Make Sushi at Home!
There was a point when your kids' idea of a cultural experience was digging a hole to China in the backyard. Now that they're in middle school, however, kids are ready to enjoy the finer points of cultural exploration, like how people live, work - and especially eat - in other countries. You've probably started them early on pizza and pasta, but the most fun, versatile, and easy-to-make foreign delicacy is Japanese fast food, otherwise known as sushi.
To most people, “sushi” means “raw fish,” but this is not necessarily the case. In Japanese, the word “sushi” means “rice snack,” and the word has come to describe anything from kani (crab) to cucumber and carrot rolls. If your child would sooner eat mud than raw fish, explain that you can make sushi out of anything, especially if you're doing it in your own kitchen!
Here's what you'll need for a sushi-making party:
What You Need:
- Short-grain white rice
- Sushi vinegar (you can make it yourself with ¼ cup rice vinegar, 2 tbsp. sugar, and 1 tsp. salt)
- Nori (seaweed sheets)
- Filling (this can be fish, egg, cucumber, avocado, carrots, or anything else you can think of! Think about mixing creamy with crunchy, like smoked salmon, cream cheese, and cucumber, for a well-balanced bite).
- Saucepan or rice cooker
- Cookie sheet or wide tub to cool rice
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Bamboo sushi rolling mat
- Cutting board
- Sharp knife