Decided to try my hand at chai-from-scratch. Gathered ginger to grate, whole cardamom, star anise pods (like little alien doilies!), cinnamon sticks, pepper corns, fresh peppermint, black tea leaves, sugar. Ground the cardamom and anise in a clay mortar & pestle, set all to simmer for two hours, steep and settle overnight. The house smells like divine spice. Tomorrow morning I’ll dilute with warm milk, Amy will make scones, and we’ll feast.
Thanks Mary Anne!