fresh mochi

Saika Little Lady’s Day Festival & Basket Auction!

To celebrate the Little Lady’s Day festivities Saika has decided to host a basket auction on Monday March 13th at the Lavender Beds Ward 11 Amethyst Shallows! We’ll have different yummy festive foods, games, and the basket auction of course! Feel free to stop on by between 10pm to 1am EST ( 7pm to 10pm PST )!

As with everyone else, with stormblood promising new housing plots Saika is in much need of a larger upgrade! Our smoll cottage can only fit so many… The auction and booths will be taking actual gil for this event. Donations are also welcome and loved!

Our Festival Games

100gil Kingyo-sukui Booth ( Goldfish Scooping ) : “Each person plays individually. The basic rule is that the player scoops copperfish from a pool with a paper scooper called a "poi” and puts them into a bowl with the poi. This game requires care and speed as the poi can tear easily. The game is over when the poi is completely broken or incapable of scooping properly.“

Player will pay the booth runner then /random to see what happens, RP it out however you like!:

  • If Random is 499 and under their scoop breaks.
  • If Random is 500-799 they win a Copperfish, their scoop breaks.
  • If Random is 800-899 they win a Copperfish, their scoop DOES NOT break and can go again.
  • If Random is 900+ they win a Coral Butterfly, their scoop DOES NOT break and  can go again.

This Booth will also sell Tier 1 Aquariums while Supplies last at 10,000gil (Much cheaper than current Market Board Price) for you to put your fishies in!

100gil Chō-Han Bakuchi Booth ( Even Odd Gambling ) : "The game uses two standard dice, which are shaken in a bamboo cup or bowl by a dealer. The cup is then overturned onto the floor. Players then place their wagers on whether the sum total of numbers showing on the two dice will be "Chō” (even) or “Han” (odd). The dealer then removes the cup, displaying the dice. The winners collect their money.“

  • Player will pay the Booth Runner choose either Cho/Even or Han/Odd to place their bet on then /random.
  • The Runner will then take the first two digits of the roll and add them up before revealing the results to the Player.
  • Winners will receive an option of either box of Nutty Nutkin Cookies (Acorn Cookie) or a small box containing a Mini Rolanberry Cheesecake ( Rolanberry Cheesecake)!

100gil Cork Gun Booth :  "Each person plays individually, player is given an air shard loaded gun and a colored chalk coated cork as ammo. The rule for this game is to point and shoot at the target! Try to aim for a bullseye!”

After paying the Runner, Player will /random to see what happens!

  • If Random is 699 and under they miss.
  • If Random is 700-799 they win a booby prize box of Nutty Nutkin Cookies (Acorn Cookie)!
  • If Random is 800-899 they win a booby prize Fresh Fruit Basket (Assorted Fruit)!
  • If Random is 900+ they win a Stuffed Moogle or Chocobo!

Other Booths!

Refreshments Booth

  • 200g Tea Smoked Raptor (Smoked Raptor) - Raptor Shank that had been smoked in coerthas tea, toasted rice grains, pearl ginger slices, and maple sugar in a box next to a bed of homemade garlean garlic noodles and pickled vegetables.
  • 800g Slow Grilled Fish (Grilled Raincaller) - A variety of whole descaled and gutted clean fresh fish on bamboo skewer and lightly salted before placed next to the fire pit to slowly fry in it’s own juices.
  • 200g Shoyu Sesame Akami Tuna Kabobs (Tuna Miqa'bob) - Larger chunks of our Akami Tuna bowl mixture coated in sesame seeds then skewered onto bamboo sticks before slowly roasted next to the fire pit for a rare kabob.
  • 200g Teriyaki Shiitake Kabobs (Forest Miqa'bob) - Dragon Peppers, Shiitake Mushrooms, whole Mini Ruby Tomatos, skewered on bamboo then dipped in our teriyaki sauce and then slowly roasted next to the fire pit!
  • Zoni - A traditional eastern soup that is served during special occasions. We make our stock from dashi and kombu to give it a light savory fish flavor. Within the stock we add Young Cieldalaes Spinach, simmer Coerthasian Carrots, simmered Lotus Roots, and some of our fresh pounded mochi that we toast over the fire pit. [ This is an IC RP dish that will not need gil to take and can be asked for at any time or picked up in cups beside the booth vendors. Have your characters help themselves to some warming soup during the event! We also have an actual stack of this stuff if you wish for one just ask! ]

