Cooking with Japanese Green Tea Matcha - utilizing European ingredients -

Hello everyone! This blog is a collection of recipes with Japanese Green tea Matcha. It is not easy to cook Matcha in Europe because it is difficult to find fresh Matcha powder at reasonable price and it is not easy to find recipes using material which you can find easily in Europe. We are trying to introduce easy recipes with Matcha utilizing European ingredients and recommendable Matcha powder. Enjoy a lot our Green Tea recipes! 【COPYRIGHT】All recipes and photographs are copyrighted and may not published elsewhere without permission.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Japanese Tea Ceremony in Madrid

This weekend, The Japanese Culture Festival took place at The Royal Botanic Garden in Madrid. During 4 days, people could enjoy exhibitions of Ikebana (flower arrangement art), Suiseki (Japanese art of stone appreciation), and also several art performances such as Taiko (Japanese drum concerts), Kitsuke (Japanese kimono wearing), Koto (Japanese traditional Music Instrument), Shodo(Japanese Calligraphy) and Cha_no_yu(Japanese Tea Ceremony). The tea ceremony teacher, Eiko Kishi, explained how to prepare Matcha green tea and the manner in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, and the art of its performance (it is called temae), using our best Ceremonial Matcha. We offered our Iced Sencha and Sweet Matcha for visitors. Many people liked our tea and we were very happy. Thank you very much, Asociación de Ikebana de Madrid team, for inviting us to this event.






















マドリッドの王立植物園は今の季節、緑が青々としていました。都会にいながら鳥たちのさえずりしか聞こえない静かな空間。その中にひっそりと佇むヴィジャヌエバ・パビジョ ン会場で日本文化イベントが厳かに行われました。4日間にわたる生け花と水石アートの展覧会、日本太鼓、着付け、琴演奏、書道、茶の湯などのイベントは、 ヨーロッパ各国からの来客者で賑わいました。ポーランド、スウェーデン、ノルウェー、フランス、ブルガリア、イギリス、などなど、いろいろな国々の言語が 飛び交い、特に東欧からの来客者の方々が多かったような印象を受けました。日本庭園・茶室を模した茶道のイベント会場では、素晴らしい琴の演奏の後、 Asociación de Ikebana de Españaの皆さんによる「茶の湯」が行われました。着物を見事に着こなし颯爽と歩く日本人女性の美しさにはただただ見とれるばかりでした。また、 Asociaciónの皆さんは、毎日沢山の来客者の方々に、お抹茶とお菓子(本格的な和菓子の浮島)を振る舞ってくださいました。ざ・抹茶はうすから は、水出し煎茶と甘いグリーンティを提供させていただきました。この素晴らしいイベントに今年も参加させていただくことができ、本当に光栄に、大変嬉しく 思っております。有難うございました。
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Matcha Affogato - latest trend in Japan



This is our new recipe, inspired by Japan's recent trend: Matcha Affogato. An affogato is an Italian coffee-based dessert. It usually takes the form of a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice cream topped with a shot of hot espresso. The latest Japan's trend is to use Matcha instead of coffee. Enjoy the great combinaion of vanilla ice cream and Matcha sauce!

Ingredients: 

(2 persons)
Vanilla ice cream 100g 
Matcha  1 tablespoon
Hot water 20ml


Preparation:

1. Place 1 tablespoon of Matcha into a cup.
2. Pour 20ml of hot water (90ºC) into the cup and beat with mini capuchino mixer.
3. Serve a ball of vanilla ice cream and pour the Matcha sauce on the ice cream ball slowly.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Our first Japanese Tea Ceremony class in Barcelona

The Japanese tea ceremony is a special way of making green tea Matcha. It is also called Cha-no-yu. It is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of Matcha, stone ground high quality green tea.

"Bontemae" is a simple procedure for making Matcha (Usucha type). The tea bowl, tea whisk, tea scoop, chakin and tea caddy are placed on a try, and the hot water is prepared in a tetsubin(iron kettle). This is the first tea ceremony learned and is the easiest to perform, even though in a limited space, requiring neither much specialized equipment nor a lot of time to complete. It may easily be done sitting at a table, or outdoors.  

On 8th April of 2016 we started "Bontemae" Tea Ceremony classes in our tiny office that we have in Barcelona. The class was given by Nuria Maeda, tea master and assistant professor of the Urasenke School of Japan, in presenting the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. It was one of our dreams to realize Tea Ceremony classes in Spain and we are so happy. We will try to continue giving more classes, probably once a month pace, in Barcelona.

ざ・抹茶はうすでは、2016年4月より 『茶道 - 盆点前教室』 をスタートしました。盆点前(ぼんてまえ)とはお盆を使った簡略なお点前で、限られた空間でも手軽にお茶を楽しむことができます。講師をしてくださったのは、前田ヌリア 先生(裏千家上級講師資格)。生徒さんは4人のみ、2時間にわたって丁寧にお教えくださいました。今回のお茶菓子は宮田みほさん作『桜の練りきり』。掛け軸は『和敬清寂』。ざ・抹茶はうすでは、今後も月1回のペースで盆点前のお 稽古教室を続けていこうと思っております。

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Japanese Tea Tasting at The Matcha House


昨日3月16日、日本ははるばる岐阜県白川町三川から、お茶の生産者の方々が3名、ざ・抹茶はうすのバルセロナ事務所まで来て下さいました。白川町が誇る上質煎茶、和紅茶等 の銘茶をプロの手で淹れて下さいました。お茶の買い付け、和紅茶の生産方法等、興味深いお話を沢山していただき、大変勉強になりました。貴重な体験をさせていただき、本当に有難うございまし た。On 16th March, 2016, three Japanese Tea producers from Gifu Prefecture, Japan visited The Matcha House's office in Barcelona. Gifu is in the middle of the island of Honshū of Japan and it is famous for its old beautiful village Hida-Takayama (飛騨高山). In this region, the tea producers produce Shirakawa brand tea such as Jyo-Sencha and Wa-Kocha. In 2 hours' tea tasting, we learned many things about how to produce Mikawa brand teas, how to make the perfect cup of tea, the difference between Aracha and Sencha, how to produce Wa-kocha (Japanese black tea)...etc. We were very happy to spend the valuable time with them. Thank you very much.
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