On 11/23/2014 2:01 PM, jr_esq wrote:
Good mornin' to ya'll,
It's an overcast day out here in my neck of the woods, a nice respite
from the needed rain we had last Thursday and Friday....
We had rain last night and today it is clear and warm.
How many of you have tried a packaged chai in the morning? I bought
two boxes of this cardamon chai at a Muslim Indian grocery store in
Berkeley, CA last week. The chai is just a good as the one you'd get
at an Indian restaurant.
We used to enjoy prepared hot /"chai"/ in the morning, or anytime for
that matter. We can't consume it much anymore since I am diabetic and
Rita is on a diet. Now I have to drink my coffee black, so we only buy
beans at Whole Foods and grind them ourselves. I wonder how old those
beans are? We can't stand cheap coffee anymore. A friend of ours drives
across town just to get fresh-roasted beans that are only one hour old
if you get there in the morning. Go figure.
Here is a nice recipe for home brewed /chai /from Epicurious:
Filtered water; Darjeeling black tea leaves; cardamon pods, ginger,
cinnamon, black peppercorns, whole cloves, brown sugar; and whole milk./
Combine the ingredients by lightly crushing using a mortar and pestle
and place in a saucepan. Add and bring to a boil on high heat; reduce
heat and cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. ///Place the tea leaves in
a strainer. Immerse the strainer full of leaves in the tea cup full of
the ingredients mixture and steep for a few minutes. Remove the strainer
filled with the tea leaves and add milk and sugar to taste and whisk for
a few minutes. Serve hot in a cup or mug./////Enjoy.
/Thoughts on the word /chai:/
/Camellia sinensis/, from the Madarin Chinese word for tea (cha) which
was invented in China as a medicinal drink back in the 10th century
B.C. The word /"chai"/ comes from the Persian which was derived from
Mandarin Chinese, which passed overland to Central Asia and Persia on
the Silk Road, where it picked up the Persian grammatical suffix -yi
before passing on to Russian, Arabic, Urdu, Turkish, and Indian languages.
I couldn't find this brand at Safeway or other supermarket in my
neighborhood. But there is a small Indian grocery store at the
Fillmore District which sells the same product...
For the naysayers here, you should know that Lindsay Lohan has also
taken up TM. That's probably understandable since she has worked for
Oprah Winfrey, an ardent TMer. I saw this from a video clip of Ellen
Degeneris Show last night. She too is a meditator....There appears to
be a tacit connection here with the TMO...
/Everyone seems to be getting into the TM these days./
It was nice to see the Raiders win a football game last Thursday.
They might win another game or two. But in the end, they would still
have a losing season...
This afternoon the 49ers take on RG3 and the Redskins. The Niners are
favored to win. They could probably make the playoffs. But there is
still a lingering rumor that Coach Harbaugh might jump ship to another
team after the season is over...
Meanwhile, a violin player is playing a blissful tune on the radio...