Last Minute Christmas Present * Vanilla Green Tea

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Hey there,

are you in the middle of a christmas rush? Getting the tree decorated, the gifts wrapped and shopping lists written? I am still wondering if we should get a christmas tree. I love it when we have one but I really don’t feel like decorating this year. And I don’t have any candles yet and that can be a pain in the a** one day prior. But gift wrapping is on my agenda today.

And I do have a quick last minute christmas present. For all those surprise visitors or if time runs out or if you plainly forgot. Here it comes:

Vanilla Green Tea

♥ Green Tea (I got mine here)
♥ Vanilla bean

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All you have to do is scrape out the seeds and mix well with the green tea. (Best practice: Put it in a jar and shake like crazy!) Now cut up the vanilla bean in tini-tiny pieces and mix under your green tea. And you are done…

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Now you have all the time to decorate your gift box or container. Need ideas? Check out my Pinterest board Gift Wrapping Mania. You could also sew little tea bags like I’ve done last year with my chai tea. Whatever you come up with – have fun and enjoy our 4. Advent.

On a side note: this would be a wonderful gift for yourself. I bet you deserve it!

Cheers, Tobia

Spicy Winter Drink that looks pretty {MMI #2}

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Every morning I have my morning coffee. While I drink that one I check my mail, surf a few blogs and suddenly I realized it’s been an hour or something and I am running late for what ever is on my agenda this day. If I stay home i usually have green tea right after my coffee.

Today however I wanted to spice things up. So I looked around and saw some ginger hidden underneath all those apples.

Here is my Spicy Winter Drink I came up with:

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♥ ginger about 3 cm
♥ cinnamon stick
♥ pink peppercorns
♥ sliced clementine (added after I took the picture)

Well instructions goes without saying, huh. Put in a pot and ass boiling water. The smell is amazing. The drink is spicy. You could add a bit of honey to soften it a bit.

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Well, this is what I like on this Wednesday and so I add it to the Wednesdays-I-like link party.

Have a great Wednesday afternoon, Tobia

Vanilla HOT CHOCOLATE { color me happy }

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Oh my … it is the last day of October and I just remembered the color me happy photo challenge. Haven’t linked anything yet. Last year I’ve ordered a million 50 vanilla beans.

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I used them for baking, I’ve bottled vanilla sirup, keep a supply of vanilla sugar and I’m still having plenty.

vanilla beanLately I’ve been drinking more hot chocolate. I’m a little weird special when it comes to hot chocolate! Blame it on my grandma. I’ve always hated milk. As a child. And today. But only when it looks like milk. So a glass of white stuff just gives me chills and turns my stomach. My grandma – being the cunning woman she was – invented semolina soup and “real hot cocoa”. Until today I only drink it when it’s made her way. By now I’ve figured out her secret recipe.

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I usually use (for a very big cup) 3 tsp cocoa, 1 tsp brown sugar (you can use more but I don’t like it that sweet). Boil milk. Mix some of the warm milk with the cocoa. Make sure there are no lumps. Add remaining milk. Voilà and done. Now comes “my invention”: add seeds of vanilla bean! Didn’t see that one coming, huh?! My vanilla hot chocolate!

Puh that was close. More chocolate can be found here.

Love, Tobia

 

When it’s stormy & snowy :: homemade Chai Tea Latte

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Wow now that caught us unprepared, no? It started last night with this mucky weather and sleet but that I will wake up to a white covered ground and that the snow will stay all day I wouldn’t have thought. Not after having temperatures of 12°C the last week. Well anyhow it is still winter meteorological speaking.

Da hat es uns ja ganz schön kalt erwischt, oder?
Gestern Abend fing es ja schon mit Schmuddelwetter und Schneeregen an aber das ich noch einmal zu einer weißen Schneedecke aufwache, die dann auch noch den ganzen Tag liegen bleibt hätt’ ich ja ehrlich nicht gedacht noch den 12° C letzte Woche. Nun gut, noch ist meteorologisch gesehen tiefster Winter.

So what is better than being all cozied up on the couch, leafing through a magazine and sipping yummy chai tea latte? Well I could do that all day. Isn’t there a need of professional chai latte taster? I would volunteer.

