My friend Jen came over to cook with me last week. We have both been needing some richness to help us feel more satisfied with our meals. In my last post, I talked about how children need this richness, too. I think this recipe is a great one to add to your list of super simple sauces.
I attended a few of Jessica Porter’s cooking classes on the Taste of Health Cruise last month and was reminded of how much she knows about taking care of a female body. Macrobiotics has been influenced by a lot of wonderful men so to learn from a macrobiotic woman about how she balances her body really helps me with my macrobiotic practice. So, I decided to purchase her latest book, The MILF Diet.
While looking through the recipe section of her book this mochi sauce jumped out at me. Actually, the whole recipe did, with onions and squash and a rich mochi sauce. But, squash is out of season so I decided to just make the sauce and pour it over some nishimé. For the nishimé, I used onion, carrot, parsnip, fried tofu and shiitake mushrooms.
Children love sauces like this one because it adds a fun richness and gooey texture. Try it on steamed cauliflower or broccoli. I also added a spoonful to a brothy pinto bean soup. Delicious!
Yummy Mochi Sauce
(adapted from the recipe for Squochi on pg 143 of The MILF Diet by Jessica Porter)
1/2 package plain mochi (I use Grainassance)
unpasteurized shoyu or tamari
1. Grate or cut the mochi into very thin slices. I think slicing is a lot easier than grating. Mochi is as hard as a brick.
2. Add mochi to a small saucepan with a little water. Slowly heat the mochi, stirring frequently. Add small amounts of water as you heat the mochi. The mochi will slowly melt into a sauce. I had to add more water than I expected to make it saucy, but just keep adding it a little at a time until you get the texture you want.
3. When the sauce is the texture you want, add a few drops each mirin and shoyu. Taste and add a little at a time until you get the flavor you want. You want it to taste delicious and rich, without a heavy shoyu taste.