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September 27, 2017

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Powder Power! Healing Remedies from the Ancients

For thousands of years, humans have used herbal and plant remedies to cure illness and prevent distress. These panaceas were part of modern medicine and health studies. Today, there is still a lot more for scientists to discover and understand about what our ancestors used to heal the body, mind and soul to apply in the modern time.

While our civilization becomes more technologically and medically advanced, people are going back to these ancient remedies that have been used for centuries to heal us. People are becoming more aware of their health, choosing natural panaceas to cure ailments makes sense. Add these seven ancient ‘super’ foods to your life today.

Traditional herbal remedies holds not only the historical value but also the medicinal knowledge for the modern healing system

World's common ancient panaceas

From West to East, different civilizations offered different ancient panaceas. Depending on your body condition and the illness severity, ancient natural remedy is a healthy and natural way to improve your well-being and bring more balance into your life.

We decided to explore some of the popular and commonly used herbal powdered remedies by people worldwide to manage weight, boost energy, improve immune system and enhance overall wellness. Let’s find out their secrets!

  • Maca powder

  • Maca powder is derived from maca root, native to the high Andes of central Peru. For 3000 years, this plant has been cultivated as vegetable crop and herbal medicine.

    Maca roots look similar to the radishes and hold loads of nutritional values for your health

    Maca roots

    The main edible part of this plant is the root, similar to carrot or radish. The root is cultivated and often consumed in the powder form. It has an acquired taste which has been described as nutty and earthy, so people often add it to smoothies, juices, oatmeal or sweets.

    Maca root is the great source of important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, etc. The major antioxidant found in maca is glucosinolate, a natural compound commonly found in broccoli, cabbage, or horseradish. Glucosinolate has been showed in some studies to possess anti-carcinogenic property by blocking the formation of cancer caused by the environment or within the body. It’s responsible for the release of detoxifying enzymes that eliminate carcinogen from the body.

    Maca powder is commonly used in South America to add into smoothies, oatmeal or juices

    Maca powder derived from its roots

    Due to its detoxifying properties, maca can also help boost our immune system, prevent diseases, and also help keep your skin healthy from free radicals and sun damage. You can also make your own Maca Face Mask to help your skin radiant and shine with this recipe.

    Another common use and benefit of Maca is to rev up libido in both women and men. It can also balance body hormones and boost fertility in male. Whereas in female, maca is shown in a small study that it can also help relieve the menopausal symptoms, including interrupted sleep, hot flashes, anxiety and depression.

    Lucuma powder

    Also originated in Peru, lucuma is known as “gold of the Incas” and has been cultivated as fruit crops since 200 AD. Lucuma is also the symbol of fertility in Peruvian culture and has been used as staple food and religious offering that associated with fertility.

    Lucuma fruits have the ritual value for fertility in Central America and often called as 'golds of the Incas'

    Lucuma fruits- the famous "golds of the Incas"

    With its yellow-orange flesh and texture of a hard-boiled yolk, it’s also called Egg fruit. Its taste is sweet as a tropical mango blended with apricot which is in fact the most popular flavour for ice cream in Peru. The pulp of the fruit is dehydrated to produce the powder form that is widely used in Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and can be shipped around the world.

    Lucuma is not only well-loved for its taste but also for its medicinal benefits. Like maca, lucuma is the rich source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It’s super great for combat skin aging, fight diseases, and can even accelerate healing and tissue regeneration due to its anti-biotic, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

    Furthermore, lucuma is super great for weight and blood sugar management. It is the natural sweetener with a low GI, an index tells the effect of foods on blood sugar level on the scale of 1-100. With its low GI, lucuma’s sweetness is safe for diabetics and helps maintain a healthy sugar level in blood. As a fruit, it contains healthy carbohydrates and fat which fuel energy for the brain and body yet keep your waistline in check.

    Lucuma is a so popular flavor in Central America that people even have lucuma ice cream

    Lucuma juice is healthy for your beauty & general wellness

    So move over sugar, and substitute this wonderful powder to your morning smoothies, cereals, drinks, baking treats. Don’t forget the ice-cream as well!

    Cacao powder

    Cacao is definitely the most popular plant on the planet where chocolate- the world’s famous sweet treat, is derived from. Cacao, an evergreen tree, is native to the deep tropical Amazon basin and other tropical regions of the Central and South America. Although its name is well-known worldwide, people tend to only think cacao as a treat without knowing the loads of health benefits it carries.

