28 February 2008

"Eatin" California Rolls to the Beat....


Eat to the Beat is the brainchild of the lovely Elly over at Elly Says Opa. The ingenious idea behind the event is is to create a dish about a food or drink that in some way relates to a song, an album, a band, etc.
K.O.'s song Crabbuckitt makes me move every time I hear it. It is one of those feel good songs. If you want to be snapping your fingers while eating or preparing sushi check out the song here .
A big bucket of crab would have been more appropriate but "them thar crabs does bite." The crabs will just have to wait for a clam bake in the summer!!

No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
ahh ahh
She got the crab in the buckit
No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
No time ta get down cause I'm movin' up
ahh ahh
She got the crab in tha buckit

To create a dish using crab I decided upon California Rolls. My daughter made these with little to no supervision from me. We used real crab and not the imitation stuff. A little pricier rolls but well worth it for the extra flavour!!

**California Roll **

Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 medium avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
4 sheets nori (seaweed)
1/2 batch sushi rice, recipe follows
1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into matchstick-size pieces
4 crabsticks, torn into pieces
Pickled ginger, for serving
Wasabi, for serving
Soy sauce, for serving

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Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocado to prevent browning.
Cover a bamboo rolling mat with plastic wrap. Cut nori sheets in half crosswise. Lay 1 sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the plastic covered mat. Wet your fingers with water and spread about 1/2 cup of the rice evenly onto the nori. Sprinkle the rice with sesame seeds. Turn the sheet of nori over so that the rice side is down. Place 1/8 of the cucumber, avocado and crab sticks in the center of the sheet. Grab the edge of the mat closest to you, keeping the fillings in place with your fingers, and roll it into a tight cylinder, using the mat to shape the cylinder. Pull away the mat and set aside. Cover with a damp cloth. Repeat until all of the rice has been used. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. Serve with pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce.

Sushi Rice

2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt

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Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water, pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear. Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds. Transfer the rice into a large wooden or glass mixing bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi or sashimi.

Yield: 4 cups
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25 comments:

  1. Haha!! Like the poem!!
    Looks delcious! Never eaten the Sushi before, got to try but I love Wasabi though!:)

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  2. I can see you dancing to that beat :-p I'd be dancing, too, even though I have no rhythm at all. Ha

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  3. ...and she does Sushi...well done Val!

    As for that tune, it also contains a sample from a Cure song.

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  4. Val, these California rolls look so delicious! Great song/food connections. Thanks so much for participating!

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  5. I really want to attempt these one day. Yours look so wonderful!

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  6. Great combination - the song and sushi!!!

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  7. I've never heard of this song, but your sushi looks good, Valli :)

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  8. I so miss california rolls. These look delicious!

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  9. This sounds like a fun event.

    I've never made my own sushi, so I'm quite impressed by this. I bet it was really tasty with the crab.

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  10. Yummmm!!! Now I've got my sushi groove on!

    Rolling sushi is *so* much of fun!

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  11. Great song choice and food choice!

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  12. Great job with the sushi val. And the song rocks!

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  13. That sushi looks good. It reminds me that I have not had sushi for a while. I will have to fix that.

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  14. This is a great event. I love California Rolls.

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  15. Wow, you're my hero- you MADE this??? I'd love to try to make some sushi :)

    Well done!

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  16. Oh I love vegetable sushi! Just leave the crab out and I'd be a happy camper. They look so professional, too!

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  17. I too am impressed!It's like art on a plate, and looks delicious Val!! :-D

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  18. These look marvelous! I have become very proficient at making rolls with risotto rice since that's easily available here. That reminds me, I haven't made these for awhile. Thanks for the reminder, these are very droolable!

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  19. Val I could eat that whole tray of food. I love sushi and I'm meant to work on it soonish but I just keep putting it off!

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  20. Love sushi. It looks great and now I'm ready for a feast of it.

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  21. YUM YUM YUM!

    Your sushi looks awesome Valli - it is like you are doing all my faves from around the globe this week! Nice entry and great song choice!

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  22. What an inspiration you are.

    I have never dared to make my own Sushi - well done Val!!

    Rosie x

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  23. Those look great! and your daughter shows some talent too! We look forward to visiting her food blog one day.

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  24. Wow Val, your daughter is as talented as you!!!! Could I come for lunch, pleaseeeeeeeee? This Sushi looks so good, plus I love the Real Crab!!!
    I don't know about that song though :/

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