Hello from Melbourne! I’ve been home for about a week now and over the jet lag I had going for the first couple of days! The flight over was looooooong as you can imagine and Joe and I pretty much didn’t sleep at all (seriously I don’t understand how some people can sleep for the entire flight!). So yeh the first couple of days I was feeling a bit loopy and just in a daze but as I said that’s passed!
We were greeted with warm weather when we arrived, in fact one day it reached 36C/96F but true to Melbourne weather the last few days it we had showers and cold weather! It went down to 8C/46F!!! I had forgotten how unpredictable Melbourne weather can be… luckily I packed a couple of warm things. Today the weather is better and hopefully we will be getting more of that summer sun that I desperately need, because I’m going to need it before I get back to England!
It’s nice being back home. To be honest the first couple of days I felt uneasy, as if things weren’t familiar to me anymore and I felt like I was a stranger in my own hometown. It was a weird feeling! But as the days go by I feel more and more at home and my surroundings are familiar to me. Sure things have changed, we’ve been gone nearly 3 years but just driving the streets I used to drive before bring back those memories.
One thing I have realised is that living in Australia is EXPENSIVE! Prices have definitely gone up since we left and when you have lived in America you pretty much get spoiled over there! Honestly it’s just pretty ridiculous how pricey things are here and it’s a real shame! It’s very hard to not be comparing prices to the U.S or even the U.K when you’re here! I’m finding paleo kind of hard to do here but am trying my best to stick to it as much as I can!
Anyway onto the recipe! I made this drink while we were still in England and decided to make it cold since we were coming to the Aussie summer, but I used pumpkin spice because I was still all about the pumpkin before we left :). I love the smell of chai, with its warming smell and sweet notes. This is a great drink for anytime of year really!
PUMPKIN SPICED ICED CHAI LATTE
- 4 chai tea bags
- 1 cup boiled water
- 1 cup almond/coconut milk
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (see below)
- 1-2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp gelatin
- Handful of ice
- Cinnamon, to sprinkle on top
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp Allspice
- Place boiled water into a cup or measuring jug and steep the tea bags for 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the tea bags and place the tea in the fridge to cool.
- Once the tea has cooled, place the tea, almond/coconut milk, pumpkin spice, honey/maple syrup, gelatin and ice into a high-powered blender.
- Blend until everything is mixed well.
- Pour into glass of your choice and top with a dusting of cinnamon.
Add almond/coconut milk to a small pot on the stove, heat on medium-low heat.
Add in 1-2 chai tea bags to steep (5 mins).
Remove the chai tea bags and stir in the pumpkin pie spice.
Whisk/stir in raw honey/maple syrup and the gelatin.
Pour into a mug and enjoy warm with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top.
You can also use a milk frother to froth the top.