Monday, December 28, 2009

A Special Tea Party

"The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger,
The second time, you are an honored guest. 

The third time you become family."
Baltistan prov

I love tea-any kind of tea- and I am excited to participate on a Blog Tea Party tomorrow Tuesday, organized by Wanda the owner of  Plumed Pen! Cookies and tea are my weakness so how couldn't I? Plus, there are so many brilliant and beautiful people in the blog-sphere that I feel honored to be part of it!
I can't wait to taste all the deliciousness of spirit and heart that is shared..
And you are all invited for this special Tuesday Tea For Two party. See you there!

And if you are a tea lover like me, here is a favorite chai tea recipe from Mighty Leaf Tea:

Bombay Chai Latte
    * 1 tsp. Loose Mighty Leaf Bombay Chai
    * 10 oz. Purified Water
    * 3 tbsp. Whole Milk
    * 1 tsp. Sugar.
Boil purified water. Measure out tea leaves into an infuser and pour hot water over leaves. Let tea steep for five minutes. When steeping is complete, remove infuser from cup and discard spent tea leaves.
If you have an espresso machine, combine freshly brewed tea, sugar and milk. Froth beverage until right before it becomes foamy. Enjoy this energizing delight.
If you do not have an espresso machine, pour milk, sugar and tea into a large bowl and blend with hand mixer until it becomes frothy. Pour beverage into a mug and enjoy.
Serves one 12 oz. cup.
In many parts of the world, people use Chai as a generic word for tea. However, the original Chai, a mixture of black tea, milk, sugar and spices hails from India. Although the word derives from ch'a (a Chinese word for tea), Chai has been drunk in India for over 5000 years.
According to one legend, an ancient king invented the exotic concoction and protected the recipe as a national treasure. In another story, a royal family's doctor who probably ascribed to the Hindu natural healing system called "ayurveda" prepared variations specific to individual's health needs.
Regardless of the story, Chai's origins can be traced back to Ayurvedic medicine where people used tea, spice and herbs as a health tonic to remedy, among other ailments, indigestion and lethargy.
Today, Chai is India's most popular everyday drink and is served in roadside stands, bus and train stations and in public markets. Street vendors called "wallahs" serve Chai in tiny cups with plenty of milk and sugar. Chai recipes differ depending upon location and many families pride themselves on secret recipes handed down from generation to generation. Cardomom, the "Queen of Spices" in India, is one ingredient almost used in all Chai preparation.


I was blessed to be at one of Greg Mortenson's speeches at the Principia School and I was completely touched by his amazing and inspirational story! Greg is a captivating speaker and his desire to change the world, impels his audiences to follow his example.

Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts.

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