Foodiva's Kitchen: Sexy Sushi And An Award

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sexy Sushi And An Award

Tell me honestly now, if you were a food item, wouldn't you want to date these hot-looking sushi? Look past their understated sex appeal, and you'll find that everything about them is healthy, wholesome and yes, even vegan. Purple sweet potato (oooh!), carrot and spring onions are snugly wrapped around with tasty organic brown rice and flavorful Nori. Looking at these rolls, I just wanted to break into song... ~Oh My Gosh....there's so many ways to love you!~  (To be sung to Usher's O.M.G., btw).

How to make these and impress your green-eyed family and friends? It's not nearly as stressful as you may imagine. Here's a simple pic-tutorial, followed by the recipe:

 The filling - spring onion leaves, purple sweet potatoes and carrot strips
 The stuff holding it all in - organic brown rice (+ nori sheets, of course)
 Line up filling ingredients neatly at one end

 Roll, roll, roll (you can see I forgot to lay down the nori here!)

 Slice and here you have it, the delectable Ms. Sushi

This is only my second time using brown rice in a recipe and also the second time that I've ever attempted  to roll sushi. Second time? Yep, if you would like to check out my 'virgin' brown rice and sushi attempts, click on the links below: 

Brown Rice Sushi with Purple Sweet Potato, Carrot and Spring Onion Filling
Makes: 2 sushi rolls
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 medium purple sweet potato, cut into strips and steamed
1/2 a medium carrot, sliced into long strips and steamed
2 spring onions, use the leafy, green part only
2 Nori sheets (dried seaweed)
salt and pepper, to taste

1. Wash the brown rice in water, draining the water several times, then boil in 2 cups of water. You can cook this either on a stove or in a rice cooker, until the rice is fluffy and soft.
2. Once cooked, stir in 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar and a pinch of salt and ground black pepper. The vinegar helps bind the rice grains together to make it easier to roll. Leave to cool.
3. Prepare the vegetable fillings: Steam the slices of purple sweet potatoes and carrot for about 15-30 minutes until softened. Leave these to cool outside the steamer.
4. To assemble, spoon the cooled brown rice it onto a nori sheet placed on top of a bamboo rolling mat. Flatten with the back of a spoon following the shape of the nori sheet. Leave 1 cm of nori on one edge without any rice. If you don't have a proper rolling mat, use aluminium foil lined with cling film and place your ingredients to be rolled on the film instead.
5. Line up your fillings in 3 straight lines, then start to roll forward from the end nearest to you (where the rice is closest to the edge). Make sure you press firmly along the length of the rolling mat so the rice and filling can spread a little to the opened ends. Seal the roll by moistening the unfilled nori end with a bit of water.
6. Slice the roll across about ½ inch thick with a sharp, wet knife. Dip the blade in water to moisten it in between cuts. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi dip.


Wait! I'm not finished yet.... A few days ago, I received this Lovely Blog Award from the cutest bird in the food blogging universe, Chef Gerald a.k.a. Jerry at Bistro Gerard. Yes, did you know that even parrots have their own blogs nowadays and this ninja birdie can cook up truly ah-mazing recipes? Although it can't be easy typing with those well-manicured claws (with only three fingers on each) and I suspect his Mummy, Anca, must help a lot in the keyboarding department. I may be wrong, so please correct me if I am, Chef and please, don't take this award away because I said something about your typing! Thank you for reading my posts all this time and for sending this award my way.

It's always a pleasant surprise to get some recognition from fellow bloggers either through their comments, emails, tweets and through awards like these. And quite wonderful to know that they weren't all from my mother either (signing in under the guise of various bloggers)! Now, it's time for me to "share the love" by passing this award on to 15 other bloggers whose posts I find simply amazing and make me want to wake up every morning to read. If you're smart, you'll want to check them out too!

1. Jennifurla @ Indigo's Sugar Spectrum
2. Michael @ Me, My Food and I
3. Margaret @ Savory Sweet Living
4. Krystle @ Quaypo Cooks
5. Carolyn @ All Day I Dream About Food
6. Roxan @ Kitchen Meditation
7. Cherine @ Chico's Kitchen
8. The Cook and The Dishwasher
9. Karen @ Tasty Trials
10. Maybelle's Mom @ Feeding Maybelle
11. Azmina @ Lawyer Loves Lunch
12. Lauren @ Foodie House
13. Jeff and Heather @ He Cooks...She Cooks...
14. Russell @ Chasing Delicious
15. Sonia @ Nasi Lemak Lover


Spoon and Chopsticks said...

Fantastic... I like the ingredients you've used. I did a post about my sushi a couple of weeks ago. I wanna share it with you:

Jennifurla said...

Thanks so much for the shout out! Also what a supercool post, I enjoy your blog - KEEP IT UP LADY!

Russell at Chasing Delicious said...

Thank you very much for the award! I'm honored! And don't worry, I don't think I could ever stop chasing delicious food. It's just too much fun.

Also, I'm loving all your purple recipes lately. Such a marvelous color, and very unique and fun for food.

Victoria K. said...

Looks like your purple sweet potato supply is going strong :) I managed to find some in Chinatown this weekend! Thanks for the tip, can't wait to try it out!

Savory Sweet Living said...

Your second time rolling sushi? You're a pro! I remember the first time I rolled sushi it looked more like a burrito. Great job, and thanks for the award! So appreciated, I'll make sure I pass it forward!

Michael Toa said...

Those sushi are definitely sexy!!
Congratulations for the well-deserved awards, and also THANK YOU for the award you gave me. Much appreciated.

PS. If only there's a way for me to send you the lemon polenta cake, you know I would. :)

Foodiva said...

Congrats everyone, your blogs all deserve an award as I really enjoy coming over to visit!

Victoria, fortunately the purple sweet potatoes are sold here DAILY at the market just down the road from where I live... Haha! It's makes it so hard to quit this obsession. Well done on getting some purplies, I'm looking forward to see what you've done with them!

Michael, I only have 3 letters for you - DHL! ;-)

Carolyn said...

I have never attempted sushi, although I love it. Love it! And yours is indeed sexy, with all those great colours.
Thank you so much for the award, I am immensely flattered! You certainly deserve yours, I love seeing all of your wonderful creations on this blog.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Thank you so much for this award. You have a nice blog, i will come back more often to check what you going to cook/bake the next. Happy blogging!!

Jenny (VintageSugarcube) said...

Wowzers woman! You are just pure bloody genius! I love your creative mind at work. Priceless!! I've never seen sushi so sexy!!

Related Posts with Thumbnails