Sunday, November 30

餅つき- Mochi Making


I am not sure why it never occurred to me until today, but it is possible to make daifuku mochi in my own kitchen. No pounding of hot rice in a stone mortar, no smushed fingers under the wooden mallet, no rhythmic chant to keep time to. Nope, it turns out all I needed was some mochiko (sweet rice flour), sugar, water, and azuki beans. And a stove. It is a little time consuming but only because you have to soak the beans overnight. The actual mochi making (and eating) took less than 20 minutes. And considering how much the kids love these soft bean cakes, it is really surprising that I had not tried it before.



And with 苺大福餅 (strawberry stuffed mochi) season on the rise, I think I will have to practice this recipe a few more times in the coming weeks. And of course, there is also 白玉善哉 (white ball mochi in red bean soup) which will be a good thing to have when the winter chill does settle in. A very good thing indeed.


Friday, November 28

Giving Thanks

The dinner is finished. It was a small affair consisting of just me and the kids. Our menu was good for us: a tofurky, Syracuse salt potatoes, blanched green beans with a shoyu butter sauce, matcha ice cream, and persimmons. Now the kids are before the television, finishing up the Star Wars trilogy that they borrowed from their grandmother.

Since we are international nomads, our traditions for holidays like today are not like our neighbours'. We only do two things the same every year on Thanksgiving, here and in Japan. We talk about what we are happy for (a little bit easier of a concept for the younger two) and we collect our centrepiece from around the neighbourhood before we eat. It is a very small tradition but it is one we enjoy very much.




Among the many things listed during our gratitude rundown (including being able to live here with support from our family) was a shared excitement for the move ahead of us. For those of you who have not yet heard, we are moving back to Japan at the end of March. To be exact, we are moving back to Goto. We are definitely grateful to have this opportunity as we really feel it will be the best for everyone in our family.
Another thing we are grateful for that follows the move to Goto is that we are ever so appreciative of all those who support this move both morally and financially. Due to the short amount of time we have to raise funds for the event, we have had to start a little crowdsourcing endeavour (seen up on the right there). The response has been really amazing and we are both humbled and encouraged by everyone's support.
And last but not least, I am grateful for you, my darling reader(s). I am so glad you stick by me and my words and random thoughts. It truly means a lot and I will do my best to make this place worthy of your attention. Like by writing a little more often than every four months...

I hope you American readers are having a warm and safe holiday with your loved ones. And for the rest of you, I hope you are also warm and safe with your loved ones at hand, wherever you may be.

Happy Thanksgiving.