    Cacao powder is grounded from cacao beans of the fruits without using heat which helps retain the nutritions

    Cacao beans from cacao fruits

    Let’s start with the difference of cocoa and cacao powder. Cocoa and cacao powders are both derived from cacao trees. The difference lies in the process of making them. Cacao powder is often raw ingredient where it is the unroasted beans that are cold-pressed while cocoa powder is the raw cacao powder that is roasted at a high temperature.

    Because raw cacao is not treated with high temperature its enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients retain with all the amazing health benefits that you might not find from an average store-bought chocolates. The content of antioxidants like epicatechins, catechins, resveratrol and procyanidins benefits cardiovascular health and blood sugar level. The antioxidants are also higher than most of the superfoods such as 20 times more than blueberries and four times more than the average dark chocolate.

    Raw cacao powder is beneficial to our mood and mind, and can help detoxify our body

    Raw cacao powder is from un-roasted beans

    The best part of cacao is definitely its natural mood booster, stress reliever, and brain enhancer. Raw cacao contains the high content of serotonin, dopamine, anandamide and phenylethylamine which are the neurotransmitters, often-called ‘bliss’ chemicals, that stimulate the euphoric feelings of relaxation, happiness and love.

    Another is phenethylamine or PEA which is normally released when you are attracted to someone and can stimulate a release of endorphins to help us stay focused and sharp.  

    So mix some raw cacao powder to your morning drink like our Raw Cacao Matcha Smoothie to enhance your mood and energy for a new day!

  • Cinnamon powder

  • Leaving the West we now explore the first ingredient that originated from the East- the mighty cinnamon. Cinnamon is not so unfamiliar to any of us but not many people know the real story of this spice. There are two commonly known types of cinnamon in the world. Ceylon aka true cinnamon is native in Sri Lanka and southeastern coast of India while Cassia- the closely related species is originated from China, which also is commonly used in the US.

    Ceylon or true cinnamon has a thinner bark and is more healthy for our body than the Cassia one.

    Cassia vs Ceylon cinnamon

    Cinnamon is one of the well-known and widely used in the ancient world. Thanks to the Arabs, cinnamon was first introduced to the West from the ancient trade route went from East to West. It was the big trade good in ancient world and even now. It is used extensively for ritual and mundane purposes such as perfumes, incense, oil, candles. Beside these commercial uses, cinnamons are well-known for their health benefits and medicinal effects.

    Both types have been studies and turn out they are not the same. Unlike the true cinnamon, cassia contains a natural chemical compound called coumarin which acts as a blood thinner and can be toxic to the liver and kidneys if taken in large dose. Most cheap cinnamon sold in supermarkets is more likely to be Cassia as Ceylon is more rare to find.

    Cinnamon is not only versatile in different recipes but also great for the blood pressure, brain functioning and weight loss.

    Cinnamon powder is great with many uses

    Ceylon cinnamon has the great health benefits you might want to know. A study in 2014 published on PLOS One revealed that cinnamon improves insulin action in brain which help regulate metabolism and brain function. This effect further mediates metabolic alterations in the liver that help reduce liver fat and balance blood sugar.

    Cinnamon is super great for the brain, diabetes and weight management. So don’t forget to spice up your oatmeal or tea with some Ceylon cinnamon as autumn is here.

    Turmeric powder

    The most common question people ask is probably if turmeric is different from cumin. Although they both are popular spices in curry and used in Ayurvedic medicine, the world’s oldest holistic healing system from India, turmeric in fact is very different from cumin. Cumin is derived from seeds native from east Mediterranean to South Asia while turmeric is a root similar to ginger and native in Southeast Asia. For now we only focus on turmeric.

    Cumin is from seeds while turmeric is a root that are commonly used in Central Asia and Southeast Asia.

    Cumin seeds vs. turmeric roots

    There has been many studies on how turmeric benefits our body. Turmeric contains several pharmacological compounds and curcumin is the main one. It is the most important antioxidant that has powerful anti-inflammatory property.

    It helps to repair tissue damages and fight pathogens. With its anti-inflammatory effect at the molecular level, scientists believe that turmeric helps treatment in many different diseases like arthritis or osteoarthritis, improves pancreas and spleen healths, and is a natural painkiller by inhibiting the inflammatory causing pain.

    Turmeric has a wonderful anti-inflammatory property which helps prevent aging, free radical formation and relieve pains.

