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Matcha Mochi Bars

On Chinese New Year, I made these lovely matcha mochi bars. They’re essentially the traditional Chinese rice cakes you can get in pretty much any Asian supermarket except these have a modern Japanese twist to it. First of all, these have a beautiful outer crust. Contained inside are red bean paste and mochi. Second, they’re matcha-flavoured which makes it a great take from the original flavored rice cake. And third, they’re home-made with looove. Cheesy, I know. But it’s quite true especially when you’re talking about the Lunar New Year. Yield: 9″x 13″ pan Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Ingredients 1 pack (400g) glutinous rice flour 1 tbsp matcha + 1 tsp for the layers 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk 350-400g sweetened red bean paste (coarse) Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9″x 13″ pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix dry ingredients (flour, matcha, baking powder, sugar) in one large …

Fluffy Matcha Pancakes

I cannot be more excited to share with you the most amaaazing pancake recipe EVER. Since so many of you were asking about the recipe, I thought it was too cruel of me to keep this a secret all to myself. These pancakes are everything. From crispy around the edges to light and fluffy in the center. They’re soft, moist and oh so good. The best thing? They come together with the simplest of ingredients and in less than 15 minutes, you’re ready to serve the most heart-warming breakfast ever. And guess what? To achieve the fluffy texture, you don’t even have to whip up egg whites till your hand falls off. (You’ll soon know what I mean.) Oh oh, and did I tell you about this magical batter? I was testing to see if these pancakes still taste delicious after the batter was left in the fridge for 4 days (cause yenno, leftovers happen). And man, I’m telling you – the taste and texture did not change one bit. (Only downer was the color …

Matcha + Earl Grey Sugar Cookies

Did you even celebrate Christmas if you didn’t bake sugar cookies? Well, in all honesty, this was actually my first year ever making sugar cookies AND decorating them with icing. Though it took me longer than expected, I had no regrets. ZE-RO. It was REALLY fun! Hopefully it’s not too late for you to start stirring up a batch for a thoughtful gift to give or just indulging them simply for enjoyment. Better yet, share these with your loved ones over a nice cup of coffee or tea beside the fire. It’ll definitely be a sweet holiday memory. Cheers, and wishing everyone a bright and lovely CHRISTmas! Yield: 24 cookies Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Ingredients: 1 1/8 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 3/4 tsp vanilla 2 3/4 cup flour (+ extra to work with dough when rolling) 2 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 1 earl grey tea pouch 1 tsp matcha powder   Directions: Preheat oven to …

Earl Grey Belgian Waffles

These waffles. They’re everything. After trying countless waffle recipes out there, I have finally developed one that I am truly in love with. No joke, I have made these over and OVER again. It’s not a perfect waffle if you don’t get those light crispy edges with a soft fluffy interior. But I am finally proud to say this recipe combines the best of both worlds. The secret? Fluffy beaten egg whites.   Yield: 4 waffles Ingredients: 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/8 cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 1 egg 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil) 1 earl grey tea bag + 1 cup milk 1/4 tsp vanilla Directions: Microwave milk for 1 minute. Steep tea bag in milk for at least 10 minutes. Let milk cool. Combine dry ingredients together in a small bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Combine egg yolk, earl grey infused milk, oil, vanilla and mix in a separate large mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients into wet mixture. …

Fruit Salad

This is one of my favorite homemade salads of all time. It’s so refreshing and flavorful– a perfect dish for a summer potluck or mini gathering with friends and family.   Yield: 4 Ingredients: 4 apples, diced ~2cm cube (I prefer ambrosia or pink lady because they taste better in my opinion as they have that nice crunchy feel when you bite into it) 2 avocado, diced ~2cm cube 8 strawberries, cut in half or slices ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, and toasted Sauce ¾ cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmann’s) ½ lemon, juice it all out! 1½ tbsp granulated sugar sprinkle of salt   Directions: Combine all sauce ingredients in a big salad bowl. Mix until well incorporated. (Adjust ingredients if you want it sweeter, tangier, or have more flavor, etc.) Toss diced apples into salad bowl and cover them with the mayo dressing (this is to prevent the apples from browning too fast) Toss in avocado and mix with the apples until well combined. (Make sure you don’t crush the avocado – we don’t …

