Sunday, 21 October 2012

Adventures in Seaweed

There is so much change going on right now, quite fitting for autumn, no? Various people coming in and out of my life and things are in flux, it feels like I'm on shifting sands.  Hopefully, things will start to take a coherent shape soon.

In the meantime, I've been having more adventures in cooking.  Today I got together with the girls and we hung out and made nori rolls.  It was so much fun! 

We rinsed the sushi rice, brought it to the boil and then simmered it for 25 mins. Then we laid it out in a big dish and Julie stirred in 3 tbsp mirin (rice wine vinegar), 1 tbsp sugar and 1 tsp salt. While she was doing that, we fanned the rice as much as possible so that it would cool down super quick. I think we did a pretty good job, but it was kind of a weird process!

the sushi rice having been fanned and ready to go
Then we made fillings for our rolls: we chopped up strips of cucumbercarrot and avocado, we also had cream cheesesmoked salmonfish sticks (specially for Mini Julie) and a teriaki tuna concoction which involved frying up some onions and tuna in a pan with mayonnaise and soy sauce, and we made thin omlettes with soy sauce that we cut into strips.

starting to get our fillings together
Then came the messy part: we put our sheets of nori (seaweed) shiny side down, smoothed some rice at one end of the square loaded up some selected fillings and then rolled them up and sliced them into rolls.  We ended up with three piles of rolls: the vegetarian ones, the ones with avocado in them (Mr. Julie doesn't like avocado) and then the rest.
a hive of sushi based activity

Then we cleaned up our mess, poured out some bowls of soy sauce for dipping in, and got Harry Potter Cluedo set up and got stuck in (I was Luna Lovegood).  What a lovely afternoon!

messy food and board games, could I be happier?


  1. Harry Potter game? I want to play! Also, your sushi making afternoon seems so delightful and is exactly why I want to be the kind of person who likes sushi. I'm still working on it.

    1. It was so much fun! It's a bit more complicated than normal Cluedo, but still fun all the same. Making the rolls was so much fun you should do it anyway and feed it to people you like... or maybe once you've had so much fun making them you'll enjoy eating them too? One of the girls really doesn't like fish, but she loved the Teriaki tuna, so there you go.