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matcha biscotti

Healthy Matcha Biscotti

Healthy Matcha Biscotti
 
This easy to make biscotti is healthy because of the matcha, green tea powder that is rich in vitamins and antioxidant. And the okara makes it even healthier. Okara is soybean meal, a byproduct of the making of tofu. Okara is basically dregs from making soy milk. It is rich in fiber and protein and low in fat. Okara is not usually available at regular markets—but we are lucky in Portland, Oregon. A tofu manufacturer, Ota Tofu in east downtown, has it most of the time. Okara is not their products’ list so you have to ask for it. The price is very low. They sometimes just give it away with no charge. Please buy something else and then ask for okara! You can find dried, powdered okara on Amazon.com. Use 20g of okara powder and increase the amount of the milk to combine all the ingredients.
Ingredients
  • for 10-14 biscotti
  • 3½ oz Fresh okara
  • ½ cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1½ tablespoons Sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons Matcha
  • 2 Tablespoons Chocolate chips
  • 1½ Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 2½ Tablespoons milk (or soymilk)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 360F.
  2. In a bowl, combine okara, flour, baking powder, sugar, matcha and chocolate chips.
  3. Add the vegetable oil and mix, using your fingers.
  4. Add the milk small amount at the time and make it a ½ inch high loaf. Place it on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the oven. Lower the oven temperature to 320F.
  5. Take out the biscotti from the oven. When it is cool enough to touch, cut the mound into ½ inch thick with a serrated knife.
  6. Arrange biscotti, with a cut side down, on a clean baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely.
 

genmaicha with camelia

Genmaicha–why rice in tea?

Genmaicha is green tea with roasted brown rice. It has a unique, nutty flavor–almost like popcorn.

It is very comforting and getting popular among tea lovers these days.
But why rice in tea?! Who put rice in tea first?

There are several stories, one of which is that a tea merchant in Kyoto put pieces of old, hardened mochi (rice cake) in green tea. In Japan, people decorate mochi as an offering to Shinto God to celebrate a new year. After about two weeks, when the celebration is over, the mochi gets hardened and people break it to pieces with a wooden hammer. Eating these pieces is believed to give you good luck.

One tea merchant, who wanted to make use of the tiny pieces of this mochi, roasted them and put them in green tea.

Another story was that in olden days, tea was rather luxurious and not very affordable for common people. In the northern part of Japan, rice farmers added beans or roasted rice to tea to increase its volume.

In any case, putting roasted rice in tea was a great idea!
Jugetsudo added a little bit of matcha for extra flavor and a nice green color!
Get your organic genmaicha here.

relax with hojicha latte

Hojicha Latte Recipe

Hojicha latte is creamy and roasty.

Brown sugar adds a deep flavor!

Hojicha Latte (2 servings):

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3-4 tea spoons loose leaf hojicha (or 2 teabags)
  • brown sugar to taste

Directions:

  1. In a small pan, pour milk and put the hojicha leaves
  2. Heat the milk over medium heat, covered. Just before a boil, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer gently for 4-5 minutes
  3. Add sugar to taste and remove from heat. Strain into cups
sencha asa 1

Morning Tea Brings You Fortune…

We are often asked why Jugetsudo’s sencha has the word “asa” on its packaging. “Asa” means morning in Japanese, and it is believed in Japan that a cup of green tea in the morning brings you good fortune. There is even a saying that goes, “Go back home to have morning tea despite the seventeen miles”—meaning that you should go home and have tea, no matter how far from your home if you realize that you have skipped your morning tea.

Does a cup of green tea in the morning have some mysterious power, or is it just superstition?

There seems to be some reasons.

First, green tea is good for your health. Green tea contains catechin that works as an anti-oxidant. In Japan, it is a well-known fact that there are the least cancer patients in tea-producing areas like Kakegawa and Fujieda in Shizuoka prefecture. People living in these regions drink green tea daily. In the olden days, people in Japan did not know the science behind this, but they somehow must have known that green tea is good for your health.

