Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sushi, it's what's for birthday dinner

We made summer rolls and sushi for my birthday single ladies dinner party:

Summer rolls

1 block of rice vermicelli
4 sprigs of mint, leaves picked
4 sprigs of perilla leaves or thai basil leaves (optional)
2 chinese chives, cut into 10cm lengths (optional)
1 carrot, peeled and grated
¼ cucumber, cut into thin matchsticks
1 soft lettuce, ½ shredded
4 tbsp salted roasted peanuts, roughly chopped
8 rice paper wrappers

For the dipping sauce:
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 bird's eye chilli, finely sliced

Or I added:
Finely chopped napa cabbage
1.5 t hoisin sauce
1 T rice vinegar
1 T soy sauce
2 t chile garlic paste

And dipped in:
Vinegar, soy, hoisin, peanut butter, water

See here for how to make and below the sushi rice

  1. 2 cups short-grain Japanese rice
  2. 1/4 cup sake-mash vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
  3. 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  4. 1/4 cup sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons salt
  1. Rinse the rice 5 times, then drain in a colander and let dry for 15 minutes.
  2. Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Alternatively, in a medium saucepan, combine the rice with 2 cups of cold water and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover and cook over moderate heat for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes longer. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sake-mash vinegar, rice vinegar, sugar and salt and warm over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  4. Transfer the rice to a very large bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of the seasoned vinegar all over the rice: Drizzle onto a spatula while waving the spatula back and forth. Using a slicing motion with the spatula, gently separate the rice grains while mixing in the seasoning. Fan the rice while mixing it to help it dry. Wipe down any stray grains from the side of the bowl. Cover the rice with a damp towel to keep warm.


Why is it called canning and not jamming?! Well, we canned jam!

We made 3 Flavors 1) blueberry basil, 2) blueberry-strawberry-jalepeno and 3) plain jane strawberry.

It's pretty simple- if you have all the tools and ingredients.

We made low-sugar and it was delicious. We did 4 cups mashed berries, 2t calcium water, and some sugar and pectin (and lemon juice for the blueberries). 

Instead of me telling you more, check out:

5 min dessert

Craving chocolate or peanut butter and want it now?! This is for you!

No bake chocolate- peanut butter cookies

1 cup sugar
2 T cocoa powder
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup applesauce (or milk or water)

Heat until boiling.

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 cups quick oats

Mix together, then scoop into cookie shapes on wax paper.