Posted on April 20, 2016

Making a moment for Matcha

I don’t care what they say about Darjeeling; for me Matcha is the champagne of teas.

It’s dark and green and brooding, all those bubbles bursting with antioxidants, mysteries swirling around like in a bottom-less fairy-tale pond. It takes time to make and I love the slow, meditative process of warming the bowl, adding the water, mixing up an effervescent paste. Sometimes I add a splash of milk.

Making a moment for matcha tea #japanloveI think I’m in love with all things Japanese and I didn’t even realise until now.

Geisha, sushi, Sake, Matcha, origami, kimonos, haiku, Murakami, Muji, SuperDry… I even drive a Toyoto! (I draw the line at the ‘Kawaii’ phenomenon.)

Then last month I spotted this beautiful tray in the window of a charity shop. The shop was shut. I was sad. The tray would be gone by the time I could visit again…

A few days later my Mum handed me a ‘belated Easter gift’, and it was the tray! I was delighted.

Making a moment for matcha tea #japanloveOK it’s old. It’s a bit stained. But look at the delicate hand painting and the inlaid mother of pearl?

I said to myself that the next time I serve Sake, I’ll serve it on my Japanese tray. I might also use it for serving Matcha. In fact, I definitely will.

And I’d love to hear the stories this tray could tell, of drinking games and secrets disclosed as spirits freed the tongue…

The pale wood matches the mini-hockey-stick scoop and bamboo whisk, the accoutrements (which I discuss alongside the hand-thrown Matcha bowls in my New York City Art Journal post) are so much part of the experience; the trees just a few shades brighter than the tea.

I like to whisk in the shape of an ‘M’ or a ‘W’ for maximum frisson of the powder.

Day 47/100 of #100daysofhaiku 2015

I can picture myself working away in one of those little houses across the yellow bridge, soft rain pattering on the roof, watching the sail boats as I glance up to the snow-capped mountains, listening through the rain to the haunting call of the birds.

I’ve written about trays before, and Japan is definitely on my list of places to visit…unless of course, it turns out to be a Chinese tray?

Even so, the story is the same in my head and I’m sticking to it #makingamomentformatcha

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8 Comments

  • Reply Clare April 20, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Oh that tray is divine, I am so happy that your Mum got it for you. I love matcha but I can’t find it to buy here, I need a good international shop. Matcha ice cream is my favorite.

    • Reply daintydora April 21, 2016 at 10:11 am

      I feel like the tray was destined to be mine Clare! I’ve had Matcha ice cream in restaurants and it’s so subtle but delicious. I bought Matcha in New York from a place called T2 and I think they would ship to you? Check their site. It really is worth it and their teapots – which I covet from afar – are gorgeous xx

  • Reply Collette April 21, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Amazing – your Mum must know you so well. This tea… I must try it. Only true tea drinkers get really excited about tea. My project for the long weekend here in Aus – find matcha tea. Thanks for sharing. x

    • Reply daintydora April 21, 2016 at 10:13 am

      I’m spreading the word everywhere Collette – it’s just amazing and I even found it worked well as a hang-over cure – it just totally zings you up. There’s loads of interesting facts about it that I didn’t go into but basically I think everyone should have a ‘prescription’ for it. Let me know how the search goes! xx

      • Reply Collette April 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

        Always happy for a hangover cure – I’m one of those poor peeps who suffers for days! We have T2 in Melbourne, perhaps my search will be easier than I thought!

        • Reply daintydora April 21, 2016 at 10:28 am

          Oh great! Yes you will love it. You can try different blends on offer and be tempted by all the equipment. I have the normal Matcha and the chocolate… :D

  • Reply Jasmine April 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    What a treasure of a tray & such a lovely surprise from your Mum!
    I’m inspired like Colette & will see if I can source it this weekend, do you have to whisk it?
    Is that the trick?
    ps Japan is in my top 5 wants to visits too xx

    • Reply daintydora April 21, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Isn’t it? I love things like this – they make me so happy. The coincidences and the emotional connection to things. That’s why I’m so bad at trying to ‘do’ minimalism.

      For the Matcha, you whisk it either in an ‘M’ or ‘W’ motion for frothiness, or just in a circle for a smoother finish. I think you can use it in baking too and like Clare says, in ice cream. Yum. It goes a lovely shade of frosted mint when you add milk. Here’s a link to the Matcha Madness pages on T2: http://www.t2tea.com/en/uk/matcha-madness.html

      Enjoy!

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