Earl Grey Latte (London Fog)

A couple weeks ago, I visited Seattle on a school trip and fell completely in love. Everything I knew about Seattle came from my 8th grade obsession with Twilight and my current obsession with Grey’s Anatomy, but I was convinced that I would like Seattle. And it was one of those lovely moments in life where I liked the city just as much as I thought I would. My favorite part of the trip was spending an afternoon hanging out in Local Color cafe in Pike Place Market, chatting with friends and enjoying an Earl Grey Latte.

The entire experience was just so cozy- the chilly day, friendly baristas, and a delicious latte, that I can’t help smiling whenever I think about it. So to allow me to relive a portion of that moment, I have created my own Earl Grey Latte (also known as a London Fog if you want to get fancy, which I often do).

Local Color cafe wasn’t the first place I tried an Earl Grey Latte (it’s been one of my go-to Starbucks orders for years), but this one was by far the best I’ve ever had. It was super simple, sweet, and mild. Unlike most coffee shop beverages that get me a little hyped up on caffeine and/or sugar, this Earl Grey Latte made me feel relaxed and even a little sleepy.

I’ve tried to replicate all of these aspects in my own recipe, and I’d say I’ve succeeded. So settle in with a good book, turn on your favorite TV show, or invite a friend over for tea, and make this Earl Grey Latte for all the relaxed and cozy vibes.

London Fog
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Serves: Serves 2
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bags Earl Grey tea
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Boil water, then pour into 2 mugs and add a tea bag to each.
  2. While tea brews, add almond milk to saucepan over medium-low heat.
  3. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla to saucepan.
  4. Stir milk mixture, then heat until milk is just barely simmering (about 5 minutes).
  5. Whisk milk until frothy, then divide between mugs.

 

Restorative Banana Muffins

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These muffins are restorative in so many ways. First of all, the whole wheat flour, natural sweetener, and immune boosting spices make them perfect for a physical health boost. Bananas also provide numerous health benefits, as detailed in this article from Well Being Secrets. More importantly, the comforting aroma, classic flavor, and relaxing baking process are SO emotionally restorative, especially after a long week.

For me, the past week was a hard one. I failed a math quiz I thought I’d done well on, I missed an important appointment, I double-booked myself by mistake, and I just felt off my game. But looking back it’s so amazing to see how many wonderful moments there are even in the hardest of times.

When my best friend heard my quivery voice over the phone after a particularly rough day, she was at my house (with snacks) within 15 minutes. A classmate I’ve been wanting to get to know better made me laugh with a silly pep talk when I was sad about my bad grade. My parents told me time after time that they love me and are proud of me, no matter how many “off weeks” I have. I need to remember it’s important to struggle sometimes, because that’s when you see how many people are there for you, and it’s when you can see how much you’ve grown.

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Honestly, the most grown up moment of my week was probably eating ice cream for dinner last night. The truth to that statement is both sad and wonderful, but I choose to celebrate it. Enjoying a drippy cone piled high with strawberry ice cream (the guy serving gave me an extra scoop- according to my dad he was flirting with me?? I’m completely clueless) on a warm fall evening is absolutely a decision to be proud of. Now I’m ready to take the weekend to rest, reset, study hard, and, of course, spend some quality time in the kitchen.

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Though it is the season for all things pumpkin, banana bread is one of my ultimate comfort foods. These muffins are simple, moist and delicious. Despite the healthy-ish twist, the classic flavors are all there, perfectly comforting and cozy. I’m not going to say you have to make the crumble topping, but you’d have to give me a reeeeally good reason not to. Turmeric and cinnamon are awesome additions due to their anti-inflammatory, immune boosting benefits, but if you don’t have them on hand you could absolutely substitute other spices.

Restorative Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

Muffins

  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup (or use ½ cup if you prefer sweeter muffins)

Crumble

  • 1 tbs whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin.
  2. Mash 1 banana in medium mixing bowl
  3. Cut second banana into coins, then cut each coin into fourths and add to bowl.
  4. Gently mix in wet ingredients (syrup, milk, eggs).
  5. Add in flours, baking soda, and baking powder, stirring continually.
  6. Once ingredients are thoroughly combined, scoop batter into muffin tin (I recommend using an ice cream scooper).
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. While muffins are baking, make crumble.
  9. Combine crumble ingredients in a small bowl and stir until clumps form.
  10. Pull muffins out of the oven, top with crumble, then return to oven for 30-45 minutes.

Hope you enjoy these as much as my family and I did.

Much love,

K