Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sushi Vegan and Vegetarian Style

Vegan sushi


Moms and Dads are often brush your teeth, tie your shoes, say please and thank you sorts.

And, then some days, something changes. A swath of time opens up. The sun shines more purely. The routine is chucked away. Halloween candy is eaten for breakfast. Errands become adventures. Being together brings a spontaneous smile to everyone’s face. Parents hear sweet words, like “I am smiling right now, Daddy. Just because.”



Daddy and daughter make dinner together. Rice is fondled. Water is splashed.


Vinegar is measured. A picture book becomes a fan to cool the sushi rice. Sticky grains are squished and smooshed. Carrots become stars and flowers. Dinner is served on butterfly plates. Soy sauce is licked off fingers to a chorus of giggles.



Sushi was the Daring Cooks challenge this month. We made vegetarian sushi for friends. Fillings included pickled carrots, grilled tofu glazed with yakitori sauce, grilled leeks, cucumber, celery carrots; fancy multigrain rice from the korean grocery store and daikon; roasted acorn squash and raw pumpkin seed mole; frozen tofu sautéed with leeks and garlic; shitake mushrooms, carrots and daikon; a dragon roll with egg outside and pickled carrots inside (with and without seaweed for the babe); dehydrated eggplant and roasted pepper; as well as radish nigiri.


The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. They chose sushi as the challenge.


Kiyi Kiyi said...

What a sweet story!
Sounds like you had a nice time making the sushi.
And such pretty sushi too!

Audax said...

WOWOWOWOW your posting is so sweet and cute, it makes me very sentimental. And that coloured rice is wonderful. Your last picture of the maki roll is so beautiful and elegant. Those butterfly dishes are so charming. Well done on this challenge and it seems that you really enjoyed the challenge.

Cheers from Audax in Australia.

Audax said...

WOWOWOWOW this posting is so charming and makes me so sentimental. Absolutely love the coloured rice and that last maki roll (the last photo) is superb. And your choice of fillings is amazing. And that butterfly dish is so adorable. Well done on this challenge. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

I think the 1st comment I left didn't go through if it did sorry about that. Audax

Kris Ngoei said...

You have done wonderful job for the sushis. Love them all, especially the last picture of sushi roll.

And your idea of garnishing the plate with pieces of radish flowers is just wonderful!


Wic said...

I adore your post. love the little helping fingers in the picture. my twin boys 3 1/2 years are big helpers too.
love the sushi it looks amazing.

chef_d said...

Very very pretty sushi!I love your pictures :)

Johanna GGG said...

gorgeous photos - that light and colour are the stuff of childhood memories - as if a sushi project isn't enough fun

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

Stellar sushi!

NKP said...

I love your veggie sushi!
Now I am going to look for some tiny cutters to make groovy decorations like yours!

Melissa said...

What a beautiful post. I felt a lovely pang in my chest when I saw that little hand next to the big one grabbing the pot.

I adore what you did with the sushi. Since you kept it vegetarian, I think it allowed for even more creativity. Wonderful stuff MM.

cuppy said...

I had an unstoppable grin on my face while reading your post.

It sounds like you guys had as much fun as we did!! ;) :)

Everything looks so gorgeous and fun! I'm really glad I stopped by. ;) Thanks for the happy feelings!

Jenn said...

Beautiful sushi - and vegan too!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

I haven't tried to make vegetarian sushi, but it looks incredible!

glamah16 said...

Beautiful! I need to learn how to do that.

SushiTail said...

How sweet the way Daddy and daughter make dinner together. The little hand along the Daddy's hand is so heart-warming.