Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Sunday, 7 December 2014
Recipe Title: Sushi Rolls for Kids with Sophia (to sere Sophia make this easy Sushi please go to my YouTube video by clicking on this link)
By: Miriam Borys
Servings: 5 sushi rolls (40 pieces of sushi)
Sushi Rice (cook first and allow to cool)
2 cup sticky rice (sushi rice)
3 1/8 cups water
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tsp. white sugar
Rinse the uncooked rice in cold water until the water runs almost clear. Place the rice and water in a heavy pot. Bring to the boil. Turn down and allow to simmer on low until the rice is cooked. Once cooked scoop rice into a large bowl to cool.
Heat up rice vinegar and white sugar in microwave until sugar is dissolved.
Pour vinegar onto cooling rice to mix in.
5 Nori sheets
1 cup roasted sesame seeds
1 avocado - ripe
smoked tuna (optional but delicious)
SUSHI SAFETY!! MAKE SURE THE FISH YOU ARE USING IS ‘SUSHI SAFE’. ASK YOUR SUPPLIER FOR SUSHI GRADE FISH IF USING RAW FISH
1/2 cup wasabi mayonnaise (1/2 cup mayo plus 1 tsp. wasabi paste)
2 bamboo mats covered with plastic (see pic below with Sophia preparing her mats)
Rice onto nori sheet:
Divide the cooled rice into 5 parts first. Keep covered in plastic until needed.
You will also need a bowl of cold water and a clean cloth for wiping your hands.
On a prepared bamboo mat place one nori sheet, shiny side down.
Dampen your hands (so the rice doesn’t stick) and place one ball of rice in the middle of the nori sheet (rough side up). Spread the rice over the nori sheet evenly and cover the entire surface EXCEPT for the 1/2 inch border at the top of the sheet.
When you are rolling the rice-free edge will help to seal the roll.
Filling the roll:
Place desired amount of wasabi mayo on centre of the roll (approx. 1 tsp.)
Next place a line of avocado, then fish, onto the rice lined nori sheet.
This part is about individual choices. You can also use shrimp, cucumber, tuna, par cooked carrots or any other vegetable you choose.
Rolling up the sushi roll:
With the rice-covered bottom edge closest to you, roll up like a jelly roll. With your finger moisten the rice free edge at the top with water. This will help to seal the roll.
Continue to roll, keeping the pressure even so that the roll is firm. Careful not to press too much or the filling will squeeze out of the ends.
Cutting the rolls.
Place all the rolls on a plate and cool first while you clean up.
With a sharp knife with the blade wet cut each roll into 8 equal slices.
Serve with soya sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger if desired.
Saturday, 6 December 2014
Recipe Title: Shortbread Cookies - the best ever traditional shortbread (click here to go directly to my YouTube video of this recipe)
By: Chef Miriam Borys
½ cup large oats (not the instant or quick oatmeal)
1 ½ cups all purpose flour
¼ tsp. Salt
¼ cup cornstarch
⅔ cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
1 cup cold butter (½ lb.)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup flour for rolling out the dough (discard after use, do not add back into original flour source as it may be contaminated)
Measure oats into a food processor and process until oats are a fine powder. Set aside.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. This step isn’t totally necessary but sifting does remove tiny lumps and makes the dry ingredients finer. Add processed oats to the flour mixture.
Cut up cold butter into small chunks and place into a bowl. Soften the butter slightly by hand with a wooden spoon or with a mixer until the butter is creamy and smooth. Add vanilla.
Slowly add all the dry ingredients and mix until the ingredients form into a soft ball of dough.
Remove from the mixing bowl and wrap in parchment and let chill for ½ an hour before rolling.
Cut the dough into 4 pieces for easier handling.
Lightly dust the counter or cutting board with a sprinkling of flour. Do not over flour as this will dry out your dough.
Roll out the dough with a rolling pin (or a clean bottle) until the dough is all the same thickness of approximately ¼ of an inch.
Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter or cut with a sharp knife into desired shapes. You can also use the top of a drinking glass for a round cookie shape.
Place cookies (not touching each other) on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees first and then bake until still white but slightly browned on the edges for approximately 6 minutes. Careful not to over bake. The baking time depends on the accuracy of your oven. I now realize that some ovens, especially the older ones do not register accurately, so watch your cookies so they don’t get brown.
Miriam Little Borys, B.Ed., MA.