Ok, so one of my resolutions is to update this blog more regularly (EDIT: BOY DID I FAIL THIS), although my focus will be changing to more of a food blog than a book blog. I’ll probably still talk about random geek stuff occasionally (like conventions!), but want to try cooking more this year. Was feeling pretty blah about cooking and ate a lot of mediocre meals last year (chips and salsa is a meal, right?).
Anyway, starting the year off with a traditional Japanese food, ozoni.
Ozoni is a mochi soup that’s eaten on New Year’s. I ate it with my grandma every New Year’s when I still lived at home. My oldest cousin and I were the only ones to do this. Dunno why, it’s delicious! And simple!
Every year I sort of just make an amalgamation of the recipes I find on the net so there’s not really a recipe I follow. This year was:
- 1 pkg dashi powder (5 g.)
- 2 1/2 cups of water
- 1 TB soy sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp sake
- 4 napa cabbage leaves, chopped up (this was probably too much)
- 2 mochi cakes
- sliced kamaboko (fish cake)
- sansho pepper
Heat the mochi in some manner. I have an actual mochi pan, so that’s what I use. Other people use toaster ovens or bake it in a regular oven. While that’s going on, mix the dashi powder, water, soy sauce, and sake in a pot. Throw in the napa cabbage. Once the mochi is puffy, add it to the soup until it’s soft. Ladle into a bowl. Garnish with slices of the kamaboko and a couple of dashes of the pepper.
Another way I eat mochi on New Year’s is just heat it up on the mochi pan and then mix up a pile of sugar with some soy sauce and dip it in there. This was great as a kid.
Happy New Year everyone! May 2014 be a great year for us all!