less tea is more tea

can you believe supergirl is so much less popular than superman even though she’s much more interesting as a character, because she remembers krypton and lost her entire world and now she’s getting sidelined on her own show? incredible

Sketchbook page :) I copied this recipe from an Instructible, which in turn claimed to have been relayed by a Himalayan chai wallah. I love ‘chai lattes’ but have never found teabags or loose mixes particularly successful, so I decided to try to figure out how to make my own from scratch.

It turns out, there’s a lot of variation. “Masala chai” just means “spiced tea,” so it’s sort of up to personal interpretation, and it seems like every vendor and every family has a totally different recipe. The only real hard-and-fast requirements seem to be: Milk, black tea, some spices, and some sweetener.

As for this recipe? It just seemed like a decent starting point. I finally got hold of some cardamom pods and tried it, and… it turns out this is way more ginger than I would like :P There isn’t enough of the other ingredients to balance it out, so instead of a rich spicy flavor, I basically got hot milky tea with a side of mild burning in the back of the throat -____-;;

I’m going to keep experimenting: when I land on a combo I like, maybe I’ll doodle that recipe out, too ;D

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Matcha latte

Ingredients:

¾ cup soy milk (or almond, coconut, dairy, etc.)

¼ cup hot water

About 1 TBSP matcha (a tablespoon or more for stronger tea, less if strong tea isn’t your thing) 

Honey (to taste)

Nutmeg (optional)

Heat soy milk in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring. Boil water. Add both to cup. Add matcha powder and whisk in until thoroughly mixed. Stir in honey and top off with a pinch of nutmeg if you desire. 

Matcha is full of antioxidants, is rumored to aid in weight loss, boosts the immune system, and is an excellent natural detox.