Sunday, 18 September 2011
52in52: Make sushi
They love it. It morphs from selecting dinner to "king of the household" in their minds so we have to reign them in, but it is a nice little family ritual.
For Nugget it is the 15th of the month and we invariably have fish and chips (he is sooooo predictable). Doo Dah gets the 17th. He comes up with a whole host of options, from broccoli soup to baked beans on toast to well, sushi.
I was rapt (excuse the pun) when he asked for sushi this weekend. It is on my 52in52 list to make sushi so I got stuck into it.
My attempt was passable for a first-timer. I made two different flavours - a vegetarian roll and one with (cooked) salmon. I preferred the salmon.
I learnt a lot about the fine art of sushi making (mostly via this website). Wet hands for the rice, dry hands for the nori. A delicate balance between rice and water when cooking the rice (mine was a little underdone in the end). A two centimetre margin at the end of the nori. You need less stuffing than you would think! And get Japanese soy sauce - the regular stuff is just a little bit wrong.
I strongly recommend you do this the night before a big clean however. There are little bits of (mostly squashed) rice turning up all over the place!
What do you think your child would select if it were his/her turn to choose the dinner menu?