Sunday, October 19, 2008
Iron Chef Challenge #3 (Sushi)
Oh boy. The Iron Chef Challenge this weekend was sushi. More specifically: seaweed and rice. Let's see, I've had sushi once in my life at a restaurant and I didn't like it. I have stayed away from the stuff ever since. But, I made a commitment to do the Iron Chef Challenges when I could and I had no valid reason for backing out this weekend so it was on.
Plus I figured that with enough soy sauce, anything would be edible. I have never made sushi before and instead of doing the smart thing and looking at some recipes, I did the Zoey thing and decided I would figure it out as I went along. I am pretty sure that making sushi is a somewhat advanced kitchen skill and I am far from advanced in the sushi department.
I went to Whole Foods to pick up some seaweed and special sushi rice. Since I won't have many nice things to say about this adventure, I will say that I think sushi rice is pretty.
Of course, once I cooked it, it looked like mush. For some reason it reminded me of stuffed animal fluffing which I sort of liked and found bothersome at the same time.
I spread it out on the seaweed (which I had heated over a burner to make it turn green).
Since I didn't follow a recipe and I was pretty sure I wasn't going to like it anyway, I only added soy sauce and shredded carrots as the filling. I rolled it all up and somehow managed to get something that slightly resembles sushi! I'll admit this doesn't look like the pictures online when I searched for "how to roll sushi" but this is real life. And in Zoey's kitchen this is what we got:
I did eat one of these rolls and I have to say that I haven't developed a taste for sushi yet. Zoey was curious about the finished product, she seemed to like the smell of the seaweed.
Well, I did it. I was challenged. And to be honest, I am glad that it is over.