I am so totally in love with Vanilla:-) From Vanilla tea to vanilla perfume to vanilla cupcakes this flavour or scent is my addiction.To me vanilla reminds me of home baking and is very comforting, guess thats the foodie within me speaking.
Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world, after Saffron as they are labour intensive to grow.It is a flavouring derived from an Orchid. Vanilla comes from the Spanish word Vaina meaning sheath or pod. Its not a very attractive looking spice but has a divine aroma, and those amazing blacks specks of vanila in a dessert are divine.
Until the mid 19th century, Mexico was the chief producer of Vanilla.In 1918, the French took this spice to Reunion Islands and Mauritius from here it was sent to Madagascar. Madagascar now accounts for a vast amount of the Vanilla grown globally.
Vanilla ice cream is the largest use of vanilla in the industry and is a very popular ice cream flavour.
I find the sweet scent of Vanilla comforting and intoxicating. …………
Whats your flavour?
There is no function that occurs in an Indian home where Tea is not served.Each family have their own way of preparing this hot drink and their own offical Teamaker. Some like boiled milk, while others prefer cold and some will always add loads of sugar to the teapot so everyone is given a sickly sweet cup of tea.
In my family and extended family this is my task regardless of how hot it is or how many people I have to make tea. This got me thinking as the British too love their tea and any problem or good news is solved with a switching on of the kettle. I am definately thinking the British spending time in India made them a tea drinking nation.
Nothing is more comforting than a hot cup of brew in your favourite mug, to make you take a deep breathe and then exhale.
The market has now been flooded with all sorts of teas from fruit flavoured, to green and yes even powdered chai tea.Each offering its own flavour and healing property.I must admit I have a weakness for any vanilla or chai tea variants and will buy them regardless of price.
A few years ago I read a very funny book by an Indian author called Kavita Daswani, the book was called the purpose of marriage. This book was very interesting on the Indian community and how they viewed skin colour. If a guy or girl was tea coloured (thats tea with milk), he/she would be much more suitable for marriage and have many suitors. So as you can see the obession of tea is not only about drinking it lol.
My recipe for tea :
In a teapot add half milk and half boilingwater.To this add the number of teabags you need, once the liquid mix has started to boil. Into this add sticks of cinnamon and whole pods of Elachi. let this boil, then drain off and serve.Enjoy
Have a fabulous tea drinking day, time of a cup of chai me thinks