FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH
Cardamom, they are recognised by their small seed pods, triangular in cross-section and spindle-shaped, with a thin, papery outer shell and small black seeds.
It has an aromatic spice indigenous to south India and Sri Lanka, cardamom seeds come from a plant belonging to the ginger family. Cardamom has a wonderful aroma and an enticing warm, spicy-sweet flavour.
The whole pods can be added to dishes, or the seeds can be extracted and either added whole or ground. It is the world's third-most expensive spice, surpassed in price per weight only by vanilla and saffron.
You can enjoy this month's Spice of the Month, to make a pot of delicious Masala Chai. This is a spicy yet sweet, aromatic tea which offers great health benefits and warmth for all seasons.
** Masala Chai Mix can be bought from the cafe, already prepared to use; pop in today to get yours**
- 1 black tea, teabag (or use leaves)
- 1 cup water or more, depending on how many people will be drinking
- 1 -2 cardamom seed, cracked
- Using a small milk pan or pot, add the boil water over the hob,
- Add the teabag and cracked cardomom to the water and bring to the boil,
- If adding milk, add milk (to preference of strength of tea),
- Bring to the boil again, and then reduce heat to allow to simmer for 5 mins,
- Using a tea strainer, pour tea into mug, sweeten to taste and enjoy!