Chicory Almond Milk Latte

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

Hygge: “(pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. It simply requires being present and recognizing a moment that feels so sweet, cozy, charming, special or nice that you just have to name the moment." There is not one word in the English language for hygge but it is basically a combination of coziness, happiness, familiarity, comfort, kinship, and simpleness. 

Perfect for us wintery nations, I am surprised to only hear about this concept a few months ago. I am feeling very hygge-like during these cold months, really embracing my introversion and domestic side with lots of candles, blankets and warm mugs of tea. This drink is the coziest quilt and much needed right now. I'm having sleep problems currently. My nights go something like this:                                         Read until my eyes are closing. Turn off the light and suddenly my brain is wide awake contemplating every thought that's ever happened in the universe. Lie suspended in a half dream and half conscious state for what feels like somewhere between minutes and years. Decide that time is an illusion. Fall asleep for real, have an anxious dream. Wake up at 4 am for no reason. Toss and turn. Go to the bathroom. Get hungry. Eat some crackers. Do a breathing exercise for 20 minutes that claims will make you “fall asleep within 60 seconds". Sigh loudly. Thoughts begin to float around; harmless at first but graduate to higher levels of frustration from sleep deprivation.

“I wonder if I'm closer to my birth or death at this very moment?"                                                                         “Did I set my alarm? Let me check for the fifth time just to make sure."                                                            “...to fall asleep... you have to pretend to be asleep first..."                                                                                        “I now find George Bush goofy and sweet. Wtf?! That is what the world has come to."                                “Will I ever find a series of books I like more than Harry Potter?"                                                                  “Why can't we all love each other and get along?"                                                                                             “And why must I wait 3 years between seasons of Sherlock!? And then it's only 3 episodes which I binge watch and then I'm doomed to wait another 3 years!!"                                                                                “I always thought Belle from Beauty And The Beast was a strong female lead because she read books and didn't buy any of Gaston's ego-centric bullshit. But then she totally excuses all the beast's irate controlling behaviour. How is he even appealing to you Belle?! He's a dick and holding you captive! Stockholm syndrome much?! Just imagine THIS was a guy's reaction when you said no to dinner? He parkours the stairs, threatens her, then finishes by screaming that she should 'GO AHEAD AND STAAAARVE!!!'. Wow. Just wow."

My boyfriend choices growing up are really making sense now. Thank you Disney. 

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

I've been trying to start an evening ritual because it's supposed to help you fall asleep. One piece of that for me is having a warm drink. Chamomile tea, golden milk or maybe this coffee-like yet caffeine free beverage. I love to add hawaij, a yemeni spice mix I found out about from Molly Yeh in her new cookbook. It's all the best warm spices, heavy on the cardamom and ginger. She also has the recipe on her blog for these coffee doughnuts. If you want to make it mocha-like, add a teaspoon or two of cacao powder. I used Dandy Blend to make this drink because it's delicious (roasted chicory and dandelion powder) but you can use just chicory powder if you like. Bonus: chicory is good for you and so is dandelion.

Chicory has a very similar flavour to coffee so feel free to add a spoonful to your regular coffee or latte for a more earthy flavour. New Orleans is familiar with this concept of adding chicory to coffee from their French influence (read more about it here). Cafe Du Monde serves a delicious cafe au lait with chicory to enjoy alongside their famous beignets (dipping is a must). And anything New Orleans loves, I love. It is one of my favourite cities in the entire world and they do all things with a sense of pride and authenticity. 

Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca
Chicory Almond Milk Latte || Simple vegan chicory and cardamom "coffee" drink. A very delicious and hygge latte but caffeine free, dairy free + plant based. Perfect for a detox, cozy night in or rainy day! || creamandhoney.ca

Happy hygge life!


CHICORY ALMOND MILK LATTE

the magic 

inspiration:                  hygge                      

the feels:                     warming, frothy, + creamy 

eat with:                      toast, shortbread cookies,                                                              chai sugar cookies, gingersnaps, bowl of                                        popcorn

might like if you're into:         a good book, chai, spooning, comfy                                                   sweaters, hugs, meditation, big                                                         scarves, journaling, colouring books  

 

the science

makes one large mug or two small || time: 5 minutes

ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dandy Blend (you can substitute ground roasted chicory root and/or ground roasted dandelion root)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon to tablespoon honey, depending on personal taste
  • 1/8 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • optional: generous pinch of hawaij if you have it or just ground cardamom + cinnamon would work
  • mocha variation: add 1-2 teaspoons raw cacao powder

method:

  1. Add all ingredients to a small pot and place over medium heat. Whisk vigorously to create frothy creaminess. Pour into mug when hot and sprinkle with extra spices.

