MATCHA MADNESS! Kiss Me Organics Product Review and Recipe Round-up

Matcha Madness - Product Review and Recipe Round-upI was recently contacted by Kiss Me Organics about the possibility of me sampling and reviewing their Organic Matcha. Being a lover of all things Matcha and Green Tea related, I of course responded with a hearty “Yes please!!” Exclusive to Amazon, their Matcha shipped extremely quickly, and I had it on my doorstep and into my kitchen in no time flat. Soon, I was in matcha heaven! Of course, the first thing I made was a matcha latte. Their product whisks up smoothly when combined with hot water, and has a pleasant balanced taste. Not overly bitter or grassy, when combined with foamed milk and a little honey, it’s perfection!

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Of course, I couldn’t stop there. Next on the list was matcha ice cream. Like I said, matcha addict over here! With this Organic Matcha I was able to use my own ingredients and ice cream maker at home and match a matcha ice cream like you’ve never experienced before. Plus, you have the ability to control the ingredients and even create a 100% organic ice cream, if you so desire. When you indulge, you might as well go for the best!

When you make a purchase, they also send you a free e-book with 50+ recipes, all using matcha. Including such savory options as matcha curry, believe it or not! With one package lasting you 6 weeks (that would be if you were using it every day), and the high quality of the product, you’ve definitely got value for your money. I’d highly recommend Kiss Me Organics Matcha to any matcha fan.

While we’re on the topic of Matcha, I decided to throw together a MATCHA MADNESS Recipe Roundup! Clearly I can’t get enough.

If matcha being delicious weren’t reason enough to consume it, Whole New Mom talks about the 7 Health Benefits of Green Tea and Grass Fed Girl has a whopping 9 Benefits of Matcha Green Tea!

First up let’s go for the Paleo spin on the classic.

How-to-Make-the-Perfect-Matcha-Pinterest-736x981Yes, you too can easily make the Perfect Cup of Matcha, with this guide by Popular Paleo.

cinnamon eats matcha lattePersonally though, where I am now is very hot, so next we have Cinnamon Eats’ Paleo Iced Matcha Latte, perfect for hot summer days.

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If you’re still not cooled down yet, why not make these Creamy Matcha Strawberry Popsicles? Also from Cinnamon Eats!

Now onto some cookies…

south beach primal matcha whoopie piesHow about some Matcha Whoopie Pies, courtesy of South Beach Primal?

Green-Tea-CookiesOr, Paleo Matcha Green Tea Cookies, created by The Urban Eco Life!

cereal-901x1024Now this is a creative way to work more matcha into your breakfast with Paleo Kitchen Lab’s Chia Super Cereal with Matcha and Carob.

matcha-lime-mousseTo finish up, here’s one more, a guest post for Cinnamon Eats, created by Natural Kitchen Adventures. Matcha Lime Mousse. This sounds divine. I could dive into a vat of this right now!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this brief trip to Matcha Heaven! Actually, before I put together this review and roundup, I had no idea there were so many possibilities…but I have to say I have quite a lot of my Kiss Me Organics Matcha left, and a WHOLE lot of options! Until next time, friends, take care.

Grok Grub’s Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados [Paleo]

Next up in my very drawn out series of recipe trades is a swap with Grok Grub! Things have gotten a little behind on my end due to my move across the ocean from Canada to Japan, but, more on that later. Rachel has actually already posted her half of the trade, you can find her photos of my MaCaZu Sauce on her blog.

When going through her recipes I had a heck of a time deciding which one I wanted make. It’s tough, when I had some killer recipes such as this Grain Free Rhubarb Tart and Paleo Sex In a Pan to choose from. However, after much deliberation, I finally decided on her Smoked Salmon, Egg Stuffed Avocados, and I was not disappointed! They made a perfect breakfast, filling and satisfying. You can head on over there for her mouthwatering photos, and a printable version of her text recipe. If you stick around here for a minute, you can take a look at my illustrated guide for assembly instructions!

