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My take on Sushi – RECIPE included

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After being invited for a family get together at my parents place especially with all my siblings coming over, I decided to make sushi appetizers for them also knowing how my brother loves sushi, it would be great criticism to see how he likes my versions taking in the fact that he has been to many sushi bars.

 

Sushi 2 go!!

 

My inspiration was from the amazing cookery book by the famous Iron Chef, Masaharu MorimotoStep3

called ‘The New Art of Japanese Cooking’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My only problem was at my local supermarket, they didn’t sell Sushi rice! Which is the main importance of sushi art, the rice has to be good quality and mixed in a certain way to enhance the sushi. Rice is very important in Asia so I didn’t want to mess it up! But since the supermarket didn’t sell any good quality sushi rice, I had to settle for Arborio rice which is quite starchy and is short grain rice, the closest I could find (taking into account that the first time I made sushi I did it

Sushi seasoning for the rice

Sushi seasoning for the rice

with basmati rice, mega fail, the rice fell apart afterwards).

For my ingredients, I bought Nori seaweed sheets from a multicultural store and

ready made Sushi seasoning to add directly into your cooked rice. Nori is very beenficial for you, high in vitamin A and B and calcium and iron!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step2

My set up

Usually in sushi making, they use bamboo roll mats which makes it much easier to roll out the sushi into a nice neat roll. Unfortunately they don’t sell these nearby and I had no time to order from the net as I prepared the sushi the same day we were going to go to my parents house. So a towel and some cling film did the trick for me. Note: make sure you are in a relaxed environment and I realized the most important aspect of making sushi is to have fun with it, eexperiment a little and enjoy it!

Step4

First thing is to cook your short grain rice. I simply boiled half a cup of rice with 1 cup of water. Once cooked, I transferred the rice into a bowl (usually its best to use a wooden bowl for this part) and add your sushi seasoning and carefully mix into the rice. But the mixing technique, isn’t simply folding the rice, it’s more ‘chopping’ the rice  by spreading it along the bowl and taking out any clumps, for a nice even texture.

 

 

 

 

 

Step7

 

Next step, place your Nori sheet onto your cling film, rough side up. And using your hands (make sure to wet them first to prevent the rice sticking to your hands!) and spread evenly onto your Nori sheet. Making sure there is a 1inch gap at the top, then using small grains of rice, place them on the top line as shown in the picture. These will help the roll to stick.

 

STEP8

Now the fun part!

Start adding your fillings, for this one I chose Smoked Salmon (one of my favorite ingredients) with slices of cucumber. Now for a traditional sushi roll, on the side I mixed light soy sauce with a pinch of wasabi paste and spread the sauce very lightly and evenly along the cucumber, not too much as wasabi can be very strong and this was going to be served to family members that have never tried sushi also. Note: try not to overfill as the sheet can tear when rolling.

Next, start slowly and carefully rolling your Nori sheet from the bottom end first making your way to the top. Make sure your slightly firm when rolling so insure it all sticks together.

Once rolled into a now-looking sushi roll. With a sharp knife, water it down a little so it doesn’t stick when slicing. Then slowly slice the roll into small chunks and place into your prepared serving plate. Try to slice each chunk in the same width. Don’t worry if they don’t look even as mine didn’t either when I first tried making sushi!!

Step9

Second fillings for those that are first-comers to sushi: Prawns with mayonnaise seasoned with salt & pepper, a good idea for introducing a healthy sushi snack to children!

With leftover sushi rice, I also ended up making fat sushi rolls with crab-sticks!

Then once plating up, you can have even more fun!

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 Also decorated sushi with black sesame’s and using decorative egg cups to hold the soy sauce and wasabi mix.

 

Where else you can find me:

Facebook, where I always give a sneak peak of whats to come before posting on my blog:

www.facebook.com/thewanderingcook786

YouTube, where you can find video tutorials of my recipes

www.youtube.com/thewanderingcook786

Twitter, where you can tweet me your versions of sushi or any other recipe on here!

@thewanderincook

xxxxxxx The Wandering Cook 786 xxxx

 

 

P.S

Oh and the criticism my sushi-loving brother said about the sushi I made, “very yummy please make more!!” Went down a treat with the family, especially those that were new to sushi. Also a good idea to add a drizzle of lemon juice on top when eating sushi, a tip I learnt from my family when they tried my sushi.

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My make-shift bento box!

After hours of going through the yummy video tutorials on YouTube about bento boxes, I decided I really wanted to make one especially when traveling around!

But after coming across a few websites here in the UK on buying an authentic bento box, the prices were quite expensive from£35 onwards and as you know, I’m always on a budget (heck I even budget my food shop by making items myself, i.e. cheese)..so much more rewarding and those extra pennies go to something else – whoops, this is a whole different article.

