5 Simple and Delicious Matcha Green Tea Recipe Ideas

5 Simple and Delicious Matcha Green Tea Recipe Ideas

Matcha green tea is the new rage in town and with a good reason. This magic green powder with a unique, rich taste offers heaps of health benefits, and if you haven’t introduced it in your diet yet, now’s the time. Matcha is powdered high-quality green tea. It’s a great source of nutrients, and rich in antioxidants that can protect you from heart disease and cancer, reduce blood pressure, boost your metabolism and slow down the aging process. Healthy and delicious matcha can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether you’re new to matcha or already into it, here are five green tea recipe ideas you won’t resist trying yourself. 1. Matcha Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup almond milk/water (any beverage of choice) 1 banana 1 green apple ½ avocado 2 cups spinach A handful of seeds/walnuts/nuts (your pick) 2 tbps matcha 2 tbsp maple syrup/honey (optional) Lemon juice (optional) Method: Put the ingredients in a blender until they get well-integrated. Add more water/almond milk to get your preferred consistency. 2. Matcha Ice Cream Ingredients: 1 cup of cream a cup of milk 3 tbsp matcha ½ cup sugar a pinch of salt Method: Put the ingredients into a bowl and whisk them until well combined. Heat the mixture (preferably until it starts to boil) and keep whisking until it starts to foam. Remove it from the fire, put it in a large bowl and let it cool down. Refrigerate the mixture and once chilled churn for about 20 minutes in an ice cream maker. Freeze it for about 3 hours before you let it transport you to matcha heaven....
Before You Get into the Bento Making Habit – Here are a Few Things to Get You Started

Before You Get into the Bento Making Habit – Here are a Few Things to Get You Started

For those of you who never heard of bento boxes (I doubt there are many people that haven’t heard of bento boxes at some point of their life) , here’s a little explanation. Originating from Japan, bento (弁当) refers to a visually appealing, healthy meal served in a box. It is prepared in a compact container arranged to fit a single meal and side dishes, convenient to take to the office, to school, on picnics and so on. It’s portable, easy to carry, and it’s cheaper than other alternatives. The traditional Japanese bento contains rice, fish (or meat) and pickled, boiled or steamed vegetables. The Japanese usually spend time to carefully prepare a bento lunch box for their kids or themselves, arranging and decorating the food in shapes of animals, cartoon characters, flowers and other artistic figures. The goal is to make a healthy meal that is also attractive. We are huge fans of bento boxes – it’s a great solution for people who want to eat healthy and prepare their own food, while being always on the go. Being able to customize your own meal gives you the freedom to experiment and mix new flavours, but most of all, stay healthy and well fed at all times. Parents love the idea of preparing a fresh lunch box for their children and the bento lunch box is the perfect way to make sure kids have a nutritious meal.  How to Make a Bento Box? In order to prepare this healthy meal, you don’t necessarily need to use Japanese bento boxes. You can buy any square container or lunch box...
Chilli and Lemongrass Beef with Rice

Chilli and Lemongrass Beef with Rice

Happy Friday! Who’s excited for the weekend? We’re going to be super busy but hey, we love it! This recipe is one of our absolute favorites – as I’ve said previously, Aaron loves these flavor combinations, and it’s a really delicious dish. I encourage you to give it a go!   Ingredients: 2 tbs vegetable oil 300g rump steak, sliced 1 onion, sliced 1 stalk lemongrass 1 red chilli 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp fish sauce 2 tsp soy 1 cucumber ½ bunch Vietnamese mint ½ bunch parella leaf 2 tbs crushed peanuts 3 cups cooked rice 3 iceberg lettuce Method: Heat a wok over medium-high heat until smoking. Add oil and cook off beef, onion, garlic, lemongrass and chilli. Stir continually until beef has cooked through. Add fish and soy sauce and cook for about 30 seconds. Serve on a bed of rice, garnish with shredded lettuce, Vietnamese mint, parella leaf and pour about 2 tablespoons of sauce over the top. Finish with crushed...
Tips for Cooking Jasmine Rice

Tips for Cooking Jasmine Rice

While cooking rice is fairly straight forward, there are actually little things you can do to make it even better! We do this all the time  when making rice dishes, and it always yields yummier results! Ingredients: 1 ½ cup rice 1 ¾ cups water pinch salt Method: The important part when cooking rice is to rinse it properly. Place rice in a large bowl and cover with water. Rub your fingers through to rinse all the starch out of the rice. Drain water off and repeat this process until the water draining off is clear not milky. Place rice in a pot and cover with water, the water should be about an inch higher than the level of the rice. Bring rice to boil uncovered then turn down the heat to the lowest setting. Cover and simmer until the rice absorbs all the water. Turn heat off and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Use a plastic spoon to fluff the rice up. As a general rule 1 ½ cups of raw rice is about 3 ½ cups cooked rice....
Everyone loves Baklava!

Everyone loves Baklava!

Baklava is quite possibly one of the most delicious foods ever. Well, I suppose we think that about a lot of food, because simply put: we love cooking. And eating. But the sweet nutty flavor with the flaky pastry is just… perfection. Ahem. Anyway, I’m sure you share our love for Baklava, so I’m going to help you out with sharing our recipe with you! We’ve made it time and time again, and it’s always a crowd pleaser. Ingredients: 375g (1 packet) filo pastry 180g butter, melted & cooled 2 tsp water 150g walnuts 150g unsalted pistachios 1/4 cup caster sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon 375g honey 3/4 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 lemon, rind and juice Method: Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and lightly toast in oven for 5-8 minutes. Combine toasted walnuts, pistachios, caster sugar and cinnamon in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Use a shallow cake tin and brush with melted butter. Take 1/3 of the filo, brush top sheet with butter, fold into thirds and place in the base of the tin. Brush surface with butter. Spread half of the nut filling over the filo, add another 1/3 of filo (same as before) and repeat process. Use a sharp knife and cut a diamond pattern into the top layer of filo and sprinkle with water. Bake for 30 minutes. Cover with foil and cook for 45 minutes longer. In a small pot, heat up sugar, lemon rind (finely grated) and honey. Reduce slightly. Pour over baklava while still hot and set aside to cool completely....
Chicken Mince Stir Fry

Chicken Mince Stir Fry

I really like this recipe because it’s so simple, and yet so flavorful and delicious! It works for those cooler Summer nights when you want more than a salad Ingredients: 300g chicken mince 2 large red chillies 2 cloves garlic 1 small knob ginger 2 coriander roots 1⁄2 bunch Thai basil 4 snake beans, sliced 2 eggs 1 pinch white pepper 2 tbs oyster sauce 2 tbs kecap manis 2 tbs water Method: Pound ginger, garlic and coriander root until it forms a fine paste. Heat wok with vegetable oil, until just smoking. Add paste and fry until golden and fragrant. Add chicken mince and fry until it begins to brown. Add chilli and snake beans and stir fry for another one minute. Season with oyster sauce , kecap manis & pepper. Before serving add Thai basil and water. Serve with rice and fried egg on top....