D.I.Y. Sushi Part 4: The Cutting

You are so close to homemade sushi perfection!  You have made The Rice, you have chosen The Filling, and you have completed The Rolling. Your lovely rice and filling is rolled beautifully into crisp nori.  Can you taste it yet?

But you are not quite there.  There is one last step to possibly mess up!  Not to worry, it will be so easy once I help you with… Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 3: The Rolling

Now that you have completed the first step, The Rice, and the second step, The Filling, you are very close to sushi bliss. These next two steps are a lot shorter, but I have to admit, I hate them both.  These last steps make or break the presentation of your sushi rolls, however, if you mess them up,  they will still taste good.  I promise!

But don’t worry, your rolls will look pretty because I’m going to teach you how to master… Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 2: The Filling

Now that you have read D.I.Y. Sushi Part 1 and mastered sushi rice, it’s time to think about what’s rolled inside the rice.  This is usually raw fish, which is delicious but sometimes a challenge for various reasons.  There are, though, quite a few workarounds that I will share with you in today’s lesson… Continue reading

D.I.Y. Sushi Part 1: The Rice

RiceFor our very first Valentine’s Day together, John and I decided to make sushi together. It was not the first time I had made sushi in my life, but it was the first time I wanted to impress someone with my sushi-making skills. That made me nervous because there a lot of things to mess up when making homemade sushi.

We actually managed to do a great job, but I think we ended up eating about 2 hours later than expected. Since then, we’ve picked up some tips to make the whole process much
easier. Now, we whip up our own sushi almost as often as we go out for it! Continue reading

Simple Vegetable Tempura

Tempura and Sushi

Tempura is the perfect partner for sushi. Learn how to roll your own sushi in my series of posts titled “D.I.Y. Sushi” coming out next week!

One of my mom’s favorite Japanese dishes is shrimp tempura. What’s not to love? Tempura is deep fried seafood or vegetables served with a dipping sauce. Crispy. Salty.  Perfect for an appetizer or as part of a bento box. Oh so yummy.

Every time we go to a Japanese restaurant, my mom orders shrimp tempura, and she has even started to make it at home. My mom is a good cook, but she is not that into actually cooking, so I was surprised she attempted this.  It seemed so laborious.  She assured me, however, that making tempura at home is easy. Continue reading