turns out, japanese food also can be very friendly for those of us who cannot tolerate gluten, especially traditional dessert treats. one of our very favorite traditional japanese treats is mochi. mochi is steamed and pounded sweet rice combined with water. it's either boiled, steamed, pan fried, or baked. it can be filled (usually with sweet red bean paste) or not, and it is wonderfully chewy. i've made it at home and it is very nice, and not at all difficult. it can be slightly time consuming though, and i rather like my food to be both real, whole, and convenient. typically mochi is made with mochiko, a very fine flour made of ground sweet white rice. it's lovely with a mild flavor, and i can use it to make a gluten free roux, mochi, or even very crisp and light fried chicken.
then i found Grainaissance and their lovely premade mochi. i came across it by accident and i am so glad i did. Grainaissance makes their mochi with brown rice, and it comes in several flavors. i bought the cinnamon raisin to sample and i've decided it will definitely be a staple - i loved how convenient, healthy, chewy, and delicious it was.