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.