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Culinary Pride

Today was one of my proudest days in my kitchen. I finally made my own sushi! Those who know me are aware of my alarming obsession with sushi. I can eat it until I’m stuffed, and then I’ll request it again the following day. I’ve gone out for sushi twice in twelve hours before. Like I said, it’s a little alarming.

Obviously making my own sushi is something that has occurred to me before. I even tried it once before, sometime last year. It did not go well. Our rice was more wet than sticky and it was generally a big flop. I love going out to our favorite Japanese restaurant, so I didn’t feel compelled to try again right away, but I finally figured it was time to try again this weekend. Thank goodness I did!

The sushi rice recipe I used was from Alton Brown. Whenever I have an issue with a specific recipe or technique, I usually try to find an AB recipe for it and try that. It worked wonderfully and once it cooled, I immediately began rolling. It took me a few rolls to get the hang of it, but once I did I went crazy! It was actually incredibly easy to make, once I got the rice correct.

I first made an avocado roll and a cucumber roll as my “practice” rolls. Unfortunately my camera wasn’t charged at that point, so no pictures. They weren’t very attractive anyway. Once I got my technique down, I made my dinner rolls.

IMG_0298So delicious! First, I made a simple California roll with imitation crab, avocado, carrot, and cucumber, with a bit of wasabi and sesame seeds wrapped up in there.

IMG_0303My other roll was a recreation of my favorite roll from Sushi Station. The Paradise Roll contains tempura shrimp, toasted coconut and avocado. Could there be a more perfect combination of ingredients? I don’t think so. This was a dead ringer for the one from the restaurant.

IMG_0301I was just so proud of myself, I couldn’t stop smiling. I can finally make sushi! I’m probably going to go on a sushi bender now. I want to make some for lunches. I think it’ll be a nice addition to the rotation.

Do you like sushi? What’s your favorite roll?

3 responses »

  1. I. LOVE. SUSHI. Me, you, sushi…next time you’re in town?

  2. IMPECCABLE craftsmanship with the sushi!! Nice work!!

  3. WELL DONE with the sushi! I was very apprehensive the first time I made some, but found it was easy, too! I love avocado and asparagus rolls the best . . . yum, yum, yum!

    P.S. Let me know if you ever want my recipe for brown sushi rice. It’s not quite as awesome as white sushi rice, but the healthy factor makes up for it!


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