It is Supper Club time again. Each first Wednesday we share a virtual meal, a virtual breaking of bread. We take turns choosing a theme and take turns preparing the courses of the meal. This month Sandi from The Whistlestop Cafe Cooking, down south in Alabama, has chosen From the Sea as our theme.
I live in a small town on the Canadian prairies and there ain't much From the Sea out here! Plus I am to bring the side dish. As I searched the grocery store aisles I found nori and sea salt. These were the inspiration for my contribution. I am making Vegetable Temaki. It is a relatively simple recipe except for cooking the sushi rice. The process is exact. Follow it closely.
Check out all the tasty dishes that my friends are bringing.
Sandi - Whistlestop Cafe Cooking- Rosemary Shrimp Skewers
Val - More Than Burnt Toast - Baja Style Grilled Rock Lobster Tails
Susan - The Spice Garden - Coconut Crab and Shrimp Salad
Jerry- Jerry's Thoughts, Musings and Rants - Margarita
2 cups cooked Sushi Rice
4 nori (seaweed) sheets, cut in half
1 teaspoon prepared wasabi
24 snow pea pods, steamed
1 red bell pepper, cut into 16 strips
1 avocado, peeled and cut into 8 wedges
Spread 1/4 cup rice on bottom half of 1 nori sheet. Spread 1/8 teaspoon wasabi diagonally over rice, starting at lower right corner.
|Too bad my countertops are the same colour as the nori.|
Arrange 3 snow peas, 2 pepper strips, and 1 avocado wedge over wasabi. Lift left lower corner of nori over vegetable mixture, pressing gently. Wrap top half of nori over vegetable mixture, pressing gently to form a cone shape. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Makes about 7 cups of cooked sushi rice. Prep time – 1 ¾ hours total consisting of rinsing and draining (35 min), soaking (30 min), cooking and steaming (25 min), finishing (15 min).
2 ½ cups uncooked sushi rice
2 ½ cups water
3 “ square of dashi konbu (or kombu) dried kelp seaweed, optional
2 ½ tsp sake
1. Swirl rice gently in a bowl of water, drain, repeat 3-4 times until water is nearly clear. Don't crush the rice in your hands or against the side of the bowl because dry rice is very brittle.
2. Gently place rice into a strainer and drain well for 30 minutes.
3. Gently place the rice into a heavy medium pot with a tight fitting lid (if you have a loose fitting lid use a piece of aluminium foil to make the seal tight). Add 2½ cups of water and the dashi konbu. Set the rice aside to soak for 30 minutes, during this time prepare the sushi rice dressing.
4. Sushi vinegar dressing – 5 T rice vinegar, 5 t sugar, 1 ¼ t salt. Mix together in a pan and heat until sugar and salt are dissolved. Set aside at room temperature until needed.
5. After 30 minutes of soaking add sake (if using) to the rice. Bring rinsed and soaked rice to the boil. Reduce heat to the lowest setting and simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed, 12-15 minutes. Do not remove the lid during this process. Turn off heat. Let stand with the lid on, 10-15 minutes. Do not peek inside the pot or remove the lid. During this time the rice is steaming which completes the cooking process.
6. Finishing the rice has 3 stages – turning out the rice, dressing the rice, and fanning the rice.
7. Moisten lightly a flat thin wooden spatula or spoon and a large shallow flat-bottomed non-metallic (plastic, glass or wood) bowl. Do not use metallic objects since the vinegar will react with it and produce sour and bitter sushi rice. Remove the dashi konbu (kelp) from the cooked rice.
8. Use the spatula to loosen gently the rice and invert the rice pot over the bowl, gently causing the cooked rice to fall into the bowl in one central heap. Do this gently so as not to cause the rice grains to become damaged.
9. Slowly pour the cooled sushi vinegar over the spatula onto the hot rice.
10. Using the spatula gently spread the rice into a thin, even layer using a 45° cutting action to break up any lumps and to separate the rice. Don't stir or mash rice. After the rice is spread out, start turning it over gently, in small portions, using a cutting action, allowing steam to escape, for about a minute.
11. Continue turning over the rice, but now start fanning (using a piece of stiff cardboard) the rice vigorously as you do so. Don't flip the rice into the air but continue to gently slice, lift and turn the rice occasionally, for 10 minutes. Cooling the rice using a fan gives good flavour, texture and a high-gloss sheen to the rice. The vinegar dressing will be absorbed by the hot rice. Using a small electric fan on the lowest speed setting is highly recommended.
12. Stop fanning when there's no more visible steam, and all the vinegar dressing has been adsorbed and the rice is shiny. Your sushi rice is ready to be used.
13. Cover with a damp, lint free cloth to prevent the rice from drying out while preparing your sushi meal. Do not store sushi rice in the refrigerator leave on the counter covered at room temperature. Sushi rice is best used when it is at room temperature.
14. Cover with a damp, lint free cloth to prevent the rice from drying out while preparing your sushi meal. Do not store sushi rice in the refrigerator leave on the counter covered at room temperature. Sushi rice is best used when it is at room temperature.
Amount per servingCalories: 120
Calories from fat: 30%
Saturated fat: 0.6g
Monounsaturated fat: 2.4g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g