  • 250g Taiyaki (Pastry Fish) - A slightly sweet pancake-like batter that has been cooked in an iron fish shaped grill. Served within is your choice of a sweet anko, creamy vanilla bean mousse, smooth silky chocolate cream, or luscious custard.
  • 350g Fluffy Doman Cheesecake (Cheese Souffle) - A mini fluffy eastern version of a classic cheesecake that’s more cake than cheese. Dusted with powdered sugar and packed in a decorative small box.

  • 100g Sencha (Chamomile tea) - One of the most common forms of Green Tea, Sencha like most of our teas is steamed instead of fermenting for preservation. It is then kneaded and rolled into needle-like shapes.
  • 200g Genmaicha (Thanalan tea) - Sencha that is mixed with roasted brown rice and small amount of matcha. It has a nutty flavor and aroma thanks to the roasted brown rice and a soft greenish color thanks to the matcha.

                                             Survivors Booth

Donation Booth

Had fun? Feeling generous? Donate with Kyuu’sae at our donation booth! Remember all donations are optional and if you feel like it, you don’t have to donate–but we do ask you at least have fun or try to during the event! Enjoy yourself, relax, make new friends even!

Those who donate over 50k will have the option to receive a raffle ticket and be asked to /random for him! For what? It’s a surprise!  *NOTE: IF YOU DONATE AND GET A RAFFLE TICKET WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE THREE WINNERS AND THREE PRIZES AT THE VERY END OF THE EVENT. IF YOUR TICKET IS CALLED AND YOU ARE NO LONGER THERE YOU FORFEIT YOUR PRIZE.*

                                           Basket Auction

Basket auction will be held at the docks at 12:30am to 1am EST ( 9:30pm to 10pm PST ) and will be in real gil to help fund for a larger home.

Basket 1 will contain : Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, a friendly Roleplay ‘date’ with one of the following; Oyun, Chanto, Mimi, or Trishelle, and an *IC set of Dolls made to look like the Saika crew! It is a doll festival after all!

Basket 2 will contain : Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, Kadomatsu, Hard Rice Cakes.

Basket 3 will contain : Oriental Tea Set, Oriental Round Table, Tatami Mat, Hard Rice Cakes.

*Dolls are ICly given and made by Chanto and Oyun. OOCly they will be a custom drawn doll chibi of the Saika crew! These drawn dolls are purely IC and the drawings are simply for viewing pleasure so you know what your character is getting. You are in no way, shape or form–buying these dolls with gil for ownership. These dolls that will be show are for visual reference only and belong to the character’s said owner and drawn by me. These dolls are a gift to my fellow Saika members and staff for staying and supporting me all this time.

*Inspired by SquareEnix Events, FFXI’s festival events(remember going to to the ponds outside of town to scoop fish with your paddles?), @thaliaksembrace @gildedpony-ffxiv and @crescent-ffxiv

**Gil prices were adjusted on food to cover the crafting cost to make it with only a bit of profit. All food is HQ and cheaper than Market Board price. All items while supplies last!

True Colors, Part 6

{Closed rp with @dogguarded }

Seitarou had two thermoses of tea in the bag slung over one shoulder as he entered Le Petit Dragon at least five minutes early. He smiled at the staff before perusing the shelves of sweet pastries.

Hitoshi had chosen well, as far as his outfit went. Seitarou wore a pair of well-fitting black pants that flared out at the bottoms, where the solid fabric was replaced with dense dark lace. His loose-fitting shirt was pale pink with the black outline of a single butterfly’s wing stretching across the whole front of the shirt. The shirt’s hem was asymmetrical, and while one side had a loose, fluttery sleeve, the other shoulder had only a black strap to hold it up.

“But won’t I get cold when it gets dark?” Seitarou had asked when Hitoshi had chosen it from his closet.

“Yes, and then he’ll have to keep you warm,” Hitoshi had replied with a wink.