Was gibt es also schöneres als eingemummelt auf der Couch zu sitzen, durch eine Zeitung zu blättern und dabei einen leckeren Chai Latte zu schlürfen. Also wenn es nach mir ginge, ICH könnt das tagtäglich machen. Gibt es nicht Bedarf an professionellen Chai Latte Testern?  Ich würd mich bereit erklären.

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Todays sipped latte has been inspired by cadooh’s recipe.

But as always when doing homemade stuff you are left with a lot of ingredients who than clutter cupboards and pantry. So what to do? Throw it out? No, no. How about getting prepared for the next cold front. Or serving a friend a hot cuppa. Or maybe in need of a last minute present? All of the above if you follow the tutorial.

Bei meinen heute geschlürften Chai Latte habe ich mich von cadoohRezept inspirieren lassen.

Wie das meist so ist, bleibt aber doch etwas von den ganzen Einzelzutaten über und fliegt durch die Küchenschränke. Was also damit tun? Wegschmeißen? Nein, nein! Vorarbeiten und für die nächste Kältefront vorsorgen. Eine liebe Freundin spontan bewirten oder schnell ein Geschenk aus dem Hut zaubern. Geht alles mit nachfolgendem einfachen Tutorial.

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Fill all ingredients into a paper tea bag.

Alle Zutaten in einen Teebeutel füllen.

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Now sew a decorative seam and leave a long piece of thread on one end. Here you tie the instructions and you are all set. Easy peasy and homemade.

Mit einer hübschen Naht zunähen und an einer Seite einen langen Faden lassen. Hier die Zubereitungsinfos anknüppern. Fertig. Total easypeasy und selbstgemacht.

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Here the recipe for about 1 liter of spicy chai latte:

8 pepper corns, black
10 cloves
6 cardamom seeds
2 pieces of cinnamon
6 star aniseed
3 tsp Earl Grey Tea
700 ml milk
2 tbsp honey
cinnamon to taste

And that’s how it’s done:
1. Boil spices in 500 ml water.

2. Add 500 ml mil, tea and honey and boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Heat and foam remaining milk.

3. Strain tea-milk mixture.

4. Fill in glasses and top with milk foam and add a bit of cinnamon. Enjoy.

 

Hier noch einmal das Rezept komplett für ca. 1 Liter Gewürz-Chai Latte:

8 Stück Pfefferkörner, schwarz
10 Stück Gewürznelken
2 Stange Zimt

6 Stück Kardamom, Kapseln
6 Stück Sternanis
3 TL Earl Grey
700 ml Milch
2 EL Honig
Zimt

Und so geht’s:

1. Die Gewürze mit 1/2 l Wasser in einen Topf geben, aufkochen.

2. Tee, 500 ml Milch und Honig zugeben und nochmals kurz aufkochen. Von der Platte nehmen und 5 Min. ziehen lassen. Übrige Milch erwärmen und aufschäumen.

3. Tee durch ein Sieb gießen.

4. Sofort in Gläser oder Tassen füllen, Milchschaum darauf verteilen, mit Zimt bestäubt servieren.

Happy Chai Latte drinking,

Tobia

Ein Wunsch: zurück ins Bett mit Hot Apple Cider

Guten Morgen.

Ich steh heute morgen am Fenster und ahne nicht schlimmes und was seh’ ich da…

Good morning, when I got up this morning and looked out of the window I saw this…

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Es hat heut Nacht geschnee-regnet oder besser gesagt es ist noch mitten dabei. Ich bin ja nun wirklich kein Fan von diesem nass-kalten slushy Wetter. Entweder richtig knackig kalt mit Schnee und Sonnenschein oder Frühling…

It snow-rained tonight or better it is still doing it. I’m really no fan of this wet cold slushy weather. I prefer it either really cold with snow and sunshine or just plain spring…

Das schöne an so einem Wetter ist allerdings die leckeren kleinen Drinks. Also schnell in die Küche, Herdplatte an…

The good thing about this weather though is that you can make yourself a yummy drink. So hurry to the kitchen and get started…

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Ihr braucht: Apfelsaft, Anis und Zimt. Eventuell ein Schuss Honig wenn ihr mögt. Alles schön heiß machen und ab ins Glas. Und dann am besten zurück ins Bett. Habt einen schönen Tag.

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You only need: apple juice, anise and cinnamon. If you like add some honey. Heat everything up and pour yourself a glass – and best thing if you you just head back to bed. Have a great day.