I consumed 1/4 pound of matcha in less than 3 months. That’s about 450 of these gluten-free matcha shortbread cookies, 150 matcha cupcakes, or 30 matcha lattes. Well when you put it that way, that’s totally reasonable. My waistline disagrees. You might be thinking three matcha recipes in a row is a tad overkill, but it’s my birthday tomorrow and matcha is my spirit food. And since I’m turning 30 (!!!), that means I can hoard all 30 cookies to myself, right?
Gluten-free Matcha Cake with Black Sesame Streusel
When Lucas works from home, he makes his and hers kale smoothies every morning. On days he goes into the office, he’s usually in such a rush that breakfast is coffee to go. Unless there’s half a dozen matcha green tea
muffins cupcakes sitting on the counter – then he grabs two.
Full disclosure, this is absolutely cake and not muffin, but since it’s topped with black sesame streusel instead of frosting, it’s masquerading as a breakfast pastry. I eat it for dessert a la mode. I didn’t actually realize Lucas was eating cake for breakfast until all of the cupcakes went missing halfway through the week. Missing into his belly.
White Chocolate Matcha Latte + Photo Books
We’ve been home from Kyoto for a year and a half, and I’m still courting matcha like we just began a serious love affair and I can’t take my hands off of it. When Alanna showed up with a bag of “extra” organic matcha in hand a few weeks ago I could have kissed her (who knew one could have extra matcha?).
With this white chocolate matcha latte and a peek at our wedding and honeymoon photo books, I’m writing a love letter to our trip to Japan. An incredibly long and gushing love letter – expect two more weeks of matcha sweets coming up next.
Tomato Eggplant Stew over Parmesan Polenta
My mom is an expert at making efficient dinners with lots of leftovers. I’m terrible at leftovers – both at making enough food to have leftovers and, on the off chance I’m successful at that, at then coming up with something we won’t tire of after the second or third spaghetti lunch. This tomato eggplant stew passes both tests. A large batch comes together without a fuss and we’re still singing its praises on day 6 of leftovers.
DIY Sushi at Home: A Video Collaboration
A food blogger friend I’ve never met in person recently observed that it seems Japanese is my favorite cuisine. My obsession is THAT transparent. Back in college, you would never have guessed that 10 years down the line, I’d have fallen so hard into a sushi love affair to the point of making DIY sushi at home WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
Maple Bacon Fat Caramels
Does your loved one have a thing for bacon? Even if they wouldn’t classify their relationship with bacon as a thing, you should turn it into a thing by making them a batch of homemade maple bacon fat caramels for Valentine’s Day. And maybe a whole slew of these other DIY bacon gifts I made last year. Bring on the bacon!
Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Red Currant Filling
This post is basically a one-stop shop to finding a sweet Valentine for that special someone. Since google analytics tells me y’all are about 88% women, by special someone I mean: you. Treat yo’ self! With a gluten-free double chocolate cupcake with raspberry red currant filling, a hand-forged bracelet, and a book about love. (For the other 12% of you, take notes.)
Blood Orange and Sage Sparkling Soda
Our glassware cabinet is filled with mason jars and a few mismatched Ikea glasses that haven’t broken yet. The great thing about mason jars is that they’re virtually indestructible – if only I had a dollar for every time my slippery fingers dropped a glass in the sink. The paper-thin glasses holding this blood orange and sage sparkling soda are on the exact opposite end of the spectrum; dangerously lighter than disposable plastic crystal cut cups, they threaten to crumble if you grab just a little too firmly.
My non-rational side couldn’t resist their delicacy, so I bought a pair and immediately filled them with something lovely before I had a chance to crush them with my superhuman grip.
Don’t expect to see them again. There’s a reason I can’t have nice things.