    Turmeric powder

    And you might haven’t know but many Asian cultures, including Southeast Asia, have been using turmeric for the skin. As a potent antioxidant, curcumin from turmeric helps prevent skin aging from free radicals, soothe burns and acnes even on sensitive skin, and heal wounds and scars.

    Ginseng powder

    Originated from a farland Korea, ginseng is not uncommon in traditional Asian medicine. Ginseng is a type of root that its look resembles a human body with shoots for legs and arms. Because of its look ancient Asian people believed this can treat many human health problems, from cold, flu and fatigue to asthma and cancer.

    Ginseng roots, with the resemble look to human, are believed to cure many diseases in Chinese traditional medicine.

    Ginseng roots resemble human body

    Korean ginseng or Panax ginseng have been studied on its benefits especially its immunity boosting effect. Some studies show that ginseng effectively treats inflammatory diseases by protect the cells from pathogens and suppress inflammatory stimuli from bacteria. They also found that ginseng’ positive effect on brain ischemia, a condition of insufficient blood flow to brain that can lead to irreversible brain damage.

    Ginseng’s anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity are also studied. It significantly inhibits the activity of influenza virus in flu such as H9N2 virus causing cell death and DNA damage, or H1N1 (swine flu) causing pneumonia or lung infection. Some scientists also believe that ginseng can be valuable in dealing with HIV infection but more studies are needed to confirm that.

    Ginseng is mostly used in tea and mainly as medicine not for food or beverage.

    Ginseng tea is the traditional Chinese medicine

    If you are interested to try out this ancient herb, know that unlike turmeric, cinnamon or cacao powder, it is purely used as medicine. It is better to get advice from your doctor to have the right dosage for you. Asian cultures often use its root or powder form in their herbal tea. So check with your doc and try some ginseng tea for your health regimen.

    Matcha powder

    Matcha is becoming more and more known in the recent years. Originating in China, then popularized in Japan, matcha was mainly used in tea ceremony as a traditional ritual. When this green powder become more well known to the world, matcha is not just a ritual tradition but now becomes the famous ingredient in culinary, beauty care, and health regimen.

    Matcha powder has been used in ancient ritual tea ceremony but it is now used as healthy ingredient due to its health benefits.

    Matcha has loads of health benefits

    Matcha’s EGCG is the well-studied antioxidant with tons of health benefits from weight management, energy and mood booster, memory and cognition enhancer, to anti-aging and free radicals fighter. Like many other antioxidants, EGCG has an awesome anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

    Studies showed that anti-inflammatory effect from matcha helps improve acne and oral health. EGCG regulates the sebum production and bacterial activity which cause inflammation and acne on skin, while maintain the skin structure by increasing blood flow and hydration to skin which prevents skin aging.

    Matcha's anti-inflammatory effect is super great for your hair, skin, teeth and general beauty.

    Matcha face mask - photo credits to @wileyxcoyote

    EGCG helps fight bacteria in your mouth that can lead to cavity and bad breaths. EGCG and the high content of chlorophyll in matcha make it the great detoxifier that helps cleanse all the radical toxin in the body.

    Not only benefiting skin and teeth, matcha is great for weight loss and blood sugar level control. By increasing metabolism and fat burning, drinking matcha tea daily helps you manage your weight and health. Matcha also increases your energy level and endurance in exercise which helps further in weight loss.

    For a healthy mind and mood, matcha contains both caffeine and L-theanine which is the perfect synergy for stress and anxiety reliever, cognitive performance and focus booster, and mood enhancer.

    Matcha helps enhance focus, cognitive performacnce, mood and creative thinking.

    Being creative with Matcha - photo credits to @becomingness

    Matcha green tea is not only beneficial to your health, mind, beauty but also is a delicious ingredient in food and baking. Matcha is truly the amazing panacea that nature has to offer us.

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    The discovery of these incredible panaceas has played an important role in our modern society. The ancient knowledges were the root of our knowledge about health and wellness today. But just keep in mind that these panaceas are not solely miracle. After all, a healthy body is achieved from the food we eat but also the work we do.

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    July 16, 2017

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    Green Tea Matcha Mille Crepe

    To help lift your mood in the grey wintery weather, we have a vibrant and fresh dessert for you today - Matcha Mille Crepe Cake.

