Saturday Night Take-In: Sushi Making

We truly feel like the culinary-world is at our finger-tips. We live about ten-minutes from a wide-range of restaurants in our city and can get to midtown Manhattan in under an hour. Dinners out are part of our weekend-routine. This weekend, we decided to take the date home and prepare our own sushi for the first time.

To begin, we watched these YouTube videos and found them to be very helpful. We made a list of things we needed, and we were ready to roll.

Here is what we used:

  • 1/2 pound of sushi-grade tuna (from our local fish market- New Wave Seafood)
  • 1/4 pound of farm-raised salmon (the guy at New Wave said this is the safest bet for at-home sushi)
  • Sauces&fillers (the sky is the limit!) cucumber, avocado, vegan mayo, siracha, and soy sauce
  • 1 bag of sushi rice (cooked and prepared the entire bag)
  • 1 pack of seaweed wraps (nori)
  • Fun sushi plates like these 
  • Bamboo sushi rolling mats (pictured and linked at the bottom of this post)
  • Potstickers (we prepared the frozen ones from Whole Foods and munched on them as we prepped our sushi)
  • VERY sharp knife
  • Plenty of wine, Saki, or Sapporo

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What About Them Apples?

This past weekend we took a trip to Blue Jay Orchards. It was just as I remembered it as a child- a fall wonderland. They give you that empty bag, and the sky is the limit. At one point, Ben had to urge me to put a few apples back. Once you come down from the euphoric ‘apple high’, you realize you need to do something with the 47 apples you picked. I’m sharing a few of my apple-ideas below…

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1) Make applesauce

Slice up 8 apples, grab your slowcooker, dump some cinnamon over the top, add 1/4 cup of water, and set it for 3 hours. (Seriously. It’s that easy.) After making applesauce, I jar it so it lasts for several months.

2) Dip them in dessert hummus

I like to have sliced apples and brownie-batter hummus as dessert quite often. I tell myself that it’s healthy, because it’s fruit and hummus. (Not quite accurate, but the lie works well for me.)

3) Give them to a teacher

100% biased suggestion. I am a teacher, but I do love when a little one gifts me an apple.

4) Make guilt-free apple crisp

Here is our favorite Paleo apple crisp.

5) Add them to your salads

I’m a big fan of mason jar salads. This fall, I’ve been adding chopped apples. They give my lunch a touch of sweetness and crunch.

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