Caroline and her family spent a day at the beach with us while we were on LBI this summer. I thought her family was just coming over to spend a lazy day on the beach but when she showed up I was taken back by her generosity and preparedness. In drives Caroline's mini station wagon and out comes a couple of kids, a surf board and a cooler filled with salads, a bushel of clams, her homemade brew, special Ale she bought while biking Vermont the previous weekend and the makings for sushi, including the most delicious sushi grade Tuna I've ever eaten!
And so, the lesson began. I thought it was going to be hard but as I watched and listened, I found myself eager to give sushi rolling a try.
In my usual fashion, I got home from vacation and hopped onto Amazon.com. I ordered all the essentials for making sushi at home, including Nori Sheets, bamboo mats, a sushi knife (not really worth it) and a rice steamer.
Step 2: Cover your bamboo mat in plastic wrap.
Step 3: Lay down one sheet of Nori or a Soy Wrap on top of your mat. I bought Roasted Nori Seaweed Sheets on Amazon.com. I also found an Asian market near my house where I picked up Soy Sheets. You can buy them online at www.SoyWraps.com.
Step 5: Evenly spread a layer of Sushi rice on top of the Nori. Make sure to spread it, with wet hands, to the outer edges but leave room at the top and bottom edges so the Nori will stick together when you roll it (see video at end of article)
Step 7: Roll the bamboo mat around your sushi and press firmly and evenly across the roll.
Step 8: Cut the sushi roll in half. Line them up next to each other and cut the 2 rolls into 4 pieces for a total of 8 sushi pieces.
So here's my instructional video. Not the best video, but it might provide you with a better example than the pictures above.
Since making my "Garden Roll" I've also made California Rolls and Strawberry Cheesecake rolls (fresh strawberries and low-fat cream cheese). You really can roll anything! Thanks Caroline, for a great night. It's always more fun rolling sushi with friends!