Nov 13, 2009

Challenging myself : Daring Cooks' November Challenge – Sushi



The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. They chose sushi as the challenge.


 

The Challenge came in 4 Parts.

Part 1: Making proper sushi rice – you will wash, rinse, drain, soak, cook, dress, and cool short grain rice until each grain is sticky enough to hold toppings or bind ingredients. Then you will use the cooked rice to form three types of sushi:

Part 2: Dragon sushi roll – an avocado covered inside-out rice roll with a tasty surprise filling

Part 3: Decorative sushi – a nori-coated rice roll which reveals a decorative pattern when cut

Part 4: Nigiri sushi – hand-shaped rice rolls with toppings



 

This is my first Daring Cooks Challenge and after some interesting results in my Daring Baker Challenges I was ready to do what has to be done. I wanted this to be a story of success not failure.

Believe me I was shocked as I got it right at first try. It was so easy , it was so pretty and tasted so good that I had to stop myself from eating all the rice before I started rolling.

I had fun and each and everyone should at least ones try it.



But you don’t really believe that it would be that easy. No not for this little Daring Cook.

A few hours after my victory dance, after cleaning my kitchen ( this rice is sticky stuff) I became problems breathing. My ears started to itch. There were read spots all over me, and boy did they itch.

You already know it don’t you? I had an allergic reaction to the Nori.

So I will have to make Sushi without it in the future. No Problem.

It’s delicious and I will make it again.

Thanks to Audax and Rose my little world got a little bigger.


And don’t you think my Dragon looks cute? Now go and make some Sushi and don`t forget to take a look at the fantastic creations of all the others.



You can find the recipe right here.

37 comments:

Audax said...

Oooooo I'm so sorry about the nori making you sick!!!! But it really sounds like that you enjoyed making and eating the sushi. And your dragon roll looks so cute love how you did the vegetable curls for the tongue and the dragon's frill very clever. Love your step-by-step pixs of the spiral roll. Cheers from Audax in Australia and thanks for the nice words you left on my blog. Congrats on your 1st challenge very successful.

Esther said...

I love your dragon, it's the one thing I didn't get round to.. Plenty of sushi you can do without nori too and as one of my friends who is part Japanese told me they often have a bowl of the rice with the toppings scattered on top which is even easier.

Begoña said...

Your dragon roll it's very, very nice and original. What a pity that you have allergy to nori, it's a problem to eat quite.
Un saludo, Begoña

Jenn said...

That dragon roll is seriously the cutest dragon roll I've ever seen! great job!

VeganPower said...

Ah yes, I remember your sushi caterpillar! I found the decoration of the beautiful head! What a great idea! It's very beautiful and festive!
Congratulations on your challenge!

TaGa_Luto said...

Oh no!! you're allergic to nori, but don't fret you still can make sushi sans the nori. I love your idea of the step by step pictures for the spiral sushi. You're dragon is fierce yet pretty.
I've used a soy wrapper to make sushi it was good as well i think i posted a picutre of it on my pics at the darings thread.

Elenaki said...

Your dragon is really fantastic!
What a pity you are allergic to nori! (I didn't know nori is allergen, my girls ate all the rolls, even the little one liked it)

Elenaki said...

Your dragon is fantastic!
What a pity you are allergic to nori, I didn't even know nori is allergen and I let my 1 year old daughter eat some pieces... the big one confessed (after ten bits) that she likes the nori most and I gave her the whole sheet - you know what is happiness in their eyes:)))

Lauren said...

Oh no! I hope that you're feeling better =D. All of your sushi is stunning! Fabulous job!

winnie said...

Great dragon and such nice step by step pics...so sorry you had an allergic reaction though!
Great job with the challenge...

natalia said...

Ciao ! I wouldn't imagine you got an allergy to the nori !!! Sorry ! Your dragon is really fantastic !!

Rose said...

Oh NOOO! Allergic to nori?! You poor thing :-/ Great job on the sushi though! I actually really like the soy paper wrappers (plus they come in such pretty colors). Perhaps that would work better for you? You ROCKED this first challenge!!!

chef_d said...

Welcome to the daring cooks! I hope you feel better now from the allergic reaction to the nori. Your dragon is amazing!

Amy I. said...

I'm wowed by the beautiful colors in your sushi, and your dragon is the best one I've seen so far looking at lots of sushi today! Glad you were able to work around your allergy to enjoy the challenge :)

Monkeyshines in the Kitchen said...

