For those who have missed my previous post… Kagami-mochi is a decoration for the New Year in Japan. It’s made with 2~3 round rice cakes stacked on top of each other. Traditionally, you break it and eat it on the second Saturday or Sunday of January.Â I wanted to make some easy non-bento food on January 1st. It was really nothing special but I thought I’d just post some more pictures of this anyway.
Non-bento #21: Kagami-”onigiri” Totoro
Created and eaten on: 1/1/2010
When we’re home on weekend or on a vacationÂ my boyfriend and I usually make rice balls with cod roe inside for brunch, so I decided to make Totoro rice balls. But when I was preparing the rice balls, the kagami-mochi in the kitchen gave me this idea.
First I made a big rice ball with cod roe inside for Totoro. I usually mix rice with ground black sesame seeds to make gray colored rice, but this time I tried sprinkling ground black sesame seed on top of rice. I cut and held a piece of paper over his stomach for the white part of his belly. It came out too spotty and dark though. I think I prefer mixing rice and black sesame seed. I cut seaweed for his eyes, nose and whiskers.
For the chu-Totoro, I made a smaller rice ball with cod roe inside. Just like Totoro, I cut and held a piece of paper on over his stomach for the white part of his belly, and sprinkled seaweed powder. I cut seaweed for his eyes, nose, whiskers, the pattern on his stomach, and his ears with dried kelp.
I boiled a quail egg and made the chibi-Totoro, and made eyes with kamaboko (fish cake) and sesame seed. (see “how to make chibi-Totoro”)
2010 has already started! Hopefully, I can get back to bento-ing after a loooong hiatus!
- rice with cod roe inside, black sesame seed, seaweed
- rice with cod roe inside, black sesame seed, seaweed, dried kelp
- quail egg, kamaboko, black sesame seed