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Home made Sushi

Home made Sushi Rolls
The night before I headed out of town it was Maggie’s turn to take over the kitchen for dinner. She opted for sushi rolls which we’ve done once before. As with the last time is was easy, but very messy (who’d have thunk sticky rice was so sticky?!). Miss M was especially gracious, and let Bjørn join in on the fun even though he’d insisted on making his meal all by himself.

We made the rice following a simple recipe on We also heated up a whole pre-cooked and marinated eel which we bought at a local Asian market.

While those were cooking Maggie set to chopping and prepping the other fillings: crab meat, cucumbers, sushi grade salmon, and salmon roe.

Rolling the sushi in the Noori (seaweed sheets) was a bit tricky because we needed to make them snug so the fillings didn’t flop out. Luckily, we’d bought bamboo mats (that I’m sure have a name), which made the task much easier than doing it all free-hand.

It was so delicious and filling, I’m looking forward to making this again soon!

[ps: I’ll be posting a special give-away tomorrow morning, so don’t forget to check back in!]

Bjørn’s Ratatouille

Bjørn's Ratatouille
Bjørn made his eagerly awaited Ratatouille this evening (folks who are paying attention will note it came a day late). It was delicious! I would never have thought to accompany it with Tzatziki, but they went shockingly well together. We were extra lucky to have a couple impromptu vegetarian guests pop over for dinner so his meal was especially timely.

I’ll admit I was extremely nervous about handing him the knives and vegetable peeler, even with (over-)careful instruction, and I did have to remind him (many, many times) that if he left his fingers in the way they would get chopped right along with his onions.

When I was a kid I made Ratatouille with my mom on many occasions. Today I discovered why she let me make this dish so often — it’s crazy easy, healthy, and it tastes great. Here’s the basic recipe & prep (add more or less of each veggie to taste or availability):

  • Sauté one medium sized onion in butter with a bit of vegetable oil (most recipes call for olive oil, but I find it it a bit bitter, I like my Rat mellow).
  • While that’s simmering, chop one green and one red bell pepper. Toss into the pot when the onions start to turn translucent. Stir gently.
  • Peel and chop into cubes one medium sized eggplant. Toss it in. Stir gently.
  • Chop five medium zucchinis. Toss ’em in. Stir gently.
  • Add some marinara sauce or fresh tomatoes (I use a marinara that’s pretty rustic with large chunks of tomato).
  • Crush several cloves of garlic (to taste).
  • Season with salt, pepper and Herbes de Provence
  • Mix and simmer on medium-low for half an hour.

Serve with warmed up baguette to soak up all the juices.

For desert we had Profiteroles (from Trader Joe’s) drizzled in warm chocolate sauce. YUM!

Bon appétit!