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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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BEEF & BROCCOLI STIR FRY

This is one meal that I’ve always loved!  Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry!  I used to make it with the dry packet mix and that was great but we all know how much msg is in those things.  Here’s a recipe I found tonight on About.com and luckily I had most things already in house!

Photo by House Of Haley Photography
Photo by House Of Haley Photography

Prep Time: 30 minutes  |  Cook Time: 10 minutes  |  Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound lean beef

Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (substitute rice wine if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water

Thickener:

  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound fresh broccoli
  • 2 garlic cloves

To Cook Broccoli:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar, or to taste

Other:

  • 1 1/4 cups oil, or as needed

Preparation:

Cut the beef across the grain into thin slices.
Add the marinade ingredients, adding the cornstarch last (use your fingers to rub it in).
Marinate the beef for 30 minutes.
While the beef is marinating, prepare the sauce and vegetables:
for the sauce, mix together the oyster sauce, light soy, dark soy, and water in a small bowl and set aside.
In another small bowl, mix the cornstarch and water thickener and set aside.
Wash and drain the broccoli.
Cut the stalk diagonally into thin slices. Cut the flowerets into 3 or 4 pieces.
Crush the garlic.
Heat the wok and add 1 cup oil. When the oil is medium-hot (between 300 and 325 degrees F.), add the beef.
Blanch the beef by letting it lay flat for 30 – 40 seconds, and then stirring to separate the pieces.
Remove the beef when it changes color and is nearly cooked (the entire process takes 1 – 2 minutes).
Remove the beef from the wok and drain on paper towels.
Clean out the wok with paper towels.
Add 2 tablespoons oil to the wok.
When the oil is hot, add the crushed garlic and stir fry briefly until aromatic.
Add the broccoli, sprinkle the salt and sugar over, and stir fry briefly, turning down the heat if necessary to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Add the 1/2 cup water, and cook the broccoli, covered, for 4 – 5 minutes, until it turns a bright green and is tender but still crisp.
Remove from the wok and drain.
Clean out the wok and add 2 more tablespoons oil.
Add the broccoli and the beef. Add the sauce and cornstarch mixture in the middle of the wok and stir quickly to thicken.
Mix everything together and serve hot over steamed rice.

I added mushrooms, baby corn, and onions as well, in mine.  Boil in the wok with the broccoli (you’ll need to add more water).

Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry Photo by House Of Haley Photography
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