heavenly chai days

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My day today began with hesitation. A slightly stuffy head threatened the onset of a winter cold, an unwelcome guest at anytime, but very undesirable given my current challenge. I will admit to ignoring my alarm and staying cocooned against the cold morning a little longer.
I didn't feel too bad when I awoke at seven, a nice hug from my baby girl went along way to starting the day right. I decided to go to a morning yoga class rather than practising alone, the extra motivation of a group setting would give me a nudge. By nine the sun was warm and I felt fine.
My body is feeling the effects of extra practice and a few niggly injuries have come back to haunt me. So far they're just hanging around but I feel them in my transitions. I see you. I am listening to your request for rest. I am trying to soften.
I still catch myself holding on to the breath.
It's like I'm trying to hold on to moments.
Let it go. Exhale.
It's so nice to take a moment after asana to put on some warm socks and settle into the rest of the day. I know it is advised to avoid dairy with a cold, mucus loves milk and all that, but I dream of chai all the long drive home. Not some bland teabag chai, a sad impostor, a fake! But a rich sticky mix, full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory goodness. Mmmm I could add raw cacao, and fresh ginger, and orange rind!
I made up this recipe soon as I got home and I could barely wait to share it with you. The house smells like a European Christmas and I made so much I need to gift it to friends. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge and enjoy with a good book.

Heavenly Chai

100g loose tea leaves
4 T warm honey
3 cinnamon sticks
2cm grated fresh ginger
zest of 1 orange
3 T raw cacao
1 t mixed spice
1 t dry ginger
3 star anise
 
(warm milk to serve)
(nutmeg for grating on top)
 
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl till all dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated.
 
Spoon mix into jars and place in the fridge. It's better the next day and best used within two weeks.
 
To make hot chai, heat some milk and add mix to a tea ball. Allow to steep in the milk for three minutes before serving. Grate over some nutmeg and relax.........breathe.
 
Michelle xx