Oh boy, I never thought I would say this, but sushi is good!
Now, I don't mean sushi with raw fish, or other such not so good stuff. I mean this kind of sushi. With cooked salmon, and cooked crab, and seaweed. I like seaweed. :)
We went to No Frills and Safeway, and checked out their Japanese food sections. Boy was there a ton of stuff! Sushi rice, and seaweed, and different kinds of sesame seeds, and wasabi, and all kinds of other stuff!
To make a base, you take a sushi mat, and place saran wrap on it.
Take about 3 scoops of cooked sushi rice (follow the instructions on the package) Spread the rice over the saran wrap and the mat, until the rice is about 2-3 rice thick.
For California Rolls, take a sheet of seaweed, and place over the rice.
Lay about 4-5 strips of cucumber down the middle, the same way the mat sticks are laying.
Take about 5 slices of avocado, lay on top of the cucumber.
Chop up crab, and mix with about 3 tbsp. mayo. Spread 2-3 spoonful's onto the avocado.
Using the mat, role the sushi up. Start from one side, take the mat and the rice/seaweed, and spread over top of the crab mixture. Using the mat, press gently but firmly until the rice is pretty firm. Don't squeeze so hard the stuff falls out the sides.
(If I didn't explain this properly, try searching online "how to roll up sushi")
Lemon Dill Salmon
For a lemon dill salmon sushi (which will be the kids' favorite) don't use seaweed.
In a small bowl mix together about 1/4 cup mayo, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, and about 3 generous pinches of dried dill. Spread that mixture over the rice.
Take 3-4 slices of cucumber, and place down the middle.
Crumble up some canned light chunk salmon, and spread over the cucumbers. Roll up like the California Rolls.
This was a really good one if you like kimchi, but don't spread it on plain rice. Use seaweed for this one, or the whole thing will crumble. Like it did for me.
Place a sheet of seaweed on the rice. Then place about 4-5 strips of cucumber on it.
Take about 1 1/2 handfuls of alfalfa sprouts, and spread over the cucumbers.
Then take your kimchi, and spread over the alfalfa. Roll up the sushi.
Take a sheet of seaweed, place on the rice. Spread on it 4-5 slices of cucumbers, and 2 cherry tomatoes cut in 4.
Spread a few slices of pepper, red, green, orange, yellow, whatever colour you want.
Then spread a few chunks of alfalfa sprouts.
Roll it up, and set aside.
What to do with leftover rice
If you have leftover rice, take that and roll into small oval balls.
Then dip the balls into some seasonings.
The finished product
Dip the sushi rolls into sesame seeds, then cut using a sharp knife. To cut the sushi without the rice sticking to the knife, dip the knife into water before each cut.
As you cut the sushi, place them on the plates you want to use. I really like the look of sushi on white plates, so that is what I used. For a fancy dinner, or just for effect, arrange the sushi in fun or professional looking patterns, then place chopsticks on the plate with a little cucumbers, or some sort of dipping sauce.
For dessert, cook some more sushi rice, mix in coconut milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of sugar to taste. Shape into small oval shapes, and place fresh fruit over.
Enjoy! These recipes are squeamish person friendly, and even the kids really liked the salmon one.
These are just some ideas on what kind of sushi you can make. Try using different combinations, or try different types of fish, or something new.
If you try this recipe, comment down below and tell me what kind of combinations you tried.