#EdenCooks - SUSHI! - Monday Apr 15 at 8pm EST

Antipova Antipova



You asked for it, and we're delivering! The forum might be a little rocky right now but Eden Cooks is still here and still providing a wonderful place to meet, share cooking tips and ideas, learn about food, and drool over the step-by-step recipe pictures I'll be posting. Eden provides us with five $10 Eden Points giftcards, too, so there's even more reason to come.

By popular request, for April's meeting we're going to feature sushi! I'm going to show some raw recipes, but also some smoked and veggie-only recipes for people who don't trust their fish-buying savvy yet. This famous meal of Japanese origin is now enjoyed throughout the world, and for good reason. It is refreshing but filling, healthy, attractive, and really really delicious. And when you're making your own it is not only fun for your whole family or group of friends, but it's both more affordable than eating out, and you get to learn and personalize your meal to your tastes.

I do want to ask you all for help publicizing April's meeting---a lot of work is going into this one, and without Stormy's help in publicizing I want to be sure people still know Eden Cooks is bringing the bacon. So tell your friends, please. As always, posting in this thread this week means I'll post on your wall on Monday to remind you of the meeting.

Can't wait to see you all there, it is going to be delicious! The meeting will be held in this very thread at 8pm Eastern Time on Monday, April 15th.
04/09/2013
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Antipova Antipova
I'm going to share some trivia over the coming days---everybody feel free to chime in with sushi facts you know.

Sushi in its modern form was updated from an ancient fish preserving technique into an on-the-go lunch for businessmen. Nigiri sushi (a slab of fish on a mound of rice) was first sold by street vendors!
04/09/2013
Melan!e Melan!e
Oh I love sushi!! I wouldn't miss this. I forgot about last months meeting and was so bummed when I realized I had missed it.
04/09/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
Fingers crossed that my work schedule cooperates!

I love sushi, and have tried making my own before. I can never get the rice right, so I'm hoping I can figure it out now once and for all!
04/09/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Melan!e
Oh I love sushi!! I wouldn't miss this. I forgot about last months meeting and was so bummed when I realized I had missed it.
Oh no D: Well this one should be really good, I hope!

Here's a question for everybody that wants to attend---do you want to learn the Japanese words for everything, or mostly just stick with English with a few of the most important Japanese words thrown in?

Should I call soy sauce 'soy sauce' or 'shoyu'?
04/09/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
Fingers crossed that my work schedule cooperates!

I love sushi, and have tried making my own before. I can never get the rice right, so I'm hoping I can figure it out now once and for all!

I'll be sure to give extra attention to the rice, both buying the right kind, and cooking it right!
04/09/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Antipova
Oh no D: Well this one should be really good, I hope!

Here's a question for everybody that wants to attend---do you want to learn the Japanese words for everything, or mostly just stick with English with a few of the most important ... More
As long as you explain what the Japanese word means the first time you use it, I'm good to go!
04/09/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Antipova

I'll be sure to give extra attention to the rice, both buying the right kind, and cooking it right!
Thank you!
04/09/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Gone (LD29)
As long as you explain what the Japanese word means the first time you use it, I'm good to go!
I was thinking I'd probably stick with English unless there was a big interest in learning all the Japanese ones.

For things where there isn't an english word, I'll use the Japanese. Like Nori, the seaweed wrapper for maki rolls, I'll call nori... but I'll probably call 'eel' just 'eel' instead of 'unagi' unless people really want it to be called 'unagi.'
04/09/2013
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
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Originally posted by Antipova
I was thinking I'd probably stick with English unless there was a big interest in learning all the Japanese ones.

For things where there isn't an english word, I'll use the Japanese. Like Nori, the seaweed wrapper for maki rolls, ... More
That makes sense.

In addition to failed attempts at making my own sushi, I've also made a few failed attempts at teaching myself Japanese from books and CDs. It's something that interests me, but I just got away from it as I have no one to practice with. One of these days I'll pick it back up again!
04/09/2013
dv8 dv8
I hope this discussion doesn't get flooded with posts by people complaining they don't like sushi.
04/09/2013
Ryuson Ryuson
I'm pretty stoked for this, I hope I can make it! I have also tried and failed to make sushi; I think that at 13 my 'fish savvy skills' hadn't matured yet, and that frozen, sale Tilapia filets may have been the issue.
04/09/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by dv8
I hope this discussion doesn't get flooded with posts by people complaining they don't like sushi.
If they don't like it, cook something else, right?
04/09/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by Ryuson
I'm pretty stoked for this, I hope I can make it! I have also tried and failed to make sushi; I think that at 13 my 'fish savvy skills' hadn't matured yet, and that frozen, sale Tilapia filets may have been the issue.
Haha! This is adorable. We'll go over fish selection so don't worry!
04/09/2013
Sera26 Sera26
This sounds super fun!
04/10/2013
dv8 dv8
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Originally posted by Antipova
If they don't like it, cook something else, right?
You'd think but take a look at some of the comments in the various sushi threads.
04/10/2013
Wicked Wahine Wicked Wahine
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Originally posted by dv8
You'd think but take a look at some of the comments in the various sushi threads.
I haven't seen any negativity about any of the topics during an Eden Cooks event. I think those people just stay away. Everyone is polite & helpful, at least for the ones I've attended or read after the fact. Why "tune in" for a demo if you don't like? I think it's easier for them to do that on a discussion where they post it & leave, instead of in an "official" event, or at least I hope so!
04/10/2013
rosythorn rosythorn
Love this idea! But are you going to teach how to prepare the fresh fish as well?
04/10/2013
snowminx snowminx
Yay! I'll try to be there, hate that it's on a monday though, hate mondays =<
04/10/2013
XxFallenAngelxX XxFallenAngelxX
Yes!! Thanks so much for taking my suggestion and making it happen! I can't wait for this class!
04/10/2013
Antipova Antipova
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Originally posted by rosythorn
Love this idea! But are you going to teach how to prepare the fresh fish as well?
Woohoo!

