Sushi

How I Began Making Sushi Like a Pro

Sushi from an authentic Japanese restaurant can turn any dreary Saturday night into a flavorful culinary adventure. But let’s face it: we don’t always have the time to go out for sushi. And as someone who has other things to worry about such as paying a multitude of bills, paying for good sushi often is just not an option.

Luckily, making sushi at home isn’t extremely difficult, especially since there are barely any cooked ingredients needed. Simply getting a good, fresh fish; sticky rice, and a few vegetables with soy sauce is enough to make a few scrumptious bites of homemade sushi that certainly won’t kill your wallet.

But it’s definitely not as easy as sounds, as a good sushi roll has just the right amount of flavors packed into each bite, making the choice of fish, vegetables, sauces, and even rice extremely important if you want to make sushi rolls that are just as good if not better than the ones you buy from a local restaurant. And as someone who sometimes just wants to save a bit of cash and cook at home, getting a sushi roller kit was definitely money well spent.

When I bought my first sushi roller kit, I started off with just a simple starter kit that came with sushi rice, some special vinegar, and nori with a couple of specific vegetables and a few simple garnishes like sesame seeds. I bought this kit first as I didn’t feel completely confident in my handling of fish or ensuring that it would turn it as scrumptious as what I was used to at my local sushi restaurant. However, the simple ingredients were perfect in helping me practice putting the ingredients together and making rolls that both tasted and looked great.

The next set i had purchased was a bit more advanced but, surprisingly, a lot more convenient. The Sushi Magic Sushi Making Kit had something that I didn’t even know existed before: a sushi roller that made perfect sushi rolls each time! No longer did I have to make sushi rolls by hand, but rather in a few seconds with this roller, I was popping out rolls in no time!

However, once I was done practicing with these first two kits, I decided I was ready for the ultimate challenge: the Chef Sushi Kit, which came with its very own, special sushi knife and recipes for more intricate sushi creations as well as more advanced level ingredients like panic which really elevated my creations to a whole different flavorful level.

The slow but steady transition from one kit to the next however has helped me in creating delicious sushi creations for all my friends when it’s dinner time. And definitely no more having to go out for sushi when I can make equally appetizing creations right in the comfort of my own kitchen!

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Celery root and apple salad

Celery root and apple salad

I made this the other night for the first time and we loved it. Perfect for summer. It’s fresh, tangy and sweet enough to make those who avoid eating vegetables get down on them. Use a food processor and make a huge amount in a snap to bring along to picnics and potlucks. To get in your greens, try it on a bed of watercress – a sophisticated delight. You will need:

  • 2 medium celery roots
  • 2 apples, I used golden delicious
  • 5 green onions
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine or balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • salt
  • 1/4 walnuts, roasted

Wash the vegetables and apples. Cut the skin off of the celery root and apples then cut into one inch slices. Feed through the food processor using the grate blade. Cut the green onions about half way down then feed the bottom portion through the food processor. Empty it all into a salad bowl. In a smaller bowl mix the ingredients for the dressing. Taste and adjust until it pleases your palette. Mix the dressing thoroughly into the salad. Top with walnuts and crunch away!

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Watercress finger sandwiches

Watercress finger sandwiches

A friend of mine made these for a get together the other day. She ended up standing in the kitchen for a couple hours because every time she put a new batch down on the platter, they vanished. And many of the guests were children. What a great trick to get kids to eat their vegetables! You will need:

  • a bunch of watercress
  • sliced bread
  • softened butter, cream cheese or soy cream cheese
  • salt
  • black sesame seeds (a couple of handfuls)

Wash watercress and dry thoroughly. Spread the butter or cream cheese on a slice of bread. Put a few sprigs of watercress on the bread as desired. Sprinkle on salt to taste and put another slice of bread on top making a sandwich. Cut off the crusts of the bread then cut the sandwich twice diagonally to make four triangles. Spread a little butter or cream cheese on one of the cut sides of each triangle then press that side against the sesame seeds so they stick. These are yummy, light and decorative.

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