Tea!! Or in my local language, actually very many African languages as well as the Indian-Chai!! Oh, I love chai. I can not even pinpoint when I fell in love with chai. I think I was influenced by my mother. She loved and still loves chai and I think she passed that onto me.
My mum makes the best chai in the world- milk tea with all its spices which is actually funny because she doesn’t like milk.AT ALL! It makes her sick. But I would remember when I wouldn’t be feeling well or when I am happy or just for just- yes, tea is like that. Tea is synonymous with peace and tranquility
“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom, I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?”D.T Suzuki
And Mama knew that. So she would make this cup of tea by grating a lot of ginger and when I say a lot, I mean a lot and she would first brew the ginger in the water to get all the flavors in, then she would pour in the milk and let that brew again before she adds the tea leaves. It was such a long process which me being me, just couldn’t handle so I cut short the process and so doing cut short the flavor so I went back to the proper process of making African tea.
Yes, it’s called African tea! We take it with a lot of milk. We do not and I repeat, we do not splash a drop of milk in our tea. I mean what is that? It’s not chai. It’s some variation of I don’t even know what. It’s just a tea that is murky. I don’t get it! I don’t get it at all. If you are having tea with milk, please have tea with milk!!!!! Then there is that idea of black tea with a slice of lemon!!! Seriously!!! No no no!
Ingredients of Life
Let me introduce you to Dawa tea. There is a cafe in Uganda called Cafe Javas which in my opinion makes the best Dawa tea. Dawa coincidentally means medicine and believe me that cup of tea solves allllll problems. All problems, all troubles. It is health in a cup. It is a tea with lots of ginger, a lot…..like really a lot and enough lemon that you feel you are actually sucking a lemon and can only be taken as is or with honey.
There are no two ways around it. I believe that if you are to enjoy something, enjoy it to the fullest. Do not scrimp on the ingredients. It is what it is!
“No I can’t seem to give it up, cause her tea runs in my veins Won’t you please pour me another cup. Only tea teases, Only tea eases my pain. Lipton Twinnings PJ tips Tata tea ou Tetley Lapsing suchang Breakfast tea Darjeeling ou Earl Grey.”Katie’s Tea~ Camille
This is what life is all about. We are meant to enjoy it to the fullest. Life is like a cup of tea…it’s all in how you make it. We have been blessed with the ingredients to make our lives beautiful and meaningful. Are we going to cut back on what is needed to create the life we want or are we going to do everything to make sure it has exactly everything it needs to blossom? Making tea is a process.
Great chai takes time and so does life so allow yourself to go through the process of designing your best life. We deserve to sit back at the end of a long day with our feet up, a loved ones arm around us and an amazing cup of chai in our hands. To Great Chai! It’s all work in progress. It’s all in the spices. And that’s who I am. This is me!