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.

8 comments:

Tara said...

Your sushi looks good! It takes practice to roll it perfectly, but I think you did a great job for your first time.

Sanja said...

That's so brave of you, to try it anyway.

I'm with you on the not liking sushi, btw...

Jenn said...

Kudos for taking on the challenge. I think your rolls look great!

Jeni Treehugger said...

You're so much braver than me. That looks FAB!!!
Good challenge!

River said...

You are so brave! I didn't enter the challenge because I am scared of sushi, mine would not had rolled up like yours did. It would have ended up being a sushi salad! :)

leaveittocleaver said...

Your sushi looks great. I can't believe you didn't even look up instructions... without them my first ones would DEFINITELY have been sushi salad.

Don't give up on sushi though! Try sweetening your rice with some rice vinegar and sugar after it's been cooked. And you can add anything and everything cut into strips as filling. Carrots, peppers, cucumber, and avocado are easy and delicious.

And hey, now that you've got the nori in your kitchen...

Bethany said...

looks good to me. It's nice that you have some feline help :) I have one constant helper in the kitchen and he just wants the olive oil, veganaise, and earth balance.

I took a class on sushi rolling, which was fun. I learned that they put sushi vinegar and sugar in the rice.

I also learned that I hate cutting sushi because of how gross the knife gets and I refuse to keep cleaning it between cuts. Instead I just make a huge pile and put shredded nori on top. Or I don't cut the roll. I'm so lazy :)

LeAnne said...

did you use a bamboo rolling mat? Thats what I use. Sushi making is like the most fun I have ever had cooking. I'm doing a sushi night at my house in a few weeks! I'm so excited!