Chai Spice Mix

I try really hard not to complain about the weather. I really do. I mean what’s the use of complaining about something absolutely no one can change? This year though, the cold weather is hitting me hard and I don’t like it.

Maybe it’s because last winter I worked from home and never had to leave the house in the cold. Maybe it’s because the older I get, the colder I get. Maybe it’s because the weather is just stupid. I don’t know. I just want it to be 30 degrees above zero with no wind chill for the rest of the winter.  Is that too much to ask?

Since the weather doesn’t look like it is going to give me what I want for the foreseeable future I am looking for ways to keep warm. One way I do that is to drink a lot of hot tea and tea related drinks.

My favorite tea related drink is Chai, especially the Chai from The Himalayan Yak, a local restaurant. I have a store bought Chai spice blend that is very, very, similar but with my luck it will be discontinued the moment my current jar is empty. So, I have been looking for a Chai spice blend that I enjoy just as much for months. I think I finally found it at Take Two Tapas. I add the Chai spice to plain black tea. I make Chai lattes with it. I added it to my baked oatmeal and muffins. It is so good, versatile and will never be discontinued.

Chai Spice Blend

Take Two Tapas

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1 1/2 tsp cardamom

1 tsp cloves

3/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp allspice

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix well. Store in an airtight container, in a cool, dry place.

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