Matcha inspiration

Matcha is a beautifully green powered tea traditionally served as part of the Japanese Tea Ceremony. The tea ceremony focuses on mindfulness and is beautifully described as “a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, called Matcha, together with traditional Japanese sweets to balance with the bitter taste of the tea.”

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However, I’m not focusing on mindfulness in this article. I’m focusing on delicious green bakes! My plan for 2017 is to bake. To bake a LOT. And I think matcha bakes need to be on this list. Here are some of my matcha inspirations from around the web:

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Chipolatas, apple and butter fried sage

This is a ridiculously easy and unbelievably delicious snack, and is pretty great with mustard.

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Ingredients 

  • chipolata pork sausages (this also works with full sized pork sausages)
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • a handful of sage
  • a good knob of butter
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

Method 

  1. Warm up your frying pan and melt the butter. Add the apple, and soften in the pan.
  2. Add the chipolatas, sage and garlic, and cook until the sage is crispy and the sausages are done.

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Three citrus whisky and ginger marmalade

As you might have noticed, making preserves is something I really enjoy. So for our wedding favours, my fiance and I decided to make personal gifts that really represented us.

The first of these is a truly delicious three citrus whisky and ginger marmalade – my fiance loves whisky, and I love marmalade, so it seemed a perfect(ly delicious) pairing.

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Marmalade is a bit of a mission to make – you need to get rid of all the pith, keep the seeds separate (in a muslin cloth), and soak the rind overnight. But believe me, it’s well worth it.

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4 reasons I should craft more

It’s THAT time of the year.

The December holidays feel as out of reach as a mirage in the desert, and work sits heavily on the body. Waking up is hard, work is hard, getting to sleep is hard. And it’s at this time I find myself working ridiculous hours: prioritising myself less and less. I stop eating properly, I stop exercising, and worst of all, I stop creating too!

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How to dye a shibori tablecloth [photo step-by-step]

Shibori is a beautiful and simple method of Japanese fabric dyeing by binding – a lot like tie dye, but it looks so much better!

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There are many different methods of shibori, and each has a lovely and different rippled pattern effect across the fabric. I loved the geometric look of the squares, so that’s what I did here. HonestlyWTF did a pretty in-depth tutorial with many different binding methods, and they stuck to the traditional indigo. I accidentally chose a royal purple dye, but I’m leaning into it!

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