Making Sushi!

 

My Sushi Plate!

My Sushi Plate!

Yesterday, I made sushi rolls for dinner.  First, we had to go to the store to buy crab (surimi imitation crab or real cooked crab), rice wine vinegar, sushi rice, nori, and a collection of other ingredients that we needed.  When we bought all of these foods, we drove home to make our delicious Japanese dinner.  I had a teacher named Ms. Nakano who loved cooking, and she gave me this recipe.  Thank you, Ms. Nakano!  Here’s how we made it:

Megan’s California Rolls

1 package sushi nori (roasted seaweed sheets)

6 TBS rice wine vinegar

2 TBS sugar

2 tsp salt

3 cups medium grain sushi rice

1/2 large cucumber

2 avocados

lemon juice

2 small carrots

cooked crab or imitation/surimi crab

wasabi

soy sauce

1/2 cup sliced jicama

To make the sticky rice:   Put the rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan, and heat until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool.   Put the rice in a large bowl, and wash it several times until the water comes out clear.  Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes, and then drain all the water.  Put the rice and 4 cups of water into a rice cooker, and press the button.   When the rice is done, put it into a large bowl and let it cool for five minutes.  Drizzle in the rice wine vinegar mixture, and gently fluff it all together.

 

Slicing Up the Avocado

Slicing Up the Avocado

To prepare the sushi fillings:   Seed and peel the cucumber, peel the carrots, and pit and peel the avocados.  Slice the cucumber, carrots, jicama, and avocado into thin strips.  Cut the crab legs into two thin slices each.

To make the rolls:   Lay out a sushi nori sheet onto a cutting board or sushi mat.  Spoon some rice onto the nori sheet, leaving one rice-free inch at the top and bottom of the sheet.  Place rows of veggies, crab, and/or avocado from left to right.  Don’t cover the whole sheet with rows of filling, or the sushi rolls will be too fat.  Carefully roll the sushi rolls away from you tightly until it is a tube.   When you get the other side, wet the upper rice-free nori edge to seal it together.  If the roll is not holding together, moisten another piece of nori and put your roll, seam-side down, in the middle of the sheet, and roll it up tightly.  Repeat with more rolls until your filling is gone. When you are ready to eat, slice and serve with the optional soy sauce and wasabi.  Eat and enjoy!

Filling Up the Rolls

Filling Up the Rolls

 We loved our rolls, which we served with a Japanese cucumber salad, with our cucumbers delivered from the farm.  We also had steak kabobs, which were bite-sized pieces of New York strip steak and squash grilled on a skewer.  The cucumber salad was very good, and it was gone by the half-way point of dinner! 

Slicing Up the Sushi Rolls

Slicing Up the Sushi Rolls

The sushi was much loved, and will be made again, because it was so much fun as a family activity too!  (Even little Tabs rolled one!)  Overall, the sushi was amazing! 

Border Grill Dessert Challenge!

The Dessert Nominees

The Dessert Nominees

Last Friday, my family (including my grandparents) went to Border Grill, where I have been wanting to go ever since my cooking class.  When I was there, I was lucky enough to see Chef Susan Feniger!  She came over to our table, and we talked about my blog!  She seems to like it, and I thanked her for tweeting it out and putting it on Border Grill’s Facebook page.  Unfortunately, right when I walked into the bathroom, Chef Mary Sue Milliken walked up to our table and guess what … I MISSED HER!  (My dad thinks this is hilarious, but I do not.)  She talked to my whole family, and by the time I came out, she was gone!  I was very sad, but I had already met her, so it was OK.  The nice waiter who served our food took me back to the kitchen (Eeek!), but Susan told me that Mary Sue had already left for the day.   It is so painful to tell my sad tale!   

That night, we ordered an entire satisfying meal, but this story is about dessert!  We ordered four delicious desserts, and here is what each dish was like:

The Pastel Rufina ... Heavenly!

The Pastel Rufina ... Heavenly!

Grandpa had my favorite dessert.  It was a chocolate puff pastry dish that reminded me of the mini-eclairs that I have had for dessert sometimes.  It was so delicate and chocolatey, and it had delicious fresh berries on top.  His fantastic dessert was called Pastel Rufina.

Our Churro Tots

Our Churro Tots

Mom, Grandma, and I all ordered the Churro Tots with Dulce de Leche.  They are bits of dulce de leche-infused churros.  So good!  They came with chocolate and caramel dipping sauces and whipped cream.  After the cooking class, I have the recipe for these, so I can have them whenever I want!

Banana Cream Pie of a Lifetime!

