Saturday, March 18, 2006

Mochi

Captain’s Log, Stardate 03.18.2006

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Mochi: On the way home from their China trip, my parents had a layover at Narita Airport in Japan, and of course they headed straight for the Duty-Free shop. The both love mochi and bought some there. The mochi made in Japan is so much better quality than the stuff made here. It’s also ten times more expensive, even bought IN Japan.

After saying there was no way in hell they’d send me some of their precious stash, Mom and Dad relented to my whining and sent me a package of this mochi.

Talk about heaven in my mouth.

The Japanese have this thing for cute little packages. The mochi is individually packaged in little ice-cube sized plastic tubs wrapped with soft linen paper. The type of mochi my parents bought is kinako--sweet rice dumplings covered in fine beige-colored flour made from soybeans. The flour is a nice contrast to the sweet mochi, but this particular brand had these postage-stamp sized packets of sauce to pour over your mochi. The sauce is to die for—mapley and thick and dark and oozy.

Yum to infinity, man.

Bible in 90 Days: Day 65. Oops, I haven’t read my Bible yet today. I’ll do it right after I post.

Writing: Got some done after youth group meeting tonight, and hopefully will get a little more plotting done later.

Diet: Went for a 75 minute walk today with my husband dragging his grumpy butt with me (just kidding, we had a good laugh over that). But it was one of the kids’ birthday tonight and I had two of these fabulous German chocolate cake cupcakes. I’m such a sucker for German chocolate cake. I ended the day at around 1700 or 1800 calories.

4 comments :

  1. Ooo! Mochi. Haven't had any for a LONG time. Never had any from Japan. You said they have a little sauce on them? Mmm. Sounds fabulous!I'll have to get someone to find me some next time they go to Japan.

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  2. You're making me hungry! I loved Tokyo when we visited last spring at cherry blossom time. Even the raw octopus tentacle!

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  3. Uuh, I'm mochi illiterate. I gather they're similar to dumplings? Must be really special if they cost an arm and a leg.

    My sister-in-law took a sabbatical from teaching about 3 or 4 years ago and went to China with a travel-agent friend. They first went to a school close to Korea with which her pupils had exchanged letters. The whole school had put up a big production to welcome Donna and Donna. She took them things from Canada and even got them a couple of government things as well as a greeting from either the prime minister or the then governor-general. She had a great time there.

    Then the headmistress and some of the other teachers took them around the area for about 2 or 3 days. The introduction to the school came through Donna's former pastor whose family had gone to the area as missionaries.

    They also saw Peking, the Chinese Emperor Chin's clay army, some tributary of the Yangtse before it was flooded. In total they really enjoyed their stay there.

    I'm hoping to see my friend, Grace, in Hong Kong sometime. She just sent me some postcards of Discovery Bay, the area in which they live. The area is totally stunning. I'm hoping that if I ever get there, I'll get a chance to go to China as well to see some of the sights. Grace set up some quite profitable businesses when she headed back to Hong Kong after going to University in Manitoba with me, at least the last year. Her husband-to-be was studying physics and is a professor. Their son is one of the premier neurosurgeons in HK. He studied medicine at the U. of Edinburgh. Their daughter also went to school in England. They felt that if things got really bad again in China, they wanted their children to have the option of having dual citizenship (or something like that).

    You were talking of kids' birthdays. Now your profile says that you don't have any. So who are these kids? Call me "Curious" but not nosey.

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  4. Mochi sounds interesting.
    Is it fattening???
    :)

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