Grok Grub's Smoked Salmon Egg Stuffed Avocados, Illustrated by Alex BoakeIsn’t that genius? What a clever lady she is! You can find more of Grok Grub’s tasty stuff on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Primal Maple Vanilla Ice Cream

Alex Boake's Primal Maple Vanilla Ice CreamYou may or may not be aware of this, but my Dad makes maple syrup! This recipe comes from a surplus of egg yolks from my sister Sweet Boake baking something, and from an abundant supply of maple syrup produced by Hockley Valley Maple Syrup. Though mostly it was from my Mom‘s suggestion that we use up those darn egg yolks and perhaps make some good old fashioned vanilla ice cream! My other sister just benefited in that she got to eat delicious ice cream. The whole family was sort of involved! We didn’t give any to the dog though.

Alex Boake's Primal Maple Vanilla Ice CreamPrimal Maple Vanilla Ice Cream
Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 500mL Organic 35% Whipping Cream
  • 2 Egg Yolks, pastured if possible 
  • 3/4 to 1 Cup Maple Syrup, depending on preferred level of sweetness
  • Seeds from 1 Vanilla Bean

Directions
Make sure the bowl from your ice cream maker is fully frozen, 24 hours if possible. Ours needs about 2 days in the freezer for best results on any ice cream recipe we’ve made. However, you know your own equipment best.

In a small saucepan, whisk together the cream and the egg yolks. Scrape out the seeds from the vanilla bean and add to the mix. Over medium heat, slowly raise the temperature of the cream mixture, making sure not to let it get too hot or you’ll scramble those yolks. You want it to become a little bit thicker, then add the maple syrup. I like to stir fairly constantly to ensure that nothing gets stuck to the bottom or begins to cook.

Allow this mixture to cool a bit, then put it in the fridge until cold. Process according to your ice cream maker’s instructions. This is best eaten right after you make it, topped with fresh peaches. Enjoy!

 

Predominantly Paleo’s Onion Loaf

Today’s post continues my theme of recipe trades! This week I’m swapping with the awesome Jen of Predominantly Paleo. She’s the creator of the infamous (and reportedly life-changing) Yuca Dough! Actually, I originally was planning on making the aforementioned dough, but I ran into so many setbacks related to sourcing fresh Yuca that I eventually had to put that aside and pick another recipe. Many thanks to Jen for putting up with all my #yucaproblems. Don’t let that put you off from trying it out, though. One day I will resume my Yuca Quest, and slay the Yuca dragon~!

Predominantly Paleo's Onion Loaf, Illustrated by Alex Boake

So, as you can see in my illustration above, I decided to make her Onion Loaf, which looks amazing in her photos. Not only does it LOOK amazing, but it also tastes amazing. It can talk the talk and walk the walk.

…Maybe that’s the wrong analogy, but the fact remains that this is delicious. Yes, it’s delicious even if you’re like me and you use tapioca flour instead of arrowroot. (Look, I think I’ve got some sort of cosmic problem related to yuca/cassava/tapioca.) Please note, however, that if you use tapioca flour this will be more of an onion goo, rather than become crispy like in Jen’s beautiful photos. Either way, it will be addictive and highly edible.

Predominantly Paleo’s Onion Loaf
with minor adaptations by me

Ingredients

  • 1 large Onion, peeled
  • 1/4 cup Potato Flour
  • 1/4 cup Arrowroot Flour OR Tapioca Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 dash Granulated Garlic
  • Avocado Oil or Bacon Fat for frying
  • Additional Sea Salt to taste
Directions

If using a mandolin, cut the Onion in half, remove the hard core at the bottom, and slice thinly. If you have a spiralizer, use as directed. In a large pan, heat up your oil of choice to medium.

In a shallow bowl mix the potato flour and arrowroot flour (for a crispy onion loaf) OR tapioca flour (for a gooey onion loaf), along with the sea salt and garlic powder. Dredge the onions in the flour mixture, until fully coated. The tapioca version may become somewhat sticky or clumpy, but it will be fine.

Cook the flour-coated onions until browned on all sides. Place on a towel lined plate to soak up any excess oil. Tapioca version will be somewhat sticky, so just pat it down.

Serve crispy Onion Loaf with ketchup or your dip of choice, and maybe just eat gooey Onion Loaf with a knife and a fork. Whichever route you go–enjoy!