Back to bento boxes, so I thought why not buy a lunchbox and just fill it with smaller plastic containers. My first attempt after taking the bus to our nearest town, I bought a big plastic box and smaller containers, came home, and none of them fitted right into the bigger lunchbox – fail.

Next day, when to another shop and this time tried to measure each box roughly and they had pretty clip-on lunchboxes, came home and it all fitted perfectly! Success! Now when I start backpacking I’ll be bringing my bento box with me, but I also have an eye on those stainless steel tifin boxes 😉 I’ve become a lunchbox fanatic!

Here’s my first make-shift bento box with home-made sushi, home-made chocolate chip cookies (which I cut into strips to fit into the containers), sliced kiwi and cherry tomatoes.

Total amount spent: £4 for the lot! (not including chopsticks)

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Mmmm….sushi….

After coming back from a lovely dinner with friends, we enjoyed a magnificent spread of sushi for starters, from salmon to tuna to prawn. So tasty! That they were even kind enough to give some sushi to take home to my delight!

I enjoyed it so much that I might even do a recipe AND video tutorial on sushi.

A definite sushi convert here! whoop whoop x

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Tasty & Easy to cook – Japanese Ramen

Well here we have it!

Our first and just the very beginning of our recipes, Japanese Ramen. Which I must say was initially inspired by becoming a total anime freak watching day to day manga episodes of Naruto Uzumaki (which I would recommend to anyone).
The main character (Naruto) was just so infatuated in eating Japanese Ramen that I decided to look into making my own!

First off, what is Ramen?

Let me give you the Wikipedia version first:

Ramen (ラーメン rāmen?, IPA: [ɽaːmeɴ]) is a Japanese noodle dish. It consists of Chinese-style wheat noodles served in a meat- or (occasionally) fish-based broth, often flavored with soy sauce or miso, and uses toppings such as sliced pork (チャーシュー chāshū?), dried seaweed (海苔 nori?), kamaboko, green onions, and occasionally corn.

It’s a filling and delicious noodle soup/meal that will awaken your taste buds. Now at first when looking at Ramen, your completely confuzzled on how to make it as it has many steps.

But after multiple attempts, I have come up with an easy way of making Ramen – especially for those on a budget also!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5Grddo3mzA&feature=plcp

Ingredients:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • 1 small bag of baby spinach leaves
  • 1 peeled carrot
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 sachet of Miso Soup, Soy bean paste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1 pair of chopsticks – of course!
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pack of egg noodles
  • handful of mushrooms
  • slice salami

Method:

Prep –

  1. Slice mushrooms and set aside
  2. Slice spring onions and set aside (optional: leave to soak for 5minutes to remove some of the strong onion taste)
  3. Wash spinach and set aside for the water to drain out
  4. Boil egg in boiling water till its hard boiled, so about 10minutes. Once boiled, remove and place into cold water so it’s easily to peel.
  5. In a medium saucepan fill with water and bring to the boil. Once boiling, add the washed spinach and boil for 1minutes, add pinch of salt to keep the green color. Drain again and set aside.
  6. Slice salami and set aside.
  7. With the peeled carrot, using a peeler keep peeling through into the carrot to create thin curly slices – this will be used as garnish.

Cook-

  1. In a medium saucepan with more than half way, bring to the boil. Once boiling add the egg noodles and boil for 3 minutes.
  2. While noodles are boiling, peel the egg and slice in half to reveal the yolk.
  3. Once 3minutes is up and the noodles are nice and soft and have slightly gone bigger. Remove from water and leave to drain, set aside.
  4. In a large medium saucepan, again boil water (put as much water to fill one bowl up for your ramen). Time to prepare the broth! Once the water is boiling, add 1 sachet of the Miso soy bean paste and stir. Add the chicken stock cube also and stir. Keep stirring till the paste and chicken stock cube dissolves so about 5minutes. Notice in the soy bean paste, seaweed will appear. This is normal and just enhances the flavor.
  5. Then add your sliced mushrooms into the broth and continue to boil on medium heat for extra 2minutes.

Assemble-

  1. Firstly place your cooked noodles into your bowl.
  2. Next add your cooked spinach onto one side.
  3. Then comes the chopped spring onions placed neatly next  to the spinach.
  4. Very carefully pour your broth into the bowl.
  5. Add your sliced salami on the edge of the bowl.
  6. Finally garnish with your thin slices of carrot.
  7. Serve while hot!

The finished product, your very own Japanese Ramen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S

You can buy Miso Soy bean paste by Wakame from any Supermarkets.

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