    Matcha Mille Crepe is inspired from the traditional French mille crepe. The word “mille” means thousands in French, which indicates the multiple layers of crepes in the cake. And ever growing in popularity, the Matcha Mille Crepe has been known as an elegant delicacy in French baking, which you can now find in many patisseries.

    But we all know homemade baking, cooked from the heart and made with love, is better than shop bought treats.

    Since the Matcha Mille Crepe is perfect for wintertime, we have this delightful dessert for you to make with your own flair.

    Let’s welcome the recipe of the week -- Matcha Green Tea Mille Crepe by the awesome Chantel Vo from @myloveatfirstbite

    Chantel is a 17 year old student whose passion for baking grows as each day passes. She enjoys experimenting with new ideas and recipes and aspires to become a pastry chef. Visit Chantel and see more of her lovely baking right here.

    Matcha Mille Crepe may seem daunting at first, but it's actually not that hard! All it takes is a little time and patience!

    Matcha Mille Crepe Cake

    Ingredients

    Matcha Crepe Batter
    • 7 tbsp (~100g) unsalted butter
    • 3 cups whole milk (whole milk tastes best, but any milk should suffice)
    • 6 eggs
    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 7 tbsp granulated sugar
    • A pinch of salt
    Matcha Cream Filling
    • 1 cup whole milk
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 4 tbsp sugar, adjust to the sweetness of your liking
    • 2 tbsp cornstarch
    • 2 tbsp butter
    • ½ tsp vanilla
    • 2 tbsp matcha
    • 1 ½ cups heavy cream/whipping cream (33-36% milk fat)
    • A pinch of salt
    Decoration
    • 1 tsp matcha
    • 1 tsp powdered sugar

    Instruction

    Matcha Crepe Batter
    1. In a small pan, melt the butter on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until light brown specks form at the bottom. Keep an eye on it as it can burn quickly.
    2. When ready, take off the heat. It should smell nutty, toasty (and delicious!).
    3. Heat the milk in another pot until steaming. Set aside.
    4. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, flour, sugar, and salt using an electric mixer or by hand.
    5. Slowly pour in the warm milk and brown butter while stirring until the batter is integrated.
    6. Wrap the bowl or transfer the batter into a tightly-sealed container.
    7. Refrigerate the batter for at least two hours or overnight if possible for best results.*
    8. Take the batter out of the fridge and give it a stir to combine evenly. If there are lumps, whisk it out or strain.
    9. Let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes while working on the filling.

    *This allows the gluten to relax and the starch granules to expand. This will improve the texture of the crepes making it lacy and delicate, instead of tough and rubbery. If you are short on time, try resting it at room temperature for 30 mins.

    Matcha Cream Filling

    -- The filling is a diplomat cream which is a pastry cream and whipped cream folded through.

    1. Bring the milk and 2 tbsp sugar to a boil in a pot.
    2. Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk egg yolks, remaining 2 tbsp sugar, and cornstarch until smooth.
    3. Once the milk has boiled, slowly pour it in a thin stream into the egg mixture while whisking constantly. Don’t add it all in at once or you’ll get lumps of cooked egg!
    4. Once combined, return the mixture to the pot over the stove and bring it back to a boil.
    5. Stir the mixture constantly to prevent lumps.
    6. Let it boil for a couple minutes to cook the starch or until thickened.
    7. Remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla extract, and salt.
    8. Transfer to a bowl covered with plastic wrap; make sure the pastry cream surface is directly in contact with the plastic wrap to prevent a crust from forming.
    9. Chill pastry cream in the fridge until it is completely cool.
    10. Stir the chilled pastry cream until uniform and smooth.
    11. Whip the heavy/whipping cream either by hand or with an electric mixer till soft peaks.
    12. Fold the pastry cream and whipped cream together. This is called diplomat cream.
    13. Spoon about 1 cup of the cream out to another bowl and add the matcha powder.
    14. Combine thoroughly then pour it back into the rest of the cream. This allows the matcha to be combined easier.
    15. Wrap and leave it in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.
    Build the mighty Mille Crepe

    Multiple layers of heavenly and thin matcha green tea crepes, create the giant paradise for any matcha lovers

