Green Tea Matcha Cake

On account of the Zen River – Japan connection, there is occasionally some spare green tea flying around the kitchen. The other day Ranka had found some matcha (green tea powder) and Shuho-san – who is here from Ottawara, Japan, to train and practice koan study – explained if it’s too old to drink, you could always […]

Zenectrolyte drink

When the weather heats up and it gets hot and sticky, the longing for thirst quenching drinks inevitably comes up. Enter the sports drink! After reading the ingredients on the labels of commercial bottles it occurred to me that it must be possible to make it yourself? Salt, sugar, and water plus flavourings and additives? I checked on […]

Lemon Oregano Dressing

This dressing complements a salad next to Caribbean-Style Beans. It’s intentionally tart (which gave Robert quite a shock as it looked like another salad dressing I make that isn’t!)  but feel free to balance it out with a little honey or sugar. Ingredients 1 very, very small clove garlic 1 tablespoon lemon juice 3 tablespoons olive oil […]

Basmati Rice

It was always a mystery to me how everyone else’s basmati rice seemed to come out loose and fluffy? Our rice cooker and the absorption method never really did it justice. Sushi rice loves being sticky; basmati rice loves being free, and my basmati rice was looking decidedly stuck together. Ironically, on all the packages of white rice in the (Dutch) supermarkets, […]

Orange & Date Fruit Salad

A no-brainer fruit salad – but the trick is in slicing the oranges perfectly! Ingredients 4 oranges 8-10 Medjool dates Method Peel the oranges using a small, sharp knife. First cut the top and bottom from the oranges and place firmly on a dedicated cutting board (in other words make sure it doesn’t smell of onions […]

Blueberry Muffin Cake

There was a time when I considered blueberry muffins downed with large mug of French Roast coffee as breakfast-on-the-run. These days, they are more likely to show up at the slow-paced coffee break in-between meals, and probably better so! This version has a lovely fine crumb, packed with (dried) blueberries and finished with a crisp sugary topping. […]