Friday, June 13, 2008

making ends meet: mastering the sushi roll

creativity unleashed: I love this picture because it reminds of chaos unleashed into that unexpected creative dimension yet ~ contained. I love being in that state because it's then, perhaps I sense I have mastered the use of my medium, my palette, paint brushes, palette knife and so forth the tools and thus; able to release art unrestrained......sounds senseless perhaps.......

It reminds me about the time when I thought I had figured out the creative way. It was in art school years back. I attended art school to study graphic design. I had a design professor that began the course off with two colors only: black and white.

As a class we were so bummed to realize the course had to start off in such a confined setting. In so many words I recall what my design professor said, "You must master the perfection of visual design principles by working within, then past your limitations. Once you understand the simplest of limitations, you'll understand what it means to break free and release....." He was a very cool German guy that looked like a 007 guy in his younger years and was extremely Bauhaus in his teachings.

yet this is what I REALLY feel like: absolute chaos, but at least green + leaner with the sun shining on me.......shouldn't complain really

The recklessness of the photo above perfectly exemplifies my state of life right now. But to make me feel better; a green organic ornate complicated mess ~ everywhere; slathered in soy, salty, savory with bits of bliss + bounty blended with every twist and turn of my raw ravaged turnstile in life, slowly seducing me by knowing the recklessness of my whims......

raw sushi rice made with parsnips, almonds, fresh lemon juice + specklings of sea salt

By the way, thanks for your patience on returning.

I have been absorbed in the bliss of summer.

Just getting back from a week of surf camp at the beaches that have completely taken over my life and put everything on stand still.

It was lovely.......and I lost two more pounds.

Don't get me wrong food passionistas ~ especially the savory sensual life carnivore + decadently cooked food bloggers out there. Don't want to scare you off with my raw food ways. I don't plan to get too soap boxy and do the whole sustainable, Asian-girl grows dreadlocks thing + carrying hemp bags transforming into a raw food priestess with the vibe of John the Baptist.....

Still love the lush + cooked.

But am loving the raw + real too.......

It's nice not to have the awning when donned with low~cut capris allowing ample sun time for my open~toe heels *sigh + laughing out loud here* to myself about ridiculous hang ups ;-)

I intend to remain unrestrained in a chaos contained sort of way ~ !

this is my take on raw Korean kimbap/keembap ~ raw rice, marinated spinach, shredded carrots, avocados, cukes + scallions......then I tried lovingly to wrap in civilized presentable form in nori.

I cannot roll worth crap.

So I tried another evening with *hubs* in attendance.

He's very linear, left brain, scientest~type.

He is a master roller.


Atop bamboo mat: First hubs spreads nori with the raw rice, then sliced avocados, lightly marinated carrots, cukes + shiitake mushrooms.....

The veggies are marinated sparingly with olive oil, raw sesame seeds, sea salt, namu shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce), fresh minced ginger ~ also know I had to squeeze the water emerging from the cukes + carrots. These veggies have a high water content and the salt just makes them bleed juicy of h2o.


add baby lettuce sprigs

slicing raw sushi roll requires a sharp clean knife

Tips on rolling as I watched *hubs* using both hands:

1. roll forward while.....
2. gently yet firmly pressing down and.....
3. tuck contents tightly underneath as rolling forward.....
4. repeat #1, #2 + #3

Actually, it kinda was like the same process as rolling a......well, rolling a cigarette......for those of you that have rolled your own......hmmmm.......

raw sushi rolls finally done well ~ thanks *love* !

Savor the moment with soy sauce or namu shoyu and mind numbing wasabe.

23 comments:

noble pig said...

We are all awaiting your upcoming food & photos with great anticipation and glee!

Medena said...

Yup, I'll be waiting! I have been same lately --- cooking, shooting (photos, LOL), but not posting as much... Relax, it's about fun :)

tigerfish said...

Your sushi is so full of ingredients that it looks explosive!

cakewardrobe said...

