My New Year started with a traditional Japanese dish served on New Year's Day.
The mochi, rice cakes, were made two days ago. Rice that had been soaked for 12 hours and then cooked in mochi maker was poured out onto sheet pan to cool slightly before forming into small cakes.
The cakes were left to cool and then stored in tins.
some of the mochi cakes were toasted while the soup was cooking. My
husband meticulously chopped ingredients and prepared the soup. Daikon,
carrots, taro, tofu, chicken, shitaki mushrooms, lotus root, and spinach
went into the lightly favored miso soup.
The soup was then served over top of the toasted mochi. Brunch!!