Saturday, November 03, 2007

VeganMoFo and Lattes...




Greetings from Brooklyn! I didn't think I'd be blogging from here, but I just had to jump in and join VeganMoFo after I heard about it. (Check out the huge and growing list of participants on Isa's blog here) Basically, it's the Vegan Month of Food - a blogging event where we all agree to blog about vegan food every day for the month of November. Since I've already blogged for the first two days, I figured it's not too late to jump in on the third day (or night).

I like this idea, because it will keep me on my toes- perhaps by blogging every day, I can finally get to put down all those ideas that float around my brain all the time. All the aspects of vegan food- fun, friends, family, memory, comfort, invention, taste, health are fair game. What was my first vegan cookbook, my first vegan recipe, my first vegan restaurant? My first taste of tofu? (Can I even remember?) This month will be one of exploration centered on this topic.

I haven't had a chance to download any of my current NYC photos yet, so instead, I thought I'd use my first VeganMoFo post to talk about...



...this here big ol' foamy soy chai latte. It's such an elegant and comforting drink, but so easy to make at home. It's one of those concoctions where convenience items (store-bought soymilk, hand-held frothers, microwaves) come together to form a creation worth singing about. Sometimes, vegan food (well, drink) is just this easy:
  • Step 1: Brew some chai tea, either from scratch or a teabag, to desired strength
  • Step 2: Sweeten to taste, I like agave nectar
  • Step 4: In a separate glass, pour some full-fat soymilk. (I find homemade or unsweetened soymilk does not work well, neither does rice milk or any nut milk that I have tried.) Microwave for 30 - 45 seconds, until hot but not boiling.
  • Step 5: Using a hand-held frother (such as this), foam hot soymilk to desired consistency
  • Step 6: Pour the foamed milk into sweetened brewed tea.
Enjoy! And join VeganMoFo!

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13 comments:

Kate said...

Yum. Keep of the MoFo.

Emmie said...

Chai latte is the only thing that keeps me from going insane in the winter. It's such a comfort.

Celine said...

I'm loving the idea of seeing more posts by you, B. and admiring the fact you're on the road and still managing to post. rock on!

Coppe said...

Chai latté is the nicest tea out there. It should be enjoyed with scones and a British accent, regardless of the fact that it has little to do with England.

VegeYum said...

Mmm, yum. I guess the frothing would work similarly well with coffee.

Bridget said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....Chai Tea. My favorite during cold days.

Hope you guys are having fun and thanks for letting us know about MoFo, hee, hee. Love the name.

Bridget

Corrie said...

And, now I need to get myself a tiny frother...

VeggieGirl said...

nice to see that you have a chance to blog from New York!! That Chai Latte looks incredible!!

urban vegan said...

Chai latte is my second favorite brekky drink after soy cappucino. Yum. Yum. Yum. Thanks for the inspiration. Am having serious cravings, now. I just bought one of those frothers at IKEA, and was impressed by the mountain of foam it produced.

Thanks for the heads up about VeganMofo! We need to feed our Mofo Mojo.

Hannah said...

Wow, check out that foam! Maybe it's time I invested in a hand-held frother... A very tempting proposition indeed!

laura jesser said...

Oh, that chai latte... I think I need one right now.

VeganMoFo sounds like great fun! Unfortunately, I've already missed the first three days of the month. :( Well, I'll enjoy everyone else's participation anyway!

Theresa said...

Chai is the kiswahili word for 'tea', so when people say chai tea, they're really saying 'tea tea'. I always giggle a little inside my head, even though I say it myself pretty regularly!

Looking forward to a delicious month of posts!

bazu said...

Thanks for your comments, all!

Vegeyum, this technique definitely works with coffee and espresso drinks- I make tons of regular lattes and cappucinos and mochas with my little frother.

Theresa, I know what you mean! Chai means "tea" in Farsi too (and Arabic and Hindi, I believe), so "chai tea" sounds ridiculous in that sense, but I've reconciled myself to the fact that in American vernacular, chai doesn't just mean tea, it's a very specific kind of spiced sweetened black tea, and I just go with it. =)