Banana Cream Pie of a Lifetime!

Dad ordered the Banana Cream Pie.  The thick graham cracker crust crumbled with each bite, and the flavorful banana cream melted in my mouth!  It was a well-made dessert that will come to mind whenever I think of banana cream pie.

Sweet and Creamy!

Sweet and Creamy!

My sister, Tabitha, enjoyed a scoop of “smooth” and “yummy” (as Tabitha put it) dulce de leche ice cream, which came with a coconut and berry macaroon.  It was full of the sweet flavor of dulce de leche caramel.  It was so pleasantly sugary! 

Do you have an idea of what each dessert is like?  Please vote for your one favorite dessert by commenting below.  Which one sounds best to you?  Thank you!

Border Grill's Decor

Border Grill's Decor

Border Grill Downtown LA

445 South Figueroa Avenue

Los Angeles, California 90071

Telephone:  (213) 486-5171

www.bordergrill.com

Twitter:  @BorderGrill  and @eatatstreet

On the Fourth of July…

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Birthday, America!

Happy Independence Day!  For my family, this celebrated day was filled with fun!  In the morning, Mom, Tabs, and I saw “Monte Carlo.”  I really liked it!  My dad saw “X-Men:  First Class,” which was apparently a very memorable experience for him.  It was his favorite movie all summer, and he has seen “Green Lantern”!  (“Green Lantern” got bad reviews, but I loved it, and so did he.) 

After our movie, Mom, Tabs, and I read our books in the car for what seemed like an hour, waiting for “X-Men:  First Class” to end.  Although the wait was long, I was too captivated by my science-fiction fantasy mystery to notice the flying time.  My breathtaking book was called “Magyk.”  It is the first of a series by Angie Sage.  You may not have heard of this author, but kids should read her books.

Paisanos Pizzeria

Paisanos Pizzeria

As time went by, I started to wonder if Dad’s movie was supposed to be this long …  Finally, my dad approached our car with a smile.  “So, he liked his movie,” I thought.  When everyone was in my mother’s burgundy Pilot, we drove home.  After a quick change of clothes, we headed downtown to Paisano’s Pizza, one of my favorite pizzerias.  After polishing off a good and greasy slice of sausage pizza, we ran downtown to the overly crowded beach.  We found a spot where Tabs and I could see our parents from the ocean, and they could see us.  Perfect!

Celebrating America's Food

Celebrating America's Food

After a few fun hours of swimming and splashing, we walked home, and my dad made an Americana feast.  Burgers, hot dogs, milkshakes … we had it all!  The burgers were juicy and meaty, and if you added the spiciness of Phillippe’s mustard, you had a pretty tasty burger.  The tender beef was delicious!

We ate our Nathan’s hot dogs right after we watched a Nathan’s hot dog-eating contest on TV. 

Eating Just ONE Hot Dog

Eating Just ONE Hot Dog

What a disaster!  The men’s high score was eaten by Joey Chestnutt, who ate 62 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes!  That is what I call disgusting!  The women’s winner, Sonya Thomas, ate 40 hot dogs.  Even though it was not as many as the men’s score, it was still gross!  After the contest, no one was in the mood for a fat greasy hot dog, but they were still decent.  

The Skor candy bar and dulce de leche milkshakes were heavenly.  The blended toffee crunched as we chomped on the addicting pieces, and the rest slid down my throat.  Yum!

Delicious Deviled Eggs!

Delicious Deviled Eggs!

Guess what else we had?!  We had one of my favorites:  deviled eggs!   The yolk mixture was creamy and delicate, and the egg whites offered some moisture.  Here is our deviled eggs recipe.  We spice it up with hot mustard, but you can use regular mustard if you want.

Dad’s Deviled Eggs

6 boiled eggs

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 TBS spicy or regular mustard

1 tsp vinegar

Salt & Pepper

Slice eggs in half, lengthwise.  Pop out the yolks into a small bowl. Set the egg whites aside. 

Mash the egg yolks into crumbs.  Add the vinegar, mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper to the yolks.  Stir thoroughly with a mixer or a fork. 

Using two spoons, fill the egg white cups with yolk mixture until all 12 cups are filled.  (We like to over-fill our egg cups!)  Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper, sliced green onions, and/or cajun seasoning.  Serve happily and enjoy!

We ended our day with a beautiful display of American fireworks.  We watched the fireworks from our roof!  What a day!  Please tell me about your Independence Day by commenting below.  As always, thank you for reading!

 
 
 

BOOOM!   BOOOM!

BOOOM! BOOOM!

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