Matcha Tea Cookies…

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I am quite getting into this Matcha Tea…It might have something to do with the fact that it is everywhere here…In all the shops and on the cake stands everyone seems to use a lot of Matcha its in the ice cream so I thought it was about time I had a go at making my own….Matcha Cookies…

Ingredients:

240 gm ( 2 cups) All purpose flour

15 gm Matcha Tea powder ( Cooking grade)

170 gm butter softened

130 gm sugar icing sugar ( confectioners sugar)

Pinch of salt

2 large egg yolks

50 gm white chocolate

Let’s Cook!

Sift the flour and matcha tea powder together.

Beat the butter until it is smooth and creamy add a pinch of salt and blend.

Add icing sugar and blend until soft and light add the beaten egg yolks and blend until smooth.

Gradually add the flour and matcha powder mixture and blend until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Cut the dough in half and shape into two cylinders about 1.5 cm in diameter and each cylinder about 7 inches in length. Wrap in cling film and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

A tip..to keep the cylinder shape sit the rolls on a bed of rice…

When ready to bake…

Pre-heat the oven to 350F(175 C) and line a baking sheet with baking paper.

Remove the dough from the cling wrap and cut into 1/2 inch thick slices place on baking sheet leaving a gap between the cookies.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the edges go slightly brown ( ovens vary). Cool on a wire rack. If they don’t all get eaten straight away the biscuits will keep for 3-4 days in a lidded container…

The first time I baked these the comments were they were not sweet enough..they were for me but some prefer sweeter biscuits but white chocolate doesn’t have the sweetness of milk chocolate so next time I will sprinkle a little sugar on the top before I cook them.

If you wish to read more about the difference between Green Tea and Matcha powdered tea I can be found over at this link…It would be lovely to see you and you would get a warm welcome…

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as it is such good medicine and FREE…

 

 

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Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Brown Rice – Nutritious and Delicious

This week from Sally and Moi( Carol) It’s Brown Rice and I can now cook it…after all these years of avoidance…I have done it! I hope you enjoy the recipes and the wonderful benefits of eating Brown Rice provided by the lovely Sally…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to our weekly look at the nutritional value and health benefits of food that is usually included in our daily diet. This week one of my larder staples and a food that we eat several time a week… in moderate quantities since we are not as active as we used to be.

First a look at the nutritional content and the health benefits before I will hand you over to Carol Taylor who has been creating mouth watering dishes from this simple ingredient.

There is quite a bit in the press about how eating grains can be harmful to your health. I do agree that a ‘white’ diet of refined grains every day does not provide the body with any basic nutrients except for sugars. However, whilst I am on the fence when it comes to wheat which has undergone so many natural and man-made changes in the last…

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Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – “I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. From Carol Taylor

Thank you Sally for showcasing another of my archived blogs you are a star ❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I am now looking for archive posts for the festiveseason.. short stories fiction and non-fiction, food and recipes, humour, memorable Christmas’s etc.  Please send one or two posts to sally.cronin@moyhill.com.. I will be resuming the regular archive series in the New Year.  Thanks Sally.

Today Carol shares a post from 2015 that explores the choices we make and where they might lead us.. In Carol’s case to Phuket, sunshine and a contributor to a short story anthology…

“I am who I am today because of the choices I made yesterday.” by Eleanor Roosevelt. From Carol Taylor

Are we all happy with that?

I am, because if I hadn’t retired to Phuket I most certainly would not be blogging, I would not be warm( it’s so hot and sunny here), I would not be making my own ham and bacon, I would not be a published author the list is…

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Quote Challenge – Day3: Tribute to Adi Da

My pixie friend always succeeds in making me think…I love her posts always a little controversial but well written and thought provoking and I like posts which when they aren’t recipes stretch the grey matter. I hope you enjoy the read 🙂

Save the best for last! Oh, of course, you know I would do just that. Why not, coconut? We want to really taste in our mouth all the pleasure we could get from that one last bite and so, we always save the best part of anything for last. That makes me wonder if it was Eve or Adam who took the last bite. Damn ancestors! Now, we are all suffering from their “original sin”. I mean, you know, they could have, at least, have had the goddamn maturity and common sense to consider the consequences of their action before taking that bite. Hey, there were oranges and pears and papaya in that paradise too…why do they have to mess with the apples?!?

Ooopppsssss…no, Adam and Eve are not my topic. Pardon, I am an old pixie and having trouble with the onset of dementia.

What I meant to…

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Creativity or Web Traffic?

