First time I ever tried this 'japanese snack' was as an au-pair here in England.
I always thought that sushi was very expensive and mostly enjoyed by supermodels, actors or well-off people. However, it didn't stop me to try some myself. In fact, it could have prompted me to buy it and feel kind of sophisticated.
So, on my weekends off, I used to go to town with my friends. We had wonderful time shopping, then sitting in Starbucks or Costa sipping coffee and eating muffins. Then one day, it was very hot and sunny, we felt we didn't fancy a hot brunch but rather something refreshing and filling and nutritious at the same time. What else could it be than SUSHI?
We rushed to the shop, picked up two trays with all the little condiments laying inside in the separate compartments next to these beautiful, colourful rolls of rice, fish and veg. Outside in the street, we were just looking at it for a while and thinking loud that it's like an art piece. The contrast of the white rice and black nori sheet around it, with the colourful display of pink and orange fish and green cucumber in the middle made the whole tray look like a set of sea jewels. One of us might have said that it was a shame to eat it. Whilst we were deciding what to do with the condiments, the taste buds were calling for attention. So we squeezed few drops of soy sauce onto the rolls, spread a tiny dot of green wasabi paste on top and finished them with the pickled pink ginger. It makes you feel you are preparing your own meal, so it seems even fresher.
We really enjoyed it and decided on sushi being our weekend town summer lunch.
But it was only 2 days ago that I decided to make my own sushi at home. I have been passing the 'Starter kit sushi box' for quite some time in the local supermarket until now. I pulled it down from the shelf together with additional jar of pickled ginger, wasabi paste, nori sheets and sushi rice. I felt like on a quest. I moved to the fresh fish counter and bought enough mixed sea-food (the good fishmonger behind the counter decided to give me the left-over for free, so I had more than I could use) and smoked salmon trimmings.
Satisfied and proud of my choice, I went home to prepare it.
To my surprise, it was very easy and fast to make. Only the rice took 15-20 minutes to boil.
The rest was laying the bamboo mat with:
- one nori sheet
- dollop of cooled-down-rice in the middle, spreading nicely across the whole sheet(leaving 1cm from the rolling edges)
-seafood in the middle in a row
-thinly cut cucumber chips
- smoked salmon trimmings
I took one side of the bamboo mat and started rolling the sheet until it was complete. The nori sheet got nice and soft under warm rice and ready to be cut in slices.
I also found out that there are different types of sushi like rolled sushi, scattered sushi, pressed sushi, etc.
For those of you who would like to know more about it, take a look at: