Sunday, April 20, 2008

Recipes as Seen on Shaw TV

Here are the two recipes that you will soon see on Shaw TV:

Spiced Indian Chai Tea

There are a million recipes for chai..........this is mine. If you end up with any leftover chai, try it chilled with ice!

4 or 5 peppercorns
4 or 5 cardamom pods
1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
6 to 8 whole cloves
2 star anise pods
peeled skin of half an orange
2 or 3 slices fresh ginger
3 orange pekoe tea bags
3 cups milk (traditionally homogenized is used, but choose whatever milk you like, including soy or almond milk)
1/3 cup sugar (more or less, even none, depending on your taste)

Place approx. 4 cups of water in a large pot. Add all the spices, orange peel & ginger. Bring to a boil, then turn heat off & allow to steep for approx. 30 minutes. If you do not have time, just continue to simmer for 5 or 10 minutes.

Bring back to a boil (if you turned the heat off in the previous step) & add the tea bags; allow to steep for approximately 2 minutes. Add the milk & sugar, & bring back to a boil. Once the tea has come to a boil & begins to rise up in the pot, it is finished. Be sure to watch it closely when it's close to boiling, because inevitably the phone will ring or some such interruption will occur at that last moment, & you'll end up with a stovetop full of milk to clean up!

Watermelon Feta Salad

This may sound a bit odd, but try it, especially on a hot summer will love it!

one 'personal' watermelon, seedless
2/3 cup feta
zest & juice of one lime
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
sea salt, to taste
1 TBSP freshly chopped parsley
Optional: drizzle of olive oil, black olives

Place the onion slices in a small bowl with the lime juice, tossing to coat. This step will mellow the raw onion flavour.

Cut one end of the watermelon off, about halfway between the equator & the end. Scoop out the flesh, trying to leave most of the flesh in large chunks. Cut the watermelon flesh into large-ish bite-size pieces & place in a bowl. Just before serving, toss with the lime zest, juice, pepper, salt & parsely. If desired, add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil & a few chopped black olives. Enjoy!

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