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.
I bet that one of your new year’s resolutions is to eat healthier. After a very indulgent holiday season, it certainly is one of mine! We all need to try to consume at least five servings of fruit and vegetables each day to get a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to keep from getting sick this winter. That’s why finding ways to include them in your cooking is so important.
One classic healthy food is 100% Florida orange juice. It’s an excellent source of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, and carotenoids. All help support the immune system to help the body’s natural ability to resist colds and flu.
Luckily, orange juice is fun and easy to cook with and to include in your diet. I use it in marinades, salad dressings, smoothies and sauces. But have you ever tried it in a tea latte?
Check out this recipe from Florida Citrus’ recipe database. Between the OJ and the green tea, it makes a terrific healthy indulgence. If you can’t drink almond milk due to a food sensitivity or nut allergy, try soy or coconut milk instead. (Low or non fat cow’s milk is fine, too, of course!) To reduce calories, use stevia or Splenda to taste instead of agave nectar or honey. Finally, to froth the milk without having to get your cappuccino maker out, use a hand held milk frother. I love using mine and it works well on alternative milks (at least temporarily), too!
Citrus White Tea Latte
- 2 cups 100% Florida orange juice
- 1 cup water
- 2 bags green or white tea
- 1/4 cup agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Orange curl for garnish, optional
- Cinnamon stick, optional
- In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat orange juice, water and tea bags for 3 1/2 minutes on high.
- Stir in agave nectar, orange zest and cinnamon and let tea steep for 4 minutes, then remove tea bags; reserve and keep warm.
- In medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, heat milk in microwave on high for 70 seconds (to about 150˚F.)
- Beat hot milk with hand mixer (using just 1 beater) until frothy foam forms.
- Pour tea mixture into two large mugs and add frothy milk foam on top, dividing equally.
- Garnish with orange curl and cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve immediately.
- Serving size: 1 cup
Recipe and photograph used with permission.
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