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Arvinda's Christmas Chai Spiced Rum Balls

Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Spiced Rum Balls

Rum balls always make a nice addition to a holiday cookie plate. We made some using the sweetness from dates spiced with Arvinda’s new Christmas Chai Masala. Yum, they melt in your mouth.

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Arvinda's Christmas Chai is here!

Arvinda’s Christmas Chai is here!

Introducing…Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Masala (limited edition).

This is a Stocking Stuffer for the Chai Lover! Round up the loved ones. Snow day fun. Crackling fire. Warm up your heart with a comforting cup of Masala Chai reminiscent of the festive holiday season. Sweet cinnamon, warm cloves and zesty orange spices up your jolly cup!

Not only used for a festive spiced tea, try Arvinda’s Christmas Chai Masala in your holiday baked goods, hot chocolates, truffles, shortbread cookies, crepes, scones, cupcakes and more to ‘spice up’ your holiday baking and sweets.

Combine this spice blend with festive flavours such as cranberry, ginger, orange, vanilla, chocolate, apple or pear to create something special for this celebratory time of year. Will share my recipes soon!

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For all your fall desserts–anything with carrot, pumpkin, apple or pear try spicing it up with the warming and aromatic chai spices! Arvinda’s Chai Masala goes into all my fall desserts!

Chai Spiced Carrot Halwa Cake

Chai Spiced Carrot Halwa Cake

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Hello and Happy 2014! I can’t believe another year is already here…

A deliciously chocolately treat...for a treat day!

A deliciously chocolately treat…for a treat day!

Recently with the cold temperatures and some crazy flu going around (H1N1), I’ve been stocking up on turmeric, adding ‘a pinch here and pinch there’ to all my cooking. Also, my Ayurvedic Turmeric Milk recipe for cold and flu is coming in handy. I’m taking this daily to ward off any scratchy throats which are just painfully annoying! When we become sick even with the wimpiest cold or flu, it takes away precious time (sometimes even weeks) from doing the things we love, from feeling vibrant with full energy and loving every single day of our lives. Now as I ‘knock on wood’ and slap back a turmeric shot I’m hoping to make it through another season without catching anything. If we’re talking about resolutions, one thing I did resolve to do is – don’t forget the turmeric!

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Chai Spice Medjool Date mitai using Arvinda's Chai Masala

Chai Spice Medjool Date mitai using Arvinda’s Chai Masala

Over the weekend we celebrated Diwali, India’s festival of lights. The celebrations are vibrant, joyous and lit with illuminated tiny lamps called diyas. It is a custom to cook many varieties of snacks and sweets and share them with loved ones.

Although this is the only time of year we eat specific Indian sweets (this is definitely a time of year for treats!) I wanted to make something different as well as “healthy”, if you can call a sweet treat that! Maybe the word I’m looking for is healthier than the typical syrupy and overly sugary Indian mithai (sweets) we often indulge in.

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Homemade Masala Bread with turmeric

Homemade Masala Bread with turmeric

One of my fondest memories growing up was waking up to the welcomed aromas of homemade baked bread on a long weekend Sunday.

For Mother’s Day this past weekend, I wanted to recreate that exact same bread that my mother used to make for us (Mom deserves some love back!)…but with a masala turmeric twist!

Rummaging through my mother’s old recipe file, I found her homemade baked bread recipe. The reviews were great and everyone said it was just like mom’s.

I realized making fresh baked bread doesn’t take a rocket scientist! No bread machine required.

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Creamy Chocolate Shrikhand with Cranberries - a decadent birthday treat!

Chocolate Shrikhand with Cranberries – a decadent treat!

Can I just say, sheer decadence can be captured in a cup of Shrikhand, a Gujarati dessert of strained yogurt spiced with cardamom and other Chai spices. A spoonful of this heavenly dessert can always put me in a good mood.

Just give me a reason and I will make this dessert in a moment’s notice!

Presentation is pretty in a glass dessert bowl or cup.

Presentation is pretty in a glass dessert bowl or cup.

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