Sold exclusively through Amazon, Kiss Me Organic matcha powder is USDA certified organic and the company even samples the leaves and soil of the plants the matcha comes from to ensure it isn't picking up secondary toxins from its surrounding environment.
The matcha itself is made from the finely milled leaves of the green tea plant. It's probably most well known as being part of Japanese tea ceremonies, but has become popular worldwide for its health benefits and refreshing taste.
Matcha can take almost a month to harvest and is handpicked from only the best buds of the plant. Different quality grades of matcha can have different flavours, but its generally characterized by its crisp, slightly bitter taste. The taste of matcha comes from the extremely high level of amino acids and antioxidants in the leaves, which is why matcha is renowned for its anti-aging properties. There are also claims that matcha can help with weight loss and even prevent cancer, but the one thing it does do for sure is to keep you awake.
|Green tea farm in Japan|
Photo: Obubu Team Farm
Unlike coffee, which can give you extreme highs and lows, matcha gives you a "smooth caffeine high" that gradually decreases so then you don't have that 3 pm donut craving. To prepare matcha yourself, simply scoop one teaspoon (or more depending on your taste preference) into a cup of hot water and stir vigorously. Ideally, you should get a little tea whisk, which is designed to make green tea with matcha, as just using a spoon often isn't enough to dissolve all the matcha.
Since purchasing my own bag off Amazon, I've taken to drinking green tea with matcha in the mornings and can really attest to its stimulating properties! I feel clearer and more alert and the feeling lasts much longer than black teas or coffee.
Besides tea, matcha is also great for baking and cooking! When you purchase a bag from Kiss Me Organics, they'll email you a free pdf of their matcha cookbook, which includes all kinds of recipes for things like matcha cocktails, muffins, french toast and even gravy, curries, and duck!
While I am curious to see what matcha duck tastes like, today I'll be sharing with you my experiment making matcha mousse. I got this recipe from Angela and found it a quick, easy way to make a delicious, fancy looking dessert.
To make Angela's matcha mousse, you'll need:
- 3 tbsp matcha
- 1/2 c warm water
- 2 tbsp unflavored gelatin
- 1/2 c cold water
- 2c whipping cream
- 2x 8oz packages cream cheese
- 1/2 c sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 c honey
- 2 eggs
|Everything you'll need|
To start, mix together matcha and warm water and set aside.Then mix together your gelatin in a bowl of cold water and set aside as well. Mixing together the matcha will take some time, so I recommend using a whisk. I used a fork and it took forever to get rid of all the lumps!
Next, pour your whipping cream into a large mixing bowl and whip into stiff peaks, which should take a few minutes on medium speed.
|Really does become peaks just like on cooking shows!|
Beat together remaining ingredients (cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, honey, eggs) in a separate bowl, adding in eggs one at a time). By this time, hopefully your gelatin will have "bloomed" (check out this handy guide for how to bloom gelatin), so you can add it and your tea mixture to the mix. Fold in gently using a spatula.
Pour into bowls and chill for at least 7 hours.
The result is a smooth, creamy, rich, but not too rich, mixture. This mousse tastes like 90% cheesecake and 10% matcha and will satisfy sweet-tooths and non-lovers of sweets equally.
In total, this recipe took me about 40 minutes to do and it makes 8 bowls worth. Considering this was just for Mr. Artist and I, that's a ton of mousse to eat, but I am enjoying having to eat all those leftovers. FU diet!
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