recently, we have been making sushi at home rather a lot. Our local shopping strip offers far more falafels and pita bread than sushi. I love sushi but it often seems lacking in protein. Hence my trawling the interwebs for ideas. I love how this packs the sushi with protein. It does however also add more oil, sweetner and salt than usual. More flavour too.
I am sending these sushi to Amy's Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
One year ago: Spinach crackers and hummus for a potluck
Two years ago: WHB: Plum and Cinnamon Oat Slice
Three years ago: Eating by colours – orange burgers
Four years ago: Marvellous Mars Bar Slice
Five years ago: Exploring Quinoa Country
Sushi with sticky walnuts and edamame
Adapted from Food and Wine
serves 1 very hungry adult or 2 less hungry adults
1/2 cup sushi rice*
sushi seasoning, to taste*
1 1/2 tsp black sesame seeds (or white are fine)
1-2 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/3 cup edamame beans
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 tsp tamari
2 sheets of nori
Cook sushi rice by placing in a small saucepan with one and a half times the amount of water. Place a lid on, bring to the boil and then simmer (covered) for 20 minutes over a very low flame. When cooked, stir in some sushi seasoning if using.
(*NOTE: I usually cook 1 cup of sushi rice in 1 1/2 cups of water because we always use leftovers. I was using about 3-4 tbsp rice wine vinegar, 1 tbsp sugar and 3/4 tsp of salt as I did here. Then I couldn't find rice wine vinegar and had to buy sushi seasoning. Now I just pour in 2-4 tbsp, taste and add more if needed. Hence these quantities are a bit vague.)
Once the sushi is cooked, cool to either lukewarm or room temperature. I often spread mine on a plate and put it in the freezer. (NOTE: the original Food and Wine recipe I used suggested it was fine to use hot rice but I like to cool it down a bit.)
While the rice cools, dry fry the sesame seeds until fragrant. Set aside. Heat the oil in the frypan and fry the walnuts for a few minutes until they crisp up - you can tell because they will smell wonderful. Add the edamame, maple syrup and tamari and stir constantly until it thickens slightly. This should only take a minute or two. Stir in the sesame seeds and remove from the heat. Cool slightly before using. The mixture will harden slightly as it cools.
Take one nori sheet and lay down on a bamboo mat with the shiny side down. Spread the rice over all of the sheet except a small line at the far edge. I use the back of the spoon to flat against the nori as much as possible. Scatter about half the filling in a line across the middle. Use the bamboo mat to fold the nori and rice across the filling so that the filling ends up in the middle of the rice and roll up. (NOTE: The original Food and Wine recipe suggests crushing a rice grain on the edge to help seal the sushi.) Cut into smaller pieces and enjoy!
On the stereo:
Let no man steal your thyme: the Shelagh McDonald collection