WE HAVE INTERNET!!!
WOO HOO! Yeah! (applause)
After ten weeks without! Can you believe it? That's how long it takes to get settled after a move. We still have some boxes unpacked, and no artwork on the walls. No, seriously.
It feels so good to click on the little internet icon and see the Google searchbar pop up. Ahhhh. I've missed you, my sweet google. The clappity-clap of the keyboard feels wonderful. It is fabulous to write again.
Anyway. I want to share with you my discovery about sushi.
I've always admired the sushi served in a japanese restaurant. Haven't you? It looks so delicate, and beautiful, and... complicated to make, right? Well, turns out it's easy as pie to make once you get the hang of it. It's kind of like making a wrap. You just need the right utensils and ingredients, and you're set. It's really fast to make (once the rice is prepared) and great fun. And because I love y'all so much, I am here to share the art of sushi with you (what we made are actually called futomaki, but everybody says sushi).
I'm not giving the exact recipe, just the general idea of how sushi is made. Sushi can easily be vegan by only putting veggies in the middle of the roll, but I just made them vegetarian, using egg and sour cream as well as veggies. This is what you'll need:
-sushi vinegar (to put in the rice... that's one of the things that makes sushi taste so special)
-nori (the seaweed used that envelops the rice and the veggies inside)
-thinly sliced veggies for the middle of the roll (cucumber, avocado, carrot...)
-tamago ("japanese omelet"or egg roll that is made with soy sauce and sugar. Optional.)
-fresh herbs of your choice (cilantro, dill...)
-sesame seeds (they give a nice touch. Optional)
You'll also need a bamboo sushi mat and plastic wrap to wrap around it so that the roll (and more specifically the sticky rice, which is VERY sticky) won't stick to the mat.
|Tamago, sesame seeds, rice, herbs, sour cream, sliced veggies...|
|Once the plastic wrapped around the mat, place the nori , smooth side down, on it.|
|Put some rice on the nori, then flatten it out with your fingers.|
|Put the veggies of your choice in the center of the rice.|
|Then, start rolling the mat, pressing the roll between your fingers.|
|When you're halfway done rolling, squeeze the roll with your fingers.|
|Unroll the mat. You've got your roll.|
|Now you're ready to cut it!|
|Another example of what can be put in a maki roll.|