“Oh.” A moment later, “Oh! I get it now.”

Hitoshi grinned and bopped Seitarou on the nose. “You silly goose.”

Then Hitoshi had helped him refresh his cherry pink nail polish and picked out his earrings: yellow stars to match the ones on his hairtie, but smaller.

After some indecision, Seitarou had decided to tie his hair back in a single braid. It was better to keep it from getting tangled if he could, since it tended to get messy more quickly when he left it loose. He could always take it out later if he wanted to.

Seitarou drummed his fingers against his thigh as he looked at the almond rolls and fresh mochi, willing himself to not be nervous. There was nothing to be worried about.

Everything would be fine. The weather was supposed to be clear, and they were getting along well so far. What was the worst thing that could happen?

Catsfoot Chews

Hi everyone!! Nicki here, back again with another FFXIV recipe. This one was a user request that I just couldn’t say no to. The way Catsfoot Chews are described in the Vanu quests - “A soft, sticky confection made with ground catsfoot leaves to give it a bright emerald-green color” - reminded me of kusa mochi, a mochi flavored with yomogi/mugwort leaves. Mugwort is kind of difficult to find in the US, so I had to order yomogi powder off Amazon to make this tasty candy! Yomogi has a wonderful aroma and an herbal, almost licorice-like flavor that tastes amazing in mochi. Sweet rice flour (mochiko) can be found at most upscale grocery stores (Central Market, Whole Foods, etc.) 

I’ve made mochi a couple of times and it’s super easy, fast, and produces a deliciously chewy candy. All you need is a microwave-safe bowl or two and a whisk. It also helps to have a pastry or dough cutter on hand, as mochi is QUITE sticky, even sprinkled with rice flour powder! By the way, if you have a traditional steamer, you can use that instead of the microwave. 

A word to the wise: a little food coloring can go a long way in making attractive mochi. I remember making strawberry mochi without it…. and it turned out a pale pink, looking like raw chicken. :S The in-game icon isn’t the “bright emerald-green” it’s described to be, but you can achieve a very lovely deep green color with just a drop of green food coloring. 

Catsfoot Chews!

2 cups water

1.5 tbsp yomogi or mugwort powder (can use fresh leaves instead, if you have them!)

2 cups mochiko (sweet rice flour), plus more for sprinkling

1 cup sugar 

Oil or cooking spray to grease the bowl

1 drop green food coloring (optional) 

Mix the yomogi powder into two cups of warm water and stir to dissolve. The powder I ordered was very fine, so it dissolved just above room temperature, but you can microwave the mixture if the water isn’t warm enough to dissolve. Sift the mochiko and sugar together, then add the yomogi mixture and one drop of green food coloring. With a whisk, beat the mixture until it’s uniform and there are no lumps. Transfer mixture to a greased microwave-safe bowl and put it in the microwave. Mine took about 9-10 minutes on HIGH in my microwave to become smooth, thick, and gummy; depending on your microwave, it might be a little shorter or longer. If you taste a tiny bit (taste with great caution - it’s HOT) and it’s thick and chewy and no longer tastes grainy, it’s ready.

Remove it from the microwave. Dust a cutting board or a clean countertop with more sweet rice flour and turn the dough out onto it. DO NOT TOUCH IT YET! Fresh mochi is hot lava! When the dough is cool enough to handle, sprinkle it all over with rice flour and gently shape it and flatten it. (By the way, slapping the slab of pre-cut mochi produces like, the most satisfying sound ever. It’s basically a big toy.) Cut the warm dough into individual squares and dust with a little more flour so they don’t stick together. Roll the pieces between your hands to form balls. You can also roll the pieces in sesame seeds if you want a traditional crunchy topping. Mochi is best eaten fresh - or traded for firewood! 

I have finished making ink, pj, and fresh mochi plushies!!! But the pj family isn’t complete yet. Cray, and cil are next!!

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You made… mochi plushies? Four?

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OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I want to screech but my dad is sleep now)

This… OMGOHJesusBuddha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It’s so beautiful and wonderful and lovely AAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

Damn it!!!!! You guys really make me cry and happy!!!!!!!!Thank you!!!!!!!!