Onoe Kikugoro 1937, Japan. six-generation Kabuki actor ( Oso-sai-sho-ya - Ihei Kimura 2 )
I was fortunate to see a demonstration of the tea ceremony. There’s so much going on at such a deep level that words can’t really describe.
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Green Tea Angel Food Cake
3 large egg yolks
3 large egg whites
2/3 cup sugar (divided)
3 tbsp vegetable oil
4 tbsp water
2/3 cup cake flour
3 tbsp matcha green tea powder
1 tsp baking powder
Sugar flowers for garnish
Preheat oven to 340-deg.
In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the egg yolks and add 1/3 cup sugar. Then add the oil and water, whisking all together till combined.
In a separate bowl, sift together the cake flour, matcha, and baking powder, then gradually add to the yolk mixture in the electric mixer in three batches. Whisk until totally incorporated and no lumps remain.
In a large bowl, whip the egg whites using a hand mixer on medium-low speed until foamy and bubbly. Add the remaining sugar and continue whipping for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form.
Working in thirds, add in the whipped egg whites to the batter, using a rubber spatula to gently fold in the whites. Continue gently folding until the whites are totally incorporated.
Pour the batter into an ungreased angle food cake pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Once cooked, tip the pan upside down on a wire rack to cool. Use a thin sharp paring knife or offset spatula to remove the cooled cake from the pan by running them around the sides.
Place a serving plate on top of the cake and flip over, then serve garnished with the sugar flowers.
Approximate Nutritional Values: http://www.food.com/recipe/wonderful-angel-food-cake-120178
We dyed eggs in our tea and got some unexpected results! Learn how to make your own naturally colored Easter eggs by following our easy directions.
Decorating eggs this year for Easter? Last year we dyed ours with tea! They came out looking like little planets or dinosaur eggs, depending on who you ask :)
….tea rexes. Hahaha? Get it? Tea. Ha. I’m going to sleep.
Another weekend, another destination. This week: Hangzhou. Arriving into Hanzhou, bucketing with rain, prospects for a memorable weekend were not looking optimistic. However, it was on this misty, drizzly weekend that I had one of my most memorable moments so far. We went to check out the tea fields at Longjing, the famous Chinese green tea. Pouring with rain, it was not a popular tourist desitination on this particular day, therefore, we had the place pretty much to ourselves. Meandering around the cute tea town, we started conversation with some old Chinese ladies on their way up to the tea fields for another day at work. Amazingly, they agreed to take us up to where they work, an area usually not open to tourists. We ascended up the slippery steps and reached the peak, where only straw hats dotted the luscious green carpet of tea bushes. These incredibly kind and gentle ladies showed us how to pick tea, giving us an insight into their daily lives. The bottom photo shows the lady erupting into giggles as we try to explain the concept of ‘selfies’. She seems entertained by the result
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Tamasaburo Bando, a Kabuki actor who specializes in onnagata (women’s roles), who in this image, appears in the role of a Heian nobleman.
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