Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Making Sushi

Making Sushi is really easy and very inexpensive so please give it a try.
My son Jack really loves sushi , when they have their end of school year party he always wants me to make a plate of sushi , which I do.I think it is very healthy compared to a lot of party food that gets served . I never use the sushi rice I thinks it too expensive. I use medium grain white rice.
1 cup of rice to 1 cup of water. I put it into a saucepan and bring it to boiling point then simmer for 10 minutes with lid on, turn off and leave for 20 minutes still with lid on . Then stir with fork it will be very sticky which is perfect. Get sushi sheets (dried seaweed sheets) place one on board shiny side down, place about a 3/4 of a cup of sticky rice in the middle of the sheet like picture below , then I add cucumber long skinny slices and carrot and avocado. I use a quarter avocado cut into half length wise per roll. Then roll up around filling into a log,  wet edge with a few drops of water to help it stick . Then cut into pieces about 8 per roll. Use a very sharp knife and wet it between cutting each slice stops it sticking . Serve with Soy sauce or Tamari, we use tamari its wheat free but more expensive, but tastes a lot nicer . Note: you can use lots of different fillings the one above is my favorite . One Christmas a few years ago I filled them with fresh crab meat and cucumber . Another favorite of mine is smoked salmon and cucumber and avocado , can use omelet, tin tuna, tin salmon .Experiment to find your own favorite . You can also buy a bamboo mat from Asian stores to help roll them I brought one about 8 years ago I used it once and haven't again thought it was easier without it may try to use it again next time I make sushi . Can serve with pickled ginger and wasabi ( very hot horseradish paste)                                      Note Another tip is if you are taking a plate to a party/gathering use a washed black meat tray looks great with the sushi and you don't need to bother collecting your plate before going home. And when I make sushi for us at home I sometimes don't bother to cut it into pieces I just roll it up in grease proof paper and eat it like a kebab.Also great for children's lunch boxes & adults lunch boxes too!


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