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August 25, 2011

Raw Sushi- the Experiment

I have been experimenting with Nori paper in hopes of fiinding the perfect taste for a raw sushi roll. I used three different types of nuts: cashews, almonds and walnuts. Last week I soaked the walnuts and they tasted too sour for the combination I was using so this time around I soaked the almonds, but not the cashews or the walnuts. I tested the rolls on the family and the winner, by far, was the cashew roll. Next time I will use a pumpkin instead of a butternut squash. Make sure the squash is ripe- it makes all the difference in the world.
Here is the winning recipe!

Mock Salmon Sushi
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup butternut squash (RIPE!!)
1 tsp dill
1/2 tsp dulse or kelp powder
squeeze of half an organic lemon
1 cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise
1/2 avocado, sliced lengthwise
2 sheets large nori paper
Tamari Sauce and Fresh Ginger (optional)

1. Process nuts, set aside.
2. Process squash and add nuts, spices and lemon.
3. Assemble mixture on a sheet of nori paper; add one piece of cucumber and avocado.
4. Roll tightly, wetting the edge of the paper so when you meet the other end of the paper it sticks easily and bonds together.
5. Using a sharp knife cut small pieces.

Serve with Tamari sauce and fresh ginger.

This is a great party snack or fun to make with your friends when you feel like staying in and cooking. Guilt free eating that is so much fun to create :)

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