Mochi

mochi with honey

Mochi is a great breakfast, snack, and dinner. Drizzled with honey, it’s divine!

I am always looking for new things to try because I think varying my diet is important. Until about six months ago, I had never heard of mochi. Or at least, I’d never eaten it. I think I’d seen the ice cream at Trader Joe’s. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to try it, and it is fun. A lot of fun.

I like mochi because it’s a nice way to get some brown rice at dinner, but it also can take the place of a roll. Really, it’s like brown rice you eat with your hands. How wonderful is that?

What is mochi?

mochiMochi is a Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice pounded into paste and molded into a shape. I buy it in rectangular slabs that I then cut into smaller pieces. What I think is fascinating is the traditional mochi-pounding ceremony called Mochitsuki (this description comes from wikipedia):

  1. The polished glutinous rice is soaked overnight and cooked.
  2. The cooked rice is pounded with wooden mallets (kine) in a traditional mortar (usu). Two people will alternate the work, one pounding and the other turning and wetting the mochi. They must keep a steady rhythm or they may accidentally injure one another with the heavy kine.
  3. The sticky mass is then formed into various shapes (usually a sphere or cube).

I don’t know if what I buy at the store is made in that ceremony, but I like to think it is.

mochi

Mochi with organic berry preserves is another great way to enjoy this for breakfast.

When you cook it, it puffs up and becomes wonderfully light and airy inside. It’s such a fun treat! Mochi can be sweet or savory. It’s used as a base in many desserts, even ice cream. I enjoy it with a little honey drizzled over it. But I also like it with butter melting inside.

So if you’ve never had it, I encourage you to go out and try some. Let me know what you think.

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