    1. Heat an 8” non-stick pan on medium heat. An 8” pan yield around 25 crepes. A different size of pan will yield different number of crepes and need different amount of batter per crepe.
    2. Brush with oil and wipe away the excess with a paper towel.
    3. Pour in 2-3 tbsp of batter to the heated pan. If the pan is at the right temperature, the batter has enough time to spread around, but sets quickly.
    4. Quickly swirl the pan around to spread the batter out evenly.
    5. Adjust the amount of batter per crepe if it is too thick or too thin. It’s ultimate to have thin crepe.
    6. Flip the crepe once the edges are golden and the middle is set (less than a minute). Use your fingers and a cake spatula to flip the crepe. They are the best tools to do so.
    7. Let it cook for another 15-30 secs on the other side.
    8. Transfer the cooked crepe to a parchment lined baking sheet.
    9. Repeat with the rest of the batter. Do not stack crepes on top of each other while they’re still hot.
    10. Allow 2-3 mins for each crepe to cool before transfer the next one from the pan to the baking sheet.
    11. Wrap the cooled crepes with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
    12. To assemble, place one crepe on a cake board, plate, or something flat. Use a turntable if you have one.
    13. Spread about ¼ cup of the Matcha Cream Filling evenly on the crepe.
    14. Place another crepe on top and spread the 2nd layer of filling on top.
    15. Repeat until the last and prettiest crepe is used as the very top layer. Do not layer cream on the top crepe.
    16. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1h to set the filling so it’ll be much easier to cut.
    17. Once ready to serve, combine the matcha and powdered sugar and dust the top.
    18. Cut a slice and enjoy!
    Extra notes:

    Some like to cut off the edges of the crepes before assembling to have the sides cleaner and ensures that they are all same size.

    You can do so by using a template, ring mold, existing cake pan, etc. Or just leave the rough edges as you’ll have more crepe. They look and taste great either way!

    Super thin & soft matcha green tea crepes layered with rich cream creates the great dessert for any occasions

    Super green, beautiful and delicious! This homemade Matcha Mille Crepe is just as scrumptious as those from the bakery.

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    May 10, 2017

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    Green & Purple Matcha Sweet Potato Swiss Roll

    If you haven’t heard much about the new health food - the purple sweet potato - this week’s recipe is where you’ll find the low down.

    Purple sweet potato originated in Colombia and southern Central America, and is an amazingly versatile and delicious vegetable.

    Common in eastern Asia and the Americas, you’ll often see the purple sweet potato at Christmas or Thanksgiving dinners in the States, or being sold at street food stalls throughout Southeast Asia.

    The purple sweet potato can be used in savory recipes, although due to its natural sweetness and rich flavour, many bakers also use it for desserts. The potato gives out a lovely lavender hue and that, combined with its low calorie content, make it a fabulous ingredient to add to your favourite desserts.

    This week brings a new purple sweet potato dessert for us to try - Green Tea Matcha Purple Sweet Potato Swiss Roll shared by Cindy Lee aka @whimsical_bakes.

    @whimsical_bakes and her daughter

    Cindy Lee is a home baker and an aspiring patissier. Previously a banker, Cindy has been baking since November 2016, after wanting to take a short break to spend more time with her seven year old daughter, who has just started elementary school.

    While on her break, Cindy has also been preparing for her Chartered Financial Analyst exam, and baking up a storm in her kitchen.

    She says she finds inspirations from fellow bakers, traditional recipes and her daughter. Her daughter has been an honest critic, and even a little harsh at times, but Cindy says she pushes her to her best, especially with regard to her baking’s flavour and presentation.

    Cindy's belief is that desserts are not just accompaniments, but entire dishes to be savoured. Visit ABC and all her beautiful bakes here!

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    This gorgeous Matcha Sweet Potato Swiss Roll has a beautiful color contrast of purple and green, and a luscious flavour combination of the vegetal taste of matcha mixed with the rich sweetness of the potato. 

    Purple Sweet Potato Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll

    Spongy & moist matcha green tea swiss roll filled with purple sweet potato filling

    Ingredients

    Matcha Swiss Roll
    • 45g butter
    • 50g plain flour*
    • 10g corn flour*
    • 5g matcha green tea**
    • 65g milk
    • 4 eggs, separated
    • 80g sugar
    • 6g corn flour
    • Pinch of salt
    Sweet Potato Filling
    • 400g purple sweet potato
    • 100g whole milk
    • 5-10g of brown sugar

    *Can be replaced with top flour, or lower protein flour.