CHAI SUGAR COOKIES

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Christmas time is baking time. I use a ton of flour and eggs and varieties of sugar and I make a minimum of three different cookies or it doesn't feel like Christmas. When I was growing up my mum and I would get our her box of recipe cards and go through and decide what we were going to make. Most were hand written recipes of my grandmother's which made them extra special. You could imagine the dozens of batches of squares or cookies made over the years by the little spotted stains and faded words on the cards. Almost every year included oatsies (an caramel-like oat base topped with chocolate), honeymoon squares (a shortbready bottom, gooey middle, topped with coconut, nuts and a maraschino cherry) and gingerbread houses. My mum and I are both big idea people. We love making plans and dreaming up amazing creations. Sometimes they turn out but often they don't or they morph into something different along the way. Most years we would pick an overly complicated gingerbread mansion or extravagant scene, and my mum would spend an obscene amount of time neatly cutting out all the pieces like the diligent lady she is. A bunch would end up being mis-shapened, others broken, and icing was everywhere you looked. They would always come together by the end but had transformed into something new (usually a dilapidated sort of barn-house structure with a faulty looking chimney). The best part was the decorating! We would get a ton of bulk candies and sprinkles and my mum, aunt, brother, sister, and I would decorate them. I always made trees from ice cream cones placed upside down covered in green sprinkles or frosting and a garden where I'd lay different coloured candies in rows like they were little cabbages and carrots. There was always at least one or more of us who would create a slightly morbid scene to add some flare and drama– a headless santa who had fallen off the roof, angry rabid reindeer, or santa hanging from a telephone wire. It was one of my favourite Christmas traditions. 

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

These cookies are a reminder of those wonderful memories. They are reminiscent of something we would choose from the magic recipe box. Best dipped in some English tea, the chai spices are just enough to make you feel extra Christmasy and far less Grinchy. 

Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Chai Sugar Cookies || This easy cookie recipe is perfect for Christmas and dunking in tea. Eat them straight from the freezer or give them as a holiday gift. Spiced similar to gingerbread with cardamom, cloves, ginger, cinnamon + allspice. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Happy Holidays Lovely Humans! xx


CHAI SUGAR COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:             Christmas baking with mum ♥️

 

the feels:                 warm flavours + crisp texture

 

eat with:                  English tea! Dunking is necessary. Apple butter,                                cappuccino, brewed coffee, glass of milk (nut or                                  cow)

 

might like if you're into:         gingersnaps, cardamom bread, making                                               gingerbread houses, How The Grinch                                                 Stole Christmas, knitted sweaters,                                                     cardamom coffee,cozy quilts, the smell                                               of pine, watching snow fall. 

the science

makes approximately 40 2-inch round cookies || prep time: 40 minutes // rest time: 2 hours // bake time: 30 mins total

ingredients:

  • 188 g unbleached all-purpose flour (1 + 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 77 g dark brown sugar (1/3 cup packed)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp natural vanilla extract

method:

  1. In a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients (except the brown sugar) and whisk until mixed evenly.
  2. In bowl for stand mixer, add butter and brown sugar and fit paddle attachment (or use hand blender). Mix on high speed until creamy. Add egg yolk, vanilla and honey and mix until combined. Add flour mixture and mix on low until combined. Roll the dough into a large ball, cover in plastic wrap and press into a thick disk. Refrigerate for 2 hours minimum up to 2 days. 
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly flour surface and roll out dough to 1/4" thick. Cut out cookies with cookie cutter (I used a 2-inch) and lay onto parchment lined baking sheet. Combine scraps of dough and roll out again, stamping new cookies. Bake for 7 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on tray for a few minutes then move to cooling rack. Sprinkle with icing sugar when cool, if desired. Repeat until all cookies are baked or freeze extra dough if making less. 

Store in airtight container on counter or freeze for longer preservation. 

Recipe adapted  from A Cozy Kitchen.

CARDAMOM + BLOOD ORANGE TSOUREKI: GREEK EASTER BREAD

Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey

Braided Easter egg breads are common this time of year in many European countries. Recently I couldn’t get them off my mind so I chose to make a variation of the Greek tsoureki. First I thought it was such a odd concept, but soon realized it was perfection because…. well, eggs and bread. Nestling eggs into a bread dough and baking it all together charms me in that old cottagey type of way. Two foods that have always given people nourishment and are staples in most homes–together, as one. Both the dough and eggs go into the oven raw and return fully baked, ready to be broken and shared. I love this idea. How ingenious and strange all at once. It is traditionally topped with eggs dyed red to represent rebirth, renewal and the blood of Christ, but I chose to keep these beautiful eggs nude.

