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Very OT: A nice Coffee Spice

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Recently I bought some spices from my local Asian market; one of them is a mix of spices which the Indian people add to their rice.

It is called GARAM MASALA.

That's a mix of cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon and cloves.

The nice scent it had on the hot rice made me wonder - this should go nicely with coffee too, I thought.

Tried it, and yes, it works fine.

Just add half a teaspoon on a coffee pot, and enjoy a coffee with exotic scents.

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Hmm, thanks for the tip. Might just make that pack of starbucks in the cupboard palatable :P

 

Craig

I think that's wishful thinking, Craig.

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Thanks, Olham, I'll give that a try. And speaking of spices, it's time for me to whip up a couple of batches of my family's new autumn favorite - Olham's Berliner Mandelbrot!

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Ah, good idea to start early. In my family it was only baked for Xmas.

But there's no good reason, why one shouldn't start eating it before.

Maybe I'll bake me some next week!

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Sounds like I might need to ask about a recipe here... my wife's father's side is from Bavaria, and my grandfather came form the Custer line. So do I qualify? Pretty please?

 

Thanks,

 

Tom

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I'm helpless, HumanDrone - I can't find the recipe.

I'll have to ask my mum.

Maybe Jarhead can help you out?

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Aaaahhh - the great search function of this Forum made it possible - here is the link

to an older post about Berliner Mandelbrot incl recipe:

 

http://combatace.com...ad/#entry457523

 

Let me add this:

the whole stuff gets even nicer, when you add whole almonds.

Cutting the cake is easier, when you cut it when it's still warm;

and dip the knife in hot water inbetween two cuts.

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Thank you sir! And N13Jarhaed, too! Now to get these instructions to my Wing Commander for her excellent execution! Whole almonds... man I can smell it already!

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Oh, as an East Frisian I love tea.

But it must be strong enough, not watered or milked down.

A malty redbrown blend of Assams is what we East Frisians love.

With a rock candy in it, and a spoonful of good fresh cream - hmmmm!!!

 

 

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My dog doesn't like tea, but minesweeps tables for unfinished coffee. Says all you need to know about tea.... (and reminds you to wash your mug properly :bad: ).

 

Incidentally, you know the old snobbery about tea and which goes in first, milk or tea? Well, most people say tea first and add milk, but once apon a time, a real old blue blood type let me into a secret. She said you put the milk in first. Good quality china tea cups are very thin, and the hot water alone can crack the cup. If you put the milk in first, it takes the shock out the boiling water and the cup is less likely to crack. I'm guessing the richest toffs had the thinnest china, so put the milk in first.

 

- But don't think for a minute that I care.

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My dog doesn't like tea, but minesweeps tables for unfinished coffee.

Mmuahahahahaaaaa!!!! Now that's a cute story - I guess you are talking of the big one?

 

Good quality china tea cups are very thin, and the hot water alone can crack the cup.

If you put the milk in first, it takes the shock out the boiling water and the cup is less likely to crack.

Ah - I KNEW it was something technical - no one would pour that much milk into the tea for taste!

Mmuahahahahahaaaa!!!!!

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Olham, I hate to say it but having spent 3 years in Germany I gave up on trying to get a decent cup of tea. 'Tea' would arrive with a mingy little bag in a glass of warm water with no milk in sight. But if you make your own it is a different story of course.

In the last couple of years I have discovered Dilmah pure Ceylon tea which is wonderful stuff. If you like strong tea it is worth a try if you can find it...

 

http://www.dilmahtea.com/

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Hey, Jim, you may have tried it "here and there" in Germany - but never in Ostfriesland, I bet.

We are like an island of tea drinkers there, in a sea of coffee addicts.

 

There are several East Frisian Tea Blends - some add also Ceylon and Darjeeling.

Personally I prefer a blend of Assams.

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Nope - Holland is Dutch, and aerh - well, Holland.

But it's actually not that bad. The Dutch are the West Frisian people.

So we are east of them. See this little map - my hometown is Norden:

 

 

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Well he denies it, but we have fingerprint evidence - but it's only circumstantial.... :punish:

 

ExhibitA.jpg

 

 

Dog likes coffee. What can you do? :frantic:

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