What is your favorite Christmas food that your mom used to make?
Did your mom/grandmother make something special every Christmas that you looked forward to? What was it and why did you like it?
Seriously, mom couldn't cook. Until I was a teenager, I thought all hamburgers were black and crunchy. But her mom made the tastiest chocolate pecan fudge I've ever eaten in my life. I used to ask for that as a Christmas present!
Mom, her siblings, and my maternal grandparents--true to the Okinawan tradition--would make mochi during the holiday season. This involved the cooking of a lot of rice. The men would then use a wooden mallet and pound the rice in a large stone bowl...a cool thing to watch was two men artfully synchronizing their blows so that the rice was continually being beaten into a pulp. With the use of a special rice powder called Mochiko, which served as a means of handling the rice without having one's fingers sticking to it, the women would form round patties, about 2 to 2-1/2" in diameter. A sweet black bean paste would be inserted into some of the patties...this kind of mochi was my favorite.
If you have an Asian store in Connecticut, you may be able to find mochi sold there. It's an acquired taste commodity, but one I think you and hubby might enjoy.
Thanks for asking. Brought back some memories.
Plus, it gave me further opportunity to procrastinate when I should be working on your challenge. LOL!
Sounds interesting. Is it a Christmas specialty? It sounds neat that the men and women would get involved. Are we going to see a hub about this with pictures???
There's a good possibility that a Hub about mochi will come about one of these days...like maybe in the next Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge...
Mochi is available on one of my favorite junk food websites but I've never tried it because I don't know if I'd like it. Because you like it so much, I might just have to get some!
Each Christmas we would purchase a cake for Jesus because it was his birthday. My aunt would make wonderful sweets at her house and bring them. My favorite were the sugar cookies with Hershey kisses in the center of them. Then we would eat the ham with a sweet honey glaze. It was always good.
Our family made tamales together. I was a two day ordeal but we enjoyed the results all during Christmas. I still cannot duplicate her exact recipe, but I can still taste them in my memories.
My favorite was my grandmother's ambrosia. She cut up fresh oranges and added cherries and coconut and it was the most delicious concoction! She would make a huge bowl of it as one of the deserts for our family Christmas meal and there would be none left.
Sounds delicious. Why don't you write a hub about it and include a picture. I have never heard of ambrosia with cherries.
Karen, I appreciate the suggestion and I think I'll do that very thing over the weekend. (Now, if I can just find my copy of her recipe . . .)
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