The gluten-free goodies in this post were generously provided by Glutino.
“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims
Japanese matcha meets the modern American latte.
Ancient Japanese poetry master, Issa thought matcha was so important that he wrote several haiku about green tea.
Here’s a favorite:
The tea smoke
and the willow
Simple green tea matcha plays straight man to a superhero healthy gluten-free banana muffin.
Teas, whether Japanese matcha or English breakfast, evoke an air of sophisticated simplicity. Tea seems to create space. A cuppa, as the English say, promotes permission to take a minute to savor life. Sipping tea, for me, always seems to include drinking in the beauty that surrounds me. A flower. My cat. The song of the birds. It’s a little ritual.
Skip the soda, grab a cold can of green tea
And a handful of Glutino Pretzels dipped in yogurt and chocolate.
The Japanese tea ceremony, celebrates each step of creating the perfect matcha. Before matcha even kisses the rim of the Japanese teacup, the vessel is admired. The design and the origin of the teacup are discussed. That’s only the beginning. Every movement in the Japanese tea ceremony carries meaning. Including the sweet chosen to accompany the matcha green tea.
Side note: Freshly whisked Japanese tea ceremony matcha is frothy and thick. Green tea bag tea pales in comparison. (Of course, so does the price.) Matcha also has a bit of a bite. So, the sweet served at Japanese tea ceremonies are perfect complements to matcha.
Nibble gluten-free Glutino Chocolate and Lemon Wafer Bites.
Sip a matcha latte.
Stick out your pinky like the queen of England …or your home anyway!
Most of us don’t have time to brew up a masterful cup of matcha every day. Nor do we have easy access to the Japanese sweets served at the tea ceremonies. Nevertheless, we can still celebrate the day with special teas and gluten-free guilt-free (pretty) good-for-you treats.
Morning, noon, and night there’s a matcha green tea and marvelous gluten-free treat at your fingertips. Scroll down to see the recipe for my Go Bananas & Get Healthy Muffin using Glutino Gluten-Free Muffin Mix.