I love this and it is a good analogy of me..who would have thought those few years ago when I landed here..suitcase in hand what wonders would await me and what passion this world of writing would bring to me..awake in me….How it would change my life and bring untold joy and new friends…It is an amazing ride and this lady is not getting off for a long time yet…

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I would never imagine that i would be reading this thing. How time changed my reading habits. A decade ago i would spend my time browsing fashion magazines and home journals. Things that give me a get go while designing fashion jewelries and home accents. Now another road has taken me off the path and surely i’m loving every minute of it.

Learning is really an unending journey. Blogging on wordpress taught me a lot of things. Now it excites me reading the copyblogger, learning about the benefits of infographics, the meaning of SEO  and the wonders of keywords and meta tags which up to now i’m still totally clueless.

Creativity or Web Traffic?

Sometimes temptation would rub me and once in a while reprimand me to follow that keyword poilcy for that golden Seo rules in driving traffic to my site through that “faster than nascar ” search engine…

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Fish Friday!……Beautiful Thai Steamed Mussels.

It’s # Fish Friday# what else could be nicer than a lovely steaming bowl of fresh mussels?

 

Which we had yesterday evening even though it wasn’t Friday but why not? They were calling my name when I went shopping and I couldn’t resist and once you have bought them they just have to be cooked.

The worst job is the debearding and they can tough little buggers to get out but well worth the effort and no one likes to eat the beard do they? It doesn’t look appetising either.

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs fresh mussels scrubbed and debearded.
  • 1tbsp oil
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 3 stalk of lemongrass crushed
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger
  • Zest of half a lime
  • 1 sm chilli sliced
  • A handful of Thai basil.

Let’s Cook!

Heat the oil in a large straight-sided pot and add shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes add the other ingredients except for the mussels and bring to the boil, stirring then lower heat and simmer for 8-10 minutes.

Turn the heat up to medium add mussels and put on the lid cook for 2-3 minutes then stir and cook further 1 minute all the mussels should then be open. Discard any which are not.

Spoon the mussels into individual bowls or one serving bowl and spoon over liquid.

These are lovely served with a spicy chilli dip.

STEAMED MUSSELS WITH CHILLI AND LEMONGRASS

If you want something a little more special then try this instead.

Ingredients:

  • 1 stalk of minced lemon grass
  • 2-3 kaffir lime leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • good 1/4 cup white wine
  • tbsp rice wine vinegar.
  • 2/3 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 chillies sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped coriander.
  • tbsp finely chopped garlic
  • tbsp brown sugar
  • 2tsp cornstarch dissolved in a little water.

Let’s Cook!

In a large straight-sided pan bring the chicken stock to the boil. Add wine, vinegar, fish sauce, chilli, sugar, lime leaves, garlic and 1/2 cup of chopped coriander when the sauce is gently boiling add the mussels and stir gently, put on the lid.Cook for 2/3 minutes remove lid and stir and cook for further 1 min any mussels which are still closed remove.

Push mussels to one side and add dissolved cornstarch cook 30 seconds and it should have thickened gently stir in mussels.

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Now taste and if too salty add lime juice and if not salty enough add more fish sauce.

Sprinkle with Thai basil.

Serve in a large bowl or individual bowls.

I hope you enjoy these mussels as much as we do…Let me know which ones you prefer with or without the wine???

If you want to see more of Thailand and it’s traditions then I now have another blog and can be found over on that blog and would love some company….

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Miss my other Fish Friday posts?

British Fish and Chips

Thai Squid Salad

Seabass with lime, ginger and fennel

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot as it is the best medicine and of course its FREE…If you are Lisa then eat more ice cream xx

 

 

 

 

Quote Challenge – Day One

Thank you, Lisa, for taking up my challenge you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many others for your indomitable spirit…We could all learn so much from you…She is great lady folks but loathe to share her ice cream…lol

Lisa's " I have too much time on my hands" Site

My quote for day one is perfect considering my health condition and my constant fight to live my life to the fullest. I will admit that while I could recite most of the poem, I had to look up who wrote it! My endless amount of useless knowledge apparently does not extend to names – because then it would be useful right?! lol

Anyhoo, on to the quote…

Do not go gentle into that good night,

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas

I am honoured to have been nominated for this challenge by my new friend and fellow blogger Carol! This amazing and witty woman has two blogs, which I will provide a link to later (because I don’t know how now lol). Her first one brings recipes, trivia about ingredients and  tales about her life…

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