Pi and Chai

by Cari Balbo


Today was Pi Day (3.1415) and I made Mike a blueberry pie to celebrate.

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My secret ingredient was an Italian lemon preserve mixed into the blueberries for a sweet tartness to complement the fruit.

 Mini pi pie in a ramekin

Mini pi pie in a ramekin

Later on Pi day I played around with a new recipe for a special chai that I'll be selling soon. First the chai spices, below. I went out on a limb and tried black cardamom instead of the usual green. Black cardamom is a more earthy, warming spice and I like the note it adds to the chai.

 My chai spices include cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, mace, black cardamom, ginger, and star anise

My chai spices include cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, mace, black cardamom, ginger, and star anise

Then I added nettle leaves for a nourishing, mineral-rich chai, balancing the green of the herb with the warmth of the spices. After trialing, my final product will also contain mint to round out this delicious blend.

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- Cari