2017 is quickly coming to a close, and I can’t believe how quickly my kids are growing up, and how much has happened this year.
Some reflections/highlights in my personal and family life:
– Starting this blog to share and document my passion for home cooking and baking!
– Our eldest attaining his yellow belt in TKD
– Our littlest’s first time on a plane to Ottawa
– Taking our first *extended* road trip to Edmonton in the summer to visit family
– Our eldest starting Kindergarten
– Taking an online food photography course with Sarah from Broma Bakery
– Continuing to connect with other like-minded creatives via the Instagram community
– Developing my skills as a freelance food photographer
2017 was a year of discovery, learning, and trying to find my voice in this vast blogosphere. You guys made my Matcha Milk Jam the top post, followed by my Vegan Aquafaba Blueberry Cheesecake Macarons, Vegan Matcha Green Tea Spread, Earl Grey Milk Jam Spread and finally, rounding out the top 5, my Matcha Brochi.
I am so grateful to you, my readers for reading, following, engaging along in my food journey, and showing me your creations! I hope to continue delivering more delicious and innovative recipes in the coming year! 2018 will be an amazing year!
And to round off the year, how does another matcha/green tea recipe sound?
Have you ever tried to make something to impress someone and set out to do it only to fail miserably?
Well, this happened to me.
My son asked me to make him green tea/matcha waffles out of the blue one day. Seems simple and innocent enough, right? (Yes, he’s only 5 and has the palate of Anthony Bourdain — I’m not kidding — side story: Hubby bought home a different package of tater tots one day and he refused to eat them because he could taste the difference, true story)!
Except when I made them, they turned out murky brown rather than green. Such a bummer. Needless to say, I ended up eating that batch of waffles.
I thought about how could I make these waffles naturally green (without using food colouring)? I needed to preserve the green colour while cooking the waffles. Thus, the idea of adding a “secret” ingredient to these waffles to keep them more green came about.
And that ingredient… a healthy ingredient, I might add…
Blended up mixed leafy greens — such as kale and spinach!
So I tried again to make the matcha waffles, this time adding the mixed greens, and lo and behold… a vibrantly green waffle! The best thing? My son ate them without even batting an eye! He even asked for thirds. YES! Getting extra nutrition in my kids is an on-going challenge, but I am so glad that he loves these green matcha waffles with hidden healthy vegetables.
Try these green matcha waffles — you won’t be able to taste the veggies. Just be sure to use a lower heat setting on your waffle maker to preserve the vibrant green colour. Blending the leafy greens first is a great way to sneak in those veggies for your kids or even yourself! If you’re looking for another way to sneak in some healthy veggies into your waffles, check out my Healthier Black Bean Waffles, or these Crispy Falafel Waffles if savoury is more your thing.
Let me know if you try the recipe… comment below or tag me @siftandsimmer on Instagram!
Thank you for reading and sharing with me! Here’s wishing all of you the very best in 2018! Cheers to Happy New Year, filled with more food, more friends, and more fun!
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Green Matcha Waffles
2 C organic leafy greens (kale, spinach), washed
1/2 C water
2 T oil
3 T maple syrup
1 C AP flour
2 tsp high quality matcha powder (I love using Matchaeologist’s Midori Culinary grade matcha for this)
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
In a high-speed blender, blitz the leafy greens with water. You should end up with about 1 C of green liquid. If not, add enough water to equal 1 C.
In a medium bowl, add the egg, green liquid from above, maple syrup (or sweetener of your choice) and beat until combined.
Stir in the flour, matcha, baking powder, and salt.
Mix until just combined. Batter will be quite thick.
Heat a waffle iron over medium high heat.
Place about 1/2 C of batter into the waffle iron. Close the iron and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
Remove onto a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Enjoy the green matcha waffles while warm.
Serve with fruit and additional maple syrup or spread some Matcha Milk Jam for an additional boost of green tea flavour.