Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Made this: Kashmiri Chai

Recently, I've been reading the travelogue, Holy Cow, about Aussie journalist Sarah MacDonald's life in India. It's been an interesting read, with a very strong viewpoint from the author, but really I'm hooked on any story with vivid descriptions of places I cannot yet afford to visit. After reading about her stay in Kashmir, I was driven to find a recipe for the tea she describes from her travels there. I think the recipe I found and made is as authentic as I'd be able to get here in the states... It was delicious anyway. The recipe is below.

The ingredients: green tea, ground almonds, green cardamom, sugar, cinnamon, and...

... saffron.

Kashmiri Green Chai


1 stick cinnamon
5 pods green cardamom, gently crushed
5 t sugar
6 strands of saffron
2 t green tea leaves
2 T powdered almonds (crush raw almonds in a food processor) 


Fill a heavy-bottomed pot with 5 1/2 cups of filtered water. Add cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, and sugar and boil for 10-15 minutes, until the liquid is fragrant and a deep amber color. Remove from heat and add tea leaves. Cover and steep for 3-5 minutes. Pour into cups and fix with a spoon of powdered almonds in each cup. Then enjoy.

Inspired by: Moody Blues

styling by Heidi Adams via 79Ideas

inerior designer Marilyn Katsaris' Grecian abode via Pure Green

home of Italian chef Giovanna Nigi via Gypsy Village

I'm really charmed by these mottled blue walls... some created with plaster, others with paint, perhaps in there a combination of the two. I'm thinking quite a bit lately about wall colors as I'm going to be painting my apartment soon... These blues are just so dreamy.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inspired by: Art History

Marc Chagall

Edgar Degas

Henri Matisse

James Whistler

Remember when art about beauty was popular...

(all images via Olga's Gallery)