Friday, April 11, 2014

Sushi and son









Sushi story: a boy, his dad and a very big knife.

The Bear loves to make sushi. His family hosted a Japanese exchange student when he was a teenager and apparently there were some basic sushi lessons. He enjoyed it, and later gave a presentation in school where he made California rolls for his whole class. I'd never had sushi before I met him. Actually, I'd never had avocado or imitation crab before I met him either. For me, they've been acquired tastes but I love them both now.

He only makes sushi a couple of times a year. It's a lot of work. I wrote about it last July, which was the last time he made sushi. The whole family likes to watch. He's far from expert; he just likes to have fun and come up with interesting combinations. It always tastes good and looks nice. This time, the LB wanted to help. The Bear showed him how, step by step. The LB learned how to season the rice with sugar and rice vinegar. He learned to spread it on the nori sheets, and to lay sliced vegetables, "crab" and egg on the rice and then to roll it all up in the sushi mat. He had help maneuvering the gigantic, mom-terrifying Global chef's knife. He kept all of his lovely, long fingers.

The LB did great! He was proud of himself for wielding that big, sharp knife by himself (sort of). We sat down to a delicious, colorful sushi dinner, made by father and son; I only had to pick up my chopsticks and start chowing down.

43 comments:

  1. This looks fabulous and so tasty. I absolutely adore sushi and you've just set my craving for this off...lol!

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  2. I've never tried to make sushi but yours looks delicious. I hope you really enjoyed it. I'm glad the LB kept all his fingers. Since becoming a parent I see danger everywhere! :-) Have a lovely weekend x

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  3. Hey Jennifer,

    I love this! I have a hard time with little ones and sharp objects. Marc, not so much. The sushi looks lovely. Well done LB!

    Leanne xx

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  4. Ooh, yummy - I love sushi but no one else in the family shares my tastes. I'm always amazed at what adventurous eaters your kids are, my two are hopeless. Well done LB, excellent knife wielding. X

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  5. How fantastic that your little guy got to learn and help make sushi with his dad! Did the kids actually eat this? I know mine wouldn't have touched it when they were little!

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  6. They did a great job between them!! I love that they did this together, and I'm sure that you all enjoyed eating it together! xx

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  7. How cool!! It looks amazing!!! I would say that it looks super professional! I just have gotten into sushi and I love it! How wonderful that your son can learn these great skills from your husband! Happy weekend you! Nicole xo

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  8. Oh how nice! I love preparing sushi. It looks like they enjoyed their time in the kitchen together. -Which is always a great thing. I'm so happy when our daughter joins us in the kitchen while we prepare a nice simple meal. Have a lovely weekend friend.

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  9. I think sushi is really pretty but I don't like to eat it. I think it's great that your hubby and son made it though and it looks amazing!

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  10. The sushi looks great, and I love it with avocado. LB did so well, and now he has a valuable life skill; I am sure he will make sushi all his life now!

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  11. I just love the fact that someone taught your husband this skill and now he's teaching it to his kids. Good parenting! My sis and I ate lunch at a Sushi place yesterday, I had a bento box and it was delish.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Hi Jennifer,

    How fun that your husband and son made the meal together. Sushi is so much fun to make and we often make it at home. I like that it is healthy too. Also really enjoy eating out at a few Japanese Restaurants in the City.
    Happy weekend
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  13. What a wonderful project they did together. I am afraid I am not a great lover of sushi.

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  14. Whoah, It looks delicious!!! I can see a future sushi chef. Have a nice weekend :D

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  15. What a great thing for dad and son to do together. Enjoy your weekend. X

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  16. The picture with father carefully helping son guide knife is wonderful ... so much concentration!

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  17. What a sweet story, all captured with professional photos by you! I've never dared to eat sushi. Somehow I thought it would be raw fish that would make me gag. What you've got looks healthy and delicious!

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  18. How wonderful to see such a skill being carefully passed on! The sushi looks amazing. So glad the knife usage went safely.......always a worry to parents when children cook properly and need to use them!
    Happy weekend. Helen xxx

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  19. I have never tried sushi but this looks amazing. Your two boys look very happy preparing it together too.
    Marianne x

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  20. That looks delicious and such a colourful plateful.

