nori rolls

Brown basmati is a very nice rice.  It has a very clean texture and delicious popcorn flavor.  But best of all, it preserves extremely well, re-heating with little loss of appeal for several days.

Its lack of glutiny, however, would make it a troublesome selection if eating with chopsticks, used other than as a plow — which is no problem, by the way.

Also, not particularly practical if making rice balls without the addition of cheese or eggs, or something that will help it adhere.

As used, wrapped in nori, it’s still a bit challenging and all the funky ends are complete losses, but on the plus side, the rolls remain edible for several days.

He remained silently in.  I was weary.  He came out very long after.

Much more shitake could have been used as the flavor was overwhelmed by everything else, especially the delicious wonton sauce, from the other day.

Our eyes thundred together-his, "junk" full.

Marvelous sauce with the rolls!

To compensate for wont of wasabi, this curious concoction was created, composed of cauli, tahini and sriracha — that’s all!  (1/2c, 1/4c, 5T)

He was extinguished in a way, but gave me a succession of brilliant replies.

Jen said it tasted like extremely spicy pimento cheese, but she probably only said that because it was orange.  In a blind taste test, no doubt  — it would be mistaken for wasabi, surely.  Regardless, whether fromage-ish or brassicaceae-ic, a bit on the roll with the sauce was fantastic

Randomly, additional cauliflower was pan seared with some garlic and ginger, then tossed with soy, agave and some sesame seeds, perhaps the hit of the night for pimento cheese lovers (read that as you will).

We departed as the toilets pounded.

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Nori rolls

I can't quite place my finger upon it, but there is something peculiar.

One with caramalized red onion, roasted butternut squash, broccoli and chipotle pepper.  Another with broccoli, caramalized red onion, cucumber and a little toffuti.

Interesting combination of flavors, the second more intuitive; the chipotle may not have quite worked — not something said, often.

Petit pâté de la mer

So, this was tasty. 

It has been a while since we came up with anything particularly interesting or original – what can be blamed on the resumption of school.

However, faced with the prospect of some reheated leftover a mere day past simply pasta, a Bon Appétit, scallop cake recipe inspired this delicious amalgamation:  Essentially a bean curd patty spiked with nori then rolled in panko and fried.

They were really, really good.

 We enjoyed them both just as curdy patties with Jared’s famous remoulade and also as little sliders, dressed with more remoulade, pickled banana peppers and tomato.

 Ingredients

  • ½ Block bean curd
  • ½ — 1 sheet nori
  • ½ c nayonaise
  • 3 Tbs. flax seed meal
  • 6 Tbs. water
  • ¾ c thinly sliced celery
  • ¼ c finely diced red pepper
  • 3 green onion, chopped
  • 1/3 c minced cilantro
  • 1 ½ tsp stone ground mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Ground pepper
  • 3 ½ c panko

 Slice the bean curd into ¼ inch slices and lay on a towel, fold the towel over the slices then put some weight on them (say, bags of rice, a fry pan, etc.) to drain.

 In a medium bowl, combine the flax seed and water.  Lightly toast a sheet of nori (just to dry it a bit) for about 30 seconds.  Smoosh the drained tofu into the bowl with the flax seed.   Shred, break or pulverize the nori sheet into the bowl.  We used ½ a sheet and felt it could have used a bit more.   

 Add everything else up to the panko and add 1 ½ c panko.  Mix.

 Form giant super ball sized dough balls, roll each in the reserved panko and squish to exactly 5/8” thickness.

 Fry by preferred method until golden brown.

These would make great appetizers, too, served either way.

-D

Dinner roll

Nori rolls are just a lot of fun to make.  We rolled variously carrots, cukes, shitake, marinated enoki, wax beans and crab aided with seseme oil and thai peanut sauce.

My third roll was cucumber, tomato, enoki and shitake with the peanut sauce. 

I also did a wax bean with cucumber, tomato, avocado and seseme oil and an inside out with enoki, carrot, cuke and avocado.

