don't like cold weather. I have very little, shall we
say, insulation, and I have to wait out in the weather
for buses and trains. The coming of Spring heralds the
end of the wearing-a-heavy-coat-to-and-from-work season.
This is very good. So, to commemorate the official
beginning of Spring, I made sakura mochi. Sakura mochi
are eaten during Hanami, Japanese cherry blossom viewing
parties. However, true to the nature of weather in Atlanta,
it turned cold and rainy on the first of Spring, so
all I could do was look out my window as the rain pounded
petals off the dogwoods.
This batch of sakura
mochi are made with a different recipe from the
two I've previously posted, and this is, IMO, the easiest.
Basically it's anko-stuffed onigiri made with sweetened
colored rice, wrapped with a salted cherry leaf. Or,
in my case, a celery leaf, as my condo complex doesn't
have a cherry orchard.
Here we also have some okonomiyaki,
plantain, and carrot sticks. I have testified to
their tastiness before!