The summer is always fun and busy for me (and everyone else), but for me and my friends, the summer is also birthday season!! Four of my best friends from college and I celebrate birthdays, all within a month of one another, and we always take some time out of our busy lives to celebrate together. Last year we did something big for everyone’s birthday, but this year, with our busy schedules, we had to get a bit more creative with our time.
My friend Nikki celebrated her birthday at the end of July and since she loves to cook and loves sushi, we thought we would have a sushi making party and make our own sushi! Getting the supplies was not an easy task, but once we found everything we needed we were excited and ready to experiment.
We decided to make a spicy tuna roll, a bagel maki roll and a shrimp and avocado roll. We started with making the rice, which was an interesting task. You have to soak the rice in water and mix it around until the water is no longer murky. The rice takes almost an hour to make from start to finish and if you don’t do it properly, your rice won’t be sticky enough to make the rolls.
While I was making the rice, the other girls were making the spicy sauce, avocado mix and the bagel maki cream cheese mix. I will spare you the recipes that I used because I haven’t had a craving for Sushi since this night, and I used to crave sushi almost daily. Let’s just say that after all was said and done, I prefer to have someone else make my sushi. Not only is it worth every penny, but it tastes better and doesn’t make me queasy.
Maybe I should take a hint from my blog name and stick to my roots…Anyway, here are a few pictures of my failed Kitchen Adventure.
Add the rice to half of a seaweed sheet
Add the insides, roll and enjoy!
This just does not look appetizing, but it tasted a little better than it looks! (not much though…)
In other news, Ryan was nice enough to buy me a new camera for my birthday so I will be able to finally share some MUCH better pictures of my kitchen adventures in the future. Stay tuned for a recap of another Big Fat Italian Wedding soon! My cousin Nick got married last weekend and I can’t wait to share some pictures of the night. Trust me, this was nothing short of a crazy Italian wedding!