Summer 2018 Bake Sale

As promised, the Taste of Raine bake sale is finally here! Woot woot!! Thank you for all your patience this whole time! Please get your orders in by Wednesday, August 15, 2018 via Instagram direct messaging, contacting me personally, or via this Google Form. Quantities for each item are limited – so order soon! When each item is sold out before the deadline, it will be announced on Instagram and here on the blog. All products will be baked, packaged fresh and ready for pick-up on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Richmond [location will be announced later].   -MENU- [quantities doubled due to high demand; updated as of 7:48am, Aug 8, 2018] ALL GOODIES SOLD OUT! Thank you for your love & support!! Cookies [$2.50] + matcha white chocolate [SOLD OUT] + earl grey dark chocolate [SOLD OUT]   Panna Cotta [$4] *served with berry compote, topped with chia seeds* + matcha [SOLD OUT] + thai tea [SOLD OUT] + earl grey [SOLD OUT] Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me personally or via direct messaging on Instagram.

Blueberry Almond Muffins

This is a rather interesting post because it is my first time not laying hands on my own computer to write a recipe on my blog. My computer crashed a week ago so it’s been quite inconvenient to do any blogging let alone the other million things I got to do on the web. My cell-phone has been my best friend these days although I’m starting to get real tired of staring at a tiny screen for long periods of time. So here I am, using my dad’s antique computer to type this recipe out for you. These are probably the most amazing blueberry muffins I ever made. They’re moist, flavorful and above all, delicious. If you’re not a big fan of almond milk, you can always substitute it with normal cow’s milk. It works just as good.   Yield: 12 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp baking powder 1/3 cup grapeseed oil (canola, corn oil works) 1 egg 1/2 cup almond milk 1 tsp …

Matcha Bliss Balls

You ever have those days when you crave for something sweet, but you don’t want to feel guilty taking up too much unhealthy calories? Yeah? I feel ya. Life’s a constant battle, I know. So that’s why I had to share these amazing energy balls with you today. These lil guys are warriors. They understand us. They fight with us. We need them. Yield: 8 bite-sized balls Ingredients: 1/2 cup medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (dried apricots work well too!) 1/8 cup chia seeds 1/4 cup finely ground almonds (almond flour) 1 tbsp matcha 1 tbsp coconut shreds 1 tbsp chocolate, finely chopped 1.5 tbsp honey 1/8 cup chocolate for melting   Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Directions: In a food processor, blend all ingredients (except the chocolate for melting) until well combined and mixture is sticky. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat until finished. Place balls on a parchment paper. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Spoon a teaspoon of …

Zebra Banana Bread

Check out this mesmerizing zebra banana loaf I made just last week! I was thinking how I could make my usual banana bread look a little more exciting so I decided to use my simple banana bread recipe and create some wicked patterns out of it. Zebra? Leopard? Whirlwind? I don’t know! Make your own designs and interpret it for yourself! The best part is that it only takes an extra 2 minutes of your time to create these swirly effects so I definitely think it’s worth it! Simple, creative, delicious and time-friendly. Wow your family and friends with this amazing bread this week! Yield: 1 loaf Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas, mashed 2 eggs 1/2 cup oil (vegetable, canola, grape-seed all work great!) 1 tsp vanilla 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup milk (or almond milk) 1 3/4 cups flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped (optional) 1/8 cup cocoa powder 1/4 cup milk chocolate (chocolate chips/bars all work great), melted Directions: Preheat oven to 325F. Grease or line loaf pan with parchment. …

Matcha Latte (using a French press)

All this time, I’ve been making my matcha lattes with just a single glass jar when I could’ve saved all that energy for something better. (Yup, you should know by now that I am quite a lazy person. Or put it this way, I like to do things the fast way for the most part :P). Not until I discovered that I actually had a French press at home, I quickly turned away from the vigorous shaking motion to a simple pumping method. My latte went from delicious to ON-TOP-OF-THE-WORLD delicious. I kid you not, I love it ten times better than Starbucks. Or maybe more than that. Not just because it’s homemade with all-natural ingredients, but with just 3 ingredients, you really can taste each one of them distinctly. It’s beyond amazing. I hope you can persuade your heart to buy a foamer today. You’ll save your Starbucks dough for this and you’ll thank me for it later. Yield: 1 cup Ingredients: 1 tsp Meiko matcha 1 cup soy milk (milk, almond milk all work …