Finally, I managed to find all the the essential ingredients in the Welsh valleys: Sushi Nori - Seaweed paper, Sushi Rice, Rice Wine vinegar, Wasabi paste and pickled ginger and was ready to get my fingers sticky and get rolling. This weekend whilst most of my neighbours were having sizzling BBQ's, we had light veggie Summer vegetable sushi rolls served elegantly on my special deep blue sushi plate.
I learned how to make veggie sushi with my American best friend Leah (an exchange student) when we were both at the University of Glasgow in the mid 1990s. Years later, she sent me this book on making Sushi, although it was not a vegetarian cookbook, it introduced me to other sushi rolling techniques like Inside Out sushi and other variations, this is when I became aware - sushi did not always have to be made with just fish or seafood either and vegetable variations were just as delicious.
Well I have to admit, I am a little out of practise as the first couple I rolled out were not packed generously enough; and trust D to take a picture of the one that was not the prettiest or plumpest either. These sharp sweet vinegared dressed sushi rice rolls filled with bright summer coloured raw vegetables tasted wonderful though and it brought back flashes of good memories of giggling with Leah in our student accommodation.
I love serving my vegan sushi rolls with pink ginger, tamari or soy sauce and wasabi. I also served it alongside some soft slithers of avocado, though if you wish, you could also incorporate this into the sushi itself.
I am sharing this with Inheritance Recipes co hosted by Solange at Pebble Soup and Coffee and Vanilla as making sushi brings back memories of my best friend Leah.
Vegan Summer Sushi Rolls
Makes 5 rolls
250g sushi rice
3 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 Roasted Seaweed - Yutaka Sushi Nori sheets
Ready made wasabi
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For the filling
1/2 red pepper, cored and sliced into matchsticks
1/2 yellow pepper, cored and sliced into matchsticks
1 courgett, sliced into matchsticks
1 carrots, peeled and sliced into matchsticks
Optional: 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced into matchsticks and cooked in the oven with a little oil until tender or raw
Optional: asparagus spears, parboiled or raw
4 spring onions, greens only. sliced in half
1/2 cucumber, sliced into long matchsticks
Wash the sushi rice in a bowl and wash to remove the starch in cold water, about 3 - 4 times, then drain the rice with a sieve, then transfer to a pot with a tight fitting lid.
Add 330ml water and bring to a boil, then turn down the heat and allow to simmer with the lid on for 10 minutes.
Turn off the heat and allow to stand for 30 minutes, do not open the lid.
While the rice is cooling.
In a small pan, heat the the rice vinegar, sugar and salt until the sugar has completely melted, then stir this gently into the cooked rice, trying not to damage the grains.
Allow the rice to cool completely before attempting to make your sushi rolls
Method making simple sushi rolls
Lay the nori sheet on the sushi rolling mat. Wet your hands with a little cold water, then take handfuls of rice (2 - 3 tablespoons) in your hand and make into a log shape. Put the rice in the centre or the nori sheet.
Using your fingers spread evenly as you go along, leaving about 1/2 inch from the top end.
Then squeeze a little layer of wasabi paste down the middle of the rice.
Then select and arrange the filling (vegetable selection) across the rice, on top of the wasabi.
Pick the mat from the near side and ensure the filling remains in place with your fingers.
Then lift the top edge of the mat. Press and roll the cylinder slightly and keep rolling gently.
The join should be underneath so it will stick.
When you get to the edge without any rice, coat with a little water and then continue to roll into a tight compact roll.
Remove from the mat and wrap in cling film until you are ready to serve.
Then simply remove clingfilm, slice and serve with accompaniments.
Here are some that I made with beetroot powder and spinach powder picked up from my favourite place in Cardiff Clancy's Emporium.