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The Wonder Years..how much of this life can we do? : Why am I obsessed with Matcha green tea?

Monday, 2 June 2014

Why am I obsessed with Matcha green tea?

I've been drinking green tea for years, but not really enjoying it. Either its too bitter, or it makes me feel a bit icky! That's the best way to describe it. I've read about Matcha green tea, but mainly i've looked at the price of a small tin and thought even I, tea lover - won't spend ¬£20 on a small pot. However then I found this box in Waitrose which I love. It doesn't go bitter or too strong. 

So i'm now just a little bit obsessed and have just purchased some cooking grade green tea as I wanted to make some icecream, if you've not tried it it's delicious. That said I need to prove I can make it so I will keep you posted. 

My first experiment was this weekend, was thanks to Kiran Tarun almond-matcha-green-tea-cookies recipe I found. I did improvise on the ingredients using polenta instead of almond flour as I didn't have any. They were still yum and I'll be making them again, now I've got used to  around the American cup measurements!

Which bring me on to my other latest favourite things, a nut bag! I've had a few attempts at making my own almond milk, which involves soaking almonds over night, blending them and then pouring the liquid through a muslin or in my case at first an old t-shirt I then put in the washing machine ( much to my husband's dismay!) I then bought a baby muslin which still get bits of almond mulch stuck in it and is really hard to clean. However this weekend  my oldest pal, Lauren, who I've introduced  to the wonders of almond milk and making your own bought me this beautiful thing. A nut bag. So you still soak your almonds, and blend the mixture ( 3 times the amount of water to nuts) and then put this bag over a bowl and pour the mixture in, then pull the string tight and squeeze about your milk. 

BRILLIANT! Your almond mulch is then in a neat ball you can spread out onto a baking tray and bake on a low heat for approx 30 min. Then you have the almond flour for the cookies I metioned earlier. It can also be used in yogurts, salads on top of crumbles.. 

Whilst it doesn't take long to make almond milk, it just requires remembering to soak your almonds the night before and I'm going to try some other nut / seed varieties. However my other favourite for my morning shakes is this coconut milk, which is so subtle and lovely and low calorie. 

Finally is my firm favourite superfood - the chia seed. I drive my hubby mad with seeds in the sink (oops) these seeds are a great source of protein. I have them in my shakes and they swell up and become thick and gloopy. Also you can make a great desert with a spot of cocoa powder and some coconut milk / almond milk shake well and leave in the fridge overnight. It will remind you of rice pudding but a quarter of the calories. 

How's that for food for thought Nx 


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