The Toronto Tea Festival took place on January 28th and 29th, I am very late to the game talking about it. I went on vacation the very next day and have been swamped since getting back. There was lots that I wanted to get at this years show, here are a few:
(F&B Tea Co.)
Tea face scrubs. Treat yo self.
Tea-Shirts. It’s a black tea day today.
I had too hard a time choosing between Tea-Shirts and Tea-Mugs so they both made the list.
(Lemon Lily and Au Naturel)
I have featured this mug on a Want It Wednesday before. But I really want one.
Do you have some matcha in your cupboard that is not so fresh anymore? Don’t throw it out! You can use older matcha to make all kinds of baked goods and beauty products. Making a matcha green tea face mask is incredibly fast and easy, there is also an added bonus of getting to look like a ninja turtle for a bit.
Many websites I looked at while researching this made claims that matcha is great for your skin for a few different reasons:
Matcha has approximately 70mg* of caffeine vs. 25mg* in a cup of steeped green tea. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels, it can temporarily reduce swelling and decrease puffy under-eye circles.The ingredient also acts as a diuretic, dehydrating fat cells and making skin appear smoother, for a short time.
I also came across some claims that the large amounts of antioxidants in matcha can help slow down or even stop your skin from ageing. I am more than just a little bit skeptical of these claims. However I do believe that taking a moment out of your day to do something relaxing for yourself can help you feel better internally and that this will in turn show itself externally in the form of a big smile.
How to make it you need:
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
I used Lemon juice for an added yummy lemon smell, but water can also be used. If using water be sure it is room temperature, no one wants a cup of boiling tea in their face.
Mix until smooth and apply to clean face. Let the mask dry for 10-15min before washing off.
*Caffeine is difficult to assign an exact amount to. There are a number of variables that can alter caffeine content.
Is there anything that says romantic, decadent and Valentine’s Day more than a chocolate covered strawberry? If you have a tea lover in your life than this take on that classic treat may be the perfect way to end your Valentine’s Day dinner. You could also make these for yourself in celebration of how much you love the awesomeness of you. Plus they are just about the easiest thing you could make, so come on lazy, let’s get started.
What you need:
1lb ripe strawberries
½ lb (8 oz) white chocolate
½ tsp matcha
¼ lb (4 oz) milk chocolate *optional
- Rinse the strawberries with cold water and pat dry. Set them aside and try not to eat too many during the following steps. Line a baking sheet, that will fit in the fridge, with parchment paper.
2. Coarsely chop the white chocolate into small pieces. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, to do this; place the chocolate in a metal bowl and over a saucepan of simmering water stir until it is melted and smooth. Add the matcha powder to your melted chocolate and whisk until the matcha is even throughout the chocolate and there are no lumps.
3. Holding a strawberry by the stem end, dip 2/3 of it into the chocolate/matcha mixture, let the excess chocolate drip off and set it on the parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining berries. Place the baking sheet into the fridge and allow the chocolate to set for at least 30 min.
4. (*Optional) To create the contrasting decoration melt the milk chocolate the same way that you melted the white chocolate. Take a fork, dip it into the milk chocolate and drizzle it over the chocolate covered strawberries.
- Keep covered in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to 3 days.
Have a great Valentine’s Day!