"Reinventing Indulgence" One meal at a time!

I remember distinctly the first time I had an iced green tea matcha latte– it was upstate in Woodstock, New York at The Tea Shop! It was the best thing ever for someone like myself who was trying to wean off of coffee. I loved it so much that I bought the matcha powder in the tiny Japanese canister. They explained to me that I should use one teaspoon of the powder with a tiny bit of hot water and then whisk it gently with a bamboo whisk. There is a whole art to this as it is used in traditional Japanese celebrations. After that, I would add it to iced soy milk or almond milk and it’s ready! I loved this and was equally quite excited to see it on the Starbucks menu. At Starbucks you have to ask for it unsweetened (no sugar water) and with the soy milk (it’s organic); it’s also offered hot or iced! 

Now I see it today on the list of items we are going to prepare in class. I am so excited. Wait.. it was a tease. We just had a tasting… so I had to make it tonight. I think I have to make it one more time to get it just perfect but it was really good! I put too much powder in. I should have remembered what they told me at The Tea Shop! 
 
Recipe
 
Matcha powder
Vanilla extract
Ice (optional) 
You will have to experiment with your own measurements until you get it to your liking. I used 2T of matcha for the amount you see above and it was a bit strong. Put everything in a blender and you are good to go! 
 
For more information on MATCH TEA, which has it’s origins in Japanese tea ceremony celebrations known as Chado, or ‘Way of Tea.’ “ 
check out another favorite store of mine: TEAVANA
 
Disclaimer: The information given here is for educational purposes only. You should not use this to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified health care provider.
[Thursday May 30th 2012 blog]
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