Sunday, September 19, 2010

foodie staff party

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

Spicy Poke

Shrimp Chips

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
2 eggs
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.

9 comments:

Dennis K. said...

Yummmm, can't wait to see what you do next week!

Jude said...

My goodness, the mochi recipe looks so ono! I'm also so impressed you whipped up everything in a small kitchen - proof it's not the equipment/kitchen, it's the talent of the chef!

Mikuru Hirai said...

I'm sure those 7 left with smiling stomachs! XD

Abigail (aka Mamatouille) said...

Oh my goodness--I'm definitely going to try that kim chee potato salad! I even found jars of kim chee here at my new favorite grocery store in Seattle, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market.

K and S said...

luckily for me, we won't have another get together Dennis :)

aw thanks Jude!

thanks Mikuru!

Take care everyone.
Kat

K and S said...

I hope you like it Abigail :)

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Good job Kat. I can't imagine having to prep/cook in a small kitchen, and your place must've smelled like food for hours and hours!

Debinhawaii said...

Everything sounds delicious and I am impressed with your mochi--it looks as good as the one we had at Peace Cafe!

K and S said...

Thanks Rowena, actually our place still smells like some of the stinky cheese we had and garlic...whoa!

Thanks Debinhawaii, this version is a little fluffier, the one we had at Peace Cafe was a bit denser.

Take care you two.
Kat