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.
I didn’t get to make the Irish Soda bread for St. Paddy’s day as I was caught up making a conserve for the first time and had my first experience with water bath canning. Note: Do yourself a favour and buy jar tongs. That way you’re not cursing as the jar slips away from the tongs splashing hot water everywhere and you’re trying to McGuyver a way to get it out with the limited contents of your kitchen drawer.
Anyway. Onto the green.
My neighbour recently received a creme brulee kit. She’s not a baker, I’m not even sure if she’s ever baked anything, but she wanted to try making creme brulee with my help. I wouldn’t call myself an expert as I’ve only made it once in my life, but I thought it’d be fun to do and I get to use a blow torch!
We made a matcha-lime creme brulee. This recipe took FOREVER, but that wasn’t really the recipe’s fault. We started it late at night and we had to refrigerate the mixture. But we couldn’t continue the next day. My neighbour baked it, but it hadn’t completely set so when I saw it, it needed to be in the oven for an extra hour. I think it took 6 days for us to complete it. The blow torch was fun and scary. I’m pretty accident-prone and I didn’t want to accidentally set their unit on fire!
The tops cracked nicely and the creme brulees were finally a success! The lime overpowered the matcha and with matcha being a pricey ingredient, I’d probably reduce the zest or omit it completely.
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.