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Pan Cooked Mochi

Directions:

  1. Cut mochi into 1 ½-2 inch squares.
  2. Heat a cast iron skillet on high until hot.
  3. Turn flame to the lowest heat and place the mochi in the skillet.
  4. Cover and cook on each side for 3-4 minutes until soft and slightly puffy.

Serving suggestions:

  1. For a savory snack, wrap in a small slice of nori, garnish with grated daikon and a few drops shoyu.
  2. For a sweet snack, drizzle with brown rice or maple syrup or eat with apple butter.
  3. Place 2-3 pieces of cooked mochi in soups toward the end of cooking.

My favorite mochi is Grainaissance. It comes in all different flavors and becomes very soft when cooked.

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Roasted Beet Hummus

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

4 cups cooked* or canned chickpeas, drained
1 medium size beet, roasted
3-4 cloves garlic, roasted
1 teaspoon umeboshi vinegar
2 teaspoons white miso
1 teaspoon tahini
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice (plus zest from 1 lemon)
1 teaspoon cumin powder
Sea salt to taste (if necessary)

Directions:

*To cook chickpeas:

  1. Rinse and then soak dry chickpeas overnight.
  2. Discard soaking water.
  3. Place kombu and chickpeas in a pressure cooker. Add water to just cover the beans.
  4. Bring to a boil uncovered, skimming off any white foam as it arises.
  5. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and lock in place. Bring to pressure over medium heat then simmer for 50 minutes.
  6. Turn off the flame and allow pressure to come down naturally.
  7. Open the pot and let the beans cool to room temperature.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Wrap garlic bulb and beet with parchment paper and place them on a baking sheet.
  3. Place baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven. Bake garlic about 30-40 minutes until soft. Remove garlic and continue to bake beet about 1 hour until soft. When cool, gently peel off the skin.
  4. In food processor, put all the ingredients, and process until everything becomes smooth and creamy. Add water if needed if it is dry.
  5. Plate your beet hummus topped with sumac or your favorite garnish.

Serve with raw vegetables, pita bread, corn tortillas, or in a sandwich.

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