MATCHA Espresso Granita

It's been a hot day in these days!
I'm living near by Tokyo, Kanto area. The weather report says the rainy season is over this week in Kanto.
So, It's officially Hot Summer has come!!!

I wanted to make Homemade MATCHA Popsicle at first, but I slightly changed my mind to make Homemade Granita.

It's pretty easy. Only 3 ingredients you need. MATCHA powder and Sugar!and Milk if you like.)
I tested to cook MATCHA Latte Granita. Then I tried MATCHA Espresso Granita.
Both are very very good. Latte one is mild, milky. Espresso one is felt more MATCHA bitter. It would be taste fit for adults.

I prefer Latte to Espresso. But when I put vanilla ice cream on Espresso one, Hmmm It's good too!
MATCHA Espresso Granita
Cool down with perfect cool dessert!

MATCHA Latte Granita! 
2 tsp MATCHA powder
2 tbsp sugar
200m (about 7oz) water (if you like to make a latte, 100ml water and 100ml milk)


1. In a small bowl, sift MATCHA powder and Slowly whisk in small amount of boiling water, then Add sugar and water. Strain into a container.

2. Freeze for 2 hours and then mix well, breaking up the crystals around the edge of the container and mixing them toward the center. Freeze for 1 hours and mix again.

3. Scratch up the granita with a fork and serve in small glasses. If it gets too hard, leave it out at room temperature for a few minutes to soften a little before serving.

4. Vanilla Ice cream or Condenced Milk is always welcome on the top!

note: If you use a baking dishit will freeze quicker.


抹茶パウダー 小さじ2
砂糖 大さじ2
水 200ml (ラテにする場合は水100mlと牛乳100mlで)

1. お抹茶パウダーを少量のお湯で溶かし、砂糖を加え、分量のお水を加えてよく混ぜます。
2. 茶漉しで漉して、タッパーなどに入れて冷凍庫で2時間ほど凍らせます。
3. 途中まで凍っているところを混ぜて、また1時間ほど凍らせます。
4. フォークでザクザクっと掘って混ぜ、器に盛りつけます。お好みで、バニラアイスや練乳をかけると一段と美味しいです。




NIKUJAGA (Meat and Potato Stew)

NIKUJAGA is one of the popular comfortable food in Japan. 
Japanese Mom doesn't even follow the recipe, because they know how that taste like. And just cook NIKUJAGA without the recipe. So, that's the NIKUJAGA should be.
It means NIKUJAGA is very easy and simple. Once you know how to cook.
And, If you ask to Japanese men, 'What do you want your girlfriend to cook for you?' They will answer 'NIKUJAGA!' So,  He could know what the type of girl she is and she would be.
It is definitely a very popular family-favorite food!

**Ingredients** 4-6 servings
150g (5.3oz) Sliced Beef
4 potato
1/2 carrot
1 onion
8 green beans
150g SHIRATAKI noodles
2 tbsp salad oil
400ml (about 13 and 1/3oz) DASHI
5 tbsp soy sauce 
4 tbsp sugar 
3 tbsp MIRIN 

1. To prepare the SHIRATAKI, Rinse and drain well. And Boil for 3 minutes, drain and cut into easy to eat length. Set aside.

2. Cut Potato into 4-6 pieces and soak in a water. Cut carrots in rolling edges. Cut Onion into 1 cm slices. Cut Green beans into 5cm. And Cut Beef into about 5cm.

3. In a Large Pot, Stir-fry the beef with salad oil until no longer red. Add Potato, Carrot, Onion and Stir-fry until translucent at the potato edges.

4. Add the DASHI soup stock. Bring to a boil over low-medium heat. Skim off any foamy scum. Add Soy sauce, Sugar, MIRIN. Simmer for about 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.

5. Add SHIRATAKI and Green beans. Simmer for about 5 minutes.

6. Now, It's ready to be served!! 

Also, You can make NIKUJAGA with sliced Pork! I like Pork NIKUJAGA as well.
And Just let you know, NIKUJAGA tastes better the next day too!

Japanese White Bread 'SHOKUPAN' with Bread Machine

I make Japanese White Bread SHOKUPAN (食パン)  once in a week.

Just put all ingredients in the machine. And wait for a few hours. You can just read a book or do internet while baking. No fuss at all.
I'm sure when it start smell of baking bread make you very happy!!!

  **Ingredients** 15 slices
150g       whole milk (room temperature)
100g       water
400g       bread flour
30g         butter
3 tbsp     sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp    salt
1 and 1/2 tsp    dry yeast

1. Place all ingredients in order suggested by your manufacturer.
2. Bake on White Bread setting. Cool on wire rack before slicing.


Japanese Fruit Sandwich

Fruit Sandwich is well known as a menu of old style Coffee Shop in Japan.
I even can find this sandwich in CV in nowadays.
Good as breakfast, dessert or snack.

Look at this! So, Colorful and pretty!

All you need is pillowy sandwich bread, whipped cream and fruit.

This is a kid-friendly recipe! So, try it with your kids!

  **Ingredients**2 servings
100ml    heavy cream
1 tbs      sugar
4 slices  white sandwich bread
4            strawberry
1            banana
2 slices  kiwi
8 peice  tangerine

1. Whip the cream, Add sugar. Beat until the cream is stiff.
2. Spread 1/4 of whipped cream on one side of each slice of bread.
3. Place Fruit.
4. Cut off the crusts. Cut in half or quarters.
5. You can use any fruit. For example, peach, orange, blueberry, grape and so on!



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