Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

Sushi Bowls: The Perfect Meal?

What Makes Sushi Bowls an Extraordinary Meal?
When I’m looking for a special meal which takes little time to prepare, sushi bowls (properly known as chirashi sushi) quickly comes to mind. Sushi bowls are tasty, healthy and fun to eat with friends. Sushi bowls also take little time to prepare.

What else would you want to know before making sushi bowls for your friends? All you need to make sushi bowls is fresh sushi-grade fish, quality vegetables, home-made condiments and rice. You can use pretty much whatever fish and vegetables you like. For fish I often use salmon and tuna since they are…

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Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

Preparing Brown Sushi Rice

How do you make brown sushi rice to replace ordinary white sushi rice?
Brown sushi rice has a slightly nutty flavor compared to white sushi rice, yet provides added nutritional value.  Once you learn how to make brown sushi rice, as described in the recipe below, you will see it is well worth the extra effort.

Mark Bittman’s book How to Cook Everything is one of my go-to references when I begin searching for a recipe. It’s amazing the wonderful variety and depth of choices to be found in this essential book. Mark Bittman often presents a classic recipe yet will also suggest other ways to m…

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Pickled Ginger: Gari

Pickled Ginger:  Gari

Why is making your own pickled ginger more healthy?
Everyone has seen the thin pink ginger slices at a sushi restaurant. Bright glow-in-the-dark pink? This pickled ginger is called gari in Japanese and is usually eaten after sushi or sashimi to enhance the flavor and cleanse the palette. Ginger generally aids digestion, eases nausea and reduces inflammation.

What makes pickled ginger so pink? Most likely it’s artificial coloring (E124) added to the gari to make it look more attractive. Beet juice is more rarely also used to make the pickled ginger more pink.

Why bother making the ginger…

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Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

Wasabi Paste Made in Minutes

What is wasabi?
Many think wasabi is a paste served on the side of a sushi dish, while it is in fact a rhizome, a mass of roots, like ginger and tumeric.

Why bother making your own Wasabi paste?
I used to think it was a waste of time to make your own wasabi paste. Tubes of wasabi paste are available in most supermarkets as well as Asian grocery shops. A common problem with tubes, however, is that they contain much more paste than you need for a single meal.  A crust therefore often forms in the tube, making the remaining wasabi paste less appetizing to use.

Then I found a small can o…

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