As a person with a self-proclaimed allergy to anything seafood, sushi was perhaps the most incredibly difficult thing to swallow on a first date. If you're thinking that you could probably name a few worse things to swallow on a first date, you may be right. But for me, it was raw fish. I was not about to ruin a first impression with a wee little phobia. After all, I am strong and this is supposed to be the new me! That was four years ago. There is not a moment that goes by that I don't think about sushi, that first date, or how nothing else since Mr.Sushi Man has ever exceeded my expectations.
That memory of mine and my addiction to sushi can be fixed and eased in one simple dish from Epicurious, the "California Roll" Salad (link below). It is a deconstructed sushi roll that can satisfy the deepest, hardest, must-eat-sushi craving. I have had it served up as a side dish with Chinese BBQ ribs or a skirt steak. I have enjoyed it a la carte, followed the recipe step by step, or even went off the deep end of creativity. Although the dish symbolically looks like a sushi roll that fell apart the way my relationship did, it is still THE most interesting, exciting, and crave-worthy item I have ever had.
|Deconstructed Sushi Roll:|
Surimi, Sushi Rice, Sea Weed, Sesame Seeds, Scallions, Cilantro, and a few mango scraps.
Dressing: Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Sriracha, Ginger Juice, Brown Sugar, and Lime Juice
(This "tropical" version is my own interpretation- and items that were in the fridge. I recommend trying the Epicurious version first and then doing your own spin off version with your favorite special sushi roll ingredients.)
Epicurious "California Roll" Salad Recipe