I know that everyone in the civilised world these days knows how to make sushi, but I decided to make some for lunch in the weekend and thought you might appreciate me sharing the process with you. Oh how times change; I think I was in my teens before I even tried it, now Little Miss 3 regards it as a staple.
3 cups sushi rice
3 cups water
3 tablespoons rice wine
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
5 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons salt
Wash the rice in a sieve under running cold water. Place into a rice cooker with the water, cover with the lid and switch on to cook.
Place all the dressing ingredients in a small saucepan and gently heat until the sugar and salt are dissolved.
If you have a wooden sushi bowl, fill it with water and allow it to soak in so the rice doesn't stick when you get it out of the cooker.
Once the rice cooker has switched off, lift the lid and cover with a clean tea towel. Put the lid back on and leave to steam for about 10 minutes.
Using a large flat wooden spoon, place the rice into the empty wooden rice bowl. Pour the dressing over the hot rice and use the wooden spoon to blend it in.
Allow to cook before making the sushi.
2 boned chicken thighs - skin removed
rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
Place the chicken into a bowl and add the marinade ingredients. Leave to rest in the fridge until your ready to cook the chicken.
Cook the chicken on a hot grill for approximately 8 minutes each side. I always use a meat thermometer to test its done-ness. It should reach 75deg. C internal temperature when measured in the thickest part. Leave it to cool before cutting into thick strips.
4 or 5 nori sheets
1 sliced capsicum
1 sliced spring onion
wasabi paste and pink pickled ginger
Spread some rice onto a nori sheet, leaving a gap at each end. Make a grove along one end in which to place the filling.
Line up your spring onion, capsicum and chicken. Using a sushi mat roll the sushi as tight as you can. Dampen the outside edge so it sticks the roll together.
A good tip for cutting even sized pieces is to cut the roll in half then into quarters, and again into eighths.
Arrange on a plate with pick ginger and wasabi. Sushi is traditionally served immediately after it is made.
If you don't want to make all the rice into sushi rolls it will keep in the fridge until the next day, and is quite delicious served on its own - deconstruction style.
Sushi rolls make a great snack to serve a crowd as well as a nice lunch snack for the family.