I love sushi, soooooo much, and although I don’t have the skill and training to create perfect slices of sashimi and delicate little maki, there are plenty of other Japanese dishes I can make. I love Ramen, and bento, so this weekend I set myself a project to make onigiri. For those not familiar with Japanese cooking, think of it as a Japanese sandwich.
Close up of salmon wasabi mayo onigiri with green nori sprinkle, onigiri consists of a filling inside a ball of rice that is shaped by hand. The dark green seaweed paper on the outside is edible, and is used to hold the onigiri as the rice is sticky. The green nori sprinkle on the top corner is another type of seaweed with a slightly sweeter taste.
Once I got the hang of it I made a batch, you can see a few crispy salmon skin mini handrolls I made on the right hand side.
Close up of mini-handrolls, made with the left overs, filled with tuna wasabi mayonaise and crispy salmon.
FYI, they were delicious! Mum and sis took some for lunch the next day too. They were pretty easy to make once I got the hang of moulding the rice. Only problem now is that I’ve run out of sushi rice, and I need to decide what fillings to make for the next batch … yum!
I love my local charity shops, they are how charity shops are supposed to be. Not like the trendy Oxfam and Barnardo’s, who price their books and vinyl according to the highest ebay bids. No, my local charity shops do not know the value of things. So to easy my guilt I always donate what ever change I have too.
Picked up this complete 6 piece tea set with a sandwich plate and side-plates for £3, and got a cute egg cup set at the same time for £2.
See how pretty they are?
I’ve used the set already, but have yet to have afternoon tea with them. I’m thinking cucumber sandwiches, earl grey tea, madeira cake with jam, jaffa cakes and mini croque monsieur’s? Sounds like a plan for Easer Sunday. xXx
Some of you may be aware of the genius blog that is It’s Nice That, if not check it out. Well they’re currently doing a project with Picador Publishing to promote the new book by Helen Oyeyemi, and were asking for people to read a proof.
Never one to turn down a free book I signed up. Then this arrived on friday:
Black jiffy bags rock^
Proof copy of the book, two bookmarks, and letter^
It really is a proof!^
All I have to do now is read it, and write my review of the book on one of the bookmarks. They even sent me an S.A.E. to post it back in! Now, time to get stuck in …