have printed off the E-Visa for Turkey in case the Italian Consulate need it. And I have changed our Embassy Letter from the Travel Insurance Company. Everything is now printed again and filed away for our Visa Appointment. The next step is getting our application in, and hopefully getting a five year Visa. Can you believe how much work is generated from one flight change?
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- 8 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
- 3 whole cloves
- 2.5 mls black peppercorns
- 2 star anise
- 1 quill cinnamon
- 1 allspice
- 1 l water
- 10 mls black tea leaves *
- milk to add
- honey to taste (optional)
- Place the cardamom, cloves, peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon and allspice into a sauce pan
- Lightly toast over a low temperature then add the water and increase the temperature
- Bring to a simmer, cover and leave to simmer gently for 5 minutes
- Then add the tea, reduce the temperature and simmer, uncovered for 2 minutes
- Turn the stove off and leave to infuse for 2 minutes
- Strain and pour into 4 cups, then add milk to your preference, and honey to sweeten
View the previous posts on March 23:
- 2022: Kronenhoff Guest House
- 2020: Nut Pastry
- 2018: Freekeh Salad
- 2016: Skerrols House
- 2015: Pistachio Paste