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I made sushi !!! [moved from General Chowhounding board]

Excuse the excitement, but i've never made sushi before, heck this was even the first time I ever made steamed rice, i'd always kept that in the category of "best left to restaurants". I was so delighted that of course I took pics, ;)

This is all veggie sushi btw. Spicy tempura tofu, mushroom, avocado and cucumber, tempura sweet potato, and tempura eggplant.

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  1. Impressive start! Isn't short grained rice w/vinegar fun to work with? How did you prep your nori?

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    1. re: Veggo

      it was already toasted. I am pretty green when it comes to sushi, plus my local supermarket was missing alot of stuff I would have otherwise wanted.

      But it was fun, yes. On a more personal note, I hadn't been cooking at all lately (my Dad's been sick), if I cooked at all, it was a throw-together, because i needed to eat sort of thing. This was also the first time in ages that I spent time in the kitchen out of pure enjoyment. I wasn't cooking for anyone but myself. It was therapeutic. I put on some music, I had a blast.

      My kitchen however, looks like a bomb went off in it. And i've got one helluva lot of leftover sushi (that's actually what's on the pics)

    2. OMGoodness! All that looks gorgeous. Congratulations.

      1. Congrats! Well done!
        Hint for aesthetics:
        When rice meets rice during the first rollover with your maki, then your fillings will be centered.

        1. Good for you! Fun, isn't it? Don't know if your sushi is vegetarian because you are, but if you eat eggs, tomago (Japanese omelette) is also easy to make and makes great sushi.

          1. Congrats! There's nothing like rolling your own. ;)

            1. impressive O__O I should have a go at nigiri, but I'm afraid of it tasting bad, and of poisoning myself.

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              1. re: Soop

                Soop, get a beautiful hunk of tuna tenderloin and have at it. Nigiri is way easier than rolls.

                1. re: Veggo

                  Let's not go overboard with the enthusiasm! Maki are easier than nigiri. Why do you think apprentice itamae start with maki?

                  1. re: ricepad

                    Why is maki easier than nigiri? I make both and it seems to me that nigiri is much easier as there is no rolling involved.

                    1. re: frobe

                      I think maki are easier than nigiri, but I really appreciate nice cutting technique for the fish, and proper execution of rice pads. I rarely make nigiri at home, but make maki all the time.

                      1. re: gordeaux

                        Unless you have a saku block of frozen tuna it's hard to block your own fish. Even with a big cut of loin, you can not get a block of tuna the with grain running in the same direction. This makes it difficult to get good clean slices of near equal length and grain direction for nigiri.