I can distinctly remember trying sushi for my very first time.
My parents were ordering in sushi back before sushi was cool and you could find a sushi shop at every corner. Yup, they were ahead of the times.
It wasn’t exactly love at first bite, but I was intrigued enough to keep on trying it. And look at me now! I’m making my own sushi! And you can too!
If the thought of learning to make your own sushi sounds daunting, trust me, it’s not. Yes, it does require some prep work and you do need to put your knife skills to work, but other than that, it’s actually super simple, requires no special equipment, and is a great way to get your whole family involved in the kitchen.
Getting those little hands involved in rolling up some sushi is a great way to expose your kids to sushi for the very first time. Sushi can be intimidating for a youngen and they may turn their nose up if you just drop sushi combo #2 in front of them. But having them involved and making their own makes it way more likely they will try it. And even if they don’t, you’re exposing them to a whole new cuisine, increasing the chances they will accept it in the future. And after all this, if they still don’t even want to look at that sushi, who cares?! It’s such a fun activity for the whole family to be involved in. Leave some of their favourite veggies and plain rice on the side (hello deconstructed dinner) and everyone will be happy as a clam.
Now I should add a slight disclaimer – if your kids are anything like mine, you will end up with at least one whole sushi roll’s worth of rice on your floor. And rice happens to be the hardest thing in the entire world to clean up. But we’re playing it cool and ignoring the mess, for now! And bonus, some stale, hard rice is way easier to sweep up than a pile of fresh and sticky sushi rice.
The best part of getting to make your own sushi at home is you are the sushi master. You get to decide how much and what goes into your roll. The skies the limit! And if you’re like me, you will definitely be loading up on that sriracha mayo – YUM!
I’ve got a sneaking suspicion make your own taco night will soon be replaced with make your own sushi night. Just keep the margarita and you’re golden!