Green Tea (Macha) Shortbread Cookies

As the school year end is coming soon, I baked some yummy green tea cookies for my kids teachers gift.

What you need:

  • 1 lb butter (leave it on room temperature for over night.
  • 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Green tea power
  • 2 cups all purpose flour

How to:

  1. Preheat the even to 325F.
  2. Cream butter with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add icing sugar and mix another 2 minutes.
  4. Combine green tea powder and  flour in a small bowl and mix well till well combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture into the butter mixture and mix with a wooden spoon.
  6. Tune the mixture from 5 onto a clear wrap and wrap it tight and leave it in the fridge for half an hour.
  7. Take our the dough from the fridge and roll dough to 1/3 in. on a lightly icinged counter. (I like to use icing sugar to put on the counter from sticking.) and cut dough with your favorite cookie cutter.
  8. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper, transfer shapes to cookie sheets and bake for 12-15 minutes.
  9. Cool on a wire rack.
  10. These will keep up to 2-3 weeks in an airtight container.
  11. Enjoy!

Tofu & Veggie Pizza

I love tofu. I used Tofu for miso soup, dressing, stir frying with vegetable and all kinds of other dishes. They are very healthy and I try to eat tofu instead of meat a couple of times a week. This is one of my family’s favorite way to cook tofu. You can serve this with a bowl of rice and salad, but today I used this baked tofu for topping for Pizza. Yummy!

What you need: 4-6 servings

  • 1 1/2 packages of extra firm organic tofu
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Mirin
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1/2 tbsp grated ginger

How to:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, mirin, ketchup and grated ginger and mix well. Cut tofu into small cubes.
  2. Add the tofu into soy sauce mixture and coat well and marinade for half an hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F.
  4. Add marinated tofu into a cooking sheet with marinade sauce.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes. After 10 minutes is passed, flip over the tofu and put them back into the oven.
  6. Serve warm or room temperature.

Sweet Azuki Beans Popsicles

We have various Japanese sweet using azuki beans and during hot summer months I miss sweet azuki beans Popsicle. It’s kind of hard to get them here, so I decided to try making them by myself and here it is! they taste so good and same as store bought or even better.

What you need:

  • 250 g of sweet azuki beans paste
  • 250ml 2% or homo milk
  • 4 tablespoons of condensed milk

How to:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together azuki, milk and condensed milk.
  2. Pour it to your favorite Popsicle molds and put them into a freezer.
  3. Wait for 3-4 hours and enjoy!