Sushi is one of my favorite things ever. I haven't gotten great at making it yet, but I've made several attempts. Tonight I decided to take on a new challenge: Rice-on-the-outside sushi. As you can see from the photo, I still need some practice. But it got easier with each roll, and by the third one I felt like I was really getting the hang of it.
The two rolls on each side in the picture are cucumber, mango, and toasted almond rolls. These were Bob's favorite. The contrast of different textures in the roll was very interesting, and the toasted almond really packed a lot of flavor. Success!
The roll in the middle is sweet potato, boiled and mashed with chili powder, lime juice, and fresh minced ginger, along with some sliced cucumber for a crunch. I loved the flavor of the sweet potato in these rolls, but agreed with Bob that something else crunchy, perhaps some carrots or mung bean sprouts, would have made this roll a bit nicer. There is plenty of leftover sweet potato mash, so perhaps I'll give this one another shot.
We had some steamed edamame, our favorite appetizer, along with the sushi. I love it crisp, and sprinkled with just a dash of coarse sea salt.
Last night there was no cooking--Bob took me on a date to The Grit! It was so fun to be there! Their special last night was Moroccan stuffed butternut squash with chickpea-tomato curry sauce, and it was incredible. I'll have to try to reproduce it at home some time. Bob got the Mid-E platter, served with hummus, falafel, and tabbouli salad. We came home quite stuffed, and quite pleased.
I've been contemplating this eggplant that's been sitting on my counter for several days now. Perhaps an eggplant dish soon...