And Snowminx, maybe this will give you a reason to look forward to it? Sorry about the timing, that just happens to be my day off from my job

And Fallen Angel, it was a great suggestion! I'm super excited too, I have gotten to learn a lot for it!
04/10/2013
Silverwinds Silverwinds
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Originally posted by Antipova
Oh no D: Well this one should be really good, I hope!

Here's a question for everybody that wants to attend---do you want to learn the Japanese words for everything, or mostly just stick with English with a few of the most important ... More
English please! I hope I can come, too! Work schedules and what not.
04/10/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by Antipova
You asked for it, and we're delivering! The forum might be a little rocky right now but Eden Cooks is still here and still providing a wonderful place to meet, share cooking tips and ideas, learn about food, and drool over the step-by-step recipe ... More
Since I have been making my own Sushi for more than 10 years, I would suggest that you use the English word rather than the Japanese word in your discussion. It will be easier for everyone to learn and follow along.

Here is a link to a thread I started some time ago which lists several simple Sushi recipes together with posted pictures. I called it, Do you like Sushi?. I hope this helps; good luck to all you Sushi lovers!

04/11/2013
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
Oooh I'm not a sushi fan at all but I'll be here I'm always down to learn new recipes.
04/11/2013
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
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Originally posted by Antipova
I'm going to share some trivia over the coming days---everybody feel free to chime in with sushi facts you know.

Sushi in its modern form was updated from an ancient fish preserving technique into an on-the-go lunch for businessmen. Nigiri ... More
The most popular way of eating this type of food is in the form of Sashimi and is a more popular Japanese delicacy consisting of very fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces. It is served with rice on the side so that you can control the amount of rice used when eating the raw fish. Sashimi often is the first course in a formal Japanese meal, but it can also be the main course, presented with rice and miso soup in separate bowls.





On the other hand, Sushi is the short version for Naigirizushi and used on 'top' of the rice. Sushi is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice (shari) combined with other ingredients (neta), usually raw fish or other seafood; therein lies the difference. Sushi uses a vinegared form of rice.


But here again, the most important ingredient, IS the rice. I cannot stress it more, it is all about the rice! Japanese rice refers to a number of short-grain translucent grains and is especially sticky when cooked. Sushi-meshi or Su-meshi is a preparation of white, short-grained, Japanese rice mixed with a dressing consisting of rice vinegar, sugar, salt, and occasionally kombu and/or sake. It has to be cooled to room temperature before being used for a filling in a Sushi or else it will get too sticky while being seasoned. Traditionally, the mixing is done with a hangiri, which is a round, flat-bottom wooden tub or barrel, and a wooden paddle.

Another important ingredient is the use of Mirin and is an essential condiment used in Japanese cuisine. It is a kind of rice wine similar to sake, but with a lower alcohol content and higher sugar content and is added to the rice when making Sushi. There are three general types. The first is hon minin, which contains alcohol; the second is [bold|shio mirin, which contains alcohol as well as 1.5% salt; and the third is shin mirin which contains less than 1% alcohol yet retains the same flavor. I sometimes use another version called Aji-mirin which is sweet and alcohol free and made by Kikkoman.
04/11/2013
GONE! GONE!
Exciting! I'll try to show up since I've been wanting to learn how to make sushi for ages.
04/11/2013
discotits discotits
OH MY GOD YES.

You don't even understand my obsession with sushi.

I've made it before, but I would love to get new ideas.
04/11/2013
ChaiMocha ChaiMocha
I'm super excited for this. I love making sushi and new ideas and tips are always very very welcome!
04/11/2013
Antipova Antipova
Yes! I'm excited that you're excited. I'm off to the store now, and then I'm going to simmer up some mushrooms and gourd and make some sauces for tomorrow.
04/11/2013
.kaycat .kaycat
I love sushi!! Great idea!
04/12/2013
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