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Matcha Tiramisu Recipe

30th July 2017

Have you heard of matcha? Do you love matcha? I grew up mostly in Tokyo and have been drinking and eating all sorts of green tea. Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that has so many health benefits! It’s naturally high in antioxidents. Antioxidents help keep down the levels of free radicals in your body (free radicals can cause illnesses such as cancer) and help fight aging period. I’ll take all the help I can get! Plus, it’s full of great vitamins and helps fight bad cholesterol. Matcha is amazing! Plus, it’s delicious. Matcha Tiramisu is a great way to incorporate matcha into your diet!

matcha tiramisu recipe- healthy ai blog

I bought this lovely matcha from Amazon. It’s made by one of my favorite popular green tea brands, Ito-En. Plus, isn’t this canister just cute? Let’s get started!

matcha tiramisu recipe- healthy ai blog

Matcha Tiramisu Recipe

Matcha Syrup

1 cup water

1 Tbsp Matcha Powder

1/2 cup sugar

Custard Base

3 egg yolks

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup milk

3/4 cup cream

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

8 oz mascarpone cheese

Extras

Matcha Powder for dusting the top

Lady Finger Cookies

Directions

Place 1 cup of water into a pan and bring to boil. Add sugar and matcha powder to water and whisk. After the mixture is incorporated, chill in refrigerator.

In a bowl, mix together 3 egg yolks, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/3 cup milk. Place this mixture in heavy bottom pan and bring mixture to boil for one minute while whisking. After mixture has boiled for one minute, place back into bowl and chill in refrigerator for an hour.

In a stand mixer (or you can use a bowl and a whisk or electric beater), start whipping cream on medium speed. After 1 minute, add vanilla extra. Keep whipping until stiff peak stage (meaning you can pull the whisk back and there are peaks that won’t melt back into mixture). Set aside.

After yolk-sugar-milk custard mixture has chilled, thoroughly mix in mascarpone cheese. Fold in whipped cream to the custard base.

In the bowl you use for your tiramisu container*, layer half of the lady finger cookies. Then pour some matcha syrup directly onto the lady fingers (or you can dunk the cookies directly into the syrup). Then pour half of the custard whipped cream mixture onto the soaked lady fingers. Then layer cookies/syrup. Then add custard mixture. Lastly, add a sprinkling of matcha powder onto the top. I used a little tea strainer to sprinkle the matcha finely.

*I used a sake masu cup for the containers, but you can use a large bowl or many tiny bowls or a plethora of different sized bowls. The world is your oyster.

Okinawa Taco Rice Sauce - Healthy Ai

Okinawa Taco Rice (and Taco Rice Sauce)

14th July 2017

Okinawa taco rice- healthy ai

Look at that gorgeous view! A couple of months from now we’re hopping on a series of planes and landing back on this beautiful island prefecture of Okinawa, Japan. I’m ready for time with family, visiting our favorite food spots, snorkeling, and some of the top beaches in the world! Thinking about home has made me homesick. To alleviate some of the homesickness, I’ve been making all kinds of Japanese/Okinawan foods. One of these is Taco Rice. Okinawa Taco Rice Sauce - Healthy Ai

If you love tacos and rice, you’ll probably love Taco Rice. I know what you’re thinking. Japanese cooking doesn’t usually make you think about tacos. But the story is that after WWII, some Americans wanted to eat tacos and asked a local chef to make something that was as close as they could get. And taco rice was born (because it’s hard to find tortilla making ingredients in Japan)! It’s one of those foods that’s easy to make and totally soul-warming. The sauce on top is sweet, tangy, and spicy. The ground beef portion can be seasoned with taco mix, if you are wanting to go the quick route. Also, this can be made casserole style.

 

Taco Rice (and Taco Rice Sauce) Recipe

Taco Rice Sauce:

4 tbsp Ketchup

1 tbsp sweet chili sauce

Siracha

Taco Rice Sauce Directions:

Mix ketchup & chili sauce together. Add Siracha to taste (I add 1-2 tablespoons). If you like yours a little sweeter, add more sweet chili sauce.

Seasoned Beef Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

1 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon paprika

dash red pepper flakes

dash of oregano

salt and pepper to taste

Seasoned Beef Instructions:

Brown ground beef in skillet. Drain fat and return beef to skillet. Add all spice ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.

 

Put rice (short-grained Japanese or Californian rice if you can!) on a plate or in a bowl. Then add the beef. Usual toppings are lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. Lastly, add your Taco Rice Sauce. Bon appetit!

Are there any recipes that you would like to see? Please comment down below!

 

How to Grow Indoor Hydroponic Garden: Part 1

3rd July 2017

We love gardening! I really wanted to add lettuce and herbs to our garden since we eat so many salads. A lot of salad type items have a cocktail of insecticides to ensure that bugs don’t eat the foliage, but I don’t really want me or my family to be exposed to those insecticides. Organic vegetables are really expensive in our area. But we live in a climate that is too extreme (really hot and too cold) to grow salad greens year-long. Enter the indoor hydroponic garden. It is fairly inexpensive to setup, very easy to maintain, and you get to control what goes in or on your vegetables.

The setup costs less than $20. If you have a really sunny spot in your house, you could forgo grow lights. We don’t have a really sunny location, so I use a $75 light that I bought from Amazon. I originally bought really cheap grow lights from Wal-mart. I think they were less than $10 each. Unfortunately, they were too weak and my little seedlings suffered. The grow light I use has 4 high-output T5 bulbs. It is a beast. I highly recommend it.

Our herbs and salad green hydroponic garden saves us about $50-75 a month that we were previously spending for sub-par greens at our local grocery.

Plus, it’s so easy to maintain. The most maintenance is done at the beginning. I generally finish it within my toddler’s nap time. After that, you just need to trim/eat what you grow. I love it, because we’re constantly on the road. Our outdoor garden is watered with a timer (get yourself one, thank me later) and since you don’t need to constantly water this indoor garden, it’s pretty self-sufficient. We left for a business trip and didn’t see our garden for two weeks. Here is the before and after.

INDOOR HYDROPONIC GARDEN

INDOOR HYDROPONIC GARDEN

Check out the video above for more info to starting your indoor hydroponic garden!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grow Indoor Hydroponic Garden Easy!