    **Add additional 2-3g of matcha if preferring a richer matcha flavour.

    Method

    Matcha Swiss Roll
    1. Preheat oven to 160°C and lined a 9" square swiss roll tin with baking parchment.
    2. Sift plain flour, 10g corn flour and matcha together twice; leave aside.
    3. Melt butter over low heat till bubbles appear; remove from heat
    4. Add in flours and matcha mixture, mix well and transfer the roux to another bowl.
    5. Add in milk and mix till combined.
    6. Add egg yolks one at a time to form a batter.
    7. Whisk together sugar and 6g corn flour.
    8. Meringue: Whisk egg whites till foamy, add pinch of salt and continue till soft peaks.
    9. Continue whisking while adding sugar-corn flour till stiff peaks form. Do not over-beat.
    10. Fold ⅓ of meringue into batter to lighten the batter.
    11. Pour batter over rest of meringue and fold lightly till combined.
    12. Pour mixture into prepared tin, use a bench scraper to even the mixture.
    13. Tap the tin once to release big air bubbles.
    14. Bake for 20 mins, then turn oven up to 180°C for another 5 mins to brown the top.
    15. Let cool in tin for 2 mins, then remove from tin, flip sponge cake over on a waxing paper or baking parchment
    16. Peel off the parchment paper and let cool completely on wire rack.
    Sweet Potato Filling
    1. Steam sweet potato till soft and mash with fork.
    2. Over low heat, cook sweet potato, milk and sugar till combined. Add more milk if required. Leave to cool.
    Assemble
    1. Flip sponge cake over waxing paper so that browned side is facing up.
    2. Spread sweet potato onto cake but leave about 1-inch space from one edge of the cake.
    3. Use waxing paper to help roll and tighten the Swiss roll.
    4. Rest the Swiss roll in the fridge for at least 30 mins before serving. Enjoy!

    Extra notes:

    • Cooking the flour helps to relax the gluten so cake is more 'spongy'.
    • If a smoother texture is preferred of the filling, use an immersion blender.

    Purple Sweet Potato Filled Matcha Green Tea Swiss Roll is the delightful and beautiful combination of flavors

    Enjoy this beautiful dessert with your mum this Mother’s Day.

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    April 26, 2017

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    April 14, 2017

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    Oreo Matcha Green Tea Cheesecake Bars

    Easter is just around the corner, which calls for a feast with the family. It’s the time to get together and enjoy delicious food, go down to the Royal Easter Show and hide eggs in the garden for the children to find.

    And in celebration of all things chocolate, we have a delightful recipe for you today, from Melissa Tee aka @tsymelissa - it’s her gorgeous Matcha Oreo Cheesecake Bars.

    Soft and delicious Green Tea Oreo Cheesecake Bars made with the earthy matcha powder, complementary with the bittersweet Oreos

    Melissa is from Malaysia but went to school in Singapore before moving to Sydney to continue her studies. A true matcha fanatic, Melissa also can't resist the temptation to sprinkle some matcha powder into everything that she bakes.

    Melissa learned to bake when she was young and has created many inspiring recipes over the years. Her other hobbies are cafe-hopping and food photography, while also reviewing restaurants and cafes she frequents.

    Visit Melissa and her amazing journey of food at:

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    Melissa’s Oreo Green Tea Cheesecake Bars recipe is super simple to make as all you need to do is mix, beat and bake! The combination of the earthly matcha and sweet oreos is a classic style of Kenko Tea’s dessert recipes.

    Each element complements the other flavours, creating the perfect taste. These bars are also mini bite-sized which makes them the perfect dessert to share at any party. So let’s get some matcha, oreos and start mixing!

    Green Tea Oreo Cheesecake Bars

    Ingredients

    • 24 Oreo cookies
    • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
    • 250g cream cheese, room temperature
    • 130g granulated white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 4 Tbsp sour cream
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1-2 Tbsp Matcha powder, according to taste

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 160C/350F. Line a 20x20cm baking pan with parchment paper.
    2. Process Oreo cookies in a food processor until fine crumbs.
    3. Add melted butter into cookies crumbs and mix well.
    4. Press crumbs into an even layer and bake for 10 mins. Let it cool.
    5. Beat the cream cheese on medium speed using a paddle attachment until smooth.
    6. Add in sugar and beat until incorporated.
    7. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    8. Beat in matcha powder, sour cream and vanilla extract until incorporated.
    9. Pour batter over the baked crust, then bake again until edges are set with a slightly jiggly centre for about 25 mins.
    10. Cool till room temperature, then cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving.

