こんばんは！ Just a small post today.
This weekend I tried to make mochi again, using this recipe by Japanese Cooking 101. Embarrassingly, I completely missed the video when looking at the recipe on my phone and just skipped down to the written instructions (go me!), so I’ll have to try this again next weekend.
It’s incredibly simple – just mochiko (sweet rice flour), water, and sugar. I like the simplicity of this recipe compared to the one I used in my last mochi attempt (though I might try it with a little less sugar).
I also discovered a packet of powdered yuzu tea in my cabinet when I was cleaning the other day, so I mixed it in with the sugar! Yuzu is a type of Asian lemon, and though its not usually eaten as a fruit, its juice and rind is used for flavouring (our favourite kakigori flavour is yuzu!). The taste is tart with a hint of sweetness and it’s very aromatic – I’ve got yuzu-scented lotion, and it’s divine.
I found out the day after I made this that actual pre-ground sweet rice flour is found on the bottom shelf next to regular flour (I guess I need to work on my kanji again, oops). Alas, but I’d already made this with flour ground from rice in my blender. While the taste of this mochi was wonderful, I hadn’t ground the flour enough, and there were little chunks of rice scattered throughout the dough. Looks like I’ll be making some with actual flour next weekend!
Also! A new(ish) coffee shop just opened up in a mall the next town over – the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. While there are plenty of places to buy coffee in Tatebayashi (though none of them open before 11! I don’t understand!), there is a distinct lack of coffee shops where you can just go and read a book or chat with friends for a couple hours. So this little shop is now my favourite place to go hang out.
We caved and bought a nice big coffee cup, since all of our cups are small 100yen cups or old and stained. I’ve claimed it as my own and have been drinking copious amounts of hot coffee and tea now that the weather has (apparently) officially dropped below 20C during the day. So happy!