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Eileen shares a recipe for authentic Indian Chai and a Bible verse and gives away an e-Book. To enter to win leave a comment and an email address below.
A Favorite Indian Recipe Enjoyed by My Character, Kenzie (I like it, too!)
In Book one of my fictional missionary kid series, protag Kenzie lives with her family in India. Every afternoon around 4:00, Kenzie and her family enjoy tea and usually some kind of pastry or cake, all in good British fashion. She’d learned from her studies that the Brits ruled India as far back as the 1700s. India eventually gained its independence in 1948 but retained the custom of afternoon tea. The Indians add milk, sugar, and spices to their black tea, thus creating what they call chai. Various recipes abound for this drink, also now popular in the States. I’ve enjoyed chai on several occasions while visiting India, and whenever my missionary kids visit us in the States, they whip up a batch. The aroma alone is cause to keep a pot of this pleasing brew on the stove.
Below is a simple one-cup version.
2 black tea bags
2/3 cup water
½ cup whole milk
1 cardamom pod crushed
Boil tea bags vigorously in water for five minutes. Remove bags. Add milk and sugar (to taste). Boil until the milk rises. The mixture can be boiled longer for a creamier texture. Add the crushed cardamom and serve hot.
Oh my, what a great recipe to share, especially with the cool weather coming. Thank you!
One of Kenzie's Favorite Bible Verses
In my book, Kenzie and the Spooky House Adventure, Kenzie comes face-to-face with her fear of the strange mask beside the door of the neighbor’s house. Her confidence grows as a result of quoting Psalm 56:3-4a: “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, I will praise his word, in God, I have put my trust” (NKJV).
This scripture is especially close to my heart as my mother used to sit on the edge of my childhood bed during my nightly fears, hold my hand, and quote it to me. Years later, my grandkids sing it to me as a song.
About Kenzie and the Spooky House Adventure. How neat to have a children's book about a spooky house available in October.
Kenzie Gunter, new missionary kid in India, wants a friend but finds one in short supply. When an Indian family with a nine-year-old girl moves into the house next door, Kenzie urges her mom to make an introduction. But friendship in a foreign land proves to be a challenge. That doesn't stop Kenzie, however. Her humorous and sometimes dangerous attempts to connect with her neighbor keep the adventures coming . . . and the surprises!
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Eileen Rife is a multi-published author in both fiction and nonfiction. She and her husband conduct marriage seminars internationally. All three of her adult children and their families serve the Lord in fulltime mission work around the world. Visit Eileen at her website, her blog and on Amazon.