Home roasting coffee is something that every coffee lover should do at least once in their life. Like learning any new cooking technique it demystifies the process into a simple process. And if you learn how to roast your own coffee beans you can oneup your coffee snob friends.
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Ah matcha, the Japanese green tea powder that was once reserved for sacred and special occasions. Now every food and mommy blogger from here (wherever "here" is for you) to Tokyo has bastardized this once special ingredient. Mixing it into everything from cupcakes to dog treats. So I decided to jump on this bandwagon of cultural appropriation through food and make my own matcha recipe.
I'm all for exploring other cultures through food and regional ingredients, but this matcha thing has gone too far people. We get it, you enjoy mixing some into your kale and unhappiness smoothies every morning, but that doesn't mean you get to put it in everything. Once the TODAY show highlights an ingredient, it's no longer relevant to food culture, the ingredient has reached maximum cultural saturation.
"But Brian! If you're so upset with so many people using matcha like goddam vanilla extract why are you making something with it?" Because, it gave me excuse to act like a typical blogger and use matcha as a vehicle to be upset at a bunch of people who technically did nothing wrong.
Matcha Honey Simple Syrup
- 2 teaspoons Matcha
- 1/2 cup Artisan Water (nah just kidding cold tap water is fine)
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- Add all the ingredients to medium sized sauce pan.
- Bring to a boil while stirring occasionally.
- Take off heat, and let cool. Store in an airtight container.
- Mix into a cocktail of your choosing or making of your choice (I can't come up with all the ideas here). Enjoy!
It's summer once again, which means heat waves and drinking enough to forget how hot it is. The perfect summer drink, if you ask any retiree, would be the Arnold Palmer. Except the Arnold Palmer doesn't have any booze in it, but there's a simple solution to that.
Tea infused Vodka is the answer to our sober dilemma. All it takes is some cheap vodka, loose leaf tea, a strainer and 30 minutes. Seriously that's it.
Bumble Bee Sting
- 1 shot Tea Infused Vodka
- 1 shot Pink (or regular) Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Honey Simple Syrup
- Slice of Lemon for garnish
- Add the ice, vodka, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and shake for a bit longer than you think you need to shake for.
- Pour in glass serve with lemon slice. Enjoy!
Did you know that Mark Twain once lived off of Mint Juleps for an entire year?
I'm not going to write a post about how things change with the seasons. It's been done too many times (we get it Ben Gibbard, you're sad). Instead, just enjoy these fun and easy seasonal recipes. If you don't enjoy them, you probably read the recipes wrong. These recipes are like hugs while wearing your favorite sweater... or that warm feeling could just be glucose rushing to your brain.