paralysis

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This post is probably going to alienate a few people. See, I’ve been feeling rather nostalgic for home of late (what, didn’t my 90s post give it away?) Proceed with caution.

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paralysis

masala chai | the brisk and satisfying cup

masala chai
masala chai

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter, it will be no surprise to you that I drink copious amounts of coffee. I love the stuff!

What this does not mean, is that I don’t drink tea. Au contraire, I enjoy this sophisticated drink almost daily. Being Kenyan, I have been spoilt for quality with the finest leaf hailing from the cool hills of Kericho – trust me, Yorkshire Gold has nothing on this. Being of Indian background, masala chai or Indian spiced tea made frequent appearance in our household when I was growing up. My mother still makes a mean cuppa that is irresistible, wholesome and incredibly refreshing.

Every now and then, I revisit this fond memory of my mother by making some masala chai. This drink is on the milky side and best enjoyed with a savoury biscuit (grain free in my case, of course). Perfect with petrichor and a 70s classic movie.

Now, this is nothing like the chai lattes that are sugary confections masquerading as the real deal. Masala chai is milky, not creamy, semi-sweet (if at all sweetened) and ideally slurped from the tiny saucer of a matching tiny cup.

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masala chai | the brisk and satisfying cup

microbeads: going against the grain – a poll

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microbeads are everywhere

Lately, microbeads have been doing the rounds in my news feed. A more palatable name for polyethylene or polypropylene, these little nubs are a common ingredient in many face/ body scrubs, toothpaste and exfoliants. Essentially a plastic (and the same that is used to make a lot of takeaway and supermarket containers), these microbeads are so small that they don’t get picked up by filtering systems when sewerage is treated.
The result? The microbeads end up in our water systems and are consumed by fish and other animals. If this isn’t alarming you enough, consider that you are fairly high up the food chain and there is every likelihood that you may be consuming toxic plastic too.

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microbeads: going against the grain – a poll