• I’m Surprisingly Good at Making Sushi

    August 14, 2013

    Last night, Mal and I cashed in a Groupon for a Sushi 101 class at Samba in Framingham. One of my goals for 2013 was to learn how to make sushi, so when a reader sent me a link to this Groupon, I was all about it!

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    The 1.5 hour-class was instructed by Chef Ginzu, who demonstrated how to make a couple of maki rolls (California and Spicy Tuna), and then let us loose to make our own creations.

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    I figuring making sushi would be kind of tricky, but it surprisingly wasn’t. My very first maki roll (spicy tuna with mango and cucumber) turned out great!

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    I continued to perfect my sushi-making technique with another two rolls. Look at those beauties! Don’t they look like legit restaurant sushi? I was pretty impressed with my sushi-making skills.

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    Mal, on the hand, struggled with his sushi-rolling technique.

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    Well, at least his sushi tasted good! Haha!

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    Mal’s third roll actually turned out pretty well. Check out those fancy shrimp tails!

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    After each of us made our three sushi rolls, we ate them and listened to Chef Ginzu talk about all things sushi—from how to make traditional sushi rice to his favorite places to buy the various ingredients needed to make it. FYI: Wegman’s has great, affordable sushi-grade fish!

    Fun fact that I learned last night: You know the wasabi—that bright green paste—you get along side your sushi in a restaurant or with your take-out order? Well, there is no actual wasabi in it. That green paste is a mix of horseradish, mustard, and food coloring. Authentic wasabi needs to be freshly grated and consumed immediately, which doesn’t make sense in high-volume restaurants. Authentic wasabi is also really expensive (it doesn’t grow well in the U.S.), so we don’t typically consume the real deal here. Crazy, right? I had no idea!

    Wayfair Giveaway

    Thanks to everyone who entered to win a fire pit from Wayfair! Here’s your winner:

    Kelly H-Y

    I would LOVE, love, love to win the fire pit so we could have an end-of-summer/back-to-school s’more-making party for our kiddos and all their neighbor buddies!!

    Congrats, Kelly! Please email me at tina@carrotsncake.com with your full name and mailing address to claim your prize!

    Yoga Event at Fenway

    Just heard about this event and thought some of the locals might be interested!

    The Red Sox Foundation will hold the first-ever yoga sessions at Fenway Park on Monday, September 23. “FenwaYoga Presented by Equinox and New Balance” will raise funds for two of the foundation’s cornerstone programs, the Red Sox Scholars Program and the RBI Youth Baseball and Softball Programs.

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    Two classes, taught by Equinox instructors at sunrise and sunset, will accommodate 222 participants along the warning track each session. The classes are geared towards all levels of experience. Each participant must commit to raising a minimum of $250 for the foundation.  There will be prizes awarded for the top three fundraisers.

    Those interested in signing up for the class can register at fenwayoga.com.

    Questions of the Day

    Have you ever tried making sushi?

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    Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

    what a cool experience! my bro got a sushi making kit something like 15 years ago and made me some. i think it looked pretty but i’m fairly certain that he used ham in it? guess we didn’t have fish on hand… hah

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    Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love August 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I wondered what you were talking about on your IG with making sushi! SO JEAL!! I definitely want to learn too but have been putting it off till after the baby. I hope if I get to take one they tell us where to get good fish around me. The closest Wegmans to me (in IL) is PA! Yikes.

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    M.Susanne August 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    good try! I tried it one time The only problem was I added way to much rice vinegar to the rice. Not such a lovely taste!

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    Walker O. Summers August 21, 2013 at 7:46 am

    When eating nigiri (hand pressed) sushi or sashimi (which are small pieces of raw fish), hold the sushi with fingers or chopsticks, dipping (not soaking) the fish into the soy sauce. Avoid dipping the rice into the soy sauce, as rice will absorb the liquid and lose it’s flavor. Place the sushi fish side down in your mouth, making sure you taste the fish first, followed by the wasabi and rice. Maki roll sushi is traditionally eaten in one bite. The rice in the roll tends to fall apart if eaten in more than one bite.

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    AJ September 1, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    YUM! I want to do a sushi making class sometime!

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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