Monday, May 12, 2008

Japanese Day in Dublin

On Saturday, I (Mum) took part in the Japanese Food Trail. I learnt how to make sushi and other Japanese specialites. Japanese cooking fits to Max's diet quite well. Small amount of dairy - eggs (which Max can eat) and not so much gluten.
Sushi is gorgious! A delicious snack or starter. I used to prepare it in a vegetarian version, but during the lesson I made the typical Japanese ones, with a fresh raw fish, for the first time! Yummy.
Fresh fish in Dublin... It was a big surprise, living here on the island and finding fresh fish difficult to buy. Well, usually we go to Howth. A long trip to buy one fish!
Sushi is easy to prepare, belive me. Even Max can make it! Look at his cute small hands.

The recipe for this one:
  • 2 nori sheets
  • 1 cup of rice (I used brown basmati)
  • 1 cup of ground roasted walnuts
  • 2 grated raw carrots (optionally steamed or cooked and cut into strips)
  • a lot of alfalfa sprouts (or other ones)
  • 1 tablespoon of cold pressed sesame oil (or different one but always unrefined!)
  • salt and lemon juice to taste
Mix all ingredients and roll using a bamboo rolling mat, then cut into pieces.
Max ate them quickly!

It gives you the general idea. You can add tamari sauce (wheat-free!) from Meridian*, pickled ginger and finally wasabi to feel the spirit of Japan.

I know it's far from the Japanese tradition but in my opinion sushi is a way of thinking. Be creative :-)

*be aware that some brands of manufactured soya sauce, apart from wheat, may contain caramel, monosodium glutamate, sugar and refined salt;

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