It has been such a long time since I did one of those… and not for the lack of sweet things either! If you check out my Instagram, you’ll find it full with pictures of food and sweets (and the occasional stack of books or nature shot); given where I live, there’s never a shortage of delicious things to try.
Sunday is the beginning of the week for us folks in Dubai, so it’s the equivalent of a Monday for almost everyone else. I was in no mood to work. Plus I had an eventful weekend and I couldn’t coerce my mind into getting with the program and accepting that today’s a work day. To shake off my Sunday blues, I went to my favourite dessert shop after work and grabbed myself a cupcake. Got home, changed into my PJs, made myself some karak chai* and curled up with a soft blanket and watched some How I Met Your Mother reruns.
Absolutely relaxing evening.
* This kind of tea is very popular in the UAE (and probably all the Arab Gulf countries). It’s actually an Indian/Pakistani drink brought here by the huge population of expats, and slowly became a local favourite. A friend taught me how to make it recently and I’ve been drinking it almost every night since. It’s very easy to make, and tea lovers should give it a shot!
Ingredients (for 2 cups):
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 teabags
- 8 cardamom pods
- Teaspoon of cinnamon/couple of sticks
- Teaspoon of powdered ginger
- Sugar to taste
In a pot, pour in the water and add to it the teabags, the spices and the sugar. Wait for it to simmer, then add the milk. Let it boil for about 5 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when it has that nice brown colour in the picture above. Enjoy! Of course, feel free to add more spices if you want the taste to be stronger. 🙂
How has your weekend been? Have you ever had this kind of tea? What do you do to overcome your Monday blues (or even Sunday if you’re in my part of the world!)?