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Old 04-22-2005, 11:28 AM   #11
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*Glaaahhhh! Drool!* You are killing me here! I LOVE the salmon rolls, and sashimi tuna...mmmmmmmmm! A little warning on the tuna though, if it is not amazingly fresh it will taste quite fishy and nasty. I personally have not had much luck with tuna, but I live on the prairies. Tough to get fresh stuff in the market here.
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Old 04-22-2005, 12:17 PM   #12
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I know Alix - I want sushi really, really bad now!!!!!!!!!! Where I live I have never had bad tuna - you want me to send you some of ours? That should make the postal service happy!!!
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Old 04-23-2005, 12:30 PM   #13
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I, too, live on the great plains. When a neighbor and I threw a sushi party together, we only used cooked fish, raw being suspect when you are so far from the ocean. I've never had a California roll that wasn't "inside out", and agree that I like that best. We were surprised at what a hit the sushi party was, our only comment (to us, many of our guests had never had sushi so had not much to compare with)(we've lived in Hawaii for many years, our neighbor loves all things Japanese) was that the nori was a little wet and rubbery. We've since been told we should have toasted the nori for a few seconds in a hot oven. I love tuna sashimi, but don't get it often because of our location. In Hawaii there was always a plate of it at every potluck gathering, buffet, etc, and we miss it something terrible, but even in Florida I seldom found the "fresh sashimi-grade tuna" that I could buy in stores lived up to what I like. Funny, I'm not fussy about anything else in food, but am about seafood, especially if I'm eating it raw.
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Old 04-23-2005, 01:54 PM   #14
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Claire - I understand what you mean about rubbery nori. Sometimes even buying the toasted nori doesn't help.

I'm not sure you have a gas cooktop but I hold a sheet of nori with a pair of tongs and wave it over the flame on each side - it really helps!

Forgot to mention that you can also use nova salmon in sushi.
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Old 04-24-2005, 06:40 AM   #15
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... and we did. Use nova salmon, that is. The kind that comes in a sort of bacon-looking package in the grocery store. I can never remember the exact words (I used to have a huge chart of different kinds of sushi to help me, but that was years and miles ago). But we put it in both the rolled sushi and the kind where you form a rectangle of rice then top it. It was probably the most popular (the latter). Hey, for the small town midwest, it was pretty darned good. The one I'd like to get the skills down for is the california roll because it doesn't matter if the nori isn't perfect, it doesn't have raw fish (difficult to acquire the right quality in the midwest, plus the cultural bias against it) but it is the hardest to do.

By-the-way, if you're thinking of a sushi party, but wonder if your group can handle it, I made negemaki which was great for those who wouldn't eat the sushi -- thin, pounded pieces of steak or roast (I think I used an eye of the round) wrapped around julienned bits of carrot and scallion, toothpicked in place, then sauteed. when cooked the toothpicks can come out, the rolls will hold up without them. Then a sauce of soy, saki, water and sugar (I think its 2:2:1:1). The rolls are small enough to be eaten easily in a bite or two and is finger food, like sushi. But what probably made the party was that half the people had never tried saki or plum wine before. :)
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Old 04-24-2005, 12:37 PM   #16
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cold smoked salmon... like Norweigen lox is a great alternative to raw salmon. I love raw salmon, but I'm worried about the freshness of it from my Kroger store (local grocery store).
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Old 04-28-2005, 02:53 PM   #17
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I don't know much about sushi, but this looks like a no-no.

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Old 04-28-2005, 03:18 PM   #18
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Those are hand rolls - same ingredients as sushi only you roll up like an ice cream cone. Really good! Here's another picture of some hand rolls

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Old 05-11-2005, 03:28 PM   #19
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My daughter and I are going to try out hand at California rolls today. This is our first time trying this! Only problem is I couldnt find the rolling mat, so we'll try it with foil this time around.
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Old 05-11-2005, 03:32 PM   #20
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another good type of sushi for the novices are salmon skin hand rolls. the skin is cooked until crispy, and has a nice flavor to go along with the textures of the nori and rice...
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