Sunday, 17 January 2016

Matcha, Fig and Vanilla Oatmeal

Hello friends, how are you?

Yesterday morning when I woke up I was so cold that I actually didn't crave a smoothie for breakfast (what?). So oatmeal it was. I have a slight obsession with matcha green tea powder at the moment, especially matcha lattes. And a few days ago when I saw someone post a picture of matcha oatmeal on Instagram I knew I had to try it. Since matcha can taste a little bitter I cooked my oatmeal with dried figs and vanilla powder. I also added a banana and a little maple syrup after cooking. Also copious amounts of tea on the side of course. Such a lovely Saturday breakfast!

It's still very very cold (but sunny!) here in Sweden, so yesterday after a chilly walk outside I also needed a warming lunch. I made a lovely vegetable curry with lots of warming spices, served with rice. For a similar recipe click here).

This has been a really relaxing weekend so far, which is just what I needed right now. To be honest I really struggled this past week. Work was so stressful and overwhelming at times, and at the end of the day I felt so exhausted that I just wanted to come home and go to bed. So stress management and setting boundaries at work is something I must continue working on. And hopefully next week will be better.

Yesterday and had such a wonderfully relaxing night. I had a bath with Epsom salt (so good for relaxing muscles) and lavender, and then I made a face mask and moisturised face and body with a face oil and coconut oil. Also lots of music and reading. And now I feel like myself again :)

Note: For my lovely Swedish readers, I now also put "our" measurements in my recipes.

Matcha, Fig and Vanilla Oatmeal

Serves 1

2/3 cup (1 1/2 dl) rolled oats 
1/2 cup (1 dl) oat milk or other plant milk
1 cup (2 dl) water 
1 tsp (1 tsk) matcha powder 
1/5 tsp (1 krm) vanilla powder 
4 dried figs, chopped into small pieces 

Place all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over low/medium heat for a few minutes until all the liquid is absorbed. I served my oatmeal with a little maple syrup. Enjoy!

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