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Sushi with Hay

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First toast your seasame seeds in a hot pan.  Just toasty not too toasty.

Rinse your uncooked sticky/sushi rice for a few minutes until the water runs clear.  This gets rid of all the starch that can burn.

2 cups of uncooked rice and 2 1/2 cups water in the rice cooker and when it’s done add about 2 tbsp of rice vinegar to season the rice.  Don’t forget this step or your sushi will taste like rice and not sushi.

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Avocados, cucumber and crab meat for the California rolls.  Don’t cut your avocado too early or it will brown on you.  Cut the cucumber into strips as wide as the roasted seaweed wraps.  Cut the crab sticks in half

20140113-231321.jpgI used the big jumbo prawns.  Raw, peeled and deveined with the tails on.  Make 2 or 3 small slices on the bottom side of the prawn to help keep them straight when frying and not curling up tight like they like to do.  See the pictures above. I made my tempura batter exactly as the instructions said on the package but what I got was so thick and doughy… so I added more water but I could have added even more…. mine were awful at first and my oil was way too hot….. by the end of it they turned out much better but nothing like the picture they had…. I’ll keep practicing… Practice makes perfect after all.  Hubby says… “why are you taking pictures of the burnt ones?”  well, because, that’s what happens when you are trying something new.  You fail and then you learn how not to fail…. IMPROVE.
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This is the Tempura I bought… Yup, Cock Brand Tempura…..20140113-231352.jpg

I made a spicy mayo for the Dynamite Rolls.  Very basic, Mayo and Srirracha sauce… mix it up.  Put it in a baggy for easy piping and snip the tip before using.

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Wrap your rice mat with saran wrap otherwise that rice will stick to everything.  Including your hands.  A tip…. rub your hands with a bit of mayo…. like lotion,  creates a barrier and nothing for the rice to stick to.

Next place your roasted seaweed on the mat.  Cover it with some rice, I use the back of a flat wooden spoon to help smooth it out.  Then sprinkle the rice with the toasted seasame seeds.

Now you can choose to flip it so that the rice will be on the outside of the sushi roll or you can leave it and the seaweed is on the outside.  I actually like them with the seaweed on the outside more.  Make a few of each to keep the presentation pretty!

Layer with cucumber, avocado and crab.  Roll em up and roll em up tight.  Practice makes perfect for this as well.  TIGHT!!!!

Rinse a sharp knife under water or a light spray of cooking oil and slice the ends of the roll first.  then cut the main section in half and then cut those halves into smaller pieces.  Depending on your preference.  Plate them!  Yum

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For the Dynamite rolls you do the same thing as before, rice on the mat, sprinkled with seasame seeds.  Now here’s where you at a squirt of that spicy mayo lengthwise to the rice, add cucumber, and avocado and I add 2 of the prawns tails out.  Roll it up, TIGHT and  cut the same way.  Ends off, then in half, then into smaller pieces.20140113-231912.jpg

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Marianne’s Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

While Hubby and I were back home for the holidays, we got to experience my Mom’s Caesar Salad. It’s just so perfectly good and I ate a lot of it.
I made my Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs yesterday and completely forgot to make a Caesar Salad…. The balls were just that good I guess.
Tonight we do salad! I add fresh sliced mushrooms to mine to give it a bit more substance… Sometimes I add cucumbers too.
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Marianne’s Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
1 egg
Dash or 2 of Worcester Sauce
1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves of garlic, grated or more
2 Tsp anchovies paste or more
Dash of sugar
Salt & Pepper
1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Blend and chill. I actually put it all in a jar and shook the shit out of it. Then passed the jar to Hubby and he shook the shit out of it.

Rub the bowl with garlic.
Rip up some fresh romaine leaves
Add sliced fresh mushrooms
Add your own mixed bread croutons
Add fresh grated parmesan cheese.
Taste it and adjust to your liking
Toss with the dressing when it’s time to serve. It will go slightly soggy if you don’t wait.
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I hope you enjoy this as much as we do! PS, it’s not too strong in flavor, it’s just right, so not to worry you won’t offend your guests with bad breath. Ok well maybe a little. It’s totally worth it! Maybe set up a side dish of Brush Strips! LOL

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Guacamole Chicken Tostada Bites

Saturday night was The Ultimate Fighter Finale and we love to watch our UFC and MMA so I made up a heavy duty lasagna complete with a broccoli meat sauce and a layer of fresh spinach. I’ll be posting the recipe soon. So if you’re interested stay tuned. For later on into the evening I had a yummy little snack planned for GalPal, Hubby and I. We were drinking us some rum so a snack was needed near the end of the evening. The crock pot had been busy for the last few hours with the chicken included in this little appy. I put this together based on a few things I saw on Pinterest

GUACAMOLE CHICKEN TOASTADA BITES

CHICKEN:
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 cups of your favorite salsa, I prefer a chunky type
3 Tbsp. of your favorite taco seasoning
Put all ingredients in a crock pot, give a little mix, and cook on high for 4-5 hrs, or low for 7-8 hrs until, chicken is falling apart and easily shredded.

GUACAMOLE:
2 avocados
2 Tbsp. of your favorite Salsa
Juice of 2 limes
3 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Peel and remove the pit from the avocados . Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse till creamy.

Soft flour tortillas
Biscuit cutter
1 cup fat free sour cream
Fresh cilantro leaves
2 small Ziploc bags
Scissors

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350F
Use the biscuit cutter to cut out small round from the tortilla’s and place on a baking sheet
Bake till just crispy, DO NOT BURN
Scoop guacamole into a Ziploc bag
Scoop sour cream into a Ziploc bag
Trim one corner of the Ziploc bags to make a small ‘decorating tip’
When the tortilla rounds are toasted place on a serving tray
Squeeze guacamole in a circle around the tortilla’s and fill it in
Top with a small heap of the shredded chicken
Squeeze a tiny dollop of sour cream on top of the chicken
Garnish with a cilantro leave
Enjoy

You can also have these as tacos!! But this is a cute idea for a party of for when friends come by for the UFC fights 😉

Juicy and delicious!  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Thanks for visiting!

 

Love Haley

 

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