It’s always around this time of year when I want to break out the juicer. All the great citrus fruit is in season and I love fresh juice made from blood oranges. The juicer is also great for using up bits of random ingredients in the fridge. Just throw them together and see what happens.by
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
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.
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.by
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.by
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 big scoop of ice cream
Directions: Throw it all in a blender and enjoy.
Match ice cream recipe here.by