Friday, October 7, 2011

Carrot and Cucumber Sushi Rolls

This Sunday at the Fairmount Neighborhood Farmers Market you can expect the following produce from SLO Farm, Sweetwater Farm, and Songbird Farm:

  • apples, Asian pears, and prune plums
  • pie pumpkins
  • tomatoes: heirlooms, cherries, and San Marzano romas
  • cucumbers, zucchini, eggplants, string beans
  • peppers including bell peppers, poblano, and mariachi (mild red peppers) 
  • root vegetables including beets, turnips, potatoes, and kohlrabi
  • curly kale, chard, basil 
  • onions, leeks, garlic
  • eggs, honey

Songbird Farm sells these sweet, plump carrots, which became the core of a rainy day sushi rolling activity. The kids' renditions had none of the elegant symmetry of professional sushi, but they tasted delicious with our tsukemono (from Ume Grill's recipe), along with some teriyaki beef and sesame spinach and edamame beans. And the kids has so much fun rolling these that they made plenty of extras, solving the problem of what to pack for lunch the following day.  

Simple Vegetarian Sushi

1-2 carrots, peeled, julienned, and lightly steamed (about 2 minutes)
1 cucumber, peeled and julienned
1 cup short grain sushi rice, rinsed
2 cups water
pinch of salt
4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
6 sheets nori

1. Combine the sushi rice, the water, and a pinch of salt and cook over low heat, covered, until the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Stir in the rice wine vinegar.

2. Meanwhile prepare the vegetables. 

3. Spread several spoonfuls of rice over each sheet of nori, arrange a stripe down the center of about 4 carrot and 4 cucumber matchsticks, roll up and use a little water to adhere the edge of the nori sheet back onto itself. Carefully cut into pieces with a serrated knife. Serve with wasabi, pickled ginger, and soy sauce.

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