Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sushi

I go through these phases where I crave sushi like crazy and so I'll make it every day for like a week. Then I inevitably get sick of it and don't make it again for a couple of months. 
I made it a few days ago and took pictures of the entire process. It's super easy. :)

The first thing to do is make your sticky rice. Most grocery stores have it. Don't try and use regular white rice - because that's just gross. Make sure the package actually says 'sticky rice' or 'sushi rice' :)
While the rice is cooking, you can prepare all of your 'fillings'. I'm a huge fan of cucumber, avocado, cream cheese and crab or smoked salmon. You can put anything you want in there. Get creative! :)
 Next thing you'll need is a sushi mat and some Sushi Nori paper (roasted seaweed).
Lay one piece of seaweed paper on your mat.

Be sure to have a bowl with water beside you for dipping your fingers in. You'll need it for spreading the sticky rice onto the paper - otherwise it will all just stick your hands.
Cover the entire piece of paper with a layer of rice - thick enough so that you can't see the paper through the rice. Get right in there with your fingers - this is how the professionals do it :) Leave about an inch free of rice at the top of your paper.
This is the fun part where you get to pile on all the yummy stuff. Put all of your fillings on about an inch from the bottom - as shown in the picture below. 
Okay, looks good right? Now start rolling! Just grab the end of your sushi mat and make sure you get all of your fillings into the first roll. Keep everything tight and snug.
This is what it should look like when you're done rolling. Don't worry if it's not perfect. My first few attempts were frightful, but you get better at it. Just make sushi a lot and you'll be an expert in no time ;)
So now you can transfer your cute little roll onto a cutting board and slice it up. Make sure you have a really sharp knife or this part will be disastrous.  
Cut your roll in half and then cut the halves in half and so on. Make them as thick or as thin as you want.
Okay, the best part is eating the sushi obviously. Arrange your rolls on a fancy plate and dip them in soya sauce. I like a bit of wasabi in my soya sauce to spice it up a bit.
Loosen your pants if you start getting full - or just take them off completely if you need to. :)


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