Second, the hot tea wakes up your body and helps prepare yourself for the day. It is not only the tea, but it is also the process of boiling water, putting the tea leaves in the pot, pouring the hot water in the pot and so on. The caffeine in the tea also helps reduce fatigue.

Have some Jugetsudo sencha tea in the morning before you leave your home!

Jugetsudo Sencha Asa

sencha with camellia

All Teas are from the same plant…

Camellia is blooming now. In Japan, there are two kinds of camellia –sazanka 山茶花 and Tsubaki 椿。They look quite similar, so it’s hard to distinguish. They are both used for flower arrangements 茶花 at the traditional tea ceremony.  Rikyu 利休, who perfected the Japnaese tea ceremony in the 16th century, said the flower arrangements at the ceremonies should look natural, as if they are in the nature. The tea ceremony is not just about matcha tea, but is also about ikebana 生け花, shodo 書道(Japanese calligraphy), pottery and so on. The tea master emphasized simplicity in every aspect of the tea ceremony.

Japanese people never choose camellia flowers as souvenirs when they visit to a sick person. The reason is that camellia flowers (especially Tsubaki cultivar) tend to drop off abruptly rather than the petals falling one by one. It looks as if heads are falling off and people find it ominous.

Did you know that the tea plant is the same species as the camellias?  The tea plant ’s binominal name is camellia sinensis. All the teas—black tea, green tea, white tea, matcha—are made from this plant. The difference in the end products come from how they are processed.

Enjoy teas while camellias are in full bloom!

 

 

jugetsudo ginza kabukiza

When in Tokyo…

Here is the video of our cool mother ship in Tokyo!
When you have a chance to visit Tokyo, never miss this place and try the tea ceremony experience!
And LIVE JAPAN PERFECT GUIDE is a great website to know about Japan’s sightseeing spots, activities, food and shops, etc. Check it out when you are planning your trip to Japan!
Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza

matcha latte

Matcha Latte

Wake up with a cup of warm matcha latte on a chilly morning.
Jugetsudo’s matcha doux is sweetened with organic sugar so it’s super easy to use!

One of our customers once said that the caffeine in coffee only keeps her energy level up for a bit, but then has less energy after drinking it. Matcha, on the other hand, keeps her going and able to focus for the rest of the day.

Matcha Latte
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp(10g) matcha doux (sweetened with organic sugar)
  • ¼ cup hot water
  • ¾ cup warm milk
Instructions
  1. Place the matcha doux in a cup. Slowly whisk in hot water and whisk well with a small whisk.
  2. Pour in the milk.
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health benefits of matcha

Health Benefits of Matcha

Ever wondered about health benefits of matcha?
We found a good article at Dr. Oz’s website.
It’s a very good reading.
When you make a bowl of matcha, we’d recommend dissolve 1 teaspoon (not tablespoon) of matcha in 2 oz hot water.
Don’t forget to sift matcha powder to avoid lumps!
DR. Oz: Does Matcha Really Live Up to the Hype?
Matcha Fuji no Haru
Matcha Nature (Unsweetened)

yuzu sencha on the winter solstice

The Winter Solstice

December 21st is the winter solstice, a day with the longest night hours of the year. The winter solstice is a day that is observed widely in Japan on the 22nd of December. The solstice, commonly referred to as “To-ji”, is celebrated by taking hot baths with yuzu citruses and eating dishes containing pumpkin. These traditions are believed to have healing effects on the body, cleansing it of toxins and disease.

Have a cup of Jugetsudo’s yuzu sencha for good health on this year’s To-ji!
Yuzu Sencha Tin

2018 holiday bazaar

2018 Holiday Bazaar

<br/ >Jugetsudo is participating in the 2018 Holiday Bazaar at Food Innovation Center on Thursday, December 13th 5:00pm-7:30pm.
You can taste our premium Japanese green teas, such as organic sencha, organic genmaicha and organic hojicha! We are serving yuzu sencha and sakura sencha (green tea with cherry blossome petals), too!
Come to find unique holiday gifts!
Food Innovation Center

1207 NW Naito Parkway
Portland, OR 97209
2018 Holiday Bazaar