Check out Jen’s blog post for her original version of the recipe, along with her tasty photos. Plus, she’s got tons of other amazing recipes so don’t miss those either. You can also follow her on Facebook for all the latest updates.

Also, as I mentioned on my previous post, Jen and Vivian of The Real Food Guide recently collaborated and released an e-book dedicated to ICE CREAM. Perfect for summer, am I right? Check that out if you like ice cream, and also allergen-friendly treats.

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Head over here to get more information  “We can ALL scream for Ice Cream!

The Real Food Guide’s Autoimmune Paleo Spice Cookies

Recently I decided to get inspired once again by taking on some more recipe trades. The deal is I team up with another blogger, take one of their recipes, make it, and then draw it! They take one of mine, make it, and take snazzy pictures! It’s a win-win for everyone involved. Plus, then people can see that my recipes actually make food and are not secretly scams that I just draw and never make. ; )

This week’s victim is Vivian of The Real Food Guide! Vivian is a Canadian blogger, recipe creator, Registered Holistic Nutritionist and a super cool designer. That’s pretty rad. Her blog has awesome recipes and a fresh look to boot.

The Real Food GuideWhile Vivian chose to make my Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs, as you can see here…I decided to try my hand at her Autoimmune Paleo Spice Cookies, and I’m so glad I did–they’re delicious! If you’re heading onto an AIP elimination diet, this might be a great option. Perfect for an occasional AIP-friendly treat. Great for the kiddos, and safe to have around in case ‘temptation’ arises. Again, win-win! I decided to take Vivian’s tasty recipe and make an infographic out of it.

Autoimmune Paleo Spice CookiesIf you’re more of a text-only recipe person, head on over to The Real Food Guide and her AIP Spice Cookie recipe for a Print-friendly version! The Real Food Guide can also be found on Facebook, if that’s your jam.

Also, I should mention, Jen of Predominantly Paleo and Vivian recently collaborated and released an e-book dedicated to ICE CREAM. Perfect for summer, am I right? Check that out if you like ice cream, and also allergen-friendly treats. If you don’t like ice cream we probably can’t be friends, I’m just saying.
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Head over here to get more information  “We can ALL scream for Ice Cream!

Thanks for reading…until next time, pals!

Smoky Cauliflower – Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika [Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan]

Smoky Cauliflower

There was some debate between myself and my parents while I was making this illustration about whether or not it was “Smoky” or Smokey”. To set the record straight, it used to be spelled with an E, but the modern spelling is more streamlined and the E has been dropped. There is NO debate, however, about the deliciousness of this cauliflower creation! Perfect for low-carbers, it was a staple on my various 21 Day Sugar Detoxes and the like. We usually cook our meats at 350, so instead of roasting at a higher heat I use a lower one so it’s compatible with my other staple proteins.

I’d say use whatever paprika you like, but honestly this brand is REALLY amazing. Life changing. I can get mine locally, but you can also find it online. At minimum, make sure to use a smoked paprika. You won’t regret it! This vegetarian side is really simple, but has amazing flavour. Make sure you get a massive cauliflower since you’ll be having the oven on for a bit, so you might as well have leftovers.

Roasted Cauliflower with Smoked Paprika
Serves 4 to 6 – Cook time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 1 huge head of Cauliflower
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil (or more as required)
  • 1 Tbsp Smoked Paprika (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Wash and pat dry the head of cauliflower. Remove the leaves and cut off the stem. Cut the head in half and then in quarters. Slice into ~1.5 cm thick pieces and lay in one layer on rimmed metal baking sheets. Cut any large florets in half. Toss all small bits onto the pan as you go. It should take about two large rimmed baking sheets to fit all the cut-up cauliflower.

Drizzle on the olive oil and sprinkle on the paprika. Toss and add enough oil and spice so that the florets are coated nicely. Sprinkle the salt evenly.

Pop into the oven and roast for 35 minutes, then flip and rotate the pans. Cook for 25 more minutes, until nicely browned with crispy edges. Serve warm, and enjoy!

Totoro Bonsai Guardian

Totoro Bonsai

Mike and I recently took the time to respectively watch and re-watch this excellent movie, and I got inspired to do a little illustration as a tribute. I’d say it’s a big improvement over my previous Totoro illustration, though the attached recipe really does hold up!

