It’s Tuesday again. But (knock on wood) this Tuesday seems to be a nice one… One that purrs instead of growls.
- My current employer offered me a higher salary for staying on with them. And even if I choose not to stay on, the raise will take effect next week for the remainder of my time there. Lovely! This will pay for the extra $200 per month I’m spending on gas now since we moved.
- Taylor made me breakfast this morning
- I have a dinner date this evening with a friend of mine on the deck at Novo for some tapas and a bottle of wine.
- Pranayama before practice this morning left me feeling like I was floating on air.
- And Mr. Bento has found his way back into my life again, after a brief sabbatical in the deep recesses of my kitchen-gadget-cabinet. Just in time to fill him up with some Japanese inspired goodies…
Today’s favorite thing: Nori Maki-Zushi
Yesterday I decided to make some vegetable rolls for the first time ever. I’ve wanted to make them for quite a while, but I never seem to have the time or motivation. To tell the truth, they didn’t take that long, so the no-time thing was a bad excuse. Maybe I was just intimidated. Japanese food is both simple and intimidating all at once.
I’ve had Nori sheets in my pantry for a few months, and some roommate down the line left a sushi mat in my utensil drawer years ago… All it took was a little time to cook the rice. I used a sushi rice recipe from the Real Food Daily Cookbook. Probably not very authentic, but it used two types of short grain brown rice, both of which I had in my pantry as well. While the rice cooked and cooled, I prepped my vegetables… red carrots (so pretty!), cucumbers, avocado, and toasted sesame seeds. I served my maki-zushi with Otsu, a buckwheat soba noodle dish from my favorite cookbook ever.
This morning after practice, I rolled up and cut two more rolls… one for Taylor’s lunch, and one for my Mr. Bento. I filled the other containers with leftover Otsu, soy sauce + wasabi, and some chewy ginger candies.
This was so fun and easy, it’s going to become a staple around my house.