Saturday, May 14, 2011
Homemade Vegetarian Sushi
I have been so busy at work that I haven't even had time to blog! Last week, Paul and I had an amazing homemade vegetarian sushi dinner that I took some pictures of and just had to share! The seaweed salad was store-bought, but the sushi was lovingly handmade and then devoured by us! We made kappa maki (cucumber rolls) and inari sushi, which is rice inside a tofu pocket. Paul found the tofu/soy bean curd pockets at a Korean grocery store near his work. It was exciting to make the sushi that we normally order at a restaurant in our own kitchen!
For our cucumber rolls, we also added green onion because we had some in the fridge. The mild onion and cucumber combination was delicious! The inari sushi pockets came with a small seasoning packet of sesame seeds, dried onion and dried carrot that you add to the top of the rice.
For preparation directions on how to make sushi, I'm sure you could find them just by searching on google, but I also highly recommend a book that we own called Vegetarian Sushi by Brigid Treloar. It has step-by-step instructions on how to prepare the rice and roll the sushi with large pictures. There are also lots of great vegetarian sushi ideas! You can pretty much roll any veggies that you like into the sushi rolls, but there are some really innovative types of sushi that can be made with ingredients that you find in the Asian section of your local grocery store. I must admit that the tofu pockets aren't readily available in your local grocery store, but if you have any kind of Asian grocery store near you, you should be able to find them.
We also enjoyed a special bottle of wine with dinner that we purchased while on our Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Tour vacation last summer - a Cabernet Franc Rose from Pondview Winery. It was such a delicious and special dinner that we made together and enjoyed together!