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  21. It looks like they are having a great time together! I just saw a recipe in the May issue of Canadian Living (sort of like our version of Good Housekeeping) for sushi that I want to try. Yummy!

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  22. Wow, good job LB! I think your dad has taught you well, I am impressed! Great photos, Jennifer. Your son will remember little things like this forever, and will be showing his own children one day. :)

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  23. I have never tried sushi, but will give it a go one day.its lovely to see your hubby showing your son, something he will probably show his child one day x

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  24. Oh wow, that looks delicious - and so lovely to see the 2 bears enjoying their time together too - well done to them!
    Have a happy weekend,
    hugs xx

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  25. How cool, I have never made sushi. I prefer the vegetarian variety but Richard loves them all. The kids not so much. Your big bear and little bear appear to be having a great time. Don't you just love it when your husband takes on the how-to-use-a-scary-knife lesson? We have a several of those Global knifes, including a small one that is quite good for little hands.

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  26. Impressive! I love those sushi rolls, but I've never attempted to make them. I know they are a lot of trouble and take practice. Your dinner platter looks great. Good for the boys to make dinner now and then!

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  27. Haven't tried it myself. but love how colourful it looks, what a lovely way to spend time together xx

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  28. Wow the boys did such a good job, it looks delicious! Sarah x

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  29. What a great job they've made of it, it looks really professional. I'm intrigued, what is imitation crab? I used to like having vegetarian sushi before children (when I used to eat out sometimes!). In fact I'm thinking that my middle one would probably love sushi, he is a huge fan of all things fish. I shall have to look into making some.

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  31. This looks so good! I haven't had sushi in way too long.

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  32. It looks fantastic Jennifer well done to LB for helping out and keeping all his fingers. :)

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  33. I love this post. Having a son who lives in Japan, I've come to appreciate both good sushi and California rolls. It's great that your husband is passing that skill on.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  34. Hi Jennifer, just found your beautiful blog. I`m new at blogging and I`m looking forward to meet other people so I`m stopping by to say hello! Greetings from England! :))

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  35. What a wonderful sight - Dad and Son in the kitchen together, there should be more of it I reckon! Making Sushi is a bit involved but oh boy, isn't it worth it! Top marks to both of them! Joy xo

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  36. So fun! They turned out great. When we would go to Dubai for the baseball tournaments, all the Westerners were having hamburgers and hot dogs and there would be a whole section of Japanese who brought their own homemade sushi for lunch. No wonder they were so much healthier looking. :)

    As for the zaatar, you probably had the fresh zaatar and not the spice mix in the bread, right? My MIL used to make a small bread like thing, not a cracker and not like a piece of bread, but they were small and a bit hard and had fresh zaatar leaves in them. So good! I wish I had learned to make it.

    How interesting that your mom is Syrian. Do you still have family there? Such a sad situation. Best wishes, Tammy

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  37. They are so adorable together. Such a great Dad to have the patience to let your little one help.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  38. That is a totally life changing life experience which he will never forget. I love your posts Jen. Jo x

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  39. All I can say is......YUMMY!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  40. What a great family you have !
    Father and son sushi ~
    sounds like a restaurant I would want to visit :)

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  41. We really like California rolls, too, and have made them a few times....your Father and Son Sushi is very handsome :) I have just enjoyed catching up on your posts I missed while traveling, and especially enjoyed learning about your plum trees. My enormous wild cherry tree is in billowing white bloom now. Since I first started reading your posts I have known you are a winner, Jennifer :) Congratulations on your latest blog giveaway wins!!! And your Needle and Pin books giveaway are pretty and practical and very generous. I am having fun watching your chickens, and crochet, and children and garden grow, Jennifer, and hope you and yours have a happy Spring break. xx

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  42. My kids are huge sushi fans, they love it! I think it's great that your kids like being in the kitchen, it's a great way to teach math etc. Plus it's fun :)

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  43. I love seeing children involved in cooking experiences. You just never know where that early introduction may lead.......your son may be an Executive Chef some day!

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