    Silky soft Matcha Oreo Cheesecake bars are the great dessert for the Easter's family gathering

    Voila! These delicious and beautiful Oreo Matcha Cheesecake Bars are perfect for Easter Sunday. Enjoy!!

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    March 29, 2017

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    Fudgy Green Tea Matcha Crinkles

    If you are looking for exclusive treats that are simple yet fun to bake, we have the perfect recipe here for ya!

    This delicious cookie recipe is one you’ll want to whip up this weekend… presenting the fudgy Matcha Tea Crinkles by the lovely Nathaim Denly from @natsooonice

    Matcha Green Tea Crinkles - fudgy and luscious treats since childhood

     

    Nathaim Denly is from the City of Love, Iloilo in the Philippines. A physiotherapy graduate currently studying towards her board exam next year, Nathaim spends much of her free time looking for ways to incorporate matcha into different dessert recipes.

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    Nathaim’s matcha krinkles (or crinkles) are inspired by one of her favourite childhood treats - chocolate crinkles. Popular in the Philippines, crinkles are soft, fudgy cookies coated with fine powdered sugar.

    These innovative matcha crinkles have the same soft fudginess to them, with the added earthliness of matcha. The outside crust is slightly crisp while the inside is moist and gooey. The treats are then rolled in powdered sugar to create luscious green tea matcha crinkles.

    Matcha Green Tea Crinkles

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ½ cup matcha powder
    • 2 eggs
    • ¼ cup cooking oil
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1-2 cups confectioners sugar

    Procedure

    1. Combine together flour, salt and baking powder till well mixed
    2. In another bowl, mix thoroughly the sugar and the matcha powder.
    3. Mix in eggs, oil and vanilla extract into the matcha sugar mixture until it is fully combined.
    4. Combine well the flour mixture to the matcha-egg one.
    5. Chill the batter for at least 1 hour or overnight.
    6. Divide the chilled dough into any desired size.
    7. Roll them in confectioners sugar.
    8. Bake at 350F (177C) for 12-13 minutes.
    9. Let the cookies cool down before serving. Enjoy!

    Green Tea Crinkles are the new favourite cookies made with Matcha Green Tea

    Prepare to impress your loved ones with these sweet treats. Happy baking and enjoy the weekend!

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    March 17, 2017


    Top 8 Green St. Patrick's Matcha Tea Cocktails

    March is here - the wonderful month of the year where the temperature begins to cool. But rather than the weather creating a cool blue, March is the time of the year where everything turns green - for St Patrick’s Day that is!

    And this St Paddy’s Day we’ve got some delicious green cocktail recipes to help you celebrate this leprechaun-filled event. Because if you can’t wear green, and listen to the fiddle while having a few drinks on St Patrick’s Day, when can you do it?

    1. St. Patrick's Day Green Tea Cocktail

    While for some it’s the Guinness that makes St. Paddy’s Day, in the Emerald Isle there are many other options when raising your glass.

    Irish cream, gin, poitin, stout, whiskey and of course the ever-popular Irish Red Ale are the favourites too. And when thinking outside of the box, you can certainly skip the black stuff and get into the spirit with some green matcha tea.

    This recipe below is the St. Patrick’s Day Green Tea Cocktail from Samovar Tea. For the full method please click here.

    • 1 bottle Irish Red Ale, bittersweet balance (e.g O’Hara’s, Smithwick’s Diamond Bear or Goose Island Kilgubbin)
    • ¼ tsp matcha, plus more for garnish

    2. The Mighty Patcha

    The Mighty Patcha Cocktail Recipe from Metro.co.uk

     Photo credit: Metro.co.uk

    Bright green is a desirable colour for a Paddy’s Day cocktail and for this recipe, simply mix your matcha green tea into your drink. With the health benefits matcha brings, it’s the perfect tipple if you are searching for a healthy option to celebrate with.

    The ingredients for this tasty cocktail are below, and for the full recipe go here!

    • 25ml Jameson Irish whisky
    • 10ml lemon juice
    • 5-6 basil leaves
    • ½ tsp matcha
    • 10ml matcha syrup
    • 50ml ginger ale

    3. I Dream of Greenie

    The I Dream of Greenie mix from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is a delightful blend of avocado, lime juice, green agave mezcal and matcha green tea. One sip and you will taste the complexity of this lovely drink - a mix of citrus and fruits with a velvety finish.

    You can find the ingredients for the I Dream of Greenie cocktail below and the full method here.

