Tonight we had Sandra & Jim over for Sushi night. I can’t take any credit for this meal. Nate made the entire dinner…three courses worth and they were delicious. We started out with Potstickers, which were tiny wontons filled with a pork mixture consisting of some ginger, cabbage, soy sauce & a few other ingredients. He shaped them into moons then fried them in some sesame oil until the meat was cooked inside. They were so tasty dipped in soy sauce. Mmmm…
With our next round, we needed to “cleanse our palate” after the potstickers, so we were introduced to a new salad which was called a Cucumber & Daikon Salad. We found out that a daikon, is a radish. It is a very mild radish and not hot like the red ones you see a lot of in salads. This salad was so fresh, crunchy and sweet. It certainly did the job of refreshing our mouths.
The last course was the sushi. Nate made three different types and we sampled them all. He made California Rolls, which had crab, avocado, & cucumber in them. Philly Rolls, which had smoked salmon, cream cheese & cucumber. The third one was Crunchy Shrimp Rolls, which had fried shrimp, cucumber & avocado. These were my favorite, but they all were fabulous and so pretty to look at. Nate has been working on his rolling technique and this was his fourth sushi meal he’s made. Each time they turn out better than the last.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an authentic meal without chopsticks, so there was no silverware to be found. Each of us had to eat our meal using chopsticks. I’m horrible with chopsticks, so I was the only one at table that used the “cheater chopsticks.” Everyone else did a great job with theirs. My sticks were connected, otherwise, I’d be really hungry still.
We did, however, have one minor incident which included the chopsticks. Kelly was playing with hers (sort of sharpening them) at the table, when all of a sudden, one of the them got away from her. Here’s the result of her negligence…….
At least he had a great meal before the accident occurred. What a fun night we had and Jim & Sandra brought along a wonderful white wine that accompanied the meal perfectly. A Gewurtztraminer, from Chile. I’ll quote Alton Brown from Food Network, “Good Eats!”