The concept of actually going someplace with the intention of picnicking was not something we did when I was growing up. Wherever we went food was always packed and brought along. That changed when I had children of my own and we actually began planning picnics as an activity. July 4th at the Hollywood Bowl, Visitor’s Day at Camp Ramah and Mother’s Day in the park all stand out in my mind. My mother loved going to Will Rogers State Park which had an expansive lawn, a Polo field and horse filled stables. It was a perfect way for three generations to spend time together either playing with a frisbee, flying kites, feeding the horses or hiking. My mother was the figurehead, she would sit and watch and smile. My parents didn’t care about cards or gifts because being with us was really all they wanted.
Of course, we all have certain ideas of what constitutes a picnic. My mother loved deli with cole slaw and potato salad, Norm prefers fried chicken, I love good cheese and a baguette. The kids seemed to like it all, but one of them loved Inari, something my friend Fredda introduced to my family. This will be my first (I think), Mother’s Day without having any children in town. What will I do?? I guess get some cheese and wine and maybe have Norm bake a baguette and then head over to Will Rogers. Recently my sister told me that I am turning into my mother. I hope so.
To Lil and all the other Moms, Happy Mother’s Day!!
Prepare 1 cup Japanese sushi rice according to directions on package. Remove cooked rice from heat and place in shallow bowl to cool. Mix vinegar, sugar and salt and heat in small pot till sugar dissolves. Cool and mix into rice. Carefully open bean curd pouches. Divide rice into 12 portions and stuff into each pouch. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
Note: Try adding slivers of tofu, shiitake mushrooms, carrot, avocado, or sliced omelette.
May 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM
Reading this blog brought back wonderful memories of those outings at Will Rogers park with our parents and the children. Once we watched a polo match and we used to go to the stables to feed the horses apples. I think we brought deli sandwiches with us but have no recollection of the food. I just remember how pretty it was and how we just enjoyed sitting and talking and not doing very much. I know mommy and daddy loved it there and it is so sad that those days are now only memories. But at least we have them to remember.
You will have to do something fun with Norman and skype with the kids on Mother’s Day. There will be many more when they will be with you.
May 2, 2012 at 7:37 PM
I am so glad we have the same good memories, even when they are different, they are good. I miss everyone, including you and Jeff. I look forward to seeing you both soon.
You may not be a mom, but you are such a great aunt, and that is just as wonderful.
May 1, 2012 at 9:14 AM
Hi Irene, I love you r stories about you rmom! One question, what the heck is a bean curd pocket? packet or what ever you called it? Where in the world does one get such a thing? Denks! Barbie
May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Your comments always make me smile!! Pouches or packets, either way any Japanese market will have then. Take a ride over to your old haunt on Sawtelle.
April 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM
If I did not know better I would think we were brought up in the same house. We often went to Will Rogers Park to watch the polo matches. When we did not picnic there it was at Rancho Park. Thanks for sharing this recipe. If I can easily find the ingredients,maybe I will make it this weekend. Happy Mothers Day to all whether your kids are physically with your kids or not,
they are the most precious part of your life
May 1, 2012 at 7:52 AM
Good morning Estelle,
We also went to Rancho some years. IT is so easy and now I would add other things. All of the stores on Sawtelle sell the tins and if you go can you pick up some extra for me??? We can make them together Friday afternoon if you like??
Thank you for commenting, it really makes a difference when I see that!!!
April 30, 2012 at 9:24 PM
thank you for actually providing a how to … I have been making this for over 25 years for the kids and really just qing it but now viola a true wonderful recipe. thank you again
April 30, 2012 at 9:27 PM
You make these??I had n o idea. Do you add anything to them???
So fun to learn something new about you!!