Kinfolk Table in Ojai

November 8, 2013 | 6 Comments

Kinfolk, Ojai, Kinfolk Cook Book

A few weeks ago I went to Ojai for my first Kinfolk Dinner to celebrate the publication of their beautiful cookbook,  The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings. The Kinfolk Journals are a celebration of gatherings that hearken to eras long gone where artisans, local farmers, and friends get together to create community through events. It was a culmination of my favorite things: Ojai Valley, Kinfolk, Artisanal Beers by Topa Topa Brewing Company, local cheese, organic produce and sweet folksy couples. The gathering was hosted by Wanda Weller Sakai who has the cosy boutique Modern Folk that is located in the heart of the town Ojai. The dinner was held in the foothills of the Topa Topa mountains where the magical ‘pink moment’ occurred in all it’s magical glory. There was a station set up to make your own chai tea which is something I want to duplicate for a gathering. I am currently obsessed with a nice, warm, cup of chai around tea time.  (Recipe for the chai below)The Kinfolk Table book is beautifully shot with wonderful recipes. This is a perfect book to give as a gift.

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Kinfolk Table, Kinfolk cookbook

kinfolk Table, Kinfolk cookbook

Chai Recipe:

2 tsp. tea (Black or Roibois if you prefer no caffeine.)
10 Cardamom split open
1 Cinnamon stick
6-8 Whole black peppercorns
3 Cloves
Small chunk raw ginger
1 Whole star anise
1 1/2 Cups Milk (almond, or rice can work also)
1 1/2 Cups of Water
2-4 tsp brown sugar or honey

Chai tea, kinfolk table

Add contents of chai tea to pan along with 1.5 cups water. Bring to boil, turn heat down and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add 1.5 cups of milk, 2 tsp sugar. Turn temperature up as soon as it boils, turn down heat and boil for 2 minutes. Filter spices out. Serve with cinnamon stick.

For more all-natural and organic recipes, see The Local Rose.

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Kinfolk Cookbook, Kinfolk Table

kinfolk table, kinfolk cookbook



  1. meg says:

    Fabulous! The Local Rose and Kinfolk together? Well that IS heaven on the earth! what beautiful magic.

    Bliss on! Can’t wait to get my little mitts on that cookbook. YAY! All good things! Cheers and happy Sunday musings!

  2. Adam Borke says:

    where can i buy the little boxes with chai tea ingredients in it? Very interested, thank you.

    • Shiva Rose says:

      I’m not sure Adam but I have seen similar ones on Etsy. You can always check in with Modern Folk in Ojai. The actual spices and ingredients you can find at Whole Foods. Thank you!

  3. anastasia says:

    Looks amazing – thanks for the recipe, Im going to give it a go!

  4. Bella irias says:

    Hello Shiva, I am becoming a follower of the local rose; it is very interesting and encouraging.I love teas and particularly chai. thank you for sharing the recipe! nice photos!

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