April 1, 2013
I’m sick of winter—really, I am—but there’s something exciting about this moment, teetering on the precipice of spring. It’s still too cold, but you can feel warmth approaching. The edge is gone. The sun stays out longer. We’re close. Really, really close.
This Masala Milk—warm milk spiked with spices, saffron and ground nuts—is perfect for this very moment. It’s warming, but with a fresh, bright flavor. This is very decidedly not a winter drink, but it’ll warm you on a chilly morning or cool night. You can also drink it cold if you want, when the warmth peaks in mid-afternoon.
This is what you should be drinking right now. And you can share it with kiddo, too.
I made my Masala Milk with local milk from a new brand that I’m so excited about, Five Acre Farms. A new company with the mission of bringing affordable local foods to mainstream supermarkets, Five Acre Farms sources products grown and prepared within 275 miles of where they are sold. They’re launching with dairy products and, because their first region is around NY state, apple products well.
I wish I could tell every single one of you where you can find Five Acre Farms products near you. One day I will. Until then, I encourage those of you who live in the tri-state area to find a store near you that carries this new brand working to bring the farmer’s market to the supermarket. When you see their label, you’ll know that you’re getting local food and also helping support an innovative business model that delivers healthier food choices while better supporting farmers.
(can be shared with kids 12+ mos)*
6 pistachios, shelled
3 almonds, preferably blanched or Marcona
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon agave syrup or honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 pinches ground cardamom
A pinch of saffron (3-4 threads)
A pinch ground cloves
1. Bring about 1/4 cup of water to a near boil. Remove from heat and add nuts, allowing them to soak for at least 5 minutes.
2. In the meantime, set a small saucepan with all remaining ingredients over medium low heat. Bring to the edge of a boil, stirring a few times, then reduce heat to low and very gently simmer for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to pull together.
3. Remove nuts from hot water. If using almonds with skin, rub them together until the skin sloughs off. Using a knife or a mini-chop, finely chop nuts.
4. Strain milk into one or two serving mugs and add chopped nuts, dividing evenly if for two serving. Serve warm (my preference) or refrigerate until chilled all the way through to serve cold.
*Note: Hold off on serving cow’s milk and, really, all drinks except for little servings of water until kiddo is 12+ months. Up to that point, breast milk and/or formula should meet baby’s needs unless otherwise specified by your pediatrician
Disclosure: Five Acre Farms provided me with free product, but with no gaurantee of coverage. I’m sharing them with you because I believe that they are doing important work and I love the taste and quality of their product. In fact, this drink was made with Five Acre Farms milk that I bought myself. After trying samples, I’m sold on the brand have gone out of my way to stock my fridge with their products, milk especially.