Yesterday I was making a cup of Benjamin’s favorite tea, Tazo Sweet Cinnamon Spice, for him and made a surprising discovery: it has star anise in it. It’s also vile stuff and I don’t know how he drinks it, but I digress.
Given that he’s happily consuming star anise, that isn’t the ingredient in garam masala that he had such an aversion to. That leaves only the fennel as the culprit. Either that or it isn’t any of the individual spices at all but the combination of them that sends him off (the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?). Or perhaps consuming star anise in small doses has increased his sensitivity to it and the amount contained in the garam masala is enough to send him over the edge.
Or maybe unbeknownst to us Benjamin is actually a superhero who’s kryptonite is star anise and the villains at Tazo have craftily created a drink he enjoys that is slowly making him a mere mortal.
Anyone else get the impression that I’ve been reading too much fiction lately?