Matcha (Green tea) Chocolate

 One of the things i can’t say no to is Matcha (green tea).I just love it and well,I decided to create a chocolate recipe for it. Am not a big fan of White chocolate but I absolutely love this.

You will need;

80 ml Heavy Cream

1 tsp Matcha powder

150 g white chocolate

plus more white chocolate for coating about 100g

In a sauce pan,combine the heavy cream(my heavy crea was sweetened) and matcha powder

Heavy cream + green tea powder

Place on heat and whisk,bring to a little boil

break the white chocolate in pieces,put in a bowl and pour the cream into it.let sit for a while,then stir to combine

Let cool until it can form shapes without collapsing.

Fit a pipping bag with a round tip,i used wilton’s 2A

Pipe long strokes and pipe a 2nd one touching the 1st

Let it set in the refrigerator,then cut the ends off and cut into about 1 inch pieces. See those gaps? don’t worry,when you cut them put,just press the pieces together

 Temper your white chocolate. Melt half of it,the add the other half and stir until smooth

Dip the ganache into the white chocolate and coat evenly,remove with a fork or dipping tool,tap at the edge of the bowl to remove excess chocolate and place on a parchment paper.Using the side of a toothpick,touch the middle (where the ridge is) and lift the tooth pick quickly,this gives a beautiful design

 Put in the refrigerator until set.

Enjoy!

 

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Ginger

gingerGinger is one of my favorite spices.It can transform the taste of anything from ordinary to special. i use it in almost everything,meat,chicken,soups,,stews,drinks,custards,ice cream,I candy them too and eat them like that or as a topping for cupcakes,or dipped in chocolate,in any way,it tastes great.

 

Ginger is a hot,aromatic and pungent spice.it is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale.In other words,it is the underground stem (not root) of the ginger plant.Ginger is grown in most tropical countries

Composition

It is rich in Dietary fiber,Proteins,Essential fats,Vitamin E,B6 and C,Potassium,Magnesium,Calcium,Phosphorous and Iron.

It is also rich in antioxidants.

 

Health Benefits

Ginger is used as a digestive-aid.It helps to increase the peristaltic movement of the intestine.

It helps to relieve tummy pain,morning sickness,nausea,diarrhea and travel sickness.

It has a high level of gingerol which acts as a pain killer or anti-inflammatory,reducing pain,inflammation,stiff joints and arthritic pains.

It has a boosting effect on the immune-system and helps you feel better faster.

It relieves heart burn and menstrual cramps.

It boosts digestion.

It sharpens the senses and gives you an energy boost.

The enzymes in ginger enhances the metabolism of fats and proteins and helps the body utilize them better.

It is effective in alleviating cold,cough,asthma,allergies,migraine and ulcers.

It has hypoglycemic properties and helps to regulate blood sugar.

The gingerol in ginger dilates the blood vessels and improves circulation.it lowers the risk of blood clots

Ginger lowers cholesterol and increases the efficiency of the heart.it also lowers blood pressure and the risk of stroke.

 

it does not stop there…..

It has preservative qualities due to the presence of antioxidants and anti-microbial properties,which keeps food fresh longer.

It helps to tenderize meat due to the protease which attacks the proteins.

 

That’s not all……

It promotes smoothness and even skin tone.

It lightens age spots.

It is a natural acne fighting ingredient.

It protects and conditions hair,speeds up hair growth,reduces dandruff and prevents hair loss.

to condition your hair,grate a little bit of ginger,add sesame oil to it.massage into scalp and leave for 10 mins.rinse and shampoo. regular use of this might lighten your hair.

Now you know,Ginger is good for you!

lets make some tea

Grate a knob (about 2 inches) of ginger into a mug,add some lemon and honey.pour in some boiling water.Adjust to taste.if you want it less gingery,add more water.