Mochi Ice Cream and Other Sweets!

Adventures, Cooking
Mochi Ice Cream

The Asian home-cooking adventure continues with some tasty Japanese sweets, like this Mint Chocolate Chip Mochi Ice Cream. Have you ever attempted to make Mochi? It’s easier than you might think.

Mochi Ice Cream
Mint-Chocolate Chip Mochi Ice Cream

As I mentioned in my previous post, I find my Japanese recipes at Just One Cookbook. Nami’s recipes are easy to follow and so delicious! Mochi ice cream is not the easiest of her recipes, but it wasn’t as difficult as I expected. The hardest part is wrapping the ice cream with the mochi and figuring out the motion to seal the mochi around it. Nami provides helpful videos on her YouTube which you can find here.

To say the family enjoyed this mochi is a bit of an understatement! It was gone by the end of the day and the kids were begging me to make more. (Hubby may have been as well!) I haven’t made it again since, but I do look forward to trying different flavors in the near future. You can easily customize this recipe by swapping out the ice cream for your favorite flavor!

Mochi Ice Cream
The inside of the mochi.
Sesame Cupcake

Another tasty treat from this website is the Sesame Cupcake. It is not what you would expect from a cupcake. The flavor is more savory than sweet. The frosting is a honey-meringue which is a different kind of sweet from a typical buttercream. I would almost call this more of a frosted muffin than a cupcake.

Sesame Cupcake with Honey-Meringue

The kids didn’t enjoy this one as much as the other, but I thought it was good. This isn’t one that will make the favorites list, but I would make it again! An interesting adventure would be to try the cupcake base with various types of frosting.

Keep an eye out every Monday for more adventures in Asian home-cooking!

Cherry Blossom Cookies – with real blossoms!

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My journey into Asian cooking began when I found Just One Cookbook. A recipe website created by Namiko Hirasawa Chen, to share easy (and tasty) Japanese recipes. When I found her recipe for Cherry Blossom cookies, I just had to try it!

I ordered some salted cherry blossoms from Japan since I could not find any locally and to order from Amazon was more expensive than ordering directly from Japan. Obviously it took a bit of time for them to arrive, though not as long as I expected. I think it was just over a week… two weeks at the most.

Cherry Blossom Cookies
Cherry Blossom Cookies! So pretty!

Have you ever tried cherry blossoms? They don’t have a lot of flavor but they smell amazing, and they are so pretty!

These cookies are so beautiful! It’s basically a sugar/shortbread type cookie with a few blossoms ground up in the dough and one blossom on the top. You roll the edges of the dough in sugar crystals… I only had red ones, but it turned out okay.

Cherry Blossom
They are just so pretty!

I highly recommend this recipe, if you don’t mind spending the money and waiting for the blossoms to arrive. It makes a fair amount of cookies… though they didn’t last long in our house!

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Asian Home-Cooking – A New Adventure!

Adventures, Cooking

I realize it has been… awhile… since I last posted. To be honest I had debated whether or not to continue with the blog. But, here I am! Here to tell you about my newest cooking adventures – Asian Home-Cooking!

How it all started:
Asian home-cooking isn't complete without Ramen.
Starting the journey into Asian cooking!

Back around July 2019, I became increasingly interested in Asian cuisine. It started when I found Just One Cookbook, who offers amazing Japanese recipes (you should definitely check her out!). We have tried so many of her recipes and honestly have yet to find one that we did not enjoy. In the near future you can expect to see many posts of the recipes we have tried, and my family’s thoughts and opinions on them.

From July to about October of 2019 our lives revolved around Japanese cuisine, animes and mangas. Then one day, Mrs. JOC (Just One Cookbook) shared a link to a friend of hers. This friend also posts recipes.

The Jump to Korean
Kimchi - a staple in Korean home-cooking
My first batch of Kimchi

Enter Korean Bapsang, another amazing recipe website, but this time offering Korean home-cooking dishes. I believe I have tried almost every recipe on her website. However, being a big goofball, I didn’t photograph all of the dishes I made. But don’t panic… I did get pictures of a lot of them so you can look forward to those posts in the future as well.

It was also around this time that I started listening to… BTS, (huge K-Pop boy band for those who don’t know), and became slightly obsessed with all things Korean. It also happens that at one of the universities I am attending for my Master’s degree, there are a few Korean students. I have had the opportunity to discuss Korean food with them, and one of them has become a super awesome friend! She has told me now that I have made kimchi, which she thinks is better than her own, I am officially Korean! 🙂

Learning New Languages

So, with this new obsession with Asian culture and cuisine… I have decided that on top of my ridiculously busy schedule, I am going to learn Japanese and Korean. For learning these languages I have been using Duolingo and am on a 54-day streak in Korean! My progress hasn’t been great, other than being able to read the Hangul alphabet and recognizing a few words here and there… but I’m having fun!

Keep an eye out over the next few weeks as I post more about the Asian home-cooking recipes we’ve tried and our thoughts on them. Also, I have been getting some Tokyo Treat boxes, so I may also do a review post about those!

You can also check out some of my previous cooking adventures here.