Did you know that the word ‘chai’ is Swahili for ‘tea’? So when people say “chai tea”, they are really saying “tea tea”. It will bug you from now on when you hear people say it. But I had to tell you! This is the stuff Jeopardy questions are made of, after all. The real point of my vocabulary lesson is that I learned the meaning of ‘chai’ while visiting an African restaurant called the Kenyan Café where they served the best teas I’ve ever had in my entire life. The ones I ordered most often were the red ginger and masala teas; they were so warm, soothing and delicious! I always dreamt of buying a whole gallon of one and savoring it slowly for months in the comfort of my own home. Sadly, the restaurant closed before I could make this dream come true. 🙁 There was nothing I could do but figure out how to make my own—or maybe find the former owner of the Kenyan Café, knock on his door, and demand that he hand over his red ginger chai recipe, please and thank you. Ok, I’m not that desperate. But if I see him in Kroger someday, well, I can’t make any promises. 😉
Quick! What do you do when you’re in the kitchen, surrounded by roosters, with a bag of plain, wooden clothespins in your hand? You paint roosters on the clothespins to match, of course! Who doesn’t need cute painted wooden clothespin kitchen clips that match his/her kitchen décor?