Japanese satisfaction

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Hello everyone, I’m here today with something different from the usual Italian recipes but, at the same time, it is as popular as a Bolognese sauce or a pasta dish. I always loved Asian food and when I’ve found the Sushi kit in my usual supermarket I could not resist and try it. Luckily with the help of my local Chinese supermarket and the local fishmonger it has been easy to find all the necessary ingredients. It is very simple if you’ve got a lot of patience and time, just put yourself in it and the final result will be so satisfying that you won’t believe your eyes

 

Homemade Sushi

Ingredients

  • 2,5 hg rice for sushi
  • rice vinegar
  • salt
  • 4 nori sheets
  • wasabi paste
  • cucumber
  • courgettes
  • surimi
  • smoked salmon
  • pickled ginger
  • tinned tuna

Sushi dip: fresh ginger and light soy sauce

 

Method

Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Put the rice in it and cook for 15 minutes.While the rice is cooking cut all your veggies and fishes in thinly slices. When the rice is cooked drain it well and mix it with the rice vinegar being careful not to overpowering the taste of the rice. Taste and season if requested. Set everything aside to cool.

When the rice is cold place 1 nori sheet on the bamboo mat , shiny side down. Spread part of the rice in a thin layer on the nori sheet, leaving approximately 2 cm free from the edges. Make a little groove in the rice and add some wasabi paste and the pickled ginger. Put your veggies or fishes inside and carefully, evenly, start to roll up the nori sheet  with the help of the bamboo mat.Sprinkle the open end of the nori sheet with a few drops of water, then place the other end on top and close the roll tightly. Cut the sushi roll evenly into 6-8 pieces.

Keep making the sushi rolls until you finish all the fillings and if you have got some rice left you can make some small “sausages” and cover them with slices of smoked salmon. Decor them with some small nori sheet ribbons.

Sushi dip: finely chop the ginger until it becomes a paste and mix it together with the soy sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Figs, goat’s cheese and pomegranate salad

Passion at every mouthful

Another recipe for all of you that likes to express their feelings through the food, this salad will put you and your loved one in a very lovely mood. Figs are considered aphrodisiacs and if you want to seduce someone this recipe is the perfect way to do it….believe me, I talk by personal experience!!

Ingredients

  • fresh purple/black figs
  • goat’s cheese sliced
  • pomegranate seeds
  • 1 bag of mixed salad
  • red wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • lemon juice
  • honey

 

Method

Start by washing the figs without breaking them. Put the figs aside and slice the goat’s cheese, the slice must be as thin as you can without destroy the entire cheese.

Carefully wash the salad and display it on a nice and big wooden board. Cut each fig in half and, then, half again. Put the fig slices on the salad and add the cheese. Sprinkle everything with the pomegranate seeds. Try to make it look nice and attractive for the eyes but also for your stomach!!

For the vinaigrette: in a small jar mix together 4 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 4 tablespoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt, some freshly ground pepper, 1 tablespoon of honey and the juice from half lemon. Close the jar and shake it until all the ingredients are well mixed. Pour it over the salad and serve with some plain cous-cous.