Years ago, I remember a friend of mine put a lot of effort into preparing a sushi party for us girls. She set the mise en place before we arrived and had a variety of ingredients laid out for us to use, including avocados, surf clam, sushi rice, fish roe, cucumbers, imitation crab, soy sauce, wasabi and noori (aka seaweed). She also had bamboo rollers to help with the rolling process.
For the most part, we just made maki sushi rolls. They didn’t come out perfect, but it was a lot of fun. This is what our end product looked like:
Not bad for a first attempt, right? A decade later, I decided to try again and this is what we ended up with.
We went fancy and bought raw salmon and mackerel (specifically sushi graded fish) and made nigiri rolls (the ones sitting on a bed of rice) in addition to maki rolls. Clearly, sushi making is an art. Some of our rolls are a bit lopsided and funny looking, but the end result was yummy-in-my-tummy. Maybe one day our sushi will look as professional as the ones we had in New York:
But perhaps that’s just wishful thinking on my part. If you are ever struggling to think of a party theme, try a sushi party!