Allison Day


For the month of June, 2008


This month, I am way late for Taste and Create. Not kidding. About a week late by now. You see, I was moving, so my entire kitchen is in boxes right now, which doesn’t make for much cooking. And then, I tried making my partner’s Fried Zucchini Parmesan Sticks with Chipotle Mayonnaise at my parents’ house, but I completely murdered the recipe, and had to start over. Which created another delay. Luckily, my partner for this month, More Than Burnt Toast, was very understanding (and she actually made something from my blog this month! For the last three months my partners have forgotten about me… so this is extra special!) as was Nicole, the amazing woman who puts together Taste and Create every month.

Although the loss of the zucchini was a sad one, I’m actually quite glad that I had to try another recipe. This Crater Banana Bread with chocolate chips is so rich and amazing… the only way to describe it is as an ooey gooey mess of chocolatey banana deliciousness. Perfect with a scoop of ice cream or a big ice cold glass of milk.

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Mango Tuna TangoPosted on June 27th, 2008 · 15 Comments »

Maki Recipes


Since I posted here last, two weeks ago, life has been crazy. I went to an amazing dinner for my brother’s cancer center where he got honored (I wish I had been able to document the food there! I think that might have been just a little tacky though, so I didn’t.), I graduated (yay!), I performed in and helped run a show with my old dance school (busy busy busy!) and I’ve moved almost everything into my new apartment. Not to mention making new friends, saying goodbye (but not forever) to old friends, and getting to know other friends better. Unfortunately, all of this does not make for very much time to make sushi, especially when my entire kitchen is in boxes.

Thus begins a new chapter in my life. With such a big change in my life, I’ve got to celebrate with some awesome sushi, right? This recipe truly is amazing. The other day we got a mango from Son’s mom, and out of the blue I exclaimed, “Mango and tuna sushi… with Siracha… wouldn’t that tast so good?” Son looked at me like I was a maniac of course, but just try it. You’ll see that I was right, in the same way that Son did when he tried this sushi. So. Good.

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Pepper Tuna RollPosted on June 13th, 2008 · 17 Comments »

Maki Recipes


The most wonderful thing happened to me the other day. I took my very last final. Ever. Yes, that’s right, I’m finished with school. Graduation is this weekend, and then I never have to be back here, ever! (Unless I really want to. But then it’s by choice, not because I have to for my degree.)

Unfortunately, that means I will be extremely busy during the next week. This weekend I there is graduation and Father’s Day and a big fancy black tie dinner where my brother is getting honored, and then Son and I are moving to be closer to his work. These are all sorts of good and happy things, but the downside of this is that I won’t have the time to make sushi. No time. Whatsoever.

So I will be taking a hiatus, but only for a little over a week, I promise. On the morning of June 22nd, I will be back with much more sushi, and perhaps even a restaurant review or two! (Son has promised to take me to get sushi, to celebrate. 🙂 ) I promise. I can’t bear to leave you, my wonderful readers, for too long.

As a parting gift, I leave you with the Pepper Tuna Roll. It is simple, true, but often simple can be the most enjoyable. I hope you all enjoy the sushi! I’ll be back in nine days!

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Guns and RollPosted on June 10th, 2008 · 13 Comments »

Maki Recipes


Today, I cannot think of a single thing to write for you. I’m in the middle of finals, so I’m going to blame it on stress and studying. Don’t worry, I have a recipe for you, but in lieu of trying to write more about it, I’m going to do another meme that I’ve been putting off. Ellen Wilson splatted me with a meme tomato a month ago (don’t worry, this was before the salamonella scare 😉 ) so that’s what you’re getting today. 😀

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These are cute little tuna appetizers made to look like watermelons. Great for parties, they make perfect finger-food, and are much less work than making a whole bunch of sushi for a party! Not to mention, they are delicious!

This recipe has a lot of contrasting flavors. The cool of the cucumber versus the heat of the Siracha sauce. The soft, yielding texture of the tuna, as opposed to the snappy crunch of the cucumber slice. The creamy, salty flavors of the mayonnaise and tobiko, versus the clean, fresh flavor of the cucumber and tuna. So it’s not really sushi – no sushi rice in the recipe – but sushi lovers will love this dish!

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You might think the name of this roll is a little weird. Why name it the “Jumpin’ Jack Fish Roll”? Well, let me explain. The inclusion of jalapeños and togarashi make the roll more than a little spicy, so it’s definitely “jumpin'”! And as I mentioned in my Yellowtail Nigiri post, yellowtail is actually a type of jack fish, so this being called a “Jack Fish Roll” actually makes a lot of sense.

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