<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/550w_18640000_75___c1.staticflickr.com/106/282006099_4d406dd06c_o.jpg" alt="California rolls" /> </span> <p>California Rolls are the most popular and most well known sushi rolls in the United States. The California Roll isn't exactly a traditional roll, but I am by no means a sushi traditionalist - I love them!</p>
This is by far the easiest sushi roll to make. Not only is it vegetarian, it is also vegan, so just about anyone can eat it! Makes 6 rolls, or 36-48 pieces. Ingredients 6 sheets of nori 3 cups of sumeshi 1 medium cucumber Cooking Directions Cook sushi rice. Wash cucumber thoroughly. If desired, peel
<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/550w_18640000_75___c1.staticflickr.com/107/282013138_2e733663b0_o.jpg" alt="Placing the fillings on the nori" /> </span> <p>It takes a bit of practice to roll sushi perfectly, so don't worry if you don't get it right on the first try. (I sure didn't!) Just keep trying, and keep in mind - even if they don't look great, they are still edible! Mistakes taste just as good as perfectly rolled sushi.
<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/550w_18640000_75___c1.staticflickr.com/1/116/281988784_d37be87ddb_o.jpg" alt="A bamboo sushi mat on a blue cutting board" /> </span> <p>The sushi rolling mat is a small mat made of bamboo which is used to roll and squeeze maki sushi into tight rolls. Preparing it will help keep the mat clean, so you don't have to try to clean all of the rice off of it (which believe me, is quite a pain!)</p>
<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/550w_18640000_75___c1.staticflickr.com/1/99/282038631_a41540337c_o.jpg" alt="Sushi rice in a wooden hangiri (a large, flat, round container)" /> </span> <p>Sumeshi, also known as sushi-meshi, is the Japanese term for the sushi rice. Sumeshi is used in sushi, giving it a light but distinct flavor. </p>
<span class="bigPic"> <img src="http://img.fridgg.com/550w_18640000_75___c2.staticflickr.com/4/3940/15452210929_b1bc5ed380_b.jpg" alt="Salmon and avocado maki rolls on a black plate" /> </span> <p><strong><em>Sushi - cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, usually shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood (nigiri-zushi) or formed into a long seaweed-wrapped roll, often around strips of vegetable or raw fish, and sliced into bite-size pieces (maki-zushi). (Dictionary.com)</em></strong> <p>When people think of the Japanese culture, sushi often automatically comes to mind, and for good reason. Sushi