This month I received the entire family of The Republic of Tea’s U-Matcha line as an Enlightenment TEAm blogger. Matcha powder contains fine-ground Japanese green tea leaves, which is what is used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. What’s really special about matcha tea is that you can use it in cooking as well as drinking it. I’ve used matcha powder in smoothies, drank it in lattes, and even had it in baked goods and desserts.
The Republic of Tea U-Matcha family of teas
- U-Matcha Natural – contains tender, shade-grown green tea leaves that have been ground to a fine powder creating a rich balance of flavors. This matcha tea is ideal for blending with water for sipping or for cooking.
- U-Matcha Yuzu – this tea blends fine matcha powder with yuzu for a citrus flavor. This matcha tea makes a bright addition to mixed drinks, spice rubs and sweet desserts.
- U-Matcha Ginger – blends fine matcha powder with ginger. This matcha tea boasts a spicy kick and wakes up the flavors of miso soups, stir-fry and other savory dishes.
- U-Matcha Roasted Rice – blends fine matcha powder with roasted rice to create a nutty finish of flavor. This matcha tea provides warm nuances for sweet baked goods, savory dishes, shakes and lattes.
The Matcha Madness promo code – free matcha frother!
When ordering U-Matcha tea through The Republic of Tea website, use “#MATCHA6” (no quote marks, but use the #) to receive a complimentary electric matcha frother with any order of U-Matcha Tea from The Republic of Tea. This promo begins March 22, 2013 (today!) and is effective until March 29, 2013. While you’re shopping, check out all of their other matcha tools to make the perfect cup.
Cooking with U-Matcha
Makes 1 cup
- 1 cup light or no fat mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons U-Matcha tea
- 2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped chives
- 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
- Place ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.
- Enjoy as a sandwich spread or as an accompaniment to fish, chicken or roasted vegetables.
Mix 1 part U-Matcha tea with 2 parts fine sea salt. Goes great with:
- mixed nuts
- roasted vegetables
- chicken, fish or stir-fry dishes
This also makes a nice homemade gift idea for friends and relatives who love to cook. Place the salt in a small canning jar and include a cute label along with a pretty ribbon.