I wanted a savory East-Meets-West pie for the cheese course with coffee or wine. I decided to make our favorite olive cheese ball for the filling and to flavor the crust like Thyme Crackers. But I needed that 'Wow' factor. A vision of spring-green celery floating in a clear pond filled my head.
Wagashi (Japanese Sweets) are delicate, intricately beautiful individual sweets usually made from sweetened bean paste or a 'seasonal' ingredient, or related to an activity like viewing the cherry blossoms. Some wagashi will be sold for a week or two and then gone until next year, like the cherry blossoms.
Not being a 13th- or 14th-generation wagashi maker, I don't have their secrets. So I experimented with celery coming up with this unexpected shape and decided to float it in a clear lemon aspic.
Yes, that 'Wow' factor, but delicious too!
Added benefits: less calories, less fat and less salt than cheese on crackers or Grandmother's Olive Cheese Ball. —BoulderGalinTokyo