|Reginalds PB and MOCHI!!!|
Well, I was at the end of the row, as usual. Late, as usual, or later than the early bird vendors. But, someone came later. This cool kid from Pakistan who was taking a class on agriculture at a nearby community college. He was so stoked about the growing season, and had a few berry bushes with him and handed out cards to the patrons, saying that if they wanted to plant an edible garden, to give him a call in the fall. This kid was on FIRE! I mean, he was so super energetic and passionate about plants, that it was so much fun to be beside him. He and his propped up crates of repotted plants and his wonky sign, chattering like crazy and sweating profusely in the hot sun. His completely spastic behavior was marvelous and refreshing! This guy gets it! He reminded me of my childhood friend Sanjeeve who was the coolest and most energetic kid, besides Brad Sanders, in our little 5th grade class at St. Lukes school. Hopping from here to over there and running in circles with his arms stiff as a board like a robot gone haywire. It was the 80's, lots of silly robots were featured in almost EVERY movie and TV show and it was the trickle down effect. So of course, we could all act like robots, make robot shifting noises, and talk in a monotone and, of course, play Bricks on our personal computers all afternoon long (or Where in the World is Carmen San Diego). We were super cool kids.
After the market was over and he talked my ear off about his passion for plants, we all went inside for our dinner and groceries, which is half the fun of being a vendor at the Whole Foods market. I bumped into him again when I was looking for Earth Balance butter when he screamed "MOCHI!!!!!".
"MOCHI!!!! They have MOCHI!!! I used to eat this all of the time when I was in Japan!!!!"
I look at the tile of food he has in his hands and ask, "is it good?"
"This stuff is awesome! You bake it and it fluffs up. Then you can fill it with anything! MOCHI!!!!"
Reminds me of the movie Fried Green Tomatoes where Kathy Bates would knock down walls with a sledge hammer and scream, "TAWANDA!!!!"
|MOCHI and Reg's PB!!!|
So, it's a few months later and every time I am at Whole Foods, I see this MOCHI!!! and I'm reminded of the exuberant guy beside me at market that I have never seen since. Last month I bought some, and now I'm completely hooked. Not only is it super fun to eat, you get to fill it with all sorts of deliciousnessiosity. :)
Today I filled it with equal parts: Reginald's Peanut Butter, VA sorghum molasses (honey, maple or agave works well too), and vegan cream cheese.
|Cut Mochi Squares|