Confession: I used to feel like Valentines Day was a complete waste of time. I deemed it as “Single Awareness Day” and didn’t believe in the one-day event where you were expected to show your love and affection towards someone. I wanted to be loved everyday and felt like it was silly to have one day dedicated to being loved.
Fast forward a few years later and while my theory on wanting to be loved everyday still stands, my notion about Valentines Day being an awareness alert for single people has changed. Who says that Valentines Day is for couples only?! Why can’t you just celebrate with people that you love, right?!
This Valentines Day, I’m collaborating with some other pretty awesome Canadian bloggers, bringing you a ton of fun Valentines decor ideas, crafts and recipes for you to share with anyone that you love. Celebrate Valentines Day with your children, your family, your friends, your spouse, your partner, your colleagues… what the heck, you can even spend Valentines Day alone if you feel like it! No judgement here. It doesn’t have to be all about mushy gushy romance…. and I think that’s pretty awesome!
A few years ago, when my husband (then boyfriend) and I first started dating, we decided to make sushi for Valentines Day. It was a fun activity that got us in the kitchen together to make one of our favourite meals that we typically went out to restaurant to eat. To be honest, there wasn’t anything romantic about it but it was a lot of fun! To this day, my husband says that was one of his favourite Valentines Days. So, the other night we decided to recreate that special day and make home made sushi!
What I love about sushi is that it’s something that you can make together with friends, family and children. Everyone can have a turn filling and rolling their own sushi and creating their masterpiece. There doesn’t have to be anything fancy about it and best of all, you can have lots of fun with it! Making sushi isn’t overly complicated or difficult so don’t be intimidated to give this a try! I will say however that there is a bit of prep work involved but since this is a special occasion and a day to spend time with those you love, it’s a great activity for sharing quality time together.
So if you’re sick and tired of that tradition Valentines Day dinner at a restaurant or if you want to change things up this year and celebrate with anyone and everyone that you love, this is for you!
Before I share how I made these sushi rolls let me just mention that this not an authentic recipe – it’s just the way my husband and I made them . We didn’t use any specific measurements but instead, followed our taste buds and got creative. I encourage you to do the same! There’s just a handful of main ingredients that you’ll need to get started but feel free to use whatever fillings you like! My husband and I enjoy California Rolls and since I didn’t source our or trust any seafood to eat raw, that was our safest choice! But like I said – do you!
If you feel like getting really festive – you could even dye the rice pink! How cute would that be!! You could probably get away with using food colouring OR if you’d like a more natural approach I’m sure you could try by using beats! I clearly thought of this idea after the fact but if you decide to give that a try – you’ll have to let me know how it goes! I did however try to make a heart shape using the sushi as shown below. If you look really closely, you might be able to see it…
Do you see it?? Okay okay… I’m not a sushi artist and the rolls I made didn’t look as perfect as the ones from the restaurant. BUT they were just as delicious, a lot less expensive to make as apposed to ordering out/in and were really fun to make!! I would love to hear if you’ve made sushi before and what your favourite combinations are! If this is your first time making it, let me know how it goes! I truly love hearing from you all!! Use the hashtag #CBVALENTINESDAY on social media to share your creations with me!
Check out the sushi recipe/how to down below and after you’ve read it, remember to stop by and visit my Canadian friends’ who are sharing some pretty awesome and delicious Valentines Day ideas over on their blogs! You can find the links to their pages at the bottom of this post!
For the Rice:
- 2 Cups Uncooked Sushi Rice
- 2-3 Tbsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
- 1 tsp Salt (or more to taste)
- 2 tsp Sugar
For the Rolls:
- Bamboo Mat OR Kitchen Tea Towel
- Cooked and Seasoned Rice
- Seaweed (Nori)
- Sliced Veggies (Cucumber, Carrots, Avocado)
- Soy Sauce/Tamari
- Pickled Ginger and Wasabi
As I mentioned, preparation is key. Choose your vegetables and cut them into long strips. This is something that you can do in advance and store in the fridge! If you’re using fish or meat, cut those into thicker stripss. We used peeled shrimp and left those whole and also used imitation crab meat and sliced those strips in half.
Next, it’s time to make your rice! You will need sushi rice to make this recipe – don’t substitute it for any other kind. Sushi rice is sticky (also known as Sticky Rice) and helps bind your rolls together. Rinse the rice to remove the excess starch until the water runs clear. After you’ve rinsed the rice, add it to a pot of water and cook it according to the package instructions (approximately 12 to 15 minutes). Once the rice is tender, remove it from the heat. In the microwave, combine the seasoned rice vinegar (or sushi vinegar), sugar and salt and heat it for about 30 seconds or so. Fold the vinegar mixture into the warm rice to combine. Lay the rice out on a baking tray or flat plate to cool. If you’re making the rice in advance, cover it with a damp cloth and store the rice in the fridge once it has completely cooled down.
Time to Roll:
- Lay a sheet of nori on your mat (or tea towel) shiny side facing down.
- Keep a bowl of water beside you to wet your hands. The stick rice is… sticky (shocking!). Wet your hands and spread a thin layer of rice on the nori. Try not to push down and flatten the rice and spread it out as evenly as possible. You’ll want to leave a 1″ space at the top of nori clear of any rice so that it’s easy to roll and seal.
- Add the fillings of your choice horizontally across the sheet, close to the centre. Don’t overfill with too many ingredients as they will spill out the sides and won’t be as easy to roll.
- Once you’ve laid the ingredients onto the sheet, lift the edge of the nori closest to you and roll over the filling. Tuck the ingredients in as you roll and press firmly to create a tight cylinder. Use your mat to guide your through. This can take a little getting used to so the first roll may not be perfect. That’s okay – it’s still very edible!
- Repeat the above steps with each roll while changing up the fillings if you so choose!
- To serve, cut the ends of the rolls and set those aside (they can be a snack for the chef). Once the ends are cut so that you have clean edges, you can slice your sushi rolls into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
- Serve with ginger and wasabi or sprinkle rolls with toasted sesame seeds if desired.
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