Is That Hot Dog in Your Sushi or are You Just Happy to Sashimi Me?
Scene: 6pm. Thursday night. Pinch of Minch and BS lounge on the couch
during hour two of Curb Your Enthusiasm marathon. A crumbled bag of
pretzels lay on the table. Somewhere, a stomach growls.
Pinch of Minch: Dude, Brendan, I’m hungry.
P o M: I mean, really hungry.
BS: Uh huh.
P o M: I want sushi. Real bad. Like, if I don’t have it, I may die.
Do you know what I mean?
BS: No I don’t, but sushi sounds good.
They go back to watching TV, until 30 minutes later….
P o M: Dude, I’ve got a crazy idea. We should make sushi.
P o M: Out of what’s in the fridge. Like what-ev-er is in there,
mayonnaise and mac and cheese sushi. Pickle and coffee ice cream
BS: Hmmm. What about fruit? Fruit plus sushi is fruishi.
P o M: I have some frozen hot dogs. I’m making hot dog sushi. I am a genius.
BS: Let’s make some crazy sushi.
P o M: This could be really gross.
They give each other high fives and race to the kitchen. What follows
is a Lewis and Clark expedition of culinary craziness. And a short
time later, some of the oddest- and damn fine- sushi emerges from the
kitchen and into the bellies of our two protagonists.
The sushi rice was surprisingly easy to replicate. Using the basic directions, we whipped up the vinegar-sugar concoction that gets folded into the sushi rice, making it sweet and glistening, a la restaurant sushi. Not having all the appropriate equip., we just rolled with saran wrap on a cutting board – highly unethical, surely, but effective:
This dessert sushi was my favorite. First, we spread out some leftover coconut-rum icing from Liza’s b-day cake. Then added persimmons, mango and raspberries, rolled it up, topped with pomegranate seeds and coconut shavings:
Some of this may sound a little far out, but seriously, sushi is way more versatile than it gets credit for. Anything rolled in sweet rice and seaweed tastes like perfection. Sushi is the new bacon!
*Editor’s Note: No mayo and mac n’ cheese or pickle and coffee sushi was actually attempted. That would be disgusting.
Additional reporting by BS. Additional sushi prep by Liza.
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