    • 60ml plum-infused El Silencio Mezcal
    • 2 tbsp avocado syrup
    • ½ tsp matcha powder
    • 22ml fresh lime juice
    • 7.5ml liquor 43
    • Smoked salt, for the rim of the glasses

    4. Matcha Pisco Sour

    Matcha Pisco Sour by the Spirit of Cocktail & Culture Supercall

    Photo credit: Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall

    If you are after a smooth, frothy drink with a hint of bitter, then a Pisco Sour from the Spirit of Cocktails & Culture Supercall is the answer. Pisco Sour is a very compatible flavour when mixed with matcha green tea, as not only does it highlight the umami of matcha, but it also enhances its vital green color.

    And here’s an extra tip - if you want the vibrant green color to pop in this cocktail, make sure the matcha syrup is extra fresh and be careful not to overheat the matcha, remembering it is more delicate than other tea leaves. You can check out the full recipe for this Matcha Pisco Sour here.

    • 60ml pisco
    • 22ml fresh lime juice
    • 22ml matcha syrup
    • 28g egg whites
    • Amargo chuncho bitters, for garnish

    5. Matcha Gimlet Cocktail

    matcha green tea gimlet - todaysnest

    Photo credit: Today's Nest.com

    Most people love the refreshing taste of gin and lime juice, but what about a delicious Matcha Green Tea Gimlet?

    This ain't your ordinary gimlet (gin and lime cocktail). This drink is the perfect balance of grassy matcha with citrusy lime juice and a sweet touch of the homemade syrup. For best results, use only good quality London dry gin, like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire.

    • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
    • 89ml water
    • Juice of 1 small lime (1oz)
    • 15ml simple syrup
    • 74ml London Dry Gin
    • Ice

    Check out the full recipe here.

    6. Matcha Gin & Tonic

    Matcha Green Tea Gin & Tonic

    Photo credit: SeriousEats.com

    If you’re simply after a gin and tonic this St Patrick’s Day, why not give your traditional drink a green twist with added matcha? The cocktail brings together the earthly flavour of matcha, mixed with fresh cucumbers and limes, and finished off with a splash of Hendrick’s gin.

    It’s a simple cocktail recipe but makes for a deliciously cold and refreshing treat. So if you need a last minute drink idea for your St. Paddy’s Day party, look no further.

    Matcha syrup

    • 57g matcha powder
    • 170ml boiling water
    • 1L rich simple syrup

    Cocktail

    • 1 cucumber, cut into rough chunks
    • 43ml Hendrick’s gin
    • 28ml fresh lime juice from 2-3 limes
    • 28ml matcha syrup
    • 28ml tonic water

    Garnish: Cucumber and a sprig of fresh mint

    7. The Green Monk

    The Green Monk - One Martini

    Photo credit: OneMartini.com

    Another cocktail for gin lovers is this Green Monk from One Martini. The drink is a beautiful mix of gin, fresh Meyer lemon juice and homemade ginger honey syrup, topped off with the vibrant green of matcha tea.

    • 44ml gin (We used Martin Miller Gin)
    • 22ml ginger honey syrup*
    • 15ml fresh squeezed Meyer lemon juice
    • 7.5ml green Chartreuse
    • 74ml brewed and cooled Matcha Green Tea
    • Soda water
    • 3 pieces of candied ginger on a skewer for garnish

    Once you have everything you need, check out how to mix this cocktail.

    8. Matcha Cooler (non-alcoholic)

    Matcha Green Tea Cooler (non alcohol mocktail)

    Photo credit: Liquor.com

    If you’re on a booze break during St. Patrick’s Day, don’t miss out on the fun with this virgin matcha cocktail. This little mocktail will be a toast to your health and is the perfect alcohol-free way to celebrate St Paddy’s Day.

    With its grassy and bittersweet flavour, this matcha cooler from Liquor is the one to try.

    Following are the ingredients and you can click for the full recipe here.

    Matcha syrup

    • ½ cup water
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 tbsp stone-ground matcha

    Cocktail

    • 1-inch piece of cucumber, roughly chopped
    • 8 mint leaves, plus 1 mint sprig for garnish
    • Juice of 1 lime (about 1.5 tbsp)
    • 30ml fresh apple juice, e.g Granny Smith

    So have you decided which cocktail you want to try? We don’t blame you if you’re tempted by them all! These green matcha cocktails will definitely add a pop of green to your St Paddy’s Day.

    Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dui!

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