What a disappointment that the nori didn't agree with you. Your sushi was so beautiful - but you're right, you can make it again easily without that ingredient.

I just love your dragon roll - the forked tongue is so creative!

Jenny said...

Welcome to the Daring Cooks - how great that you had such a nice experience with your first challenge (besides the nori allergy - so sorry to hear that, but I'm sure you'll be able to work around it). Your dragon is adorable! Congrats on a challenge well done!

Julio said...

Thanks for your compliments about my dragon, but... What can I say about yours? It is one of the most beautiful I have seen. It is for sure beyond "cute"!

What a nasty surprise about nori, and something you cannot imagine in advance, of course. Luckily there are many alternatives...

Excellent job!

Sara said...

Ooooh, yours looks delish! I love the decorative touches :)

That really sucks that you had an allergic reaction though! You're right though that you could make the sushi without the nori and it would be just as delicious.

Great job and thanks for the comment!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Your dragon is fantastic!!! Next time I will be more creative. Congrats on a challenge very well done!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

You are the one with the wonderful dragon! Loves his head. Makes me think I should try harder.

Asha@FSK said...

Ah! such a colorful presentation!!! Love love the dragon roll!!!you make it such a fantasy experience :))

Catalina said...

That is one HOT looking dragon!
It looks like the super model fashion sushi dragon.
Don't worry - Sushi without nori would be ten million times better!

anjelikuh said...

I love your dragon! And i'm sorry to hear about your allergic reaction to the seaweed. Don't worry, i'm sure you'll find a lot of replacements for it. GOod job on the challenge.

pigpigscorner said...

sorry to hear about your allergy. Your dragon roll is so cute!

Erushi said...

I love how you've done the dragon heads. They're so adorable and colourful, like gems, and they're very cute too.

I'm sorry to hear about your allergic reaction - that's just horrible! Thank goodness sushi can be made without nori too. I hope the rash is now better.

Claire said...

I love your dragon too. Sounds like you had great fun with this challenge, so did I. Its a shame you had an allergic reaction to the seaweed though.

mlle noelle said...

Your dragon roll looks so cool :) Great job! I wish I had put a little more effort into my dragon roll and not left it till the last minute.

Lisa said...

Great Dragon.

Just a thought, a lot of nori is oated in flavored powders, these often contain msg, colorants and other alergens. You may want to check the packet just in case the same thing is in other asian foods you try.

At least you can still have nigiri.

Glad your kids like it. I finally with this challange got my 5 yr old to eat tuna sushi, rather then just egg and chicken.

Sarah said...

Congrats on completing your first Daring Cooks challenge! So sorry you had an allergic reaction. Did you see the soy wrappers someone posted to the forum? Perhaps they would be a good alternative. I love your be-ribboned dragon head; it is so artistic.

Evelyne said...

You did such a great job and yes the dragon is just adorable. How can you eat it?

bake in paris said...

Congrats on your first challenge! Beautiful sushi especially the dragon rolls. Creative and professional decorating technique!

Regards
Kris

Angela said...

Cutest dragon roll EVER! Your kids must have loved seeing that come to the table. So sorry about your reaction to the nori -- especially after such a good experience making the sushi. But as others have said, there are lots of ways to avoid it and still make/eat sushi. The soy wrappers intrigue me; I almost bought some for this challenge. Great first challenge!

Linders said...

Soorry to hear about your allergic reaction to the nori. They do make soy wrappers that you can use to wrap the sushi. I've even seen them take cucumber and slice it in sheets as a nori subsuite. Sushi looks yummy!

Valérie said...

Congrats on your first challenge, you did great! And, like others, I recommend using soy wrappers instead of nori. It's lucky your allergic reaction wasn't too strong! Good luck with the next challenges!

~Madeline~ said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe you had an allergic reaction. I hope it didn't last too long. You did a wonderful job on your sushi though and yes, your dragon is super cute!

Karine said...

I am sorry about your allergy! You seem to have done a great job with these sushis :)

Lisa Michelle said...

Kudos to a first DC challenge more than well done. OMG, I'm so sorry about your allergic reaction, and thank god it was minor, but I did get a giggle out of it since nori is kind of gross, and who needs it? LOL Beautiful sushi..the presentation and colors are awesome!