Cooking relay2020

【Cooking relay 2020 】

It has been long time after STAY HOME situation in every country. Cooking relay 2020 baton started from Cook Masayo Waki in Japan and spread among Japanese professional cooks.
The idea is using easily available ingredients (or already in fridge) , professional cooks or chef make easy dish and introduce to everyone, then pass the baton to the next cook.

Yes, I agree with the great idea of cooking relay, cook and enjoy at home !

I received this baton from Ms. Mizue in London. She is a passionate cook teaching international cuisine at hercooking class in London ‘kitchen 34′

So, from me, as a Japanese sweet maker or teacher, I would introduce easy homestyle Wagashi, Japanese sweet. When it comes to Wagashi, I understand that not all ingredients are necessary available in your food storage, specially in overseas, but if could play around whatever available near you, that would be great. Stay home and enjoy !

★ Cinamon Walnut Mochi

【Ingredient】
Walnut:25g
Glutinous rice flour (Shiratamako):60g
Sugar:60g
Light soy sauce:1 tsp
Water:80g
Cinnamon:as you like
Potato or corn starch

Optional : Red beans paste: 40g

【Instruction】
1.Roast walnut in oven (180c) for 8min until golden colour.
2.In microwave proof bowl, put glutinous rice flour. Add water and mix with wooden spatula until smooth. Add sugar and soy sauce.

3.Put lid on or cling film and microwave(600w) for 2min30sec until surface get dry (half cooked ).
4. Mix the dough well and microwave for 1min.

5. Mix well and microwave for another 30sec.(Completely cooked)

6. Add coarsely crushed walnut and sprinkle cinnamon. (If you want to put red beans paste, add at the last moment and fold gently. Better not to mix completely, leave as marble. )
7.Dust starch on tray and put mochi dough.
8.Dust starch on mochi surface as well. Cool down.
(You could also use tin to shape mochi in square)

9.After cool down, cut in bite size.

※ In stead of walnut, you could put orange peel, dry fruit or jam (you need to adjust water if jam is too runny) before instruction no5. In that case, add little salt instead of soy sauce

Sesame balls

Fried sesame balls. Sometimes, you see at Chinese restaurant.
‘Just fried ‘ sesame ball is such a treat. Enjoy at home.

50g of Glutinous rice flour
7g of potato or corn starch
20g of sugar
1/2 Tsp of sesame oil
40g of water (need adjustment)

White sesame

(Filling )
70g of Red beans paste
4g of ground black sesame

<Preparatopn>
Mix red beans paste and ground black sesame. Then, make 7 balls – 10g each.
Just plain red beans paste is also fine.

1 Mix potato starch with little water from 40g.
2 In a bowl, put glutinous rice flour, sugar and rest of water. Mix well.
3 Add 1 and mix. If the dough is too dry, adjust with some extra water.
4 Add sesame oil and mix well. Make smooth soft dough.
5 Divide dough into 7 pieces (15g each)
6 Flatten the dough, then put fillings in the middle and make a ball.
7 Coat white sesame around the ball. (It is better to coat sesame right away after making one ball)
8 Deep fry slowly in 150 degree oil. It is ready once the ball gets swollen and becomes light golden colour.

Pink to green

After cherry blossom,  I love the moment of  ’pink to green’  with imagination.

Stay home.

Wish everyone stay safe and healthy.

Sakura Mochi

Cherry blossom season is coming soon. Why not making Sakura Mochi at home.

120g of Domyoji* (道明寺3割)
180ml of Water 
2tbsp of sugar

12 Salted Sakura leaves

240g of Koshian (red beans paster )

<sugar syrup>
Sugar 10g
Water 20g

<Preparation>
ー Soak salted sakura leaves in water for about 35min to remove some salt (don’t remove completely)
ー Make 20g red beans balls (20g x12)
ー Dissolve coloring (red) in small amount of water (no need to add if you prefer)
ー Make sugar syrup or you can use little oil

<Instruction>
1 Put Domyoji, water and coloring in microwave proof bowl and soak them for 15 min. Liquid will be gone.
2 Put lid on and microwave(600w) for 4min30sec.
3 Leave aside and let it steam for 10 min (lid on)
4 Sprinkle sugar and mix with wooden spatula gently in cutting motion.
5 Divide dough into 12 pieces (roughly 25g each ). Wet your hands with sugar syrup and wrap red beans ball with dough in round shape.
6 Wrap Sakura leaves around.

*Domyouji ko is dried sticky rice after steamed and cooked.

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How to wrap Sakura Mochi
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