recipe

Banana Bread

bananabread

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
3 cups mashed bananas (about 6 ripe bananas)
2 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix butter and sugar. Add bananas and eggs. Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture. Mix, but do not overmix. Bake for 60 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

Makes 2 loaves. 9X5 bread pan.

 

recipe

A Cup of Cha, Anyone?

cha

My parents are from Northern India, so I have grown up being quite particular about what makes a good cup of cha (or chai).  My friends are always asking how a good cup of cha is made, so here you go! I am passing on the deliciousness! No matter how fancy or popular the coffee/tea shop, nothing compares to a good old homemade cup of cha. Let me know what you think when you make a cup! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

1 small pot
1 tea strainer
1 cup
¾ cup of water
1 green cardamom, crushed
½ black cardamom, crushed
½ teaspoon of fennel
1  clove
¼ of a small cinnamon stick (optional)
1 orange pekoe tea bag (I prefer Tetley)
½ cup of milk (I use 1%)
Sugar to taste (optional)

Directions:

Put water, green cardamom, black cardamom, fennel, clove, and cinnamon stick in a small pot. On high heat, bring to a boil on the stovetop. Add tea bag. Boil for at least 2 more minutes. Add milk. Bring tea to a boil. (Make sure you watch the tea or it will boil outside the pot quickly and make a huge mess!). Pour tea into cup with a tea strainer on top of cup to ensure all of the tea spices and teabag do not go into your cup. Add sugar if you would like. Enjoy!

Tip: I blend all of my tea spices in a coffee grinder and put it into a mason jar, so when the time comes to make tea, all I have to do is take a teaspoon and add it to the pot.