Refugee from Reality Roll

Refugee from Reality Roll

Ever since I was very young, I have been an avid reader. In first grade, I began reading the Boxcar Children series (we must have at least 100 of those books!) and Little House on the Prairie. (Although my all-time favorite book when I was young was Norma Jean, Jumping Bean.) In middle school, I graduated to the Wheel of Time series, the Golden Compass trilogy, and Harry Potter. Later, it was the Sword of Truth series, and of course, Twilight.

I’ve always loved escaping into the worlds in my books, but what I didn’t know is that there was an even better way to get my, uh, “high”.

It’s been almost a year since I discovered two amazing men. Their blog has the most amazing community I’ve ever seen online, but they are so much more than just a blogging duo. For the longest time I was intimidated by both of them – James is super confident, and quite the go-getter; Harry is mysterious, but the kind of guy that everyone and their mother wants to be friends with. And me, well, I’m easily intimidated.

Just over five months ago, I began to get to know the both of them much better when I joined their RPG – Escaping Reality. Like I said before, it’s an even cooler way to get the escape I get from reading – I get to have my very own character who I get to write into the story. It’s very awesome.

So I’ve gotten to know these two men to the point where I would consider them to both be good friends. And, well, I’ve found out certain things about them. Like how James has never had sushi. And won’t eat raw fish. And for the longest time refused to even consider eating sushi, because he thought it was all raw fish. (But it definitely isn’t!) (Don’t worry, I’ll convert him someday. Somehow.) On the other hand, I’ve found out that Harry loves sushi. Specifically that of the salmon variety. If it includes some sort of roe… even better.

When I discover that someone I find incredibly awesome loves sushi, well, I like to create a sushi specifically for them. Thus I present you with the Refugee from Reality Roll. It involves not only salmon sashimi, but also smoked salmon, and obviously roe. Added to that is some cucumber and avocado, and a bit of spicy mayonnaise to add a little kick. I’ve got to say… my dear friend Harry is apparently a bit of a sushi genius, because this roll was amazingly good. I’m not kidding, you have to try it. (And if I can ever convince James to try sushi, don’t worry, I’ll make him a roll too!)

Refugee from Reality Roll

  • 6 sheets nori
  • 3 cups sumeshi
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 1/2 large avocado
  • 6 oz salmon
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
  • 3 oz thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • 1 oz tobiko
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook sushi rice.
  2. Slice the cucumber into long, thin sticks.
  3. Cut the avocado in half, discarding the pit.
  4. Use a large spoon to scoop the avocado out of the hard skin, being careful to keep the avocado half as whole as possible.
  5. Slice the avocado into slices.
  6. Slice the salmon into sticks 1 cm in diameter, and the length of a piece of nori.
  7. Mix the mayonnaise and Sriracha sauce.
  8. Roll the sushi inside-out, using cucumber, avocado, salmon, and the spicy mayonnaise as your fillings.
  9. Drape the smoked salmon slices over the roll, and use a piece of plastic wrap to press the smoked salmon into the sushi.
  10. Slice the sushi into 6-8 pieces, using a sharp knife.
  11. Carefully scoop a little pile of tobiko onto the top of each roll.
  12. Enjoy!

Serving Size: 1 roll Refugee from Reality Roll

  • Calories: 274
  • Fat: 12g, 18% DV
  • Saturated Fat: 2g, 9% DV
  • Cholesterol: 50mg, 17% DV
  • Sodium: 813mg, 34% DV
  • Total Carbohydrates: 29g, 10% DV
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g, 4% DV
  • Sugars: 17g
  • Protein: 12g, 24% DV
  • Vitamin A: 7%
  • Vitamin C: 11%
  • Calcium: 1%
  • Iron: 6%
  • Magnesium: 5%
  • Potassium: 7%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. These values are only estimates based on the individual ingredients, and not meant to replace the advice of a medical professional.

Refugee from Reality Roll

28 thoughts on “Refugee from Reality Roll”

  1. Yvo -

    I love the new picture setup πŸ™‚ GORGEOUS!!! I actually just stared at that first pic for a few minutes, absorbing what was in it… Ahhhhhh delicious. And, maybe this is silly, but dude, Boxcar Children was awesome but it all went downhill after the first book. Because… yeah. I was hoping for more Boxcar adventures πŸ˜‰
    PS You started Harry Potter in grade school? Way to make me feel old… I started that when I was 18!!!

