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Super Saturday Number Two

Oh no. Amazon sent my new cookery books out with the awful Hermes courier. They tried once and sent them back, shame on them. I will have to reorder them and wait, again. Wonderful. On the plus side, it snowed. Yay snow day, two days off work – admