Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Making Sushi for the 1st Time

I have talked about sushi before, about how I love vegetable rolls and have to have one or two after a good workout; However, the cost can mount very fast and at the sushi place right down from Pilates class being the most expensive in the area (the are also very good) I can't keep this up. I have never made sushi and I have always wanted to, but I thought that is was a lot of work and very hard to get a good roll. difficulties aside, last weekend I put an end to being a sushi making virgin and they turned out great. I made what I call the yoga roll with avocado, cucumber, asparagus and sesame seeds.

I took a few technique tips from VideoJug on How to Make Sushi Rice and while it gave me an idea of what to do I found that it was a little more involved then I would like so I googled how to make sushi and did some reading. Once my research was done I went for it and did almost everything I was not supposed to.

First I used long grain rice, that is what I had so that is what I used. Next I forgot to rinse it, oops. I steamed the rice like I always do the my stir-fry with 1 cup rice, just short 2 cups water, bring to boil, reduce heat, cover, cook for 15 minutes, turn off heat and rest for 15 minutes, perfect sticky rice. While my rice was cooking I heated about 1/3 cup rice vinegar with about 2 teaspoons sugar and some salt. I also cut my avocado, cucumber and asparagus into strips and toasted my sesame seeds in a dry pan on the stove top.

I put the rice in a wooden bowl that I have and slowly stirred in about half of the vinegar mixture (A friend made sushi a few weeks back and told me to be careful not to add too much vinegar) and I did not fan it I did blow on it a little but i did not find it important that I had shinny rice. I then got out my nori sheets (dry seaweed), that I always have on hand because I like to add it to soups. and started rolling and it was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. I did my first few with the rice in the inside and then I did a few with the rice on the outside. While the rice on the inside are much easier to make I like them better the other way. I have to say I was so, so happy with the end result.


Rose said...

You are killing me Shayne. I can eat more than 20 of these in a minute.

Shayne said...

I had no idea that you liked sushi. We will have to go sometime soon, Happy Sushi is not too far from you. they are good and priced right.

winedeb said...

Wow, you did a nice job! You should have seen my first round of sushi - if you closed your eyes it was good!

katiez said...

They're beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration...if I want sushi (and I do) I'm going to have to loose my sushi virginity as well... It's so exciting!