Monday, September 13, 2010

Homemade Sushi Night

Hello from Minnesota!

Gosh, it was sure different getting up for a run this morning in 50 degrees, compared to the 80 degrees that I ran in Saturday!  It actually affected my pace a little, as my lungs were not quite ready for that cold air.  My legs felt great after having a rest day yesterday.  It was also a bonus not having to push the jog stroller since Ava stayed and played with Grandma NeeNee.

Now let’s rewind to last Friday.  We celebrated my birthday with a couple of my good friends coming over and making homemade sushi!  Sarah gave me a sushi cookbook for my birthday the week before, so we had to try it out.  It’s actually not as hard as you think. 

First off, Scott prepped a few ingredients for “filling” as I worked on the rice.  (We used sushi rice, and cooked it in the rice cooker.)  So far, piece of cake.  Hey, did someone say cake

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When the rice is done cooking, you combine it with a little bit of rice vinegar, mirin, and salt in a non metallic bowl.  Easy right?  Making sushi rolls is fun for a dinner party because everyone can get involved and it lends to great creativity in your rolls.    Here’s the first couple we produced. 

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Make sure you have plenty of edammame for hungry sushi rollers. 

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Here are a couple we tried with soy paper, and with a cucumber “wrapper” usually known as a “lollipop” roll.  Not as pretty, but these were a lot more advanced.  But, they still tasted yummy!

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Setting the table in an Asian theme.  Our nights have finally cooled down, so we took advantage and ate out on the patio.

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Spicy tuna hand rolls, part of a Rainbow roll and some nigari sushi.  (We found sashimi grade ahi and salmon at Whole Foods.)   We may never go out for sushi again!

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So glad we got over being intimidated by sushi and decided to give it a go.  We gobbled up every last piece.

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It was such a fun night!

Have you ever made homemade sushi?  What is one food or cuisine that’s you haven’t made because you didn’t think you ‘could?’

Have a great Monday bloggies!  We are off to go hunt down some fall Honeycrisp apples, that are literally grown almost in my parents’ backyard. 

9 comments:

  1. Homemade sushi sounds like so much fun! & yours looks great :) Maybe I'll work my way up to sushi... sure does sound like a fun stay-at-home date night idea!

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  2. I've always been to scared to make sushi! I've made veggie rolls, but have never used raw fish, I suppose I should just get over it!

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  3. Happy belated Birthday!!! How exciting that you've decided to run a half!

    The sushi looks AMAZING! I've only made simple rice/veggie rolls before. Your rolls make me want to experiment a bit more! I love your plates! Very pretty.

    Enjoy Minnesota!

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  4. Wow...you guys did a GREAT job!! I've never made sushi before. I'm the only sushi eater in my house. Maybe I'll have a sushi party one day and invite people that actually eat it! :)

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  5. Yum... I love sushi but have never tried to make it!
    And...honeycrips apples...they ROCK!!!
    Have a great week:)

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  6. I love making sushi! Its been a long time though. I need to buy more sushi rice. We've never bought sushi grade fish though...always used cooked fish at home. But I will check out Whole Foods. I'm definitely a fan of the raw kind.

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  7. we love making homemade sushi too! Although I can never get it to look very pretty, haha.

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  8. Never done homemade sushi - it's so intimidating! Yours looks fantastic though! What a fun night!

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  9. Homemade recipes can be done right if you have a complete set of kitchen equipment. I'll try preparing sushi once I am done remodeling my kitchen.

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