Making thousands of mochi for New Year's with my family and friends
I've posted about our mochi day on the blog several times, and my friend JustJenn writes about joining us and then making all the yummy Japanese New Year's foods (along with some Southern California Japanese American classics). Here is a pictorial view of my family's mochi day that included many special friends and guests - including my friends from Connecticut who were adopted into the family immediately.
Mochitsuki making posts: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007
Here is a quick little Instagram video of the process I made:
Photos can't really detail how many hands you need for this operation. It's a full-on production line. We have a minimum of 20 people working a shift at a time - from kids to grandparents!
And what happens when we take a break? We eat!
But you have to save room for dessert too!
JustJenn's famous red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
JustJenn also made a delicious Jello treat
The day is long. The preparation is exhausting (my cousin and I need to clear out three rooms of the house), but continuing a tradition to the fourth generation of our family is awesome.
Happy New Year to you and your family! May you have a wonderful 2014 filled with happiness, family and friends!
Note: The mochi we made is NOT sweet mochi - it is a savory, plain mochi mostly used in a special new years soup (ozoni) or toasted and eaten with soy sauce, sugar or soybean powder (kinako).
However, lots of people end up at this post looking for more sweet mochi dishes, so here are a few I've made on the blog:
Dessert mochi treats (gluten free!):
Sweet Mochi with Red Bean Filling (pictured)
Blueberry Mochi Cake
Chocolate Mochi Brownie Squares
Cherry Mochi Cakes
Matcha Mochi Cupcakes
Also, be sure to buy JustJenn's cookbook: Mochi: Recipes from Savory to Sweet! Vol. 1 for more recipes and ideas!