2nd Attempt at Sushi

2nd Attempt at Sushi

2nd Attempt at Sushi

My first attempt at sushi was fun though not entirely successful (read about it here).  Again I used tuna mayo for the filling but this time I used a sandwich bag instead of a h&m carrier bag as a sushi rolling mat. And I used chopped onion instead of leek and this time I put cucumber and carrot in. Still used red pepper puree instead of red caviar. I read on wikipedia what caviar is and how the eggs are extracted from the fish and it grossed me out. I’m not vegetarian or vegan,  but I’ve recently learnt some disturbing things about eggs, fish eggs, and in particular, balut. I have only ever eaten chicken eggs and duck eggs but never fish

my sushi

my sushi

eggs or balut.  I am far too squeamish.

The rice seemed to stick together nicely today. I used basmati – half a cup with 1 cup of water. It was less water in the end because

a lot boiled over while I was changing a nappy, but it ended up being a nice sticky rice which I was able to knead into a

ball before spreading on the sandwich bag sushi rolling mat.  I can do this while it is still hot due to wearing cotton gloves with latex gloves over the top. Not the same ones as for the nappy, don’t worry I changed them! I’m a bit of a hygiene freak!

3rd attempt at sushi

3rd attempt at sushi

These were fairly successful and I was able to cut them with my recently sharpened knife without them crumbling to bits like last time. And both kids gobbled them up quite quickly so then I had to make some more.  So attempt 3 turned out looking like this:

Think I am getting the hang if getting the rice to stick together – I didn’t spread it too thinly this time either so I didn’t get bits of carrot poking through. I kind of like how these last ones ended up being like a loose spiral with a flat bottom instead of a perfect ring – it kind of adds to the effect. Maybe technically it’s just a badly rolled sushi but I don’t care,  I want “Progress not Perfection” LOL

Tuna Sushi Rolls

tuna sushi rolls

tuna sushi rolls

I have been looking at Youtube videos – How to make California Rolls and Tiger Rolls and other related videos. I thought, hey, why not give it a shot? I don’t have any Nori (Sheets of dried/toasted seaweed) I don’t have any cucumber or avacado, I don’t even have any spring onion. I don’t have any Red Caviar or wasabi or japanese pickled ginger… I don’t even have any proper sushi rice… I certainly don’t have any raw fish in the house – The shops are all shut cos it’s Sunday, What was I thinking?!?!?

I don’t even have a bamboo mat for doing the rolling!!!

But I’m impatient and willing to look for a workaround… So I boiled up some of the basmati rice, and got a H&M carrier bag and covered it in cling film. I opened a can of tuna and my toddler helped mix mayonnaise into it. I DID buy a jar of red pepper puree last week –  I think the photo is on my Flickr account, so i thought I would try spreading that on, to get a nice bright dash of red. I used a Leek instead of cucumber or spring onion and I chopped a carrot lengthways. These along with the tuna mayo were my filling, and the red pepper paste was spread on the leek.  Then I rolled it up using my “H&M” carrier bag sushi folding mat LOL and compressed it further with my hands along the roll. Then I sprinkled sesame seeds all over it. Cutting it was the tough part. The worst part. the part that made it break into a thousand pieces. The rice was still hot though so I thought that was probably a mistake and also I didn’t compress the rice into a ball before spreading it on the H&M board.

Sushi Plate

Sushi Plate

BUT WHEN I TASTED the ruins of my masterpiece i thought WOW this has got to be the best thing I have ever tasted!!!

So I decided to have another go, this time, the rice was cooler and i compressed it first before spreading on the sushi board. It went a lot better this time and although it still broke up in a few places when I tried to cut it, I did mange to get 4 out of the 7 pieces to be salvage worthy!  The end bit was kind of cool too- A bit like the Tiger Roll with all bits sticking out of the end, looked quite fancy so i left it as a long bit for the sushi plate, which I finished off with a couple of baby sweetcorns and a blob of the red pepper which was a very very interesting flavour – almost a replacement for the pickled ginger!

Then the “ruins” got turned into balls and coated in sesame seeds. Waste not want not, right?! And then I got an idea

Poor mans Furikake snowman

Poor mans Furikake snowman

because I saw the balls were small, medium and large. And then I thought I could make a snowman. I dunno I must be high today. But anyway I stuck some food picks in to try to get them to stack up on top of each other but they were starting to break up and kept falling down, so I had to leave him on his side. He got apple cores for arm, and my toddler helped to cut a triangle nose out of the carrot. and then we put 2 little cake deco balls on for eyes.

So there you have it, classy posh japanese art form inspires a fun activity morning for mum and toddler with tasty results! Not bad considering we just used ingredients we had on hand!