As a person that spends most of their time in the kitchen prepping new meals and recipes there are a couple foods that completely stump me. I’ve never been to an Indian restaurant and really want to go with someone who can tell me what to get and try. This type of food fascinates me with the flavor profiles in each recipe. I think it has something to do with the use of different spices and ingredients and how everything just seems to work together.
When Cost Plus World Market asked if I would like to be a part of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Movie Campaign and to create an Indian food dish, I was thrilled. The next thing I did was get on Facebook to talk to my friend Vijay from Nosh On It. He is very knowledgeable and I knew that he could help me out with the flavors. After I recommended several ideas he finally told me that I was going away from true and authentic Indian flavors and trying to put too much of an American twist on it.
He talked about a chai tea recipe that he would make for him and his wife. After he explained the tea process I immediately realized that I was going to make chai tea ice cream.
The main ingredients that I decided to use for the ice cream were cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, peppercorn, and coconut tea. This ice cream was definitely flavorful and not your “typical” plain chocolate or vanilla ice cream. My toddler even enjoyed the flavors in the ice cream. Thank Vijay for steering me in the right direction and I can’t wait to experiment some more with International food.
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel which is in theater’s now is about the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself.
Movie Trailer Link: http://youtu.be/wNoZcPInPR8
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ENJOY ~ Meagan
Bring water to boil and then add cinnamon, tea in a filter, ginger in filter, peppercorns and cardamom seeds. Bring down to medium heat for for 5 minutes.
Drain the liquid and throw away filter bags, cinnamon sticks and other ingredients. Reserve the liquid and place back in the pot and put on low/medium heat. Stir in the rest of the ingredients. Cook until sugar has dissolved.
Place in a bowl and set in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Put in the ice cream maker and follow the manufactures instructions.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Cost Plus World Market. All dishes, spices and utensils for this campaign are from the store.