Guys, I'm starting a new job next week. Besides working on EatChoFood, hand lettering, and illustrations, I'm actually an architectural designer during the day. Do I sleep? Yes, too much. I'm constantly making to-do lists and updating my google calendar, otherwise I'm an absent-minded hot mess. I'll be a designer at Studio O+A starting this Monday! I'm excited and terrified, but mostly excited!! Leaving my last job at BAR Architects was super bittersweet and I shed quite a few tears saying my goodbyes. It was my very first professional job after graduation and I spent almost 3 and a half years there. I'm so beyond grateful for all the friends and mentors I've gain during my time there, but I'm just really ready for something new and challenging. I'm not completely sure if being an architect is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I'm hoping to figure out a way to combine my love for design, food, and painting into one really rad career. Until that happens, I'm looking forward to learning everything I can from O+A and becoming a better and more creative designer!
Since I don't start until next Monday, I arranged a little stay-cation for the rest of the week. My goals for the next week are to relax, organize my mind and my apartment, work on some wedding orders, and test a few matcha recipes! Oh, and watch a lot of netflix... duh. Have you started watching Master of None yet?! It makes me want to make fresh pasta. Back to matcha... I've partnered with Motion Matcha to develop a few recipes with their delicious just matcha powder. I've been daydreaming of matcha cheesecake, swiss rolls, macaroons, babka, marshmallows, so. much. matcha. Do matcha pop tarts sound terrible? The first thing I needed to make was an iced matcha latte since I would be making these all the time. It's so good. I'm personally really sensitive to caffeine. 1 cup of coffee and I'm good for the day, anymore than that and I'll get all shaky and weird. So matcha is the perfect alternative for me because it gives me a gentle energy boost without the caffeine crash. Plus it's healthy for you! Does loving matcha make me basic? I don't really care. I haven't tried a turmeric latte yet though, so that may be my next obsession.
You can buy Motion Matcha here. It's great and affordable for the amount of powder you get! One time I accidentally spent $30 on 1 ounce of ceremonial grade matcha in a fancy tea shop in Portland... yikes! So this is a great deal, trust me.
Stay tuned for more matcha recipes in the future!
Iced Matcha Latte
1. In a small bowl, place matcha powder and a splash of hot water. You can adjust the amount of powder depending on your taste preference. I like mine with 2 teaspoons of matcha. Whisk matcha to form a thick paste with either a bamboo matcha whisk, a mini traditional whisk, or fork. Creating the paste helps prevent any lumps in your drink.
2. Pour the rest of your hot water and sugar to the bowl. Whisk vigorously in a figure 8 formation until lightly frothy, about 45 seconds.
3. Add your desired amount of ice to a glass. Pour matcha over the ice and add your milk. I use 2%, but you can use almond, soy, coconut, or any other alternative you like.
4. Stir and enjoy!
1-2 tsp food grade matcha powder
1 C hot water
1 tsp sugar
1/2 C milk - more if you prefer