As I pressed the eggs into the raw dough, I immediately thought of the green fairy in Sleeping Beauty who bakes her a birthday cake. Watch it. Or don't. I'll tell you what happens anyways. She reads, “fold in the eggs” and literally folds them whole into the dough. Then she makes a 15 layer cake, frosts it and puts the lit candles on before baking it. It's great. 

Ahhhhh Disney. You never let me down... Until I got older. And realized I couldn’t model real relationships after Sleeping Beauty who meets a strange man in the forest who she sings a duet with for 2 minutes (both natural musicians I guess). And without even having a conversation they're immediately in love. I never met a man in a forest that I felt even remotely comfortable with because, AHH! YOU SCARED ME! WHY THE F#*$ ARE YOU OUT HERE ALONE IN A FOREST? Creepy!

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Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey
Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey

But truly, this was such a joy to make. It is my first plaited bread which seemed intimidating at first but it wasn’t hard. I chose an easier three strand braid so not to confuse myself too much. The taste is amazing and I’ve eaten this bread with pretty much everything in my fridge. It’s delicious with it all–from cheeses to jams to the eggs baked on it. My personal favourite is a smear of blue cheese topped with marmalade. Heaven!

And coffee. Always coffee. 

Cardamom + Blood Orange Tsoureki: Greek Easter Bread || Cream + Honey

CARDAMOM + BLOOD ORANGE TSOUREKI

t h e   m a g i c

i n s p i r a t i o n :     Easter + breaking bread

f e e l s :                        crisp outside + tender inside.                                                                                                                                                savoury + sweet.                                                                                                                                                                         zesty + exotic.                                                                                                                                                                               cozy + comforting.

e a t   w i t h :            coffee, black tea, butter, jam, honey, soft cheeses (brie, cream cheese, labneh, blue),                                      marmalade, chai latte, nutella, lemon curd (or any curd for that matter).

m i g h t   l i k e   i f   y o u ' r e   i n t o :      holiday feasts, family recipes, the simple things, traditions,                                                                                     bread for breakfast, lunch or dinner, all-in-one meals, pull                                                                                       apart breads, challah, brioche.

 

t h e   s c i e n c e

makes 1 loaf (about 8 servings)        

i n g r e d i e n t s :

  • 500 g unbleached all-purpose (2 2/3 cups)
  • 21 g dry active yeast (2.5 Tbsp)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 100 ml warm water 
  • 50 g sugar (1/4 cup)
  • 6 eggs total: 2 (for dough) + 1 (for brushing) + 3 (to lay on top)
  • 75 g butter, softened  and cut into small chunks  (1/3 cup)
  • 2 tsp salt    
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom    
  • zest of 2 blood oranges 

m e t h o d :

  1. Proof the yeast: mix the dry active yeast, water and pinch of sugar together. Let sit for 10 minutes. The yeast will dissolve and the mixture will become foamy. 
  2. Mix together the flour and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer. Make a well in the centre of the mixture. Add milk, eggs, sugar, orange zest, cardamom and yeast mixture to the well.
  3. Attach dough hook to stand mixer and mix on low until a soft dough forms (about 5 minutes). 
  4.  Add butter one piece at a time while dough is still mixing until it all comes together as a soft dough (about 5 minutes).
  5. Remove dough and gently form into a ball with hands. Place into lightly greased bowl. Cover bowl with saran wrap and place on counter to proof until the dough is double in size. (Depending on how warm your kitchen is, time will vary between 40 minutes to 2 hours. If your kitchen is on the colder side you can place on top of your fridge or in your oven with only the oven light on to speed up proofing process.)     
  6. Remove dough onto lightly floured surface and form into ball. Cut into 3 even pieces. Roll out each evenly into long cylinders about 45 cm in length. Plait (braid) pieces together then overlap and pinch ends in together to form a wreath. (It's okay if looks messy where the ends meet, you can hide it with an egg). 
  7. Place on parchment lined baking tray, cover with dishtowel and let proof slightly for 20 minutes.            
  8. Preheat oven to 350°F. Brush dough wreath with generous egg wash all over. Press remaining 3 raw eggs into dough evenly spaced. Place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown. Cool on rack. 

*best eaten the day of but will keep for another couple days in plastic wrap.

Recipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller