I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with family, friends & food. I created a matcha green tea cake for boxing day. Matcha powder is the highest quality powdered green tea available and therefore quite expensive. It is used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 1000 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation. Nowadays matcha green tea powder is mainly consumend by Japanese students in exam periods, and it is gaining popularity in other countries as well.
Pancakes are not particularly known for their health benefits. Think of butter, refined sugar, artificially flavored syrups and white flour. But you can replace all those ingredients to make a healthy and still very tasteful alternative.
This pancakes features one of my favorite greens: spinach. At first thought, spinach in your pancake doesn’t really sound very appealing, but in fact, the other ingredients in the pancakes mask the flavor of the spinach, so you don’t really taste it, but still enjoy all its health benefits. Spinach is such a nutritional powerhouse because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals (especially calcium) and extremely rich in antioxidants.
Merry Christmas everyone! Christmas time is such a lovely and wonderful time of the year. Spending time with family and friends, the twinkling lights, the nice smell of a beautifully decorated fresh Christmas tree, the Christmas cards and lots of wonderful memories, I just love it. It is a time to feel a spirit of joy and peace; to connect and feel especially close and thankful for family and friends. There is also no better time to get baking than at Christmas, so I decided to make a nice Santa Claus inspired buckwheat pancake for breakfast.