A quick, easy and impressive one pan pasta. Healthy and delicious
You might have heard of matcha before and if you haven’t then, yes I mean matcha. Not mocha… Matcha is a finely ground japanese green tea powder know for its antioxidant and metabolism boosting benefits. It is also quite high in caffeine so it is a good swap if you are cutting back on the coffee…. Since it is not so popular, except in the very finest establishments I figured I might as well learn to make it myself. True matcha is not so cheap – it is a definitely a bit of a splurge at £10 a pot. But it is one I recommend you try, especially if you are trying to get off the coffee. Just think about all that money you spend on takeaway cups from Pret… I know…. Its a depressing thought.
I am going through a rather hardcore phase of matcha latte love, at the moment. It is particularly good when it is frothed to oblivion with hot milk, in a creamy green latte. It is true a cup of green milk gets a few odd looks from neighbouring desks but it is definitely worth it…
I am a fan of the Vitalife brand. They are less expensive than most and good quality. The easiest way to get hold of it is online here A mini whisk/ a milk frother is a must for a smooth creamy finish.
- 1 heaped teaspoon Matcha Powder
- 50ml Boiling Water
- 200ml hot Milk, you could use almond or soy, if you prefer.
- Honey or Sugar, to taste
Boil the kettle. Use a whisk, or milk frother to mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 50 ml boiling water.
Add the water gradually whilst mixing to combine. Froth the milk until light and aerated, then add the water and dissolved matcha in the milk, mixing as you go.
Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. Enjoy hot or cold. Preferably with a cheeky biscotti
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This evening when I was perusing the isles of Tescos, I came across an old friend… Nutella. During my gap year my friend Emma and I were little short of obsessed with it. Spread on crumpets, stuck between biscuit sandwiches, even microwaved with granola, to make chocolate crunch pudding. (another story) – You name it, we did it. It was only when I was at uni that I stopped buying it. One pot wouldn’t last long enough to make the £2.50 spend worthwhile and having a whole jar of it meant it became more of a habit then a treat. Naturally it wasn’t good for me, so I quit it. Only to have as the odd treat… Instead I came up with a healthy alternative. It is a simplified version of a raw chocolate ganache cake. Basically it is just the topping, which can be served as a mousse-style pudding or used as a substitute chocolate spread. This is a really great, cheap and healthy pudding to have in your back pocket. Please excuse the lumps, I was using unfortunately under ripe avocados this time. It might sound a strange idea mixing avocado with chocolate but I promise it works. The avocado is so smooth that when it is blended it takes on a silky, creamy texture. It is also mild flavoured and lends itself to the richness of the chocolate well. If you do have any spices in the house, like cardamom or cinnamon, be sure to experiment. Happy chocolate making…
- 1 large ripe Avocado
- 1 tbs Cocoa, I used Of the Earth’s Maca Hot Chocolate
- 2-3 heaped tsps Honey, to taste
- pinch of Salt
Optional extras: You could try adding any of the following to compliment the rich chocolatey flavour
- a few gratings of Orange Zest
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- a pinch of Chilli Powder, or ground Ginger
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blitz. (In the absence of a blender, use a fork and mash all the ingredients until smooth)