Homemade Sushi

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Happy Sunday everyone! I am so excited to share with you the main course for my Asian-Inspired cuisine evening; “Homemade Sushi.” My appetizer was Baked Veggie Spring Rolls. Both recipes are foods that I never would have touched a few years ago. I think the first time I actually tried sushi and ate a whole plate of it was last year! Wegmans sushi is my favorite, but I wanted to try to make it myself.

Sushi was actually a lot easier to make than I thought that it would be! The rolling did take a little getting used to, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. And I think that they turned out pretty yummy if I do say so myself and just look how beautiful this photo is! I think I am getting the hang of this whole food photography thing too 🙂

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Because I had absolutely no idea where to start I did a little researching on Pinterest. I found two sites that had great tips on how to make sushi. Here are their links:

Veggie Primer – “Veggie Quinoa Sushi Rolls”

Peas & Crayons – “Homemade Sushi:  Tips, Tricks, and Toppings!”

Both have great pictures and one even has a video for how to roll sushi, both were extremely helpful! I also used them to decide what ingredients I was going to use in my sushi. Here are the ingredients that I decided on:

-carrot
-avocado
-cucumber
-yellow pepper
-quinoa
-sushi brown rice (Nishiki)
-grilled shrimp
“Mel’s Sauce”

-You will also need a bamboo mat, Nori, plastic wrap, wasabi, and pickled ginger.

Here are some photos of each of the different steps:

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Some things I learned:

  1. Don’t add too much rice or quinoa – this makes it very hard to roll! Make sure not spread them all the way to the edges either, leave a little space.
  2. Always have a water bowl handy – so you can rinse your sticky fingers every once in awhile.
  3. Avocado is hard to work with – because avocado is a bit slimy it was a bit hard to roll when added, but worth it!
  4. I like brown rice better than quinoa – even though I love quinoa, I found that brown rice was a lot easier to work with and I liked the taste better as well.

 

Stay tuned for a guide on how to find these ingredients near you and of course more Picky Girl recipes! Enjoy!

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