green tea

spicy green tea soba salad

Constantly inspired by Japanese ingredients/slightly soba obsessed. I tried matcha soba (green tea soba) for the first time tonight and I loved it. This spicy salad is a great option for a healthy lunch or dinner.
1 eggplant, diced medium
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp olive oil

1 red capsicum, diced small
1 cucumber, diced small
4 spring onions, diced small
10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cup of edamame beans
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/4 cup of raw peanuts
salt and pepper to taste
Japanese seven spice to taste (or red chilli)
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
strong squeeze of lime or lemon

1 packet of green tea soba

Cover the diced eggplant in 1tsp of olive oil and 1tsp garlic powder and bake in a toaster oven or saut√© in a frying pan until cooked – sorry that was vague, you’ll be fine no one ever died of raw eggplant.

Chop all the raw veggies and mix with cooked eggplant and every other ingredient (minus soba)

Cook soba as per packet instructions, usually only 2-3 minutes in boiling water then drain and rinse

Mix soba through veggie mixture until all ingredients are combined well. Enjoy straightaway or refrigerate for later. YUM ’tis the best! #shamelessselfpromotion

japanese vending machines

It’s true, Japanese vending machines stock everything and by everything I mean everything, like in the strongest sense of the word. Soft drinks, hot tea, noodles, umbrellas, cigarettes, beer, wine, fresh eggs, fresh flowers, toys, batteries, designer condoms, bags of rice, yes rice and much much more. Moreover, they’re literally everywhere… even in Ohara (the ruralest of the rurals) there are vending machines every 1,2,3 max 10 meters. I’m not exaggerating. I speak the truth!! Anyways, my favourite so far has been the variations of green tea which are available both hot and cold! Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve already mentioned this but the Japanese are constantly drinking green tea, I think that may be one of the reasons why they’re so thin/healthy! As a matter of fact…I recall an ex work-mate of mine losing around 20kg from constantly drinking green-tea… hmmm something to ponder (you know, since the world today, revolves around being skinny).

Vending machines
selling ONE dollar
cans of HOT
green tea,
which may i add
are supposedly
negative calories,
where the hell
all my life,
have you been?
Shut up and take
my change money!
All of it.