Shadow (kagedreams) wrote,
Shadow
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Live and learn... (Cooking) ^^;

Decided to make some yaki-onigiri today for a snack. I've been craving it for the past couple of days but have never made it before, so... ^^;

The recipe. Pretty basic. While we do have those onigiri presses, I have no idea how to use them, so I just made them by hand. However, what I didn't know about was to leave off basting the onigiri with soy sauce until after grilling on each side. ^^;; As it was, the rice ended up majorly sticking to the poor grill. (Definitely not looking forward to cleaning that sucker...) Ah well. They turned out reasonably well, so I guess it's just one of those things that you learn through experience. :P (Either that or try using a non-stick pan instead of grill maybe...?)

Otherwise, does anyone have a good chai recipe? I suddenly had a craving for chai today (what's with all these cravings lately??) and decided to try making my own chai mix, but it's still not quite right. >.>


Chai Recipe (with my own changes)
Originally from here

1 Tbsp fennel or anise seed
6 green cardamom pods
12 cloves
1.5 - 2 cinnamon sticks (orig 1)
scant 1/2 tsp black pepper corns (orig 1/4 tsp)
2 bay leaves
1 star anise (orig not incl.)

Crush all of the above in a mortar. (I didn't bother grinding it in the spice mill as it plugs up my tea strainers if it's ground too finely.)

Per cup
~3/4 tsp of above mix
1 tsp robust tea (Assam would be good)
1/2 tsp minced ginger jarred (orig. 1/4" ginger root, sliced thin)
splash of vanilla extract optional (orig. not incl.)
sugar and whitener to taste


All in all, the recipe's not bad (though still not quite where I want it). I wonder what I'm missing or if maybe it's a quantity issue...

And in keeping with all these munchies I've been having lately, I'm starting to eye this recipe. I'm not a fan of nuked cooking, so I might adjust and either bake or boil the sweet potato. *sigh* Why can't I just like commercial cookies and whatnot?
Tags: cooking, tea, wagashi
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