I have a thing for sushi, maki sushi to be precise, which means my 3-year-old has a thing for sushi too as she loves to steal food off my plate!
Shop bought sushi is expensive so one day I spotted Yutaka make their own brand of sushi ingredients to make your own sushi rolls at home, brilliant I thought, this will be fun for Brooke to make and at the end I can eat I mean, we can share all the sushi!
We started off with just a basic kit of sushi rice, sushi nori and a rolling mat, as well as half a cucumber to make our filling
The sushi rice has to be washed 3-4 times first before then cooking for 10 minutes and resting for 30 minutes, luckily Brooke’s patience seems to be in abundance today so she didn’t mind waiting for it to be cooked
Once cooks the rice was wonderfully sticky and ready to make out maki! Brooke loved picking up all the sticky rice and squishing it down onto the nori
We went a bit OTT with the sushi rice and failed to read the instructions meaning we ended up having to scrape off a load of sushi rice – said sushi rice was now stuck in all manner of places
Brooke carefully placed her chopped up cucumber and then moved on to her favourite bit – the rolling! There’s actually quite a knack to this which I both think we need more practice at!
As you can see escapee sushi rice is everywhere and has decided to adhere itself to the outside of our maki – but we didn’t mind too much!
The end result! Ok so it’s hardly professional looking but it still tasted absolutely delicious and I’m sure with more practice we would both be pros at rolling the maki!
I loved making something different to fairy cakes with Brooke and the unique rolling of the bamboo mat also worked as a great way to practice her fine motor skills.
We’re hoping to improve our skills and attempt making some iso rolls next time (a slightly harder variation of what we just made!)