Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Homemade Mochi with Yomogi

"Yomogi" is Japanese for Artemsia Princeps. It is a perennial Chrysanthemum which can be very invasive. (Thus, we have it confined in a pot, the base protected from the roots growing into the soil with a step-stone.)  This herb is used to color the mochi green and give it a pleasant aroma.  The "kusa mochi" (grass mochi) is enjoyed in the spring usually during Girl's Day celebrations and is cut in to a diamond shape and placed in front of the dolls.
We didn't get fancy and cut them into diamond shapes though. These we ate with "anko or an" a sweet bean paste made from boiled Adzuki beans.

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