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I think I'll make this a masala chai holiday period, and I'll post my regular concoctions. I'm getting tired of black tea recently, even though it's my staple. I think I've been having too much black coffee at the office, is why. I'll keep further updates under a cut, or shorter. It'll get interesting when I get to Québec City and I have less ingredients to work with.

for 2 cups:

2 inches of cinnamon
2 black peppercorns
2 cloves
3 small cardamoms
1 mustard seed
4-6 anise seeds

(all smashed to bits

add 2 ts orange pekoe, have everything together for five minutes on low heat.

add soymilk and sugar to taste.)

The parenthesis is expected all the time, so I won't repeat unless I change the procedure, most likely due to lack or kettle or other hardware. I might not have access to a mortar and pestle everywhere!

The mustard seed was an early trial, I will be a bit bolder tomorrow to see what the impact is on taste. Today I couldn't really taste it. I think I might cut down to one clove to give the mustard some space to express itself.

Yesterday I had put some cloves powder in there, I didn't quite like that. I'm not a big fan of nutmeg in chai but I'll work with it a bit when I get bored. Also: mint. I don't know how to handle mint even though I've had mint black tea before. (With pine nuts in the tea, from a tea seller on the far end of the dirt barrier by the sea in Marseille. Weird, but still tasty.)

Oh yeah, another plan is to work on a spiced coffee recipe. I've made cinnamon coffee before without really getting what I wanted. Nutmeg my prove itself useful here. How should I make spiced coffee anyway? I have an espresso machine here. Should I steep my spices in hot water and then add an espresso shot at the end? I could also the the bodum, but you can't really have the spices simmer in there.

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