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Allow all of your salad stars to shine on their own. Dress each component of your salad individually and pile onto a platter. Simple food is just so darn pretty. Make something like this whatever you have on hand!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Making KPK Te de Canela

Making KPK Te de Canela for a crowd.  Grab your biggest pot. I use a 16 quart Farberware. One of my faves. Fill it almost to the top with cold water. Toss in a huge bunch (a few handfuls) of fresh basil, about 2 1/2 cups of sugar (I use organic) and 20-25 Mexican cinnamon sticks. Canela! You can find Canela in most grocery stores in the aisle with the bags of dried peppers and other spices; this is usually in the ethnic aisle or the Hispanic aisle of aromatics! Inexpensive, large cinnamon sticks that don't even smell like cinnamon when you rip open the bag (?) I was shocked because there was no aroma wafting under my nose like you would expect when you open a bag of "ordinary" cinnamon. It actually smelled kind of like dill. I was like, huh? Then I was like WT? JK. I think the canela is much more mild and mellow for tea. Slightly citrusy even.The flavor AND the AROMA blossom after boiling the sticks in water and then steeping. I love this tea. I especially love it with a nice big squirt of fresh lime. We serve this at the market with a fresh squeeze and then we throw in the scrunched lime wedge along with a fresh basil leaf. The lime adds a nice fresh and tart twang to the sweeter, heavier flavor of cinnamon. So, back to what you need to do. Stir the pot (I happen to know some pot-stirrers). Bring to a boil. Reduce to a low boil/high simmer for about 20 minutes or until the cinnamon sticks unroll and the tea becomes a nice dark amber color. All of the basil will be wilted. Let cool, strain and reheat later or strain into a cup right away, add lime (or lemon) if you wish (and/or honey would be great if it's not too sweet). Enjoy. For me, one delicious cup delivered not only a lovely treat, but a full-blown mock-hormonal hot flash. Hey, I don't make this _ _ _ _ up. Have a fab day today and once it gets a bit colder out there, indulge in some Te de Canela. We promise our customers at the market that it will be sure to warm their cockles. I know. I overuse that word.

Notes: If you don't like sugar. Go without. I like it. : ) - or use less . . .

Also: I have made this tea with fresh mint, but I like the basil betta! P.S. This was inspired by a phone call from Franki telling me that he was having a cup of wonderful tea that one of the cooks threw together at Fio's while working in the kitchen. I tried it with ordinary cinnamon and I think I made it a bit too strong. After a speedy Google-fied hot cinnamon tea research blast, I found my way to the Mexican Canela at the grocery store. And she lived happily ever after.

Oh, also, I have done much cinnamon research in the past after being intrigued by a Fine Cooking article which had me taste-testing and baking with Chinese vs. Indonesian vs. Viet Namese Cassia Cinnamons. Too much to talk about here. Let's just say it turned me into kind of a Cinnamon snob-freak for a moment of time. Someday, I can bake you a batch of Espresso & Chocolate Mini Chip Cookies with Chinese Cassia Cinnamon (I think I like long names). They rock. Really, they do.

OK. I'm done.

Cinnamon Love to All, um, I meant . . .
Canela Amor to All, (don't hate me cuz I'm bilingual)

Katie



1 comment:

  1. Katie Mexican Cinnamon is actually Ceylon Cinnamon. In fact Mexico is the biggest importer of Ceylon Cinnamon from the tiny Island of Sri Lanka. Te de Canela only works if made with Mexican or Ceylon Cinnamon. Like you said it is very mild but I would say more aromatic. Very different to Cassia Cinnamon. Higher quality Ceylon Cinnamon will of course taste better and smell better. Not all Ceylon Cinnamon is the same quality. When you add the lime to the boiled Ceylon Cinnamon sticks it becomes pretty sweet, which is quite surprising since there is no sugar in it. This is great for diabetics or people who can’t take sugar. This techniques does not work with ordinary Cassia Cinnamon, which is too spicy and fairly harsh. Only Ceylon Cinnamon gives it that wonderful taste combination. Also remember many Mexican stores are selling the hard bark Cassia Cinnamon. They have forgotten what real Cinnamon is like. Mexican or Ceylon Cinnamon sticks are soft and crumbly. But great job Katie. Lovely descriptions and so true.

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