Hi happy weekend! We have a bunch of stuff going on AND I’m hoping to get ahead on some work in preparation for my trip to Iowa next weekend for this event. I haven’t done any kind of public speaking in a long time, so I’m a BIT nervous and want to give myself a lot of time to read through my speech. If you have any tips on overcoming nervousness with public presentations, send them my way please. I have a feeling I might be trying to get some extra meditation in over the next week or so ;)
I’ll leave you with my favourite afternoon pick-me-up these days and some links to peruse. I enjoy oat milk (don’t we all at this point?), but I find that homemade oat milk is a bit of a pain. It has to be made and used pretty much immediately or it gets a weird, slimy sediment thing going on. With this iced vanilla at matcha latte, you’re making a small batch and combining it right away with freshly frothed matcha. Oat-y, vanilla-y green tea heaven!
🖤 The Instagram aesthetic as we’ve known it (pink/pastel everything, heavily curated scenes/looks, alleyway walls that become tourist attractions) is potentially over and done with.
🖤 A nutritionist on why she doesn’t eat 100% organic food: “When you consider the population as a whole—a big group of children and adults who typically fall short every day on their produce quota, we don’t need a single reason to discourage people from eating fruits and vegetables.”
🖤 The tick bite that immediately makes you allergic to meat. Nature is wild.
🖤 A reminder that the word “natural” on food labels means exactly nothing. “…the same hogs, raised in the same way, are used for both Natural Choice Cherrywood-Smoked Uncured Bacon and, well, Spam.”
🖤 In the ongoing discussion of single use plastic, one thing keeps coming up: What about biodegradable cups and utensils? WELL, turns out these products need highly specialized conditions and facilities to fully break down. Otherwise, they act an awful lot like plastic.
🖤 “In a truly bizarre, capitalist twist on astrology, Amazon Prime’s Insider newsletter is sending monthly shopping horoscopes to its members.” Gotta love MYSTICAL SERVICES as a purchasing category though.
🖤 How to not say the wrong thing in times of crisis or trauma.
🖤 “It is absolutely time to panic about climate change.” Part of me is scared to read this book, but sometimes fear is the thing that points you in the right direction.
🖤 Deal me in for renting this giant potato on Airbnb.
ICED VANILLA OAT MATCHA RECIPE
Print the recipe here!
SERVES: 1 (or 2 small servings)
NOTES: You do need a fine mesh strainer to run the oat milk through. I find that it can be slimy and slightly gritty if you don’t do this extra step.
-My favourite matcha is by Ippodo. I usually go for one of the “balanced” varieties.
QUICK OAT MILK:
3 tablespoons rolled oats
1 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch sea salt
¾ cup filtered water
1 teaspoon matcha powder, sifted through a fine mesh strainer
⅓ cup hot water that’s been off the boil for about a minute
Fill a serving glass with ice
Make the quick oat milk. In an upright blender, combine the oats, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and water. Blend on high until you have a smooth milk, about 1 minute. Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer into your glass with ice. Use a spoon to move the pulp around so that all the milk gets through.
Place the sifted matcha in a small, wide bowl. Pour a bit of the hot water on top and whisk it vigorously with a small whisk (preferably a matcha whisk). Once the matcha powder is dissolved, pour in the remaining hot water. Whisk the matcha again until frothy.
Pour the matcha on top of the iced oat milk. Stir the iced vanilla oat matcha latte to combine.