steamed matcha cupcake

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Steamed Matcha (green tea powder) cupcakes serve my busy morning. Plenty of moisture helps me with the early morning digesting.  Matcha adds my morning caffeine. Great things No sugar, No butter, No baking-

Served 4 small cupcakes
1 egg
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp plain yogurt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp green tea powder (Matcha)

* I used 4 holder foil muffin pan as a steaming tool. I float it on a small amount of boiling water in the cooking pot and cover with a paper tower between the pot and the lid. justonecookbook.com has detailed photos, but I found this is easy and quick (steam 4-5mins). Thank you for the recipe-
* Depending upon the price of green tea powder, the final color could change. I learned that inexpensive green tea powder is a dull green or yellowish green color which has lost prime nutrition or contains stems and/or branches.

 

Green Tea trees

The greens tea was considered precious medicine between the17th century and 19th century in Asia. It has been deep rooted in our culture and still a regular presence in daily life and life style.

Two years ago, one of gardners started propagating the green tea tree from the seeds. Not to surprise that she lost half of seedling during the cold season past two years. Because the climate would be the problem to us. However, her passion led to success to 18 small green tea trees. The green tea trees are supposed to grow 12” per year but they are only now 4”-6” tall now.  They have grown on temporary site and she and I decided to relocate to permanent location. Hopefully this area provides good winter shelter and avoids direct sun and creates close to traditional the Matcha tea farm.

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Late summer I met the Japanese tea master, Souheki Mori and I have talked about our ‘Mini Green Tea Tree project’. She was surprise that we are the only one that grow the green tea trees in NYC. She and my good friend Midori Goto, Cultural Affairs Specialist form Consulate General of Japan in NY came in our planting day. What a honor. Souheki said “This is my dream come true that I am planting Green tea trees in NYC where I have worked Japanese Tea culture”. After planting, she was ready for performing the tea ceremony. She prepared Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) which will be pairing with Matcha tea. We were amazed when she set up the beautiful Japanese traditional utensils on the table. Chawa (Tea Bowl), Usuchaki (Lacquer tea container for thin teas), Chaire (Ceramic tea container for thick teas), Chasen (Tea whisk), Chashaku (Tea scoop) It was wonderful experience for all of us to see Japanese traditional culture. Hope we have the tea ceremony with her sometimes in future as the green tea trees grow.

Matcha Latte

My friend, Mira, and I stop by one of our favorite a coffee shops at k-town after the dinner. We always order Green Tea (Matcha) Latte. It is very soft and mild taste. Also it makes me feel I am getting healthy drink. I have made cold green tea for daily when I head to work. Here is some information for the Matcha.  img_3735

Fresh tea leaf comes unusually rich in powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which may constitute up to 30% of the dry leaf weight. So, when you drink a cup of tea, you’re basically drinking a solution of tea polyphenols. In fresh, unfermented tea leaves, polyphenols exist as a series of chemicals called catechins.

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) happens to be the most powerful catechin found in tea. In fact, one study indicates that EGCG is 25-100 times more potent than antioxidant vitamins C and E. This study also reported that just one cup of green tea has antioxidant effects greater than a serving of broccoli, spinach, carrots, or strawberries.

Rich in Antioxidants and Chlorophyll which support your immune system / Fight the signs of normal aging / Support your healthy digestion / Promote healthy function of your brain and liver / Help promote your healthy gum / Zero on the Glycemic Index – will not raise insulin levels / Sugar-free, High in Fiber / Naturally Mood Enhancing