Hello Chai Lovers!
Yes, Christmas & year end craziness has arrived. Our busy elfs at Prana Chai headquarters in Melbourne have been busy making #OnlyTheGoodStuff for you all. It is our hope that our Chai can bring time for your loved ones to slow down and be in the moment.
We had a cup of chai with Georgie Castle the creative mind behind Citizen Cacao (raw + vegan chocolate bars & truffles handcrafted fresh in Melbourne). She shares about her journey, her morning routine and guilt pleasure and lots more.
We also have lots of exciting news from us here at Prana Chai, including a Chai Spiced Banana Cake recipe by Sharmila from @sweetbitesofmine, and other exciting insider scoops for December.
So get cosy with your cup of chai and enjoy this month’s edition of the Prana Chai newsletter. We wish you a safe, fun and relaxing break.
Mario, Koray, Vincent and whole Prana Chai family.
The Prana Chai Christmas Collection - LAST CHANCE!
One of the most important parts of the festive season is finding thoughtful gifts for people you care for. Well, we've got that covered for you. As we announced last month The Prana Chai Christmas collection is still available; an all-in-one box, ideal to give as a thoughtful Christmas gift.
Christmas is all about giving and we want to share the love with you so we are offering 4 flavours in one box for $65! What a deal, right?
Our original Masala blend will be loved for its authentic taste. The Vegan (agave) blend will delight those who are vegans. You will love the Peppermint blend for its refreshing taste and the Turmeric blend is ideal for those who love earthy, spicy tastes. They all come as a team, in one box so you can choose what you like depending on your mood.
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The benefits of cinnamon in chai
Cinnamon is one of the oldest known spices. It has been mentioned in the bible and at one point was considered more precious than gold. Cinnamon contains manganese, dietary fiber, calcium, iron, and zinc and has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat colds, nausea, diarrhoea and menstrual cramps.
Evidence from modern studies suggests cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar and offset sugar cravings, making it a helpful aid for those with type 2 diabetes. Other studies also highlight its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties.
So, that’s another reason why you would want to enjoy Prana Chai :)
A cup of chai with Georgie Castle from Citizen Cacao
We had a cup of chai with Georgie Castle she is the founder of Citizen Cacao; the most amazing raw, vegan handmade chocolate in Melbourne. It has grown from a passion project to a buzzing little enterprise with her delicious products stocked in speciality food stores and cafes across Australia.
- What starts you the chocolate business in the first place?
I began my love affair with Raw Chocolate in Brooklyn NY. I found a chocolate maker at the Brooklyn Flea market called Fine + Raw - one bite and I was hooked so I volunteered and then went full time. When I left NY and moved to Melbourne I brought that love of chocolate with me - and assumed that if I loved it that much - others might too! Citizen was born when I shared some of my creations with a chef who placed an order on the spot! 5 years later it still brings me so much joy!
- From what I know, you were born USA - what brought you to Melbourne and what's Melbourne for you?
I was born in NZ and then spent some years in London and Ireland before moving to NY for ten years. When I left NY some friends wrote to me from Melbourne and suggested I come and check out the food scene over here. I arrived.... and never left! I LOVE Melbourne. I love Victoria as a state and the people here are some of the finest I've met.
- Do you have a morning routine?
I wake early and Meditate for 20 mins. Make a coffee and catch up on news before heading to work. I don't have a car so I love the 25 minute walk to my kitchen. I plan the day ahead and enjoy the St Kilda vibes. I stay off my phone because I know I'll be on it for the rest of the day!
- Your guilt pleasure and best habit.
Chocolate for Breakfast. Every day. A small piece. Ok sometimes two of REALLY dark chocolate. YUM! Best habit would be my need for order resulting in epic tidiness. My roommates love that I spontaneously clean FREQUENTLY.
- The words you live by?
If it's not a Fuck Yes - it's a NO
- Who inspires you?
I am constantly in awe of the small business owners in my community who spend their lives and hearts following their passion. Who fail and keep trying - who understand the need to change and grow.
- One sentence to describe your 2018 and your intention in 2019.
2018 has involved incessant and much welcomed challenges. 2019 is about new opportunities and radical change.
- Where can people find you?
ME :Most days covered in chocolate in my kitchen at Il Fornaio in St Kilda. The chocolate is available at grocery stores cafes and restaurants all over Victoria and Tasmania!
Doing More with Chai
Chai . . . It’s not just for sipping. There are countless ways to integrate healthy, tasty chai into your everyday life. Here is one for you:
Prana Chai Banana Cake! Sharmila from @sweetbitesofmine has taken her love of chai to another level by whipping up a Chai Spiced Banana Cake! Topped with crumbed ginger cookies and maple syrup, this fragrant cake is soft and light with a crunchy cookie sweetness.
2 cups over ripe mashed banana (2 cups frozen banana mashed works really well)
1/4 cup vegan butter (or dairy butter for a non-vegan alternative)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup freshly brewed chai tea
1/3 cup raw sugar
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup ginger cookies (crumbed)
1/2 cup maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 F (180°C) and lightly grease a cake pan with butter or oil.
If using frozen bananas, defrost in microwave (the liquid from the frozen bananas adds a lovely softness to the cake).
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork until soft.
Use an electric beater to whip the butter together with the sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients (plain and pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda).
Pour the chai tea to the banana mixture.
Fold the flour mixture to the banana mixture
Pour batter to the cake pan and bake for 45-50 minutes and let cool for an hour.
Once cooled, add the crumbed ginger cookies and pour maple syrup over the top.
Prana Chai Collaboration #FriendsofPrana
We LOVE collaborating and seeing our friends around the world using #OnlyTheGoodStuff Here are few examples that are happening around the world :)
Bean to Bar Chai Chocolate by @Public_Chocolatory in South Korea
Figs and chai spiced chiffon cake!! By @f.o.v_ in Hong Kong
Chai Tiramisu by @ciaomilano_seoul in South Korea
This Chai Gelato is created by The Local Coffee Stand in Japan
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