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Green Tea Ceremony & Matcha Pudding

The samurai, sworn protectors of their retaining lords, developed a green tea ceremony meant to bring peace and harmony to their often-violent lives. Rooted in Zen Buddhism’s focus on humility, simplicity and natural beauty, the tea ceremony became one of the most important rituals in Japan. Due to its significance, only the finest of green tea was used for these ceremonies— Matcha!

Matcha Green Tea (MatchaGT) Matcha

Matcha Green Tea (MatchaGT) Matcha

Experience a Green Tea Ceremony

In Northern California the famous Hakone Gardens offers a monthly tea ceremony.

Hakone Gardens is the oldest Japanese and Asian estate gardens in the Western Hemisphere, established in 1915. It is one of the prime land marks by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is an authentic replica of Japanese Samurai or Shogun’s estate garden, designed by one of descendent of the imperial gardening family members.

Hakone Gardens, 21000 Big Basin Way, Saratoga; 408-741-4994. There is a $5 admission fee. Attending the once-a-month tea ceremony is an additional $5. Tea ceremonies happen every third Sunday of the month at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. No dogs.

Matcha Pudding

  • 4 scoops MatchaGT
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 2 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

In a small saucepan, combine the MatchaGT, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.

Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter.

Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Serves 4


From Wikipedia

Matcha

This powdered green tea was first used in religious rituals in Buddhist monasteries. By the 13th century, when theKamakura Shogunate ruled the nation and the samurai warrior class ruled supreme, tea and the luxuries associated with it became a kind of status symbol among the warrior class, and there arose tea-tasting (闘茶 tōcha?) parties wherein contestants could win extravagant prizes for guessing the best quality tea—that grown in Kyoto, deriving from the seeds that Eisai brought from China.

The next major period in Japanese history was the Muromachi Period, pointing to the rise of Kitayama Culture (北山文化 Kitayama bunka?), centered around the elegant cultural world of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and his villa in the northern hills of Kyoto, and later during this period, the rise of Higashiyama Culture, centered around the cultural world of Ashikaga Yoshimasa and his retirement villa in the eastern hills of Kyoto. This period saw the budding of what is generally regarded as Japanese traditional culture as we know it today.

Tea ceremony developed as a “transformative practice”, and began to evolve its own aesthetic, in particular that ofwabiWabi, meaning quiet or sober refinement, or subdued taste, “is characterized by humility, restraint, simplicity, naturalism, profundity, imperfection, and asymmetry [emphasizing] simple, unadorned objects and architectural space, and [celebrating] the mellow beauty that time and care impart to materials.”[6] Murata Jukō is known in chanoyu history as the early developer of this, and therefore is generally counted as the founder of the Japanese “way of tea”. He studied Zen under the monk Ikkyū, who revitalized Zen in the 15th century, and this is considered to have influenced his concept of chanoyu.[7]

By the 16th century, tea drinking had spread to all levels of society in Japan. Sen no Rikyu, perhaps the most well-known—and still revered—historical figure in tea ceremony, followed his master, Takeno Jōō‘s, concept of ichi-go ichi-e, a philosophy that each meeting should be treasured, for it can never be reproduced. His teachings perfected many newly developed forms in Japanese architecture and gardensfine and applied arts, and the full development of chadō, “the “way of tea”. The principles he set forward—harmony ( wa?), respect ( kei?), purity ( sei?), and tranquility ( jaku?)—are still central to tea ceremony.

Many schools of Japanese tea ceremony have evolved through the long history of chadō and are active today.

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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea. http://matchagt.com/ http://www.smoothieessentials.com/

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