Wednesday, November 7, 2012

smooth matcha shake

This is such a wonderful 'shake' that I have been enjoying at the moment. The summer days have really set in (with gusto), and as I am in the midst of packing and moving, a refreshing afternoon drink has been a bit of a lifesaver for me.

Yep, we're moving house and really looking forward to it. Currently we are living in a one bedroom loft style barn conversion and moving 200m down the road to beautiful stone cottage.The barn doesn't have any inside doors and extremely open plan living. It has been decided that with a change in circumstances, this may no longer be very practical, thus the change!

this little guy is looking forward to the new place

I'm really looking forward to the bright new kitchen, especially having a pantry! At the moment all our flours, nuts, cereals and grains are stored in a long narrow cupboard. It's a bit difficult to find anything as I have to reach back and feel around for the ingredients that I'm after. It takes quite a few goes before I actually find what I am looking for. So a pantry is very very exciting for me.

Enough of that, on to the recipe. This is just a delight. Refreshing, smooth, easy and best of all anti-oxidantly healthy.


(serves one)

1/4 c organic natural milk/alternative
1/4 c water
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp sugar (extra to taste)
a handful of ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a martini shaker/protein shaker/blender and shake/blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

orange almond cake

Finally on the mend and back at work with only a lingering cough. Being sick is just the worst, and I was definitely very miserable.

Feeling better means I'm back in the kitchen but still feeling like something pretty simple and basic, I whipped up this orange almond cake. I can't take any credit for the recipe as I picked it up in a cookbook somewhere, the name and place evades me.

I found this cake to be just so moist and flavoursome, holding its form perfectly even with no flour. I shared with my family who was also surprised at the moistness of the cake.

I didn't have almond meal, but had plenty of almonds on hand, so I processed 200 g in the food processor until fine.


(serves 8-10)

2 oranges
1 1/2 c almond meal (or 200g almonds ground)
6 eggs, lightly whisked
1 tsp bi-carb soda
1/2 c raw sugar

Heat oven to 160 C and line a spring form cake dish with baking paper
Place oranges in a pot and bring to the boil.
Simmer for 45 minutes, drain and cool.
Place in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Fold in almond meal, eggs, sugar and bi-carb gently.
Pour mixture into the tin and place in oven to bake for 45-50 minutes (until firm).
Remove from oven and cool.
Serve and enjoy.