Many years of reading spices has helped me learn significant life lessons. While Spice Whispering there is the realization that each spice that I connect with is unique . It is totally confident in what it is…appearance, aroma, taste, origins and value. Yet it allows me to work and partner it with others resulting in a one of a kind blend.
The spices help me focus and generate a laser sharp concentration . Me is just BEing !! They also give me the confidence to be who I am . ME ! one of a kind but ready to partner towards a better self !
In building a team or inspiring an existent one, remember to highlight people’s strengths and balance the mix!
It was my day to set yogurt. The milk was set on the stove, fired up and the spatula ready for stirring. Milk needs to be first boiled and then cooled a bit. The starter culture added and then set in a warm place for this to transform into yogurt. Today, it’s a gallon of milk which means it will take about 15-18 minutes to come to a boil and all that stirring creates a beautiful froth. I love brewing a cup of tea so that I can savor it with a head of frothy milkiness! A treat , a ritual, a time to ponder on life and kitchen wisdom. Yogurt setting days usually mean focusing on Transformation……milk into yogurt!
So, a lovely rhythm sets to the stirring of the milk in a stainless steel pot. This is an important step or the milk solids will scorch at the bottom and that burnt taste ruins both milk and yogurt. I am one with this process. I even notice that I tend to stir clockwise three times and anti clockwise twice. I just notice that I do that ..no analysis to why ? Life lesson : I’m practicing just witnessing! Ten minutes or so into this milk boiling a nutty, hot milky aroma begins to pervade my nose and kitchen . I grew up with this smell and it brings back memories. It also reminds me that my daughter dislikes this smell and gets nauseated . Life lesson: not everyone likes the same things and it is ok.
There is a lovely foam about an inch thick that has formed on the top of the milk pot. I see the small bubbles that come through and pop. And finally the milk is bubbling and rushes up to the top of the pot and I turn off the heat at the perfect moment and no boiling over. A strong cup of tea has brewed too.
I am ready for my treat. I pour the tea into my mug and DARN it makes it to the two thirds mark. My husband made some extra coffee and so my mug is now full. A dash of sugar and a couple of ladles of the milky froth and I have my Dirty Chai. Life lesson: be innovative .