Brownies with a Hint of Matcha

Brownies with a Hint of Matcha - A gluten free alternative

Brownies, no doubt due to their high chocolate content, are generally loved by everyone. What is it about chocolate? Is it the ensuing relaxation from its high magnesium content, or just the mere addictive qualities attributed to chocolate? Probably, all of the above. The creative ways of using chocolate are endless. Continue reading


Mochi – Japanese Food Culture – Finale

Mochi - Japanese Food Culture

Studying Japanese food culture has been a fascinating and enlightening adventure. We loved the more healthy aspects of the food choices offered and the overall ease of  including it as part of our gluten free diet. With just a few minor adjustments and/or elimination of certain foods, such as condiments, sauces, and the gluten containing pasta,  everything is just about perfect if you are gluten intolerant or celiac.

In our research, a particular book captured our interest. It is written by Naomi Moriyama and William Doyle, entitled “Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat – Secrets of My Mother’s Tokyo Kitchen.” Continue reading

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

It is thought that the first evidence of tea being served in Japan dates all the way back to the 9th century, when a Buddhist monk brought tea back from his travels to China and prepared it for the Emperor. It wasn’t until the 12th century that the foundations of what would eventually become the traditional tea ceremony, popularized much later in the 16th century, by Sen no Reiku, began. Continue reading