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Making Sushi

Sunday evening Amber and I made our first attempt at homemade sushi using the rolling mats and dishes that Amber got as wedding shower gifts from her friend Angela.  (Thanks, Angela!)

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We started by making our rice.  On the left is our tezu, a vinegar, salt and sugar solution added to the rice after it is cooked.

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While the rice was cooking, we started prepping some of the ingredients.

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Flat Justice (who is visiting from California) helped as much as he could, given that he is two dimensional.  There really should be a telethon for the dimensionally impaired.

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After the rice was cooked, we added the tezu

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and spread the rice out to cool.

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While I was fanning the rice to cool it (sadly, not pictured), Amber worked on the prep for some of her ingredients, shrimp and crab meat.

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And then, the moment of truth.  We got the salmon from Whole Foods.  It turns out that they don't sell sushi-grade fish from their fish counter, but the sushi counter was happy to oblige us.  (I'm sure the chef was secretly wondering why we didn't just buy her salmon roll.)

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For our first roll, I tried a salmon roll. 

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The rolling went pretty well, but I didn't get the placement of the ingredients or the proportions quite right, so I wound up with kind of a spiral.

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It looked and tasted really good, though.

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Next, Amber tried her hand at a shrimp and crab roll.

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She did great on her rolling.

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Isn't that impressive?

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We practically licked our plates clean.

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We each made a couple of really tasty rolls and had a blast doing it.  I think for next time (oh yes, there will be a next time) we will look for some alternate sources for our ingredients, especially the fish.

Sushi attempt one: success!

Bread making

One of the great wedding gifts from my family was a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.  (Thanks again, Dad!  Thanks again, Tracy!)  We had been hoping that it was be making all sorts of delicious baked goodies for us, but when we looked in the box, we discovered it was just sitting idle.  So we decided to try bread making using the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Here's a video of our inaugural use of the mixer about two weeks ago.

The kitchenaid at work

We've since made two batches of the master recipe from the book, which are big enough to make about four loaves of bread depending on the type.

After the dough was done in the mixer, it went into our bucket for it's initial rise:

In the bucket

After the two-hour rise, it has approximately doubled in volume:

Rise!

The dough goes in the fridge and the next day you can start making bread (hence the five minutes a day).  Here's our first loaf resting on the peel:

On the peel

The top is now sliced and it is ready to go in the oven:

Sliced and ready to bake

Happily waiting for fresh bread…

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Here's our first loaf.  A little too brown, but still very tasty.

It worked! Perfect crumb

Our second attempt was a little more done to my liking:

Getting better all the time

Using this recipe, in the last two weeks we've also made pizza on the grill, baked a loaf of sandwich bread, made baguettes, and tonight we made pita to go with dinner.  All very tasty.  We are no longer slaves to the artisan bread industrial complex!

Pizza and game night

Pizza Night!Last night Eric came over for homemade pizza and game night.  The pizzas turned out pretty good, I think.  Some of them had our homemade fresh mozzarella cheese and basil from our herb boxes on the deck.  We made the mozzarella last weekend (more on our cheese making endeavors in a future post), and it still tasted good, but got really, really soft and sticky over the course of the week.  We are still dialing in the cheese making and storage, so hopefully we'll get better at it.

Coincidentally, the weekend before, Phil and Suzanne were over for almost the same meal, sans fresh mozzarella.  It was so fun and tasty, we had to do it again.

Is there anything better than pizza and game night?