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Tough Chai Carrot Soup

By Jacqui | Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 8:47 pm

One of our customers, Jess Stevens, sent us this adapted recipe for a Carrot Soup using our Tough Chai and the garam masala spiced cashews from the Whole Earth Center. If you decide to make this soup, order our Chai “straight up”, which means it will not be served with milk. We make our Chai almost daily in the Small World Kitchen on Nassau Street using freshly cracked whole spices, fresh organic ginger root, a small amount of honey, and a black tea from Rishi. Lots of love and care goes into this delicious recipe. We call it Tough Chai because of the spice factor;it is not a wimpy sweet Chai. A former worldling, John Ward, who now cooks for lucky people in Ithaca, NY, created our original Chai recipe.

Thanks Jess for sharing, the recipe sounds delicious and I think I am going to make some tonight!

Tough Chai Carrot Soup
Adapted from The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen

2 pounds carrots, peeled or scrubbed and chopped
4 cups Small World Tough Chai (no milk added, i.e. a “straight up Chai”)
1 tsp. salt
1 medium potato or sweet potato, chopped, OPTIONAL (include for a thicker soup)
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and minced (more or less depending on desired spiciness)
1 cup chopped onion
1/3-2 cups cashews or almonds (garam masala roasted cashews from The Whole Earth Center bulk section work beautifully! Use less for a lighter soup, more for a thick stew)
3-4 Tbsp. butter, ghee, or coconut oil

Finish with one or more of:
A swirl of milk, yogurt, heavy cream, or coconut milk/cream
Chopped cilantro, mint, or basil
Toasted nuts

Add carrots, chai, salt, potato (if using), and ginger to large pot. Bring to boil then cover and simmer.

In another pan, melt butter (or ghee or coconut oil) and cook onions and nuts until onions are soft and translucent. Add to pot.

Simmer until all ingredients are soft, 30-40 minutes.

Puree with emersion mixer, food processor, or blender until desired consistency.

Finish with one or more of above suggestions.

Freezes really well.

Anne Reeves Interviews Jessica Durrie

By Jacqui | Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 1:38 pm

Click to watch: Connect with Anne Reeves, 5.15 from Princeton Community Television on Vimeo.

Those of us who have lived in Princeton for a while will most likely know Anne Reeves, the founding Director of the Arts Council of Princeton. Anne was one of the first people to welcome me to Princeton and bring me into the fold of the local art community. When she asked me to talk with her on her local show Connect, I could not say no. Thank You Anne for all that you have done for our town and for being such a dear friend!

Better Know a Worldling, Part 2

By Jessica | Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Worldling Liz Deacon

The second installation of Small World’s “Better Know a Worldling” introduces you to Liz Deacon. She’s only been at Small World for a few months, but has quickly become an integral member of our family/team. Read on to learn about Liz’s preferences regarding coffee drinks, cooking, and ‘90s music.


Better Know a Worldling, Part 1

By Jessica | Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 7:59 am

We are a blur of red aprons – you see us, day in and out, hustling behind the counter, making change, pulling shots, washing dishes like our livelihood depends on it – because it does, really. But what do you really know about us, this select group of wildly attractive humans who can make delicious beverages at a clip that defies belief? (And who are also, obviously, very humble.)

In all honesty, we do think of our crew as one large and mostly functional family. And we would like for you, our loyal customers, to get to know us. To that end, we are introducing a new series of Small World employee interviews. It’ll be no-holds-barred and I’ll be asking the tough questions, like “what’s your favorite coffee drink?” and “which Hogwarts house would you be sorted into?” And in just a few short answers, you’ll get to the heart of who we are, as baristas, as New Jerseyans, as human beings.

And so, without further ado, I present the first part of Small World Coffee’s “Better Know a Worldling.”


Our 20th Anniversary Party

By Jessica | Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 11:54 am

Small World Coffee anniversary cake.

Small World Coffee opened its doors on December 22nd, 1993, during an incredibly snowy and icy winter. The journey has been amazing and I am proud of what we have created. It has taken the love and efforts of many through the years. I also know that it took a piercing intention and daily discipline to actually get the café open…I was 27 at the time and Brant was 25! (more…)