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Saturday, January 3, 2009


Every new year in our family is spent at Grandma's eating traditional Japanese food. My husband is 3/4 Japanese and the remaining quarter Swedish. Mochi Tsuki has been a part of our family for many years. My boys look forward to it every year. Traditionally it was made by large gatherings of friends and family who would spend a great deal of time steaming and pounding the rice in large rock bowls with wooden mallets to acheive the softness for mochi.
This is a modern Mochi maker. We set it on the floor so that it won't fall off the table. It works like an old-fashioned washing machine and works the rice to this beautiful dough ball you see here. This is just rice and water. This is how it looks before the making begins.

Today, we still do the traditional way with our Optimist group, but the ones we eat are made with a mochi maker.

We sprinkle with flour and shape. Sort of like Gnocci. It is like gold to my family and we soon are all going home with plates of mochi to eat at home. Only after we are so full of yummy wontons, shabu-shabu, sushi, sashimi, sake, fried chicken and grandma's famouse spaghetti...

I threw this photo in of one of grandma's dogs.......MOCHI

Here is our final take-away....yum. it is great in Miso soup. Sort of like Japanese French Onion. The boys warm it in a pan until the outside is a little crispy and the inside is warm and soft, then dip it in a mixture of sugar and soy sauce.

Here we are making wontons.

These are just some lovely pics of my mother-in-laws home. She has such an eye for putting things together.

Sweet Pili her Great Pyranese.

The tradition of Mochi began as a way to bring families and friends together, and during the pounding, steaming, and forming of mochi everyone had the opportunity to share with others their experiences of the past year and hopes and plans for the future.

My mochi hope for all of you is that your hopes and dreams for the future begin today.


Kathy2eggs said...

Sounds like a terrific time and yummy too!!! Have a great new year....I'm looking forward to all your new posts.

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Karen Eileen,
You know Mochi and Pili have touched my heart, what precious animals and I can tell that Pili has a great big heart by looking at those big brown eyes (hugs from Zeke).

Yum, Shabu Shabu and wontons sound so good - lucky you! Now when do you have the Swedish side of the meal? I'll be thinking Miso soup all day!

Happy New Year!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

{Do friends ever get to taste Mochi? :)}

It looks so very good, glad you all had a good time with Grandma.
xo Lidy

Mermaid Queen said...

What a great tradition, it looks so yummy. Happy New Year to you Karen Eileen!

Lilla Blanka said...

Hi Karen!

Thank you for your sweet words in my blog! *hug*

Your blog is lovely, I have been looking for quite a while now.


Ps Mmm wontons, me like :)

see you there! said...

A mochi machine? Who knew? I do have a mochi connection tho, a friend of mine always brings me a little sample from her family's mochi making party.