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!

Goatly King Mushrooms [Primal, Gluten-free]

Cheese and mushrooms are a match made in heaven, as far as I’m concerned. If you don’t like cheese or mushrooms, then heaven help you! (I rescind the previous comment if you’re intolerant to dairy.) Tangy goat cheese pairs wonderfully with meaty king mushrooms, and is kicked up to level 100 with garlic and fresh dill. Damn easy and delicious.

King Mushrooms

Stuffed King Mushrooms
Serves 4 as a side

Ingredients

  • 4 Big King Mushrooms
  • 3/4 Cup Soft Goat Cheese
  • 1 Organic Egg, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp fresh Dill, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed in a garlic press, or finely minced
  • 1 tsp Butter, plus extra to grease the pan

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Grease the bottom of a small baking dish with butter.
Slice the mushrooms down the center, almost but not quite cutting them in half. Lay them in the baking dish, slice side up.

Make sure the goat cheese is very soft, and mix together with the egg, butter, pressed garlic and chopped dill. Spoon this mixture into the sliced mushrooms, and cover them thoroughly with any extra.

Pop into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft. Serve warm. Enjoy!

Primal Palate’s Grain-free Fudgy Brownies [5 Chili Bullet Variation]

Part of my payment for doing the Valentine’s Day illustration for ChocoSol was actually dispensed in chocolate bars (and coffee). I know, it’s a hard life!! One of my favourite flavours that they hand craft is the spicy 5 Chili Bullet.

They used ethically sourced cacao beans grown in forest gardens, and the chilis are grown locally in Toronto. Cacao, Raw sugar, Cacao Butter, 5 Types of Chilis, Allspice, Achiote and Sea Salt. As you can see, it’s a simple ingredient list with no lecithins or emulsifiers to be found. Nice! The chilis they use pack a bit of a punch, too!

Since I had a surplus of chocolate going on, I decided that a little baking was in order. Fortunately for me, Primal Palate did all the hard work here with their recently released Grain-free Fudgy Brownie recipe, which you can see on their totally amazing new website. Go check that out if you have an extra minute today to be wowed.

I substituted this spicy Chocosol bar into the recipe to give it a bit of a twist. They’re rich and delicious with chewy edges, just like I love in my brownies. My version features some extra after-burn.

Primal Palate’s Grain-free Fudgy Brownies [5 Chili Bullet Variation]
Adapted from PrimalPalate.com

Ingredients

  • 1 5oz 5 Chili Bullet Chocolate Bar
  • 1 oz High Quality Dark Chocolate
  • 8 oz Butter, Unsalted, or Palm Shortening
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Eggs, large
  • 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 glass baking dish and line with parchment paper so you can easily remove the brownies after baking.

Cut the Butter into cubes and break the Chocolate bar into pieces. Melt the Chocolate and Butter over medium low heat, stirring frequently. Add the Coconut Sugar and Vanilla to the melted mixture and stir until there are no unmelted chunks.

Remove the mixture from the heat, and allow to cool slightly. In another bowl, blend the Eggs, Almond Flour, Baking Powder and Salt together. When the Chocolate mix is cool, fully combine with the flour mixture until uniform.

Pour the batter into the greased and parchment lined 8×8 baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then remove to a wire rack. Wait for them to cool a bit before flipping to remove the parchment paper. Slice and enjoy warm, or cool completely and store in a tin for later.

If you can’t get your hands on some spicy chocolate, add a few shakes of chili flakes to the plain recipe!

Balsamic Roasted Heirloom Carrots [Paleo, Primal, Vegan]

Shopping at farmer’s markets is such a treat, and in my city there are at least 3 that run year round–including my go-to, Dufferin Grove. I spotted these heirloom carrots last week, and I decided that I really didn’t eat enough carrots these days. Especially delicious, sweet, organic heirloom carrots! You can make this recipe with any ole’ carrots you want, or even parsnips, but I highly recommend some heirloom carrots if you can get your hands on them. They’re super pretty and extra delicious! For this recipe the amounts are approximate, I just toss everything together and add until the carrots look well-coated.

Balsamic Roasted Heirloom Carrots

Serves 4

  • 12 Medium Heirloom Carrots
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil or Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 Tsp Mixed Herbs or Herbes du Province
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

Directions 
Preheat oven to 350. Scrub carrots and cut the tops off, then cut in half lengthwise. Line a metal baking tray with foil, and put the carrots on the tray.

Drizzle your oil of choice and the vinegar onto the carrots. Crush the herbs in your hand if the flakes are large, and sprinkle along with the salt and pepper onto the tray with the carrots. Toss to coat evenly.

Pop into the oven and cook for 30 minutes, or until golden and slightly crispy on the edges.

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs [Paleo, Primal. 21DSD friendly]

Hi friends! Long time no see! Happy 2014! Hope everyone had a great holiday time. Just recently I came back from a two week trip to Japan, which was super fantastic. I saw so many cool things, it blew my mind. Also I ate many cool things! I’m thinking of putting together a little post about trying to eat ‘Paleo-ish’ in Japan, which is a challenge I’ll tell you now. Look out for that sometime in the near future!

I promised this recipe on my Facebook Page back about a month or two ago, but I was so busy I didn’t have a chance to do an illustration. Well I’m back, babes! I put this together when I was doing my 21 Day Sugar Detox. I have to say, it’s really simple, and really delicious.

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

  • 12 Chicken Thighs
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Butter
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos or Gluten-free Tamari Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 12 Average Parsnips and/or Carrots, peeled and halved

Directions
Preheat oven to 350. In a large roasting pan with a lid, put the peeled Parsnips and Carrots on the bottom of the pan. On top, arrange the chicken thighs skin-up in a single layer.

In a small bowl, whisk together the warm melted Butter, the Lemon juice, Coconut Aminos/Tamari Sauce, minced Ginger, Garlic Powder and Pepper.  Pour this mixture evenly over the Chicken Thighs.

Cook covered for 60 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for 15 more minutes.. The Chicken is done when you cut into it and the juices run clear. Plate, served over the Parsnips. Enjoy!