    Yvo’s last blog post… Psst…

  2. Martin -

    So are you doing this roll only for saving yourself from the bullets of the MwP?

    Just kidding πŸ˜‰

    It looks yummi.

  3. Allison -

    Lucas – Thank you!

    Scott – Thanks. πŸ™‚

    Yvo – Heh I started the Boxcar children in 1st grade, so quality definitely didn’t mean much to me. πŸ˜› Harry Potter was 6th or 7th grade, I believe. I actually dressed as Malfoy for Halloween in 7th grade complete with broom and cape (yes, we all know I’m a dork) but nobody knew who I was. πŸ˜›

    Martin – *gasp* I would NEVER kiss up to the Pen Men like that… really! (Ignore the oh so convenient timing of this post.) I’m INSULTED that you would even think that! (Why doesn’t anyone believe me? πŸ˜‰ )

  4. Nicole Brunet -

    That is simply gorgeous. (I bet it’s delicious too.) Smoked salmon? I’d have never thought of that.

    And what better post for the now infamous: “HereÒ€ℒs what the site looked like when we drove by”. Brilliant, Allison!

  5. Allison -

    Why thank you, my dear. And yes, it’s amazingly delicious. I think someday when I get a house that can actually fit more than three people at a time, I should invite all the ER and MwP people for a grand old party. And I’ll TOTALLY make this roll. πŸ™‚

    I figured I’d put as much salmon into the roll as possible, since our dear Harry loves salmon so much. πŸ˜€

  6. Ian -

    My mouth is watering looking at those photos of the roll.

    It looks delectable, delicious, and divine.

    I am not much (not at all) of a sushi chef, so I’ll have to ask my local bar to give this a roll for me. Thanks!

    Ian’s last blog post… Thoughts on John McCain

  7. Sadao -

    One of my favorite sushi is seared salmon. I had never known that a blow torched sushi could be incredibly tasty until I had one. I’m not a big salmon fan, but I love this.

  8. Martin -

    I really don’t want to insult you. It was just so funny to think that Shadow Sushi would do such stuff I had to mention it.

    I believe you, you wouldn’t do that for real.

  9. Allison -

    Ian – It’s an amazing roll – if you have someone make it for you, let me know how you like it!

    Sadao – I haven’t tried seared salmon yet, but believe me I want to!

    Martin – Hehe I was totally kidding! I really wasn’t insulted at all, just *pretending* to be shocked. πŸ™‚ Believe me, it takes a lot to insult me! πŸ˜€

  10. Harrison McLeod -

    You know you’ve hit celebrity status when people start naming food after you. Thank you so much Sushi-girl! You’ll have to tell me how to make this. I may have eaten a lot of sushi, but I have no clue how to put it all together.

    Now, about that little issue of a Drive By…

  11. Harrison McLeod -

    Ok, that’ll teach me to skim. I have been politely reminded by our gracious hostess that if I hadn’t have skimmed and gotten caught up in the sheer excitement of having my own sushi named after me I would have noticed the recipe is right there in the post.

  12. Allison -

    Harry – Yay! I’m glad you like it. When you make it, you’ll have to let me know how it goes and whether you like the taste of the roll or not! πŸ™‚

    Right… about that drive-by… *hides all valuables so James can’t use them for target practice*

  13. Allison -

    Oooh you’ll eat smoked salmon? WELL then. That makes things easier. How about smoked salmon, tomato, some basil pesto, maybe topped with some chopped olives, and if you don’t like nori (the seaweed wrapper), I can even make it with those translucent rice wrappers used for spring rolls. Mmm that sounds yummy. πŸ™‚

  14. Allison -

    YAY! I found a sushi that James will eat! πŸ˜€ If you have an Asian store near you, they should sell the nori or spring roll wrappers, or both. Or if you have a grocery store with a decent international section, they might have them as well.

  15. James Chartrand - Men with Pens -

    Well, I live in a small French-Canadian community of about 10,000 people. We have one main street where you can stand at one end and see the other. I’d say an Asian store is about two hours away, and I’m lucky if my grocery store has soy sauce.

    Yup, cannelloni it is. πŸ˜‰

  16. Allison -

    I’ve never heard of sushi made with cannelloni, so you’ll have to tell me how that turns out. If you have the time and feel like it, I’d love to see pictures of your cannelloni sushi as well! πŸ˜€

  17. Deen -

    Your website is amazing – had to bookmark it in my favorites! The photos are beautiful and I can’t wait to try the recipes. I actually have some sushi rice cooking right now. πŸ™‚