Oct 042013

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Whenever you travel on Virgin Atlantic, you will be delighted by the flight attendants when they come by and ask the passengers if they would like to have any tea or any coffee?

It is with this in mind that I decided to have a little bit of fun in the kitchen.

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After a little shopping spree at  Spices of India, I thought I should recreate the Tea Time we always have at my parents home in Kenya. Most people in call it Chai Time.

Chai is the Swahili word for tea. So, if I invited you over for Chai, it means you are coming over for Tea.  This special Chai Time was rekindled when my brother was visiting and we decided to make tea, Kenyan style. No short cuts.

In a mid sized pot, pour milk and water, ratio of 1:1 mix. Add teaspoon of tea masala, spice of 1 cardamon, a Ketapa tea bag and bring to a boil. Let the tea bag steep for 1-2 minutes to get the flavour out. Squeeze tea bag and set aside. Pour into a tea cup and enjoy.

I have been making my tea using this method ever since. BYE BYE microwave.

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Tea is always better when served with something to eat.  The most common are maandazi, samosa, butter and jam sandwiches, mahamri, queen cakes (muffin), sausages or whatever other home made or store bought treat you have on hand. On this day, I had Digestive biscuits and Coconut wafers.

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To prepare, I got out my tea cups from my ‘china’ cabinet, Ketepa tea bags, set up my coconut wafers and digestive cookies , made a pot of fragrant masala chai, poured it into a tea cup, assembled it all on a tray and relaxed. It was the perfect cup of chai for a quiet afternoon. A sweet tasting, spices just right, smooth silky beverage. It was fabulous!

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Hope you get to making some Kenyan Chai, soon.

Email me if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about our Kenyan Tea Traditions.

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  3 Responses to “Food and Culture: Any Tea? Any Coffee? Tea Time, Kenya.”

  1. Nzuri! pass me some!

  2. Hi there! I would love to know more about Kenyan Tea Traditions. I am doing a presentation for a Tea & Culture class at my university, and would love to hear more to be able to share it with the other students in my course. Any information you could provide me would be greatly appreciated!

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