Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
~ Anais Nin
Bring friends. Experiment boldly. Laugh often. Eat much.
We made sushi rice in a traditional rice cooker. Then we prepared fillings with a twist.
- Tuna fish salad (American style: a can of tuna, mayonnaise, celery, lemon)
- Za'atar spices
- Mango and coconut milk rice
- Quinoa rice balls
Preparing Rice Balls
Sushi rice. Make a bowl of water with a touch of rice vinegar (use this for dipping your fingers to keep hands from getting sticky from the rice. Make rice balls while the rice is still hot. Put the fillings inside. Use rice ball shapers if wanted (find a your local Japanese dollar store, like Ichi Ban Kan or Daiso in Japantown in San Francisco)
Bold Experiment: Quinoa Onigiri...
We cooked up quinoa flakes and endeavored to make "rice" balls with quinoa. We thought that quinoa would be too dry to hold together, so we opted for the quinoa flakes. They were a bit too sticky but tasted delicious with some of our fillings.
Experiment on the sweeter side...Mango & Sticky Rice Balls
We added coconut milk to sushi rice and chopped mangoes into tiny pieces. We put the mangoes in the coconut rice and voila!