Happy Valentine’s week, friends.
Some embrace it. Some hate it. Some could care less. We’re a little indifferent, but always appreciate any holiday that inspires a time to chill, connect and cook. Instead of splurging on a fancy prix fixe menu at a restaurant, you’ll find us roaming the local grocery store menu planning on our own. This year, we’ve been craving sushi … and beets. So we spent a night in rolling, experimenting and playing, making loads of our own creations at a fraction of the cost of going out.
Want to make sushi for your Valentine?
A few tips:
1. It’s all about your rice. Carefully follow the directions on your sushi rice package. You’re looking for a sticky texture. Seasoning is also key. Try creating a rice wine vinegar reduction with a four to one ratio of vinegar to salt and sugar (Example: (4) Tablespoons of rice wine vinegar to (1) Tablespoon of salt to (1) Tablespoon of sugar). Amount will vary depending on the amount of rice you make. Master your rice and you’re well on your way.
2. Put plastic wrap around your bamboo mats for easier clean up and to help roll inside-out rolls easier.
3. Have a bowl of water nearby. Dip your fingers in the water each time you add more rice to your mat. This keeps things a little less sticky and you won’t have rice sticking to your fingers.
4. Roll slowly. Roll it tight. Roll it evenly.
Until we eat again,
A + H