What took me so long to convert to the Sushi faith?!
Put off by the thought of raw, cold fish; did I not know that vegetarian sushi is fast, delicious and nutritious? Even before becoming a vegetarian I could never stomach raw fish. Smoked salmon. Ceviche. You take it. I leave it.
I think I thought sushi just wasn’t an option. Why would I go to a steak restaurant to have a salad. Surely I would go to a veggie restaurant.
I toyed with macrobiotic food in São Paulo ina wonderful restaurant in Liberdade, but I just never got into it. Until an old friend had us over for dinner and wooed us with sunshine, beautiful garden flowers (some edible!), pickled ginger and good company. Now it’s all about sushi.
We bought all the necessaries from Waitrose (cheaper than paying the delivery charges for online purchases of the same items and easy to find) for £15, rolling mat, vegetables, nori, wheat free soy sauce, pickled ginger and all.
We had a practice run one night and then had friends over for dinner. We got sushi with it, we had rice drying in trays over the kitchen and we got rolling rolling rolling. Even some inside out ones (my favourite).
It might not pass the Japanese rice authorities, but with nori being such a good source of protein, fibre, omega 3’s, vitamin B12 and vitamin c, it doesn’t need to, it has lots of goodies for vegans in it.
Don’t just take my word for it. Take Oprah’s
“one sheet (of nori) has as much fiber as a cup of raw spinach and more omega-3 fatty acids than a cup of avocado.”
Don’t be fooled into thinking its difficult. Once you have all the ingredients it’s actually very easy. A bit of research online, a practice run and you’ll be impressing your friends in no time as well as your palate.
It’s quick to grab on the run, especially if you live in a big city like London. It’s cheaper from wasabi, but it’s much better from itsu 🙂
Our second attempt in the sushi kitchen: