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Tuesday, December 07, 2004

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Ellen

I love cardamom. Lately I've been making up some chai tea, simmering water, milk, cardamom pods (which I found at the Indian grocery), a slice of ginger, and, of course, tea. Mmmmm. I love rice pudding too.... Have to play around with some cardamom now that you've got me going down that trail.

Shaun

I found a recipe on someone else's blog... can't remember now... but it was hot chocolate with cardamom! It called for cardamom pods to be steeped in milk, and then the recipe used milk chocolate. SO delicious... ah! Here it is... from a blog called Reci-Please! (www.bluesilver.org/reciplease/)

4 pods of cardamom
3 1/2 cups milk
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
12 ounces milk chocolate
4 ounces heavy cream

Crack the cardamom pods by applying gentle, steady pressure with the side of a knife blade or with a sharp quick blow with the heel of the hand.

Place the cardamom into a large saucepan with the milk and cinnamon. Begin heating on low heat. Shave the chocolate into the pan (a vegetable peeler works well) or, alternately, break into small piece and add to the warming milk.

When all of the chocolate has been added, raise the heat to a low-medium level and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently until the chocolate is melted and fully incorporated into the milk.

When the mixture comes to a boil, immediately reduce heat to low and add heavy cream. Stir through and leave on heat just long enough to bring cream to temperature.

Remove and discard the cardamom pods. Serve immediately.

Your favorite Kitchen Assistant

...thanks for a lovely good-bye. I will miss you and your classmates - but will think of you when I wear my new chef's jacket! I LOVE IT!!!

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