DIY Sushi

A few years ago, my fiance (Josh) and I took a sushi making class. We’re more experimental than direction followers so I had my doubts as to how it would go. I have to say that it was actually a lot of fun.

There are a lot of factors that go into the enjoyability of a class – size of class, complication level of the dish, etc – but our turned out to be a very nice balance. For us, that meant very little oversight and judge-y looks from the teacher. Admittedly many of our sushi rolls looked like science experiments, but we learned the basics.

We haven’t tried our hand at sushi making again since that class, perhaps since some of the ingredients and tools aren’t part of our kitchen collection. So when we decided the other day that we wanted to make sushi, I have no idea what prompted it since the supply issue hasn’t changed. But we were excited enough about it to head to the grocery store and stuck up.

Sushi_PrepAfter retrieving the $30 worth of missing supplies required, we jumped right into the process. One lovely element of the sushi class (that we delightfully overlooked) was the amount of prep required before you can actually make anything. Waiting for rice to cook is literally watching water boil. And once the rice was cooked, we had to wait for it to cool. Not great for two hungry adults, but it did give us time to delicately slice the fish and vegetables.

With all the prep work out of the way, it really took no time at all to roll up some tasty sushi. We used a sriracha-mayo to spice up our tuna and some teryaki to flavor one of the tuna rolls. No formal recipes were used. We eat created rolls based on what flavors and textures we like.

 

Helpful Hints for Sushi Making:

  • Pour a medium-sized shallow bowl of rice wine vinegar. You’ll need to dip your hands and other utensils in here. Anything that touches the rice without a vinegar rinse will get stuck like you wouldn’t believe.

  • Wrap your rolling maps in plastic wrap before you start. It will keep the rice from getting wedged in the map when creating a roll with rice on the outside.

 

Memorial Day Apple Cake

McIntosh_Apples Most people only think of apple recipes during the fall, but I can’t think of anything more American than a red, juicy apple. Apples area available at a reasonable price year round, making them a great thing to cook and bake with.

Partially inspired by a recipe from Joy the Baker and a host of things viewed on Pinterest, this recipe is a cross between a cake and a fritter, and will hit the spot for anyone with a sweet tooth. (This girl!)

Continue reading

Custom Cocktails

A few years back, my parents rescued an old phonograph from an elderly family member’s house. Phonograph? Huh? Check it out. (Hard to think that this was the cutting edge at one point.)

Phonograph

It’s a well-made, free-standing piece of furniture. And while the insides are shot after years on the back porch, the wooden housing is surprisingly solid. Wouldn’t it be so cool if we could turn this into a mini bar? What you can’t see from the photo is that the top is a hinged lid that opens to reveal the (no longer operational) phonograph ‘technology.’ The machine itself sits on an inner shelf, about 12 inches down. The double doors at the bottom open up to storage.

I’d love to refinish the piece to remove the machine parts and use the recessed shelf on top to store liquor bottles. We could also use the bottom shelves to store glass and barware. It’d be especially useful in a small space, like, say, our apartment.

NOTE: My use of the pro-noun may be misleading. I am not handy enough to do any of this work myself (which is why it’s still not finished these years later). I’m lucky enough to have a few good resources on tap to help with the project.

What do you think? Do you have a cool home bar?