Sometimes, sitting in the midst of boxes, vacuum bags (that we just discovered) and our entire load of suitcases, things can seem a bit overwhelming. Packing an entire household into the 104 kg allowed on the plane is not something I do every day. As mentioned the other day, kids are a great remedy to stay grounded amongst all the chaos. My second greatest cure to avoid freaking out (besides yoga and meditation of course) is a nice cup of Chai, preferably home-made.
Our routine these days encompasses me preparing the spice mix in boiling water once my toddler has gone down for his nap. Then, I use the hour, or so, that he sleeps to prep and pack all those things which would get too complicated with him around. Today it was the CD stack. Had he been with me, I doubt any of them would still be usable now.
When he wakes up to the smell of cardamom, cinnamon and the other spices his eyes glow as the little index finger points towards the kitchen; “Chai!”. By that stage the water has boiled down to a tenth or less of its original volume and a very spicy dark brown liquid. We add the milk and watch it simmer for a while before we take it off the stove and pour it through a colander. While we wait for it to cool down enough to be able to add the honey without it turning toxic, we get creative (eg paper roll pyramid on a rainy day or Thai cushion Parkour) and ready to enjoy. Just in case your palates now fancy some relaxing time too as you kick back to enjoy this creamy, golden cup of tea, here’s my approximate recipe.
- 1/2l water
- 20 cardamom seeds
- 15 cloves
- 2 black tea bags or a heaped tbsp of loose mix
- 5 bay leaves
- 5 slices of ginger
- small tbsp cracked black pepper
- 1/2l milk
- honey to sweetness of liking
Now back to packing. Enjoy;)
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Hi Dini! I am really enjoying your posts especially as you are describing events in your life that I have just gone through just weeks before you. We survived the last 2 weeks and I say survived because packing up our home of 13 years was a massive task while also working and being there for the children. I think we ended up using 20 vacuum bags and 25+ boxes which are now stored in our basement and at my parents’ place. We were exhausted but now we are free of our home and stuff and we are relaxing at my parents’ place until we leave on Sunday. I have finished work and our tenants have moved into our place so all the pieces are coming together. Tomorrow I hope to write my final blog entry before we leave. How are you going with all your exciting plans? B xx Bianca Havas M: 0403 911 900
On 17/06/2013, at 10:46 PM, Yogic Sailing Family wrote:
How exciting! So glad for you hon. I’m trying to enjoy every moment of this, but must admit I do look forward to handing in the keys to a hopefully empty and super clean house. Also hope we’ll find someone to buy and enjoy our camper van, but deep down I know all will work out, it always does in the end. If we don’t see you Saturday, we will over in Spain in a couple of months. Hasta pronto. Beso grande a toda la familia!