Hands up everyone who gets bored with the same old soggy sandwiches and salads for lunch? And hands up everyone who struggles to think of something tasty, different, and simple for parties and picnics?
I have the answer for you right here. Sushi!
I know, raw fish isn’t for everyone – I can’t eat raw fish at all – but that’s not all there is to sushi, I promise! If you’re not on for eating raw fish, you can used canned tuna or salmon, or you can just go altogether vegetarian, using vegetables and maybe some soft cheese from your healthy extra A allowance.
My personal favourite is tuna and cucumber, but I also sometimes use carrots, red peppers or spring onions. The simplest sushi to make is makizushi (which is the rolled kind) – easier still if you have a rolling mat. I promise it’s not complicated at all.
- Nori (seaweed sheets) (1/2 per 11g)
- Sushi rice (F)
- Rice vinegar (F)
- Fillings of your choice
- Cook the rice as directed on the pack, adding the rice vinegar at the end as directed, and leave to cool.
- Lie a sheet of nori on your rolling mat, and add a layer of the rice to it, spreading it with the back of a wet teaspoon to the sides, leaving a couple of centimetres at the end furthest away from you.
- Add a thin row of your filling on top of the rice.
- Using the rolling mat, roll up the sushi away from you, till you reach the end.
- Seal the end with a little water.
- Using a very sharp knife, cut the roll into 6-8 even-sized pieces.
- Serve with soy sauce (for dipping), and pickled ginger to cleanse the palate in between mouthfuls.
The Japanese way of eating is very mindful, focusing on enjoying each mouthful and stopping when you are “hara hachi bu” (which basically means 80% full), so it also encourages being aware of your body and your hunger cues. It also helps if you use chopsticks as you’re forced to slow down and pay attention – I love chopsticks and use them whenever I get the chance!
This is a lovely little meal to pack into a bento box for a sophisticated and satisfying lunch at the office, or to make in bulk for a picnic, with a variety of different fillings.