Satoshi's staff party entailed 7 co-workers, some new some not. Apparently we won't have to do this again next week.
We got together a little after noon and had...
Layered Taco Dip made with Ellie Krieger's Black Bean Dip
Ellie Kriger's Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Kim Chee Potato Salad
And for dessert Cocoa Berry Mochi...which was inspired by something I had while in Hawaii at the Peace Cafe, only thing is that this version isn't vegan.
The recipe I got from my mom is made in a 9"x13" pan, which will NOT fit in my teeny oven, so I cut this recipe in half.
For this mochi recipe I needed 1/2 a can of evaporated milk and 1/2 a can of coconut milk...and when I went to Seijo Ishii, I was pleasantly pleased to find 1/2 sized cans.
In Japanese evaporated milk is called "eba milk" which is a shortened term. They don't have a "v" pronounciation so it pronounced with a "b".
Anyway, here is the recipe if you'd like to try it.
Cocoa Berry Mochi adapted from Koganji "Simply Delicious"
2 cups mochiko (rice flour)
2 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1/4 cup olive oil
1 can (12 ounce) evaporated milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 can (12 ounce) coconut milk
1 cup total of dried fruits, walnuts & chocolate chips
Mix everything well. In a greased 9"x13" pan, bake at 350F (180C) for 45 minutes.
Cool completely then cut into desired serving size.
It seems that everyone enjoyed themselves and ate everything.
I hope everyone had a nice time...I enjoyed having everyone over, now to clean up.