Sushi, My Style

yes, it’s sushi….but just not as pretty. It’s hommade! Something to get your hands messy – beware it is sticky – yet enjoy. You have the most fun making them! And just after a few practice rounds, your on your way to become a real professional sushi chef. Usually, mine turn out better, but the pictures say it all:

It doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it tastes good, and looks decent, you, your family, and everyone will love it. You definitely can have this at a party too.

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Making Sushi Rice:

  • 4.5 cups of cooked white sushi rice
  • 1/8 cup of vinegar
  • 1/6 cup of sugar
  • a pinch of salt

In a small sauce pan, combine the vinegar, sugar and salt. Place it over the stove, and mix until the sugar is fully dissolved. Once cooled, add this mixture to the rice, until fully blended.

Now use this rice mixture for your sushi as seen above in the pictures.

For a normal looking sushi, put a good amount of rice, vegetables desired, covered with more rice on top, over a piece of seaweed (smooth side facing down). Then, use your sushi mat to help you roll the sushi into the desired shape. Cut into pieces.

For an inside out sushi, cover the seaweed (smooth side facing down) 2/3 of the way with rice. Flip it over. Then add all the vegetable desired (I just used cucumber and carrots because that’s all we had. But I would recommend adding avocado and sweet potato). Using the sushi mat, roll the sushi into the desired shape. Cut into individual pieces.

You are ready to serve! Or, you can let it cool in the refrigerator for awhile before serving family, or any guests.

Remember, it’s the learning experience and having fun. Good Luck!

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Birthday!

Hi, I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote, but we are finally (FINALLY) starting spring break and I just had my birthday (the day after school finished!). I had such an amazing time! Actually, a week before my birthday, this last Sunday, my two best friends surprised me with a spa! I got a massage for one hour and then went into the Jacuzzi for another. It was one of the most amazing birthday gifts ever! I never knew it was coming. In fact, this is the second year one of my friends (that was there) had a surprise birthday for me! She gets me every time….

For my actual birthday (March 31st – I’m 14!), I had a sleepover. One girl, whom I adore and is in a grade above me (9th), and another 8th grader, slept over. Two other of my friends that were suppose to come, didn’t end up, and my other friend (who planned the surprise birthdays) went to France for spring break. So, even with the few girls, I had the most amazing time! I think this year would be my favorite birthday. We talked and caught up (with my ninth grade friend, whom I rarely see because she is in the high school) with each other for a bit. Then, we all went to the mall and went bowling. There was an arcade there as well. We got enough “money” to buy these dragon (non-permanent) tattoos from the arcade games. We were going to wear them, but then the next morning I couldn’t find them. So, i’ll have to look for them. Then, we went to watch 21 Jump Street at the movies. It was a great movie, except for the language. Very interesting…. After that, we went to Kyoto, which is a Japanese resturant (MY FAVORITE). We decorated these mini (“wedding” shaped) cakes at about 12 at night, and didn’t go to bed ’til 1 AM. In the morning, I played chess, some fuz-ball, but we all just relaxed because we were so tired from the day before.

I did spend time with my family (actually, my mom and dad, since my brothers are at school) as well. We watched The Middle together, and just had a ton of fun! I also, (my biggest gift) got a brand new computer! I’m so excited, it’s for all of high school since the school doesn’t provide them in high school, and it is my first computer ever. I’m so thankful! It’s just SO pretty, in fact I’m writing on it right now!

(I have some ideas about future things, like making up all the fun birthday surprises my friend has given me, and also some gift ideas for her….I would like to talk about it, but she might read this). But thank you all for letting me have the best birthday I could ever have wished for! (Also, I forgot to mention, this 7th grader – a very sweet girl – made me a cake this Friday. I would also like to thank her as well!)

KISSES AND HUGS FOR ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING MY BIRTHDAY SPECIAL!