I loveeee kimbap!! Must post a recipe!! I usually get it at the korean market on the way home.. but it's more fun to make it, I'd imagine!

Elle said...

Oh my gosh, the lunchtime hunger pains just hit like a ton of bricks when I looked at your photo! Can't wait to see more!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

how i havent tried rolling sushi before! i bet i am crap hehehe...

Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

My first attempt at sushi making was also disastrous, but after a while I got the hang of it. I cannot wait for all your interesting posts. You can view my attempts at
http://www.my-easy-cooking.com/2007/11/powerpacked-seaweed.html

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Wow, another great photo, never would have known that you have trouble rolling.

Zen Chef said...

I took a 'sushi' class once and i still can't roll properly. haha.
I think the picture is great. It has that Pierre Cagnaire cookbook's vibe. I like it! :-)

Christie @ fig & cherry said...

Great shot! I love sushi, yum, yum.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Looks pretty darn good for me! Hey it is summer and we are all about eating in summer, aren't we? ;)

taste memory said...

noble pig ~ thanks, here it is finally!


medena ~ hey girl, yeah glad to hear your having fun too ~

tigerfish ~ totally exploded, a la mouth too + great w. wasabe kick!

cakewardrobe ~ i love where you live, there's everything everywere ~ i totally would not cook if i were in nyc!

elle ~ i am flattered

mocha ~ still tryin to train myself too

nina ~ i saw that; i wouldn't have guessed it was difficult for you looking at the photo as it looks great! we are our own worst critics i guess!

jessica ~ hey welcome back!

zen ~ thanks am totally flattered with any slight comparison to Master Gagnaire

Christie ~ thank you and welcome to TM

Jenn ~ yes definitely great for summer

Dragonlife said...

Greetings!
Great pics and creativity!
I particularly like the colours combination!
Just a question:
before laying down the nori/dry seaweed, did you dry it to crisp over a light flame?
If not next time you will realize the nori will stay dry and crisp longer!
Cheers,
Robert-Gilles

kellie said...

Your pix are SO GORGEOUS! And you are so delightfully funny!

Rose&Thorn said...

Your pictures are so good. Love your post - three cheers to you and your blog. Hip Hip Horay!

RawBin said...

WOW! your pictures are amazing! I've made sushi 4 times now. Until last night, none really looked enough to photograph. I've learned several things along the way. The most important part is that I sharpen my knife right before the last slicing part. Last nights not only tasted perfect but they looked pretty good, too. I ate all of them without taking a single picture though. I'll just have to practice again soon!

taste memory said...

dragon ~ yes that's another delicious route to go w. a bit toasted! always luv your insight....

kellie ~ hey thanks so mucho, am waiting for another awesome post @sunkitchen's blog?!!

Rose&Thorn ~ hit there, thanks and welcome. I just love your name ;-)

RawBin ~ yes you are so right about a sharp knife. thanks for visiting my blog. Look forward to see your sushi picts. I know what you mean about eating + photos, so hard not to do the first!

foodhoe said...

oh now that's my kind of chaos! beautiful images too btw, I am intrigued with the idea of raw rice. never heard of kimbap/keembap, gotta look that up too! surf camp sounds awesome, I love the water but prefer kayaking through it myself...

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Congrats on the two pounds and on the husband with complimentary skills. Go team!

cakewardrobe said...

I've been waiting for this recipe! I <3 kimbap!

Michael said...

Wow, that sushi rice alone looks great! I'm thinking sushi for dinner tomorrow night- everything here looked delicious and now I'm hungry...maybe sushi for lunch tomorrow!

Anyways, rolling takes a lot of patience and practice (of which I lack both!). Great post...perhaps I'll be motivated to try my own again in the near future :)

Carolie said...

This is so lovely! But...I'm very confused. Perhaps it is explained elsehwhere, but I couldn't find it. You describe the rice as raw...does that mean it is not cooked? Is it soaked to make it soft enough to eat? Help, I feel so dumb!

~Madeline~ said...

Gorgeous photos! These rolls look so light and fresh.