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Thank you RachanaC for a sample of this! I am backlogging while my daughter is down for a nap…she has a double ear infection and I have been busy since Thursday taking care of a clingy and sad toddler. So since my energy was completely diminished I decided what better to try than matcha?! It’s been 105 here lately so I decided to have a matcha latte and it was quite yummy. Smooth, sweet and grassy…yum!
I had a little bit of Crystal Light Lemonade left so I tried to salvage it buy adding 2TB lime juice and a tsp of matcha- James Bond Style. It worked pretty good but the obnoxious sweetness of the lemonade can still be tasted in the back of the sip sometimes. I like my home made lemon or limeade.
Made black bean brownies: 1 package brownie mix + 1 14oz can unseasoned black beans blended, mixed well. No egg, oil, water, etc.
Topped with: Equal parts unsweetened cocoa, powdered sugar, plain white sugar, and matcha, sifted together. I’ve had this w/o the plain white sugar before and the texture gets a bit pastey in my mouth, so it’s a must. I just wish it would have been vanilla bean sugar.
Hair of the dog, of sorts, after my dairy disaster. 2 containers of Strawberry Fiber One yogurt w/ 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha in each. Don’t worry, these are safe lol! I’m hoping more matcha, the active cultures, and the fiber (10g total!) help ward off anything that might be brewing in my digestive tract.
Jade Limeade! (which makes more sense then Jade Lemonade since Limeade is green) Unfortunately this is not happy occasion. Today, purely on accident, I have consumed both bad sour cream (expired in May) and shredded cheese (although unopened, expired in June)… I’m not feeling sick, but I don’t want to wait around til I do. Unfortunately the packets of stevia I have equal the sweetness of 2tsp of sugar so I have to make a 2x cuppa. 4TB lime juice, 1 packet stevia, 12oz water, and 2tsp matcha. Although I normally do not have sweetened lemon or limeade, this was really good. Not just good… BETTER than regular limeade! The matcha gives it a whole new mouthfeel and tones down the sweetness.
Okay…so…I tried this again…
I had half of a smoothie left from this morning that I am taste-tasting for a local chain. It was BERRY Flavored and consisted of: Ice, Yogurt, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, and I ended up putting the same amount of this Matcha in it. Of course, it melted the ice – mostly – but it also was WAY frothy!!! This goes extremely well in a smoothie! I’m really enjoying this. I actually like the concoction BETTER with the Matcha than without – I felt the smoothie minus the matcha was too tart…this mellows that out a little.
My first experience with this match I gave an 80. Mixed with my Smoothie I would say a 90 to 95-ish…I will stick with this overall rating for now but I will change it down the road with more experiments!
I just received this and will be spending a lot of time with it over the next week or so…I will be doing a more lengthy review at some point over at It’s All About The Leaf. I would like to try different methods and mixtures just for fun. Right now…I went ‘plain jane’ with Matcha and Water – whisking and it smells like warm broccoli. It’s a dark vintage looking green in color yet very smooth. It’s very flavorful and smooth…almost a milky taste.
Day 2 of… um… mineral replacement lol. I filled my chawan w/ musk melon, sifted a tsp of matcha over it and stirred. Most of the matcha ended up w/ the juice at the bottom so I added 2oz hot water and whisked. Whoa! This has the best foam I’ve gotten yet! Ok, well it’s more like bubbles than real foam or froth. But it covers the entire surface of the matcha- I’ve never managed to get that before!:)
Needed something refreshing this afternoon so I made myself a Jade Lemonade except instead of using lemonade I used Pomegranate Limeade from Trader Joe’s (and soda water, of course). As usual, the result was extremely tasty, with the matcha providing a creamy note of contrast to the tang of the limeade.
Made 2 matcha rolls today – one with pistachio creme, other one with strawberry yogurt creme. And after that i needed refreshment so i made a nice latte. Everything is so yummy :D
Enjoy the pics:
Yay i got my DoMatcha tin yesterday. Won it on a FB recipe contest. Gonna make the matcha roll tomorrow. Today i started my day with a matcha latte :D
I absolutely love the fact that you can make so many different yummy things out of a tin of matcha. And this one is indeed a very tasty one too…
No more words here are the pics…
My first foray into a matcha and I have to say I am impressed. I wisked this until frothy and the tea has a strong earthly flavor and is silky smooth. I may have used a tad too much of the matcha so I need to experiment with it but I am impressed with the flavor. Added a very small amount of sugar in the raw to help draw out some flavors and loved it.
