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I made sushi. I've been wanting to for a long time - my local supermarkets supply pretty much everything, and kosher, including the nori. The only thing I couldn't find were the mats, and a friend got me those.

I modified the rice slightly by using Splenda instead of sugar. It worked fine.

While I love raw fish sushi, that wasn't something I was prepared to risk at home, so I made cucumber and smoked salmon.

They came out very nice - I have to learn how to center the fillings, and to use more lox and I would love to get sea legs and avocado and maybe figure out how to put just the right amount of wasabi in the roll. I served two rolls (one cucumber, one cucumer and lox) with dinner and two more (one cucumber, one lox) for lunch and they were really good.

Shabbat lunch was dairy. jonbaker found actual kosher blue cheese. So I made a salad with a pear, pecans, red onions, the cheese, standard bag o'salad in a vinegrette composed of two kinds of balsamic vinegar plus a mixture of olive and vegetable oil, and a good shake of coarsely ground pepper (can't grind on the Sabbath, and not going to take the extra time on Friday to grind fresh, but a jar of coarse grind give a good approximation of fresh ground taste) and tossed it all together.


Two birthdays ago I treated myself to a sushi cookbook. I haven't quite gotten the balls to actually try any of the recipes (?) but the pictures are so pretty I read it again and again ...

Food porn, indeed.

It's actually quite easy. The rice cooks like other rice, and it's very sticky. And there's lots of sushi without raw fish.

Oh, I love the raw fish part ... just not sure I trust any of the markets around here. We're a bit far inland for really fresh seafood...

I do wonder why you can't get better kosher cheese in the States. About two years ago there was a good cheese revolution in Israel, and since then, the variety and quality of cheese you can get has increased dramatically. You can get, for goodness sakes, blue cheese from Tnuva. Anyway, with all the good kosher cheese made locally and imported from Europe, you'd think that they could ship some over to the states, but it doesn't seem to have happened.

I wonder if it's US import laws that cause the problems. We pounce on any good cheese that we find - especially bleu.

We can get decent parmagiana now, though.

Ooooooohhhhhhh! Sushi! Yum!

If I come over one day, will you show me how?

And that lunch sounds scrumptious. Will have to try it. Damn, woman, you now have me wanting the salad for lunch later.

I will just have to walk up to Pathmark, I guess.

Re: Ooooooohhhhhhh! Sushi! Yum!

Sushi is amazingly easy.

I do like my summer lunch salads. :)

I *love* sushi.
Dont forget the sesame seeds!