This is also available as a design on my Society6 store, and you can get prints, TOTE(oro?) bags, shower curtains, pillows, phone cases, etc. Technology is amazing. Free shipping until June 8th using this link!

Totoro Swag

Animal Commissions (Limited Time)

Alex Boake Illustration's Animal CommissionsDapper AlpacaTotes Mah Goats - Alex Boake IllustrationMugginsFor a limited time I’m going to be doing Animal Commissions! Get an illustration of your favourite animal, or your own pet. If you’d like your pet illustrated, please provide me with good reference photos. Feel free to prompt me with your favourite colours for either option (for the background/text). The text element is open to suggestion, though for pets I recommend their name.

Payment via Paypal. I will provide you with a good quality digital file for personal use. There’s an extra $5 fee for a high-resolution print file, also only for personal use. I retain the right to use the images in my portfolio, etc.

Contact me through email at alex.boake@gmail.com to get your very own personalized piece.

Thanks!
-Alex

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans [Cookbook Review]

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humansm {Cookbook  Review}I might be a bit late to the party in reviewing Michelle and Henry’s awesome book, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, but in my defense…I love to do illustrated reviews, and I haven’t had time to squeeze one in around my other work. However, the long wait is over and I can finally say my piece about this excellent book, and whip out my drawing as you can see above! Michelle’s character is just too cute, I really like drawing her.

If you’re in the “Paleo Scene”, and you haven’t already heard of Nom Nom Paleo, I imagine that you’re doing the re-enactment thing and are actually living in a cave, not using the internet, etc. That’s cool! Personally I’ve been a longtime fan of Michelle and Henry’s blog, and have had the pleasure of meeting them in person a few times as well. They’re just as awesome and nice in Real Life.

Basically, Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans embodies all the cool things that they’re already doing on their blog, PLUS tons more recipes, print versions of their super photography, an extra bunch of really wicked comics drawn by Henry. It’s really got it all, in terms of foodstuffs: Mayo, Ghee, Magic Mushroom Powder™, Sriracha, Holy ‘mole Guacamole, three different Salsas, dressings…and that’s just in the first section of recipes. It’s like if you had access to a magic genie and wished for Nom Nom Paleo’s blog in physical form, and the genie said, “WISH GRANTED; plus I literally added everything to make this as awesome as possible.”

A personal favourite: in the “Nibbles” section, there’s 6 whole pages dedicated to different types of non-spud CHIPS. I am a major crunchy fan, so, I’m sold. Also: 4 different kinds of deviled eggs. It’s like they know the food-path to my heart or something.

There are so many amazing Paleo Cookbooks out there right now, but Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans is definitely a special one. With the informational sections and comics in the first part of the book, I dare say it would be a great introductory book to give a friend you want to ease into the Paleo Way-of-Life. With a fun spin, and super recipes, you really can’t go wrong. Even kids would be drawn in by the comics and colours. In stunning hardcover, and with a really unique style, this book is really the whole package. If you haven’t picked it up yet–you definitely should!

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NeatoShop 3 Tee Giveaway!

You may have noticed an abundance of Graphic Tees on my blog lately. Well, I’m about to make it up to you with a fantastic giveaway! Here’s the scoop; recently I was asked by an up-and-coming Tee shop called Neatoshop to join and post some of my tee designs. I figured, the more the merrier! It’s great to support other companies, and the more places my work can appear, the more chances I have to make a little bit of dough to support all this drawing I do.

You can click on the following image to check out my store:

AlexBoake_neatoshop_teesYou’ve probably seen me posting some of these designs on my blog, Instagram and Facebook page. Some of them, I haven’t even really posted yet! Exclusive!
Now, these Neatoshop fellows were kind enough to offer me 3 Tees to give away to my super cool fans. That means you guys!! Aren’t they nice?

AlexBoake_neatoshopThere’s two ways to enter this time:

  • Through the rafflecopter widget on my blog, and;
  • On the pinned post on my Facebook Fanpage where you can comment and tag a friend for an opportunity for each of you to win a shirt.

Cool, huh?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contests both close on May 28th at 11:59 PM. Good luck, friends!