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My Aussie style outback sushi


We Melbournians revel in our multicultural community. At home, sushi bars are as common as hamburger joints. I soon get tired of barbecues when we’re on the road, so I while planning our stores I give consideration to variety and interest without having to carry a load of ingredients that only have a single application, or are heavy and bulky.

Sushi is perfect when the weather is hot. From a 1 kilogram bag of Kokuo Rose rice I can make 5 meals cooking 1 cup of rice per meal. I season the cooked rice with salt, sugar and commercial sushi seasoning. Nori, pickled ginger, wasabi and furokaki are light and come in small packages, so are no burden. Smoked salmon in 100g packages are flat and take little room in the freezer. Sweet tofu pockets in flat vacuum packs, finely julienned cucumber and carrot, shredded omlette and tamari to season, and I can quickly prepare a light weight, delicious and nutritious meal.

Because I need to conserve our clean tank of fresh drinking water, washing the rice seems wasteful so I omit the preliminaries. I consider the starchy residue clinging to the cooked grains well within acceptable limits.

To cook perfect rice for sushi

1 cup short grained rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

Under normal circumstances I would say put the rice into a fine mesh strainer and wash it under running water until the water runs clear, but not when camping!
Bring the rice, water and salt to the boil, reduce the heat to a minimum, cover tightly and steam for 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes has elapsed, turn off the heat but do not lift the lid. Allow the rice to finish cooking in the residual heat for a further 10 minutes, then remove the lid and cover with a clean tea towel and allow another 10 minutes to pass. After these 3 simple steps, the rice will be perfectly cooked.
Tip the rice onto a tray, sprinkle over 1/4 cup of sushi seasoning and using a spatula stir the seasoning through while fanning the rice with a paper plate to arrest the cooking and cool it quickly.
DIY Sushi Rolls
Nori sheets cut in half
Pre prepared wasabi paste
Pickled ginger
Tofu pockets
Smoked salmon, cut into thin strips
Cucumber, but into thin julienne
Shredded omlette

Take a piece of nori or a tofu pocket, add a heaped spoonful of cooked seasoned rice, then add a few pieces of your choice of some or all of the other ingredients. Season with a few drops of tamari or a dab of mayonnaise, roll roughly and enjoy!


About ladyredspecs

I live in sunny Brisbane, Australia. My love of good food drives me as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating good food, respect for ingredients and an abhorrence of artificial additives, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

11 comments on “My Aussie style outback sushi

  1. Sam
    August 1, 2013

    I’m envious of your outback adventures!


    • ladyredspecs
      August 1, 2013

      Travelled overseas countless times, but you know Australia (away from home that is) is truly unique! Having a bit of R&R in warm sunny Broome right now!


  2. Sandra
    July 22, 2013

    Thanks for the nice comments everyone, I love the challenge of “doin’ it tough”


  3. ohlidia
    July 19, 2013

    Looks like a perfect meal for a hot summer eve!


  4. Mimi
    July 17, 2013

    Looks beautiful! Happy travels!


    • ladyredspecs
      July 27, 2013

      It has been an amazing visual feast so far, stage one is coming to a close as we reach the coast but there is still lots of excitement to come.


  5. marymtf
    July 17, 2013

    How handy are you to have along when camping? Totally organised, imaginative and amazing.
    There’s a sushi bar near me that has the yummiest spicy prawn and avocado, and a lady who does nothing else but fill and roll those sushis.


  6. ChgoJohn
    July 17, 2013

    I agree with the previous commenter. Sushi?!?! That’s awesome! Good for you!


    • ladyredspecs
      July 27, 2013

      Thanks for tagging along John. We’ve been without telecommunications for most of the past 3 weeks, just catching up now. Have managed to eat well the whole time though!


  7. Fae's Twist & Tango
    July 17, 2013

    You are incredible! Sushi while on the road?
    To the best of my knowledge, for the last decade or so, all Japanese packaged rice are processed so that they do not need to be washed. Especially some that are fortified with vitamins/nutrition, do say on the package.
    The plate looks so~ good!


  8. shae pendleton
    July 17, 2013

    Sushi is my absolute favorite and I love the idea of making it at home, I really need to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!


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