Making Mochi at Simpson UMC and Another Extreme Dessert

imageThe congregation and many other interested persons gather together in December each year to make mochi from scratch.

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Mochi is a rice cake made by steaming rice and either pounding the cooked rice with wooden mallets or grinding it until the desired sticky consistency is reached.

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The Simpson method involves running through three separate grindings.

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The paste is then cut into sections and rolled into balls and fashioned into the cake shape with a cornstarch dusting to keep everything from sticking together.image

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The excess cornstarch is dusted off resulting in a cornstarch haze making even children into grey haired workers.

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Last the little cakes are given one last brush and packaged into one pound bags.

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The two most common uses by my family are roasting or toasting the mochi and dipping it in a sweet mixture made from shoyu (soy sauce) and sugar or on New Year’s Day my Dad used to make for good luck a mild fish soup called ozoni with some napa cabbage, kamaboko fish cake and a piece of mochi.

I have made a couple of my own new uses.  I toast my mochi in a pan with some butter, the outside is crispe and the inside is soft.  I then pour honey or spread a small amount of Nutella.  Yum, think my Mom and Dad would approve!

Today’s Extreme Dessert, Voodoo Doughnut, Denver, Colorado

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7 locations in Oregon, Texas, Taipei City Taiwan, and Denver, Colorado

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Voodoo Doughnut Doll, raised yeast with raspberry filling, slathered in chocolate and stabbed with a pretzel stake.  Yum!

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Bacon Maple Bars, raised yeast with maple frosting and bacon on top.  These were split among our 5 huge dogs and they also gave it 20 paws up, woof!

Today’s Extreme Dessert

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My daughter Haley and I stopped in for a glass of wine at this wonderful winery in Arvada, Colorado.  We tried several different wines passing glasses back and forth 🙂

Silver Vines Winery

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Brothers Jeff and Daniel Chayer are the owners.  Jeff is the winemaker and Daniel is the general manager.

They know their business and who their customers are:

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Who doesn’t love chocolate and red wine?  Put them together and the brothers Chayer have a winner!

Today’s Extreme Dessert?  The Chocolate Delight which was delightfully yummy combining these two favorites, chocolate and Zinfandel.

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Check out their wine club, an awesome value, I’m going to be able pick up my wine in person, yay just down the street!

Wine Club