A very colorful and savory platter:

-D

Nori Rolls: Lime marinated bean curd with enoki and tempura battered eggplant with peanut sauce

The hot and sour breakfast was delicious but the refrigerator is clearly conceding a lack of tenancy.   That the case, I had the brilliant idea to wing by the local grocery for some nori rolls on the way to work but they very inconsiderately do not open that early!  So instead I went to the Meijer where, on eyeing  their regrettable goop plastered rolls, grabbed hummus and carrots – and enoki because they look funny.  (Also,  asparagus because it looked good and a cantaloupe because Will likes them but for some reason we never buy any.)

The ingredients listed for the hummus were water, chickpeas, sesame tahini, canola oil, garlic, sea salt, citric acid and potassium sorbate, and that seemed just fine.  Except somehow, that mostly typical combination was sublimed into something of the consistency as mayonnaise and the flavor was not nearly chickpea nor tahini, actually far closer to mayonnaise.

Perturbed and continuing to crave nori rolls, as I unloaded this course of exceptional events, Jen summarily set about synthesizing some semblance of supper from the supercilious assortment of purchased pieces.

The plan began as a enoki-asparagus-cantaloupe with cilantro roll and evolved into a plan for two specific combinations:

  1.  Lime marinated bean curd, tamari marinated enoki, red pepper, asparagus and cilantro
  2. Tempura battered eggplant, red pepper and cilantro with peanut sauce

We drained the bean curd and marinated it in lime juice, ginger powder and garlic then baked it until it began to brown.  The enoki was dropped into a pot of simmering tamari, marsala and water, then drained.  The eggplant we dusted with a spiced flour – mixed in cayenne, ground garlic and black pepper – battered and fried.

The assembled ingredients:

Assembling the tofu roll:

The combinant eggplant roll:

The perfect roll:

Nice roll, dude!

And finally, like, really, finally – say, 8:30: dinner

Jen thought the eggplant/peanut sauce combo was superior; I thought the tamari enoki and acidity in the bean curd with the cilantro was the perfect complement of flavors.  Really, though, I’ve never wrapped anything in nori and been disappointed.

Approximate assemblages (This is like a travelling caravan of a meal!):

Bean Curd

  • 1/2 cake of bean curd, cut into 1x3x1/2 inch rectangles
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder (obviously fresh ginger would be much better)

Drain tofu.  Combine juice, garlic and ginger and carefully marinate the tofu for about 15 minutes.  Place bean curd on a tray to bake,  pouring any excess juice over the pieces.  Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes or until it starts to turn golden, turning occasionally.

Rice

  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup sushi vinegar

Cook rice to done, mix in the vinegar.  While the rice is cooking do the rest:

Enoki

  • 1 cup de-rooted enoki
  • 1/3 cup tamari
  • 1/4 cup marsala
  • 1/4 cup water

Combine liquids and bring to a simmer.  Drop the enoki in the brew and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Drain.

Eggplant

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced into 1x3x1/2 inch rectangles
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp ground garlic
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Combine the dry ingredients and dredge the eggplant pieces through the mix.

Batter

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Oil for frying

Heat pan and oil.  Combine first four ingredients.  Batter the above eggplant and fry in pan.  This batter never really browns (or maybe I’m just impatient) so done-ness is best monitored considering the eggplant.

The rest

  • Nori
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 12 pieces asparagus
  • Peanut sauce (This always seems to generally be on hand in our house.  If you want to make it try something like this, making sure to half the lime juice)

Steam the asparagus. 

Assemble the rolls on your rolling mat:

Roll type I:  Spread a thin layer of rice on the lower two-thirds of the nori sheet.  About 1 inch from the bottom, run a 1/2 inch wide row of the enoki, tofu over that and asparagus on red pepper along either side.  Top with sprigs of cilantro and roll.

Roll type II:  Spread a thin layer of rice on the lower two thirds of the nori sheet.  About 1 inch from the bottom, string a row of the eggplant, placing rows of red pepper on either side.  Pour peanut sauce over the tofu, top with cilantro and roll.

Assemble all the rolls before slicing and begin with the first roll made.  Use a very sharp knife and run it through cold water between slices (and do not dry the knife).  I like to slice 2 rolls at once, starting with a slice right down the center.

-D