Golden Milk is a Cup of Winter Comfort

It’s been some time since I posted here.  Such a busy year and so many projects.  I have the new Etsy store going, and I finally finished the book I’ve been working on “Pantry Magic: Preparing and Using Fruit and Vegetable Powders.”  It should be available on Amazon within the next month. So the holidays were fun but hectic and I’m feeling a little bit run down.

One of the best ways to bolster your immune system and unwind is with a comforting cup of Golden Milk. To make it you will need to prepare some golden paste.  It’s a simple process. Gather the following: tumeric powder, distilled water, coconut oil, powdered ginger, black pepper.

  • 1/2 cup tumeric powder
  • 1+ cup distilled or bottled water
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Mix 1 cup water with 1/2 cup tumeric. Stir to combine and over a medium low heat bring to a boil.  Simmer, stirring, until the mixture becomes a thick paste (7-12 minutes). It should be the consistency of thick peanut butter.  Watch carefully as it thickens to prevent burning.  Remove from the heat and add in ginger and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.  Stir in coconut oil.  Make sure that the oil is completely combined with the paste.

You can store the paste in a glass jar in the refrigerator.  However, I prefer to drop teaspoonfuls onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and pop in the freezer for about half an hour.  Remove the hardened drops and store in the freezer in a plastic freezer bag.  It’s perfect portion control and no spoilage.

To use, put a “golden drop” in a cup of milk (coconut is my favorite but any kind will work).  Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Stir after each 30 seconds and repeat until the milk is warm.  Stir well to make sure the golden drop has dissolved completely. Add a touch of honey and enjoy.


Chai Concentrate: Instant Comfort in a Cup

After a hard day sometimes you just need some good old fashioned comfort, and you need it NOW.  Problem is, comfort usually takes time and on days like that I’m not into delayed gratification.  So what I need is a little kitchen magic and some make-ahead planning.

My crock pot is the closest thing I have to a magic cauldron.  I can make the most wonderful concoctions in it with almost no effort and I use it often, especially for that heavenly elixir, chai tea.  Frankly, I’m too cheap to buy the stuff in a box or bottle, and I tried the homemade instant mix but I don’t like the idea of coffee creamer (I mean what IS that stuff anyway?).   For me, it’s not just about how a dish looks, it’s also about how it’s made and what kind of ingredients go into making it yummy.  Now, I love chai, hot, cold, with or without milk.  It’s delicious, comforting and a special way to unwind after a busy day.  The trouble is I want my comfort now and not half an hour from now after I’ve assembled all the ingredients, found that I’m completely out of cinnamon sticks, gone to the store, come back, steeped the tea and spices and poured out that first cup.  No, I want it fast, easy and ready to use.  With a little research and a few of my own contributions, here is my version of Chai Tea Concentrate.   There are no actual rules here, so use the spices you like.  So drag out that slow cooker and let’s make some comfort in a cup.

Chai Tea Concentrate

Makes slightly less than 2 quarts


  • 8 cups water
  • 8 individual tea bags (black or green)
  • 1 cup sugar or 3/4 cup honey or brown rice syrup (I use half regular sugar and half light brown sugar) – you can always add more to taste
  • 6 slices (rounds) fresh ginger
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 8 cardamom seeds (they’re tiny but strong)
  • 6-8 peppercorns
  • 1 nutmeg, or 1 1/2 teaspoons of grated nutmeg
  • Peel from one fresh orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel powder (you could substitute additional fresh orange peel or orange zest)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried lemon peel powder (you could substitute 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Chai Concentrate Ingredients 1







Pour the water into the crock pot, add sugar and stir to dissolve.  Once the sugar is dissolved, add the tea bags, and all of the remaining ingredients except the vanilla.

Chai Concentrate zzz 003






Set the crock pot to hi and let it simmer for 2-4 hours.  It will have reduced slightly and is very strong, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine you should use decaffeinated or your favorite herb tea.  MON 006

Turn off the heat and let cool slightly, then add the vanilla.

chai monday 006








When the concentrate is completely cooled, strain and store in the refrigerator in a glass container.

Wed Chai 006



Magic in a cup.  Enjoy!    Wed Chai 003