Category Archives: Drinks

ZenMatcha Power Shake

ZenMatcha Power Shake

If you’ve been to my place, it’s obvious I have a lot of gadgets. A standmixer, waffle maker, panini press, various pans of all shapes and sizes, etc… I can’t control it. It goes in hand with my addiction to cookbooks and infomercials.

When kids were using their birthday money to buy a cool toy, I used mine to buy…a juicer. Seriously. Like most gadgets, it ends up being used a bit before it makes it’s way into storage. It wasn’t until I moved downtown that I would touch it again — and only to put it in its moving box. When my friend told me she wanted to buy a juicer, I told her to save her money and gave her mine as a permanent loan until I found the desire to use my juicer again. A year later I actually did want my juicer back. I blame Fresh and their book Refresh.

I made the ZenMatcha shake. Despite my juicer being ancient, it did a great job of juicing the pineapples. I hope to use the juicer more often, I forgot how yummy fresh pineapple juice is. The shake was really tasty, but it needed some ice cubes to make it cold. I’ll also reduce the amount of matcha because I found the caffeine made me a bit jittery (I’m very caffeine sensitive).

ZenMatch Power Shake (adapted from Refresh)

– 6 ounces of pineapple juice (an inch of pineapple cored if you’re juicing)
– 3oz filtered water
– 1 banana
– 6 oz soymilk
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
– 1.5 teaspoons matcha green tea powder (original recipe uses 1 Tablespoon)
– ice cubes

Directions:
Juice pineapple and add filtered water to the juicer to flush the pineapple juice through. Place all the other ingredients in a blender and blend. This makes a huge serving, so don’t be confused by the picture — I split this shake with R.

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Frozen hot chocolate

Frozen hot chocolate

You know when you get a certain craving for a food or drink that’s so strong that you’ll find a way to have it, even if it’s out of the way?

A few years ago it was when I really discovered chicken wings and Movie Man and I would travel halfway across the city to get Duff’s and of course afterwards get some gelato at Hollywood Gelato next door. Yesterday it was hot and felt very summery and I wanted a frozen hot chocolate. I don’t know why, I’ve never had one and it’s not like I was watching the movie Serendipity. But I got it into my head that I had to have one so I gave my Magic Bullet a little work out. What’s not to like about a frosty version of hot chocolate? This would be great with some (or a lot) of Kahlua, Frangelico, Amaretto or Irish Cream.

Recipe here. Note: it says to pour milk slowly into the melted chocolate and hot chocolate mixture. I poured my cold milk too fast and the chocolate seized. For a fool proof drink use warm milk.

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My favourite tea place

My new teapot

Do you have a store where unless you show some remarkable feat of strength you always come home with something? Tealish is that store for me. I have about 10 of their teas and I could be easily persuaded to buy more. Their tea lattes are amazing, my favourite being the Walnut Ave. Green tea latte.

Some of my favourite teas include:

Toasty Almond: I cannot get enough of this tea! It’s almost like juice, very flavourful.

Earl Grey Cream: I am not a black tea fan, but this tea changed my mind! An intoxicating smell and a delicious tea. The most requested tea when people come over to my place. They also have an Earl Green Cream available too which is good.

Patisserie: Another favourite of mine. It has a creamy taste to it.

If you have a chance, check out their store front. The people there are always so friendly and helpful (with over 130 teas, it can be overwhelming!). They also carry a wonderful selection of tea tins, teapots, and cups. I bought my first teapot there (as shown above) and they have classic cast iron teapots as well. I’ve also been eyeing the baby buddha bowls which I’ve wanted for awhile.

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Banana Matcha White Chocolate Smoothie

Green tea and white chocolate smoothie

I have a bit of an addiction to Tartelette’s website. The list of recipes I want to try from there is so long I’ve considered making a bookmark folder called “Tartelette”. I’ve had matcha in my cupboard for so long that it’s past its prime. Then I saw a matcha white chocolate ice cream recipe on the site and I went to the cupboard to use my poor neglected matcha.

The good (and bad) news about making your own food is knowing what is in it. I plan on eating a lot of homemade ice cream this summer which means that I will be ingesting a lot of whipping cream (heavy cream). The ice cream was very creamy and heavenly. I love green tea ice cream so this will be made again.

With a banana about to go bad, I decided to make a banana matcha smoothie. I’ve had some good matcha smoothies, but this so delicious that I will probably never buy a matcha smoothie again if I can help myself. It’s not a healthy recipe, unless you count all those beneficial properties of matcha.

Banana-Matcha Smoothie “recipe”:

1 banana
1 big scoop of ice cream
Milk

Directions: Throw it all in a blender and enjoy.

Match ice cream recipe here.

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