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The Sushi Zone

There was more snow in Connecticut. 18 to 20 inches! My car got stuck in the snow at Elliot’s and I had to work from home yesterday. So that meant we had time to make good food!

For lunch Elliot’s friend/roommate Mike made a ridiculous chicken noodle soup that we enjoyed after we shoveled for two hours. It was so warm and had the perfect amount of salt and scallions. I love scallions in my soup!

For dinner, we made SUSHI. A quick little history before I start with the recipes. When Elliot and I met a few years back, he had never tried (and wouldn’t even get near) sushi. I tried so hard! I love sushi. It is so fresh, and light, and I can eat so much of it and still feel great. My test for a great sushi restaurant is if their eel is good. Good eel means the right eel sauce, and a non gritty piece of fish. It’s simple. Anyways, back to Elliot, a year ago he finally tried sushi and has been hooked since! For Christmas this year I got him a sushi set from Boarders, and last night we put it to use.

The first thing you need to make sushi, fish! I really love tuna and salmon. We had to hunt down sushi grade fish to use. This is a very tricky thing to find. Thankfully our local WholeFoods had flash frozen sushi grade fish that just needed to be defrosted. I read up a lot about finding the right fish before going out and finding it so that no one got food poisoning. A really great place to look online is over at TLC Cooking and also Sushi Secrets. We ended up with a piece of tuna (which we didn’t end up using), and a piece of salmon. And from there we started on our sushi project!

I apologize for the pictures. I forgot my camera (agh! again!) and had to use my iPhone.

We made two kinds of rolls. Salmon with cucumber and avocado and spicy salmon with cucumber. You will also need to make the sushi rice, it’s fairly simple and it tastes to good even on its own!

What you will need

Bamboo roller
Sushi grade tuna or salmon
Cucumber
Avocado
Sushi Rice
Rice paddle
Soy sauce
Pickled ginger
Wasabi
Mayonnaise
Sriracha
Sushi vinegar
Sugar
Salt
Sesame oil
Seaweed sheets
A very sharp knife

How to make your Sushi Rice

8 cups of cooked sushi rice (I bought Lundberg California Sushi Rice)
1/4 cup of sushi vinegar
3 tsp sugar
3 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil

This will make about 8-10 rolls

Cook your rice in a rice cooker. When the rice is done, leave in the cooker for about 5 minutes. When it’s done, take it out and mix in the sushi vinegar, sugar, salt, and oil until your rice is sticky. Use while it is still warm.

 

Spicy Salmon Roll

3 oz salmon, cut in to small chucnks
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tsp Sriracha
Cucumber
Avocado
Rice
Seaweed sheets

Cut your salmon in to chunks, and mix in the mayonnaise and the sriracha.

Lay out a sheet of seaweed shiny side down. Spread the sushi rice, while still warm, over the sheet. Make sure that you get all the way down to the top and the bottom, but leave an open area of seaweed at the end of your roll. Place your ingredients in a strip about 1/4 in to the roll. We laid down the fish, then the cucumber, then the avocado. Using your bamboo mat roll to roll over your ingredients, squeezing tightly with your hands. Unroll bamboo and repeat until all of your ingredients have been covered.

Place roll seam side down, let it cool a bit, and then cut with a very sharp knife in to 6 to 8 pieces.

 

Salmon Cucumber Roll

Salmon
Cucumber
Sushi rice
Seaweed

Lay out a sheet of seaweed shiny side down. Spread the sushi rice, while still warm, over the sheet. Make sure that you get all the way down to the top and the bottom, but leave an open area of seaweed at the end of your roll. Place your ingredients in a strip about 1/4 in to the roll. We laid down the fish, then the cucumber, then the avocado. Using your bamboo mat roll to roll over your ingredients, squeezing tightly with your hands. Unroll bamboo and repeat until all of your ingredients have been covered.

Place roll seam side down, let it cool a bit, and then cut with a very sharp knife in to 6 to 8 pieces.

 

I have to admit that as a first time sushi maker, this was fairly simple! Messy, and confusing to find all of the correct ingredients, but most of all it was fun! I can’t wait to try out more fish and some obscure recipes. Enjoy!

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Sriracha me!

My newest discovery that I can’t get enough of. Sriracha.

Sriracha is a thai hot sauce. It’s a blend of sun-ripened cherry peppers, garlic, vinegar, salt, and sugar. The thing that I love about sriracha is that it is thick and still maintains a pepper flavor, unlike some hot sauces. Hot sauce, like Franks, is far too thin for me in some dishes. On eggs, perfect. But sometimes sriracha is just the kick that I need to any dish. A small bottle and a small dash goes a long way!


I agree with you, Jessica Hische.

Here is a list of amazing dishes that have sriracha in them for you to try yourself!

Asian Sticky Noodles with Pork at the Crepes of Wrath
Bamboo Steamed Chicken and Vegetables at Food Crumbs
Spicy Salmon Roll at Soup Belly
Three Onion Sriracha Beef Quesadillas at Forever Gluten Free
Sriracha Black Bean Soup at M.I.S.S. Make it Simple, Sister!

Also, hop on over to The Sriracha Cookbook blog. Or you can buy the book see what they’re cooking up!

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