I've found a local market (Punjab on 33rd in Waverly for anyone in Baltimore) that carries bulk spices for a much lower price than grocery store spices.
Recently I wanted chai tea and made up my own mix:
- black cardamom pods
- black peppercorns
- cinnamon sticks
- coriander seeds
I'll take recommendations for other delicious flavors to add!
The jar of amber liquid is a ginger syrup I made for a King Arthur gingerbread cookie recipe. I canned some plum jam over the summer and made thumbprint cookies with it. The gingerbread-plum combo is spectacular, I recommend it!
Here's a photo:
The leftover syrup is great to add to the chai tea as well for extra flavor, and is a nice spicy boost in these cold months. I posted photos of the cookies, a link to the recipe, and more over at www.baltimorediy.org if you are interested!
Happy winter homesteading!