Allison Day


For the month of May, 2008


Lately, I’ve really been wanting to participate in more food blogging events, but I’ve refrained because the don’t fit into the theme of Sushi Day, and I don’t want too much non-sushi randomness on here. I would love to cook and bake more but, well, I’ll save that for when I have a more general food blog. (Which is hopefully coming soon!) However, when I saw the theme for this month’s Sugar High Friday, hosted by Tartelette, I realized that this was something that I could relate to Sushi Day! Although my recipe isn’t sushi (sorry guys) it is a Japanese dessert!

I have been wanting to make mochi (sweet rice cakes) ever since I began cooking. I have had a life-long love affair with the dessert. Since I was young, my mother would take us to each get a piece of mochi whenever we went to the Japanese part of town. So you would think that now that I have discovered a love for cooking, that would be the first thing I make! Unfortunately, I was always so intimidated by it, so I never actually made it until now. What a mistake that was! This is the quickest, easiest recipe ever… and it turns out with the same taste and consistency as the mochi I bought as a child!

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Oh dear me. It seems, for the first time ever, I’m posting my Taste and Create late! I made a recipe from my partner’s blog, two recipes in fact, and a week early at that! But then I had a midterm, and a ridiculous amount of cooking to do for Memorial Day weekend, oh and a paper due next week, and it sort of slipped my mind.

But the food, oh the food! Definitely memorable. I even wanted to make sushi out of it, but it seems that my brother loved it so much he ate it all up! It really was delicious.

At first, I was a little scared. When I found out Ben (my partner for this month) blogs mostly about Mexican food, I was definitely worried! You see, I adore Mexican food Americanized Mexican food, and eat it quite often! However, I have never actually cooked it, and probably have never had authentic Mexican food! Looking at his website, everything looked so spicy. I wasn’t sure I would be able to find something I liked!

Boy was I wrong. I actually found two recipes that sounded good, and decided to put my own little twist on it. First, I marinated shrimp using his Camarones al Mojo de Ajo recipe. (Speaking of which, apparently lime juice turns garlic blue! I was cooking the sauce, and suddenly had little blue things floating around. 😛 ) Then I alternated them with some steak on skewers. I had my dad grill them, then I served them with his Mango Barbecue Sauce! It was fantastic, although for someone (me!) who can’t handle too much heat in her food, I had to use the barbecue sauce sparingly (it’s spicy!!)

Once again, another successful Taste and Create! For more Mexican recipes, visit Ben’s blog, What’s Cooking?

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I haven’t the slightest idea how this roll got it’s name. I did a search for “Queen of the Tom Tom”, and the only results I got were my pictures of the roll on flkr, and the restaurant menu where the roll originated. To me, it sounds like the name of either a ship or a rock n’ roll band, but neither of those came up in my search so for all I know, it’s a made-up name! Not that I’m complaining. The roll is delicious!

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I’ve lived in Southern California all my life. So you would think that I might have driven a few hours south to go party it up at Tiajuana or something. Nope. Never ever in my entire life have I ever crossed an international border! Kinda sad, if you think about it… all the different regional foods I’m missing out on. I rarely even go out of California! 🙁 Road trip!

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About a month ago, I signed up to be a member of Blake Makes’ Sooper Heroes. Blake is a food blogger from New Orleans who gives his Sooper Heroes opportunities to recieve free food samples. In the past, he has offered home-made dulce de leche and Sucre chocolates. This time around, Blake had about fifty pieces of TCHO chocolate bars to give away. I was one of the lucky bloggers to comment in time to receive a TCHO bar!

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Hummus MakiPosted on May 12th, 2008 · 18 Comments »

Maki Recipes


Back when I was still living at my parents’ house, my sister decided she liked hummus. So, of course, she had my parents go to Trader Joe’s and buy her some. At the time I tried some, and I hated it. I thought that was it for me and hummus.

A few months ago, Son and I went to Costco. Now, everyone knows that the best part about Costco (aside from the great prices and $1.50 hot dog and drink combo) are the samples! One of the samples they were offering that day was hummus. On a whim, I tried some, and it was really good! We ended up not buying any that day, which was disappointing.

Later that week, I went to my local farmer’s market. It’s a five-minute walk from my apartment, so it’s super easy for me to get there, as long as I can get up before noon on a Saturday morning! (Which, for me, is quite a feat indeed!) As I explored the different offerings, lo and behold, they had not one, but two hummus stands there! I tried a sample from one of the stands, and I was sold. Almost every week since then, I have been buying their garlic and chives hummus, along with some garlic and herb pita chips to go along with them. (Can you tell we like garlic? 😀 )

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I love yellowtail. We all know that. You might also know that I love the mayonnaise mix that I used in the Maguro Karakuchi Spicy Tuna Roll. (I put it in tuna salad, and I’m seriously considering hard-boiling some eggs and putting it in egg salad!) So of course, I had to see what happened when I put both together! However, since I like to mix things up a little, I couldn’t do exactly the same roll, just with yellowtail instead of tuna! (Well, I could, but how interesting would that really be?) Lucky for me, I’ve got awesome-as-can-be readers. One of my awesome readers, Kevin, commented saying that he had made something similar to my Maguro Karakuchi Spicy Tuna, except he made it gunkan-style with the sauce on the top, instead of as a roll. Genius! Pure genius! Thus the natural thing for me to do is to steal… er… borrow his idea and make it with yellowtail!

It was delicious. I will be making it again. Kevin, you win the Awesome Sushi Day Reader Award! 😀

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Okay, so technically this isn’t a very *Mexican* roll. But work with me here – it does use red pepper powder, and technically yellowtail is mostly found in Baja California (at least in North America), which is part of Mexico! Plus it’s all pretty and colorful, and today is May 5th! So there. 😀

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I first tried yellowtail sashimi late last year, and it was love at first bite. Now, if you held a gun to my head and forced me to choose (please don’t, by the way) yellowtail would be my sashimi of choice, even over tuna and salmon! It has such light flavor and just melts between your teeth – it’s not chewy at all! There’s nothing not to love about yellowtail!

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