I love Matcha, the stronger the better! Matcha is a type of Japanese stone ground green tea which is a fine powder. It’s got quite a distinctive grassy taste which can be quite bitter. Generally I order my tea from Japan Center. They have a really huge selection of Matcha and they’ve even started stocking cooking grade Matcha. I often find that Matcha looses it’s taste over time so I would recommend once you buy it to do so in a small quantity to use it more quickly.
It’s Valentines Day! Since I was young I’ve always associated Valentines with baking cookies. I bake them on this day every year sometimes I gift them to my parents, friends or significant other. Cookies make a great gift to show someone else your thinking of them and the greatest expense is your time.
Tea loaf is a really traditional British recipe, sometimes you can find it in cook books as ‘brack’ which is its Irish name. When I was younger I never really enjoyed tea loaf much as it can have quite a bitter flavour and it’s really a fruit cake which I know isn’t to everyones taste. With no butter in the loaf itself it is quite low in fat and ideal paired with a cup of tea, smeared with butter or a piece of cheese.
Sometimes it’s nice to revisit old recipes and with the last of the keg of beer disappearing and becoming quite bitter I thought I’d give beer bread another go. This time I’ve used different types of flour and the addition of herbs and cheese give this bread a real rustic flavour.
Normally I bake my bread in a square loaf tin but recently I’ve been unhappy with the results from the tin, somehow the shape just doesn’t seem to work with homemade bread. Instead I made this one as a boule just by shaping it with my hands and cutting a cross shape into the top.
Yesterday was Valentines Day, I hope you all had a great day even if it was a Monday! I always tend to think that Valentines doesn’t just have to be showing love for your partner, its a good time to show the love for the people that touch your life.