I am not gonna lie, Jade Lemonade has basically become my favorite cool drink. After making the arduous trek to the liquor store (3 blocks) I was totally in need of a cool drink. BAM! Thirst quenched! Healthy matcha consumed. Win!
I actually tried adding gin to it earlier this week as per DoMatcha’s suggestion but was too lazy to document it. I definitely approved though.
Cold foggy day not really suitable to jade lemonade, but I need something to wake up, so I made an almond milk latte instead. Hopefully the matcha will counteract the sleep inducing tendencies of warm milk! Recalling my almond milk fail from earlier this week, I decided it might have been a temperature issue and heated up the milk prior to pouring it in. Success! We have blendyness instead of weird clumping!
This is a much more subdued latte than those made with the latte mix. I like it though since it feels more like I’m just drinking a drink rather than a dessert.
Happy Geek Pride Day all! Today, I celebrate by unleashing my inner geek. This may mean that my posts become incomprehensible to some (ok, most). They’ll be back to my normal levels of incoherence by tomorrow though!
Post Title: OMG NERF MORNINGZ ! ! 1 ! ! one ! ! 1 1 1 ! !
Poster: Ewa, Level 26 Grad Student
omg gaiz mornings are so totally op this morning i had to blow all my cooldowns AND have pre-morning tea matcha just so i wouldn’t be one-shot by stupid op morning plz nerf mornings they are totally unfair and op i get pwned by them everyday plz nerf them
Poster: Morning, Level 4,500,000,000 Time of Day
LOLOLOLOL QQ MOAR
Poster: Morning_Person, Level X Archetype
(damn you steepster autoformat for making me put spaces in my brilliant totally meta mockery of people who abuse exclamation points!)
I got froth!
I understand what I was supposed to do now, went out and watched a video. I wasn’t whisking fast enough. Also understand why I thought the color would be lighter. With the froth, it’s more of a sea green than a pool table felt green.
Really yum and healthy feeling/tasting. It’s like drinking shots of wheatgrass only tastes a whole lot better and is a far more pleasing aesthetic experience.
And the chasen reminds me of my dad’s shaving brush in a kind of sideways way, which is kind of a sweet memory as well. :-)
I had matcha!
Now I have anxiety. ;-)
I finally have all my implements (except the sifter), so I decided to give it a try. But since I’ve never had it before, and have never even seen it before in real life, I have no idea whether I did it right. I tried to follow instructions but I have to confess I sort of winged it. I just added water until it was about half way up the chawan.
I was amazed at what it looked like. It was the color of the felt on a pool table or maybe a little darker; I thought it would be lighter colored? I didn’t get froth. Was I supposed to get froth? Like meringue froth, the kind that peaks and stands up? (Sort of doubt it, I didn’t get that kind anyway. More like a few bubbles around the edges. But I wouldn’t really call it froth so maybe I did it wrong?)
It was really delicious. Very sweet and green and tasty, but I wish I knew whether I’d done it justice.
How long am I supposed to whisk for? It was very smooth, not at all clumpy. I barely knew I’d whisked when I drank it, it tasted much like drinking steeped tea. (I have a feeling I made the thin kind.)
That does it, I have to go try again now.
Tried the Jade Lemonade again with more matcha (because sleep is for losers!) and adding soda water so: 3/4 tsp matcha, 6 oz lemonade, 4 oz soda water.
NOM NOM NOM, Houston, we have delicious! So cool and refreshing with just the right amount of tang! It’s like a lighter, sippier version of the Odwalla juice thing I made a bit ago. Of course, now I have the problem of convincing myself that I don’t want to keep drinking this all day. What with wanting to get to sleep SOME time and all.
Today’s Maxsperimentcha: Jade Lemonade, also from the DoMatcha website.
8 oz lemonade and 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha.
I’ve gotta say, I love turning things green by sticking matcha in them. It’s so much fun! The lemonade I used (minute maid) is naturally light in color so the drink is just slightly lighter than normal matcha. Hmmm, I can definitely SMELL the matcha, but I can’t really taste it that much. Looks like some experimentation with amounts is in order! On the other hand, I haven’t had lemonade in a while, so perhaps I just need to get used to the flavor before I can start looking for additions to it.
Yeah, the longer I drink the more noticeable the matcha gets, although that may also be because it’s collected at the bottom. This is a nice combination! Matcha smoothness + lemonade tang. I like it. The lemonade in question is a bit too sweet for me though. Perhaps I should try a different brand? (I made the decision to get the minute maid through the highly scientific process of what was cheapest) Or maybe I could add some soda water.