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Tuna Sushi Rolls02.28.10

tuna sushi rolls

tuna sushi rolls

I have been looking at Youtube videos – How to make California Rolls and Tiger Rolls and other related videos. I thought, hey, why not give it a shot? I don’t have any Nori (Sheets of dried/toasted seaweed) I don’t have any cucumber or avacado, I don’t even have any spring onion. I don’t have any Red Caviar or wasabi or japanese pickled ginger… I don’t even have any proper sushi rice… I certainly don’t have any raw fish in the house – The shops are all shut cos it’s Sunday, What was I thinking?!?!?

I don’t even have a bamboo mat for doing the rolling!!!

But I’m impatient and willing to look for a workaround… So I boiled up some of the basmati rice, and got a H&M carrier bag and covered it in cling film. I opened a can of tuna and my toddler helped mix mayonnaise into it. I DID buy a jar of red pepper puree last week -  I think the photo is on my Flickr account, so i thought I would try spreading that on, to get a nice bright dash of red. I used a Leek instead of cucumber or spring onion and I chopped a carrot lengthways. These along with the tuna mayo were my filling, and the red pepper paste was spread on the leek.  Then I rolled it up using my “H&M” carrier bag sushi folding mat LOL and compressed it further with my hands along the roll. Then I sprinkled sesame seeds all over it. Cutting it was the tough part. The worst part. the part that made it break into a thousand pieces. The rice was still hot though so I thought that was probably a mistake and also I didn’t compress the rice into a ball before spreading it on the H&M board.

Sushi Plate

Sushi Plate

BUT WHEN I TASTED the ruins of my masterpiece i thought WOW this has got to be the best thing I have ever tasted!!!

So I decided to have another go, this time, the rice was cooler and i compressed it first before spreading on the sushi board. It went a lot better this time and although it still broke up in a few places when I tried to cut it, I did mange to get 4 out of the 7 pieces to be salvage worthy!  The end bit was kind of cool too- A bit like the Tiger Roll with all bits sticking out of the end, looked quite fancy so i left it as a long bit for the sushi plate, which I finished off with a couple of baby sweetcorns and a blob of the red pepper which was a very very interesting flavour – almost a replacement for the pickled ginger!

Then the “ruins” got turned into balls and coated in sesame seeds. Waste not want not, right?! And then I got an idea

Poor mans Furikake snowman

Poor mans Furikake snowman

because I saw the balls were small, medium and large. And then I thought I could make a snowman. I dunno I must be high today. But anyway I stuck some food picks in to try to get them to stack up on top of each other but they were starting to break up and kept falling down, so I had to leave him on his side. He got apple cores for arm, and my toddler helped to cut a triangle nose out of the carrot. and then we put 2 little cake deco balls on for eyes.

So there you have it, classy posh japanese art form inspires a fun activity morning for mum and toddler with tasty results! Not bad considering we just used ingredients we had on hand!

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Triangular Cheese Toastie Bento02.25.10

Arabic bread cheese toastie Bento

Arabic bread cheese toastie Bento

Today’s bento is Arabic Flatbread, made into cheese toastie triangles in the Breville maker. Served with salad, aubergines and red and green peppers. And a side serving of yogurt.

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Tuna Pasta Bento02.23.10

Tuna Pasta Bento

Tuna Pasta Bento

Here is our Sunday Evening food! How I made the Tuna Pasta Bento – I cooked some tricolore Pasta Bows. Then I got some Tuna out of a can and mixed it with some mayonnaise. Then chopped up a bit of carrot that was lying around from lunchtime, and sliced some pickled gherkins. I molded the Tuna Fish into a patty and then just put some sliced carrots for the ears and some sliced gherkins scattered around and place a couple of the orangey red bows for decoration. Air the hair / bonnet is a cheese slice cut to shape.

Chocolate bejeweled muffins

Chocolate bejeweled muffins

The Chocolate bejeweled muffins are made using the classic be-ro recipe for Madeira cake, just because it’s so easy – 3 eggs, 5oz sugar, 5oz marg and 8oz flour but I poured some cocoa powder in it to turn the mixture chocolatety. And then once they were baked, I let them cool and put chocolate frosting on (normal icing sugar, water and cocoa powder) and then topped them with Dr Oetker cake toppings, the chocolate version.

My toddler helped to bake the Muffins too :o)



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Bento number 302.22.10

Midnight Bento Snack

Midnight Bento Snack

This is addictive! It is midnight and I felt the urge to do another bento! Here is my midnight snack! It is apple, banana and strawberry yogurt!

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