Spices! Spices everywhere! Cakes, Biscuits, mulled wine and chocolate. Heuuu, mulled wine, anyone?
What’s Christmas without a glass of mulled wine? I love getting cosy with a great mug of mulled wine. Smells good, tastes good and it is comforting to your heart. What’s not to like?
It’s 12 degrees in London and is raining outside.. Well I guess it’s not a surprise, is it? It’s cold and even the thermostat doesn’t like what it’s showing.
That’s when homemade mulled wine comes into the picture.
Mulled wine is something unusual for me, see, don’t forget I am an Island Girl. Back home we drink Rum, oh yeah, and a lot of it…But on my first trip to Paris, Montmartre is where I discovered the fragrance and the taste of vin chaud. Yeah I said it’s Vin chaud, sorry guys! It just feels natural to call it that.
Vin chaud is easy to come across the Christmas markets of France and countries all over Europe. It started to be famous in the UK as well but we all know that it is a European delicacy.
The smell of cinnamon evokes the festive season, all you have to do is warm the wine on the stove and stir in the brown sugar till it melts. Then just drop in the mulling items: orange, cinnamon, anise, cloves, ginger, apple and wait a bit. Just be patient! Only a few more minutes…When it’s ready, serve it in glass mugs.
It is that time of the year where you have to sit back and relax.So drop your guard and make some space for the hygge season.I have been craving all sort of food and drinks lately but my favourite of all is that chai latte.
I am sure some of you knows exactly what I am talking about right? and if some of you doesn’t known yet ,keep scrolling you about to find out.Chai latte, hot chocolate and all these syrup latte come at a cost anywhere you go so don’t go to the coffee shop for a latte instead make one.
Chai Latte is an actual authentic popular Indian hot beverage ,compare to Starbucks or Costa coffee shop the real chai latte doesn’t come as a syrup but only ground spices ,a mix of ginger, cloves,cinnamon,black pepper star anise…Drop few black tea bags as Assam or Darjeeling add some milk and there you have it.Chai latte ready in less than 8 minutes ! No need to spend £4 for a regular size of chai latte ,So what you said? humm ! Cup of chai latte coming right up!
Here is my recipe:
1/3 of black pepper
Liquorice ( if some of you love it)
2 Black tea
2 cup of water
3/4 cup of milk
Agave syrup or honey
I used ground spices as below please feel free to decrease the ginger or black pepper as we all know they are quite strong taste.Also feel free to blend the mix spices if you want to and Store in an airtight plastic bag or glass jar.
In a small saucepan, place water, tea bags, and 2 tablespoons chai spice mix. Bring to a boil; put the lid on, remove from heat, and let it steep for 5 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and stir. Strain in to a cup
Bring to boil the milk and your favourite sweetener add a pinch of cinnamon ,stir well.
Remove from the heat when the milk start to be frothy .Pour half of the milk to the tea
No waste of these overripe banana ,lets transform them to some little devine spiced treat for a great breakfast on the go.This is one of my favourite recipe to do on a Sunday evening.
As I am in a rush every Monday morning ,so the day before I take some time to prepare these lovely muffin for me to take on my way to work on Monday.
Believe me they worth the effort.Well if you think about it, you save time, money ,no food waste ,and they are so easy ,simple , quick to make and at the end the product is absolutely delicious.
You can enjoy this banana bread plain or stir in some of your favorite mix-ins. I love adding either chopped walnuts or even mini chocolate chips or a teaspoon of peanut butter.Bananas,Flour ,some spices ,eggs and thats all what you need ,the simple ingredients and it comes out always perfectly: Crispy on the outside, soft and moisture in the inside.