Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sushi night










Tonight we had a pan-Asian dinner. We made sushi, Vietnamese spring rolls and Thai iced tea. The Bear and I have been making our own sushi for a long time. We don't use any raw fish at home, just to be on the safe side. We usually make California rolls (avocado and imitation crabmeat) and temaki hand-rolls with shrimp salad inside. Sometimes we also make tomago sushi, which contains sweetened cooked egg. Homemade sushi is relatively time-consuming so we don't do it very often, only a few times a year, but it's fun to make and the small Bears are always eager to help.

This time, we had just the hand-rolls and California rolls because we were also in the mood for Vietnamese spring rolls. We made those with vermicelli rice noodles, shrimp and veggies (micro-greens, carrot, celery and cilantro). And we had one of my favorite drinks, Thai iced tea, which is made with strong black tea and sweetened condensed milk over ice. At the table, we dipped our spring rolls in sweet chili sauce, which is very popular with small people. The Thai iced tea was a big hit too. The kids got small cups (lots of strong black tea before bed didn't seem like the best idea). I hadn't made Thai iced tea in awhile and it was perfect for a warm evening.

Have you tried making sushi at home? We've gotten a lot of great ideas from a book called Sushi: Taste and Techniques. This is a really useful book, full of recipes and gorgeous photos; it's published by DK, and in keeping with the style of their how-to books, it's beautiful and very informative. There are step-by-step instructions for making many kinds of sushi and tips about equipment and supplies, along with a glossary. Dining in a sushi restaurant is an amazing experience but it's more affordable, and easier to share with little ones, when you make it at home.

31 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm impressed with your sushi making expertise! We went to a nice sushi place at the beach and really enjoyed it. You have such a nice family. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  2. Can I nip over? Looks delicious! And the Giant Jam Sandwich, I remember that book....great illustrations! :) x

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  3. Hi Jennifer,WOW!!!What a beautiful family!!!!You guys are amazing and I love that the entire family cooks together!!!Love sushi but I have never made it myself!!!!Have a happy fun filled Sunday!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  4. We have made CA rolls and have made spring rolls with beef strips. [yours are prettier than ours, but at least ours tasted yummy :)] The tea sounds really interesting! I trying to stay away from dairy and gluten, but I might try to make the tea with almond milk and some sort of sweetener. Thanks for posting, Jennifer!
    Gracie xx

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  5. These look amazing, I am very impressed. I would never think of trying something like this at home. Hope that you had a great time making and eating!

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  7. Good heavens - make your own sushi - gold medal for you! It looks gorgeous and healthy to boot x Jane

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  8. Would you believe I've never had sushi. I'm a small town girl, what can I say? Yours looks delicious!

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  9. I can't get enough of this kind of food. I was in Vietnam this spring and it was in my plate breakfast, lunch and dinner!

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  10. Your post has made me hungry! :-)

    I have made sushi a number of times, but never with raw fish. The thing I make the most often is Gimbap, which is a Korean take on sushi. Now I'm thinking I need to make some again soon...

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  11. I´ve never made it myself, always imagined that it would be so hard - it looks delicious! :-)

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  12. Dare I say it Jennifer....I have never ever tasted sushi!!

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  13. I don't know what it is but I don't care for sushi.. Not at all not one bit .

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  14. Ooh your sushi looks really tasty, have never come across Thai iced tea looks pretty amazing! :-)x

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  15. Look phenomenal! I have yet to try the spring roll... and what cute little chefs!

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  16. Jennifer,

    It all looks so yummy. I love this style of food. And the iced tea.....

    I love the picture of your family in the kitchen.

    Leanne xx

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  17. Oh my wow! That looks delicious! I love sushi & no one near us sells it so I think I might need to buy that book & learn! Yum!

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  18. How lovely! Wonderful pictures Jennifer! I love cooking and preparing dishes as a family. I love making kimbap, -Korean sushi/rice rolls http://koreanfood.about.com/od/riceandnoodlerecipes/r/kimbap.htm
    I've attempted to make them as good as my mother does. My husband says they are delicious, but I'm sure my mother makes them better than I do. :) She grew up helping my grandma prepare many Korean dishes while they were living in Korea.

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  19. You have such a beautiful family! :) The sushi looks perfect! (Even better than a local sushi restaurant I've been to! Not even kidding!) I've never made sushi at home. Unfortunately I would be the only one eating eat... Boo! My son is a picky eater, and my fiance isn't a fan. BUT, maybe if I tried it out one night I might be happily surprised. ;)

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  20. Looks so delicious and such perfect rolls! I haven't mastered the sushi roll. My husband is much better at it than I am. We love our sushi and vermicelli rolls.
    Jayne
    p.s. cute aprons

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  21. Wow, that looks quite a feast! And I am very impressed that your children will eat sushi too. We have never had sushi to be honest, I don't really know why! I think the raw fish has always put me off, but I like the sound of your substitutions. It nice to have a meal you only have a few times a year, then it really is a treat! :)

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  22. The spring rolls look so fresh and delicious! And the sushi rolls look just perfect. We love sushi, but only eat the cooked stuff, too just to be on the safe side. My husband and I also love Thai iced tea, and it looks so easy to make at home. I love your tablecloth! It's so pretty and bright for Summer. Where did you find it?

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  23. Now...that is awesome!
    I love that you all get together and make something delicious for dinner!
    And your kiddies...eating sushi...fantastic!!!
    They should certainly grow up to be very well-rounded adults!!
    I have never tried to make sushi...never will...but love eating it!!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. Not a big sushi fan here.. not that i've ever really tired sushi.. once i think..
    but bravo on the sushi eating kids.

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  25. Oh blimey - that all looks gorgeous,

    Nina x

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  26. You guys are industrious! I'm not really a sushi fan, but that spread looks delish. :-)

    Lisa

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  27. I love making sushi, it is so yummy!

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  28. Wow, this looks amazing!! I've never made my own sushi, although I do love to eat it. Everything looks so fresh and healthy and delicious. I really like the sound of Thai iced tes - I haven't come across that before. x

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  29. Wow, look at y'all being all gourmet and continental! Wonderful that you are making your own sushi -- can't get more fresh than that!

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