I felt like I was chained to my desk and left under a rock last week…I was so busy that at some times I realized I had forgotten to eat and even drink for hours on end. What the heck was I doing filming, editing, and creating a FOOD VIDEO? I never ever in a million years thought that I would see my face on youtube (unless maybe it was for ‘Calgary’s worst drivers\..HA! or maybe, ‘food enthusiasts that can’t leave food alone’…) but Canadian Lentils put out the call for Canadian food bloggers to create a recipe that showcases how much they love lentils. The idea is to make a video and upload it to youtube as an entry for the Canadian Lentil’s ‘Star of the Show‘ contest. I’ve previously passed on other video opportunities because I felt shy and had no idea how to edit a video and I guess the right opportunity never came along until now!
Enter Food Bloggers of Canada, an organization started almost 5 years ago by Melissa Hartfiel and Ethan Adeland, that helps promote and provide opportunities for Canadian food bloggers. Many of us would not be where we are today without their constant nagging…I mean encouragement and support. They serve as a contact point for companies that want to promote products and brands, facilitate sharing and cooperation between bloggers, create useful content on topics such as social media interaction, blog monetization, blog maintenance and upkeep, photography tips, and much, much more. They often attempt to push us in directions that take us out of our cozy little boxes into situations which further our confidence and experience. Melissa and Ethan did a series of three youtube videos that gave me (and other bloggers) some great tips on our Star of the Show audition videos.
Their videos helped me come up with some ideas for my own video, but the final push to make one came from my daughter who told me one morning that we were doing the project. Just like that. We came up with a concept and a recipe, went shopping at AMart, then started filming our mochi the next day. I think in all we filmed over 3 mornings (to get even lighting) and we ended up with a lot of content, which was good because that meant I had a lot to work with when I edited the video. Even though we were encouraged to use an iphone and video app for our videos, I had to go about it the difficult way (I don’t own an iphone) and use my DSLR for the recording and an actual PC program (Cyberlink Power Director) to create the video. For me it was a huge learning curve and there were lots of snags during this process. I eventually figured out the program and in the end, it ended up being much more user friendly than I first thought it was. Here is the completed video, which is still not as polished as I would like it to be, though I am still proud of this first video effort. If you like, head to youtube and give it a ‘thumbs up’!!
The Red Lentil Mochi was different spin on traditional Japanese Mochi which sometimes has sweet adzuki beans as the filling. We made our filling using cooked red lentils, star anise, dates, and vanilla.
The recipe is included in the comments on the youtube video page but I will add it here for you.
Red Lentil Mochi
- 1 cup red lentils; sorted and washed
- 3 whole star anise
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups water
- 5 medjool dates
For the dough…
- 1 cup sweet rice flour (mochiko)
- Pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 cup water
Place dry ingredients in a small bowl then add water. Stir well. Cover and microwave for a minute, then remove from microwave and stir well. Microwave covered another minute, then remove and use a sturdy spoon to bash the dough into elastic-y soft submission <—-super important!! You need that texture for proper mochi.
Scatter surface with cornstarch and divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Flatten each ball into a disk. Remove lentil balls from freezer and form dough around each ball.