Valentine's Day Heart Tea Bags

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Here's a tea-riffic way to show your valentine some love.

Simply remove the label from a tea bag and cut out a heart shape from the template below. Once cut, tape or glue the heart to the string and voila!
Heart Template

valentines day heart tea bags

Matcha Tea Cookies

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Although today Matcha tea is associated with Japanese culture, it first originated in China, where green tea leaves were roasted and then dococted into hot water. The result was the fine powder known as Matcha tea.
Its popularity grew in Japan when Eisai, a Japanese monk, brought green tea back from China in 1191 and began preparing this unique tea. Today, Matcha tea continues to be an integral part of tea rituals at Zen monasteries in Japan.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies adapted from Ben Mims

2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cardamon
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp matcha tea powder

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cardamon, sugar. In another bowl, whisk together the oil, eggs, vanilla and almond extract. In a small bowl, whisk together the Matcha powder and 2 tablespoons of warm water. Whisk until fully combined and add to the wet ingredients. Add the other wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.

Scoop 1-inch balls onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just golden brown around the edges.
Let cool completely on a rack and enjoy!