Canadian Lentils Star of the Show Contest
I felt like I was chained to my desk and left under a rock last week. I was so busy that sometimes I forgot to eat or drink for hours on end. What kept me so busy? Filming, editing, and creating my very first FOOD VIDEO! I never thought that I would see my face on YouTube but Canadian Lentils created the ‘Star of the Show’ contest. I couldn’t resist the call to create a recipe that showcases how much I love lentils. Creating a video, then editing and uploading it to YouTube was a whole new experience for me.
Food Bloggers of Canada
Food Bloggers of Canada, is a Canadian organization founded in 2011 by Melissa Hartfiel and Ethan Adeland. It began as a means to promote and provide opportunities for Canadian food bloggers. Many of us would not be where we are today without their constant encouragement and support. FBC serves as a contact point for companies that want to promote products and brands, facilitate sharing and cooperation between bloggers, create useful content, blog monetization, blog maintenance and upkeep, photography tips, and much, much more. Sometimes they attempt to push us in directions that take us out of our cozy little boxes into situations which further our confidence and experience. Like creating this video.
My Mochi Lentil Inspriration
The final push to this video came from my daughter. She flat out told me one morning that we were doing the project. Just like that. Together we came up with a concept and a recipe, went shopping, then started filming our mochi video the next day. In all, we filmed over 3 mornings (to get even lighting) and we ended up with a lot of content.
Having a lot of content (video and still shots) was good because that gave me a lot to work with during video editing. Even though we were encouraged to use an iphone and video app for our videos, I had to go about it the difficult way and use my DSLR for the recording. Then I used a 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.
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Getting Creative with Lentils and Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Red Lentil Mochi
Red Lentil Mochi
- FOR THE FILLING
- 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
- cornstarch for dusting
MethodFOR THE FILLING:
- Place red lentils and water in a small pot. Add star anise and boil until lentils are soft and water is mostly gone.
- Place in food processor, add vanilla and dates, then process until smooth.
- Taking one tablespoon at a time, form paste into balls. Place on a baking sheet and freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
- 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.