Sunday, February 14, 2016

Mochi made in Winter "寒餅・kanmochi" & Birds;

*寒餅・kanmochi, "Rice Cake made in winter"*
We have varieties of kanmochi in Japan.  This page is from Takeyama-town in Iwate-pref. where is very cold in winter. And the picture page you will find interesting.  It is thought that the coldness makes cake sweeter.  Here is my mochi-post in 2013.
My husband heard that his 2 ex-lady colleagues haven't eaten freshly pounded rice cake and never rolled into mochi-shape either.  So we invited them and made usual mochi 'not dried ones' together.  Kind of surprising for me as I've experienced making them close to late Dec. since child.

This cute lovely baby boy behaved really well, enjoyed seeing what we were doing ♪

*Hawfinch・Pale Thrush and Brown-eared Bulbul
My first luck to take pictures of Hawfinch and others from late last month. 
They are from the trees close to my house with still berries on it.
They've eaten all their food now p:-)

This is one of the chocolate boxes my husband had; we loved the pictures on the box and the shapes of the chocolates♡♡♡

We are hoping tomorrow will be the last day of checking my late parent's empty house.  Wishing to start visiting you soon.  Have a wonderful weekend and coming new week!

Linking this post to"Saturday's critters", "id-rather-b birdin" ,


  1. Hello Miyako, what a cute little visitor. I am sure your homemade rice cakes are delicious. I love all the beautiful birds, especially the Hawfinch. Happy Valentine's day! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy new week ahead!

  2. Dearest Miyako,
    What a joy to make such Rice Cake together and indeed, the little boy was very sweet.
    Lovely bird photos at the end.
    Sending you love and hugs and hope your Valentine's Day was a good one.

  3. lovely birds. nice of you to make rice cakes with friends!

  4. What a fun day you had making mochi with your guests! I bet they all enjoyed making process and most of all, fresh home-made mochi :-)
    Such cute pictures of birdies! I don't see birds around here much lately. I hope they will come back in spring. And what a pretty box and chocolates! The butterfly-shaped chocolate is very cute :-) Happy Valentine's Day, Miyako san xoxo

  5. I am envious of your guests learning to make Mochi from you two experts! It looks so good. And the chocolates in the sweet box ... Your post has made me hungry! Pretty birds ... Your photos are so good !

  6. I have had mochi from the store but haven't tried to make them. It looks interesting. You really made a lot of mochi, dearest Miyako! It looks like a fun thing to do with company. Hugs from the PNW, Hannah

  7. What a wonderful tradition making rice cakes! They look wonderful...

    and LivingFromHappiness

  8. I hadn't heard of mochi before, Orchid. Your Hawfinches are very cute!

  9. Hope all is well! I do love mochi and yours look delicious.

  10. preparing food together is such a fun. those mochis look delicious.

  11. I have never heard or seen a hawfinch before...they're beautiful as are your pictures of them!!!

    thanks for adding your link to I'd Rather B Birdin' this week!

  12. Winter dish beautiful Rice cake with oishi home made omochi I thinking of you
    so much. Your Okaradani kiotucate kudasai mase.
    We having a steel hot weather and not enough raining this years.