Okay, so the sad sad truth is that living alone on a fairly small budget with a fairly small stomach means I can’t be running around making giant meals all the time. Most of the time dinner is fresh corn on the cob, actually. But sometimes I go all out, and even though these pictures are kinda old (maybe a month ago), I gotta talk about sushi night!
For my first foray into seaweed delights, I wasn’t gonna use no stinking recipes! I just chopped up some delicious sushi-ables (avocado, red pepper, match-sticked carrots, cucumber, toasted sesames, marinated tofu, peanuts, sprouts, asparagus and green onion) and went apeshit for a few hours. So. Much. Fun! The sushi pictured on the left is what came out of it, pretty much all of them some variation on a vegetable roll. And I like vegetable rolls! But somehow it was lacking in punch, direction, zazz.
So I wised up. I actually looked at some recipes for the next batch, notably the PPK sushi recipes, and the amazingly good so good better than sex Mango Salsa Roll!! Seriously, Star and I were moaning and rolling on the floor as the flavour cascaded thru our mouths, juicy and cilantro-y and wonderfully shrimp-free. She liked the mango best, and I was torn between that and the spicy tofu. I do likes spicy.
I dunno how something so simple can be so satisfying, but it’s a seriously well-constructed formula – crunchy and creamy and nutty and actually a nice palate cleanser between the stronger flavoured sushis.
We even invented a roll (probably just so we could enter the canon of People Who Have Named a Maki Roll). It’s got crispy sweet apple, julienned carrot and fresh ginger, and it’s actually pretty balanced and satisfying, if I do say so myself!
1 cup of sushi rice, seasoned with…
2 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
4 sheets of nori
1 large fuji apple, sliced into 1/2 inch rectangles
2 carrots, steamed briefly, then julienned (matchsticked!)
a hunk of fresh ginger, sliced into very thin strips
– roll it all up, eat with good quality soy sauce and wasabi, and then go “wow, it’s so refreshing and spicy and sweet” oh yes. : D