Saturday, December 30, 2006

Hit me with your best shot

My friends were supposed to come over last night, but since they didn't - I am now sitting here with one dozen Beard Papa's in front of me. I do not need it as I have gained like 10 pounds since October but it looks like I've gained 20. ~sigh~

Meanwhile, New Year festivities are in full swing around here, and that means mochi. We went to watch mochi pounding today and goddam there is nothing better than freshly made mochi. Yum. They came with all the accoutrements too. Red bean, nori, soy sauce+sugar, kinako+sugar and some weird ass radish mix thing that was pretty darn tasty. The Kid preferred his plain.

I will be cooking all day tomorrow and all Monday. Some of the things we plan on eating: Mochi (of course), Ozoni, chicken wings, flank steak, tazukuri (blech), sushi, lucky black beans, salt & pepper shrimp, tofu and noodles. I also plan on making little green-tea cakes. We'll see how that goes. Whew. I better get crackin'.

See all the New Year's pics, here on flickr.


Blogger Jodi said...

I like peanut butter mochi. Good stuff.

Saturday, December 30, 2006 5:07:00 PM  
Blogger Rokes said...

Where do you go to see this??

Saturday, December 30, 2006 11:10:00 PM  
Blogger Nanette said...

I need to get on the official justJENN events list. You always do the coolest things! I bet Brent would love that mochi festival thing.

Also, I loooove your new blog header! Very cute!

Monday, January 01, 2007 1:17:00 PM  
Blogger sadie pink said...

Speaking of mochi......

At least 3 Japanese die after choking on New Year's rice cakes
At least three Japanese died and 15 were hospitalized choking on sticky rice cakes traditionally eaten during the New Year's holidays, police and fire department officials said.

Tokyo Fire Department official Hiroyuki Komatsu said a 76-year-old man in Tokyo and a 68-year-old man in Fuchu city in western greater Tokyo choked to death on Tuesday eating the chewy fare.

Another 14 people between the ages of 65 and 91 were taken to local hospitals on Monday and Tuesday, including seven who were unconscious and in serious condition, he added.

Every year, some Japanese die from choking on mochi, which is made of highly compressed sticky rice, and typically grilled and wrapped in dried seaweed, or served in a soup called ``ozoni.''

Officials issue annual warnings about the risks of eating mochi, urging people to take small bites, chew well and drink plenty of liquids.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007 3:03:00 PM  

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