When I was thinking about possible food inspirations for our new vegan "gen-peel" collection collars in this fantastic shade of blue, the first thing that came to mind were mermaids and the sea.
This instantly led to some deep yearning for a seafood platter. Well, well... Seafood, alas, is not vegan, so no option for this cooking project.
Still, I was stuck on the whole ocean-theme and started to think where I'd like to go with that. And all of a sudden, I remembered one of those fancy crazy food trends from not too far back: blue spirulina! It seemed almost too perfect! Blue, like the collars, and it even is an alga - so there you go oceanic connection.

I've never cooked anything with that weird blue powder before, so the first thing on my list was to look for inspiration. Let me tell you; I've never seen so many breakfast bowls in one day. Really. Just search "blue spirulina" on Pinterest, and off you go.
These bowls all looked lovely, but I wanted to do something at least a little different from what everybody else did.
Finally, I stumbled over someone who did a spirulina latte. Exciting! Something new! However, the recipe didn't sound that inviting - not even as a starting point to create my own.
That whole latte thing made me think of my favorite hot beverage, though: Chai latte 😍 So, I decided to do a blue spirulina chai latte and hoped that I would harmonize with the taste of the alga.
When the powder finally arrived at my home, I found that it doesn't have a strong flavor, so the chai sirup (just stick with me for a few more lines before we get to the incredible recipe!) would cover any taste that might be a little off anyway.
Yeah, I know. I also would have wished to use it for not just naturally coloring my food. Actually, spirulina is said to have many health benefits. I still wouldn't repurchase it - I like my healthy stuff tasty and not just "there."

One thing I didn't think of when I decided to do the chai latte was that plant-based milk might react differently to being frothed up than cow milk. My first attempt with some rice milk I had at home left me pretty disappointed. What's a Chai latte without a foamy topping, right?
Luckily, I found out that, apparently, I was not the only person with a longing for frothy, creamy plant milk. After going through many tips from the internet, I eventually landed on barista editions of vegan milk substitutes.
Even my favorite, almond, was available - hooray!
So, finally, I could make my own vegan chai latte, with foamy top and everything. It worked perfectly!
Coloring the drink with spirulina also went very well (I admit, I added a few drops of food coloring to create that nice effect on the foam - but on the milk, I only used spirulina. Just took more powder than I expected).
There was a downside to it, alas. I'm so used to the flavor of chai latte made with whole milk; it just tasted wrong to me.
Conclusion: I love a lot of vegan foodstuff. Chai latte is not one of them. 🤷‍♀️

Still, the syrup recipe is fantastic, and if you're used to only drinking plant milk, the whole latte thing might work for you :)

Recipe:

sirup:

500ml water
400g brown sugar
6 grams of black tea
1 cinnamon stick
2 star anise
one teaspoon of ground cinnamon
a pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
half a teaspoon of vanilla powder
12 green cardamom pods
10 cloves
5 black peppercorns
5 corns of allspice

optional:
about 2 cm of fresh ginger, cut into thin slices
orange zest (fresh)

If you have a mortar, crush the whole spices (cardamom, cloves, pepper, allspice) to intensify their flavor. If you don't own one, you can either get creative with the crushing or skip that step.

Put the crushed (or whole) spices into a pot along with the cinnamon stick and star anise and roast them with no fat until your kitchen smells amazingly delicious.
Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve or tea towel. Voilá, chai syrup ✨

Chai latte

Choose the perfect-sized cup for your chai latte and fill it with milk or a milk substitute of your choosing. Leave some extra space for a foamy topping.
Add enough chai syrup to make it taste super-yummy.
(Optional: add blue spirulina powder for a blue-ish coloring. Looks cool on pics, very instagrammable 😝 definitely not necessary for flavoring purposes)
Pour the mixture into a pod and heat it (don't let it boil over, though)

In the meantime, froth up some milk as a topping (this step is optional, but it makes your chai latte look so much prettier).

Last step: pour the warm chai-milk back in your cup, top with foamy, creamy deliciousness (I LOVE milk foam...), sprinkle with ground cinnamon & enjoy 🥰