Raw Sushi or Nori Rolls Recipe

imageI love sushi – the nori rolls filled with rice, vegetables and other goodies.

I had always thought that ‘sushi’ was raw fish, so when my Korean flatmate offered to make me some, I was more than a little reluctant.   However, the nori rolls she presented started a love affair with the tasty little morsels.

Whilst raw fish is still a component of traditional sushi, I stick with the ‘westernised’ versions with chicken, cooked seafood or vegetables.

Great news though!  I now have a recipe for Raw sushi!  Nori (seaweed) is an extremely nutritious sea vegetable that provides wonderful health benefits.  The main difference is that there is no rice in Raw sushi, as it is a cooked grain.  Instead, a tasty nut pate forms the basis, and the filling is only limited by your imagination.

 

Recipe from The Raw Food Institute of Australia:

Ingredients for Smokey Almond Pate

  • 2 cups soaked almonds (rinsed and patted dry)
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ cup water

Method for Pate

  • Place all ingredients except water in a blender or food processor.
  • Process until mixture starts to turn into a hummus-like paste. Make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.
  • While processing, drizzle water slowly into the mixture – only use as much as you need to achieve a thick pate texture.

Method for Assembly

  • Place nori sheets on your kitchen bench.
  • Spread half of the ingredients on each sheet starting with the pate. Use a spoon to spread it across the entire width of the sheet. Make sure that you only cover one end of the sheet with the filling (piling it on top of each other and covering only 1/3 of the sheet’s length).
  • When ready to roll the nori’s, place the end with the filling closest to you. Applying even pressure, firmly but gently roll your nori.
  • Use a little water on the end of the sheet to make it stick.
  • Now cut the nori with a serrated or very sharp knife.
  • Serve with Nama Shoyu sauce for dipping.

 

My Notes

imageBeing the impatient person I am, I used dry almonds, instead of soaking them as the recipe specifies.  This led to my pate drying out.  Still very tasty, but I will definitely be more organised next time and soak the nuts first.

The above recipe originally specified diced tomato, mung beans, grated carrot and herbs as the filling.  As mentioned, the choice is really up to you.  I used tomato and snow pea sprouts, which still tasted great.

I used Tamari as dipping sauce (I know, not really raw!)

I found that laying my nori sheet on a piece of baking paper allowed me to start the rolling process much easier – I used the baking paper to fold over the leading edge, after which I could start rolling properly.

My mother is not a fan of seaweed.  I tried to win her over with this recipe, but she wouldn’t have it.  So I used the same ingredients and process, but using cos lettuce leaves in place of the nori.  Worked a treat!

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Wake-Me-Up Juice Recipe

imageAfter only 4 hours of sleep last night, I was walking in my sleep this morning.

In desperate need of an energy boost, I came up with this juice recipe, now dubbed the ‘Wake-Me-Up’.

While it may not look too pretty, and my hands, chopping board and benchtop once again looked as though murder had taken place, it tasted quite delicious!  And better yet, it worked!

Whilst I am still tired, and looking forward to reacquainting myself with my bed, the fog has lifted, and I have been able to function sufficiently to do what needs to be done.  Let me know if it works for you too.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 leaves of curly kale
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • leaves from 2 stems of mint
  • 2 apples (core removed)
  • 2 lemons (rind & seeds removed)
  • chunk of ginger – I used a piece roughly 1cm x 2cm
  • 1 small beetroot
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey

 

Method

  • Chop fruit and vegetables into pieces and add to a blender with about half a cup of water.  Blend for 1 minute until well broken down.
  • Pour into nut milk bag and strain well.
  • Squeeze as much juice from the bag as you can (be prepared for pretty pink hands!).
  • Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Note:  I will try adding a couple of ice cubes next time to chill the juice, as I think that will be even more refreshing

Change in Colour Scheme – Fresh Produce Never Looked So Good

imageOne thing that I am really appreciating about my new shopping habits is the visual beauty of my groceries.

That may sound weird, but there is such a beautiful rainbow of colours when I unpack my shopping that I just have to stand back and appreciate it!

Rather than packets and boxes (even though most of those were still organic, and as natural as possible), there is nothing quite like a display of produce ‘as nature intended’.  Beautiful and delicious!

 

imageI have also decided to try my hand at growing my own herbs, as I am using so many of them now in such a variety of recipes.  However, I do have a bit of a brown thumb, so it will be interesting to see how many survive my ministrations.

To get started, I have purchased oregano, dill, curly parsley, flat-leaf parsley, chives, basil x 2 (I do love my pesto!), coriander and chocolate mint.

The next plan is to also try growing tomatoes, lettuce and kale.  I have grown tomatoes previously, though my vege garden has been sitting empty for a few years now.  Time to get back on track!

Money Matters

One thing that I noticed when starting to investigate the Raw Food diet, is that it could get very expensive, very quickly.  There are a few items of equipment that are used in a lot of recipes that not everyone has, and that are not exactly cheap.

I am fortunate in that I already own a Thermomix, so therefore have the blender and food processor angle covered.  I didn’t want to go spending hundreds of dollars on new appliances until I am positive that this new lifestyle is going to work for me – plus I have a tiny kitchen and nowhere to store them!

I have made the decision to leave dehydration alone for the time being.  It is a very time-consuming process, and I am rather impatient.  There are plenty of other recipes and food options without dehydration to keep me busy for a while anyway.  I have just purchased a juicer, though it is a manual juicer, quite basic, but enough to get me started.  It’s also less than $100, while most juicers start at over $300.

My other ‘splurge’ has been on a spirooli.  I am a pasta-lover, and the ability to make pasta from vegetables that actually looks like real pasta was too much to pass up.  You could simply use a vegetable peeler or julienne peeler though.

There are also quite a few new and exotic ingredients found among Raw Food recipes.  These can be hard to track down, and can also be pricey.  Again, I’ve chosen to limit what I use in this area.  It does help that my local organic store has some of these products in their bulk bins, so I can just purchase a small amount to try them out.

It appears that the Raw diet can really be as expensive or as affordable as you choose.  A decent blender and food processor are a must.  I have also had to buy two extra fruit bowls, and completely rearrange my fridge to accommodate all of the additional fresh produce I am buying!  But other than that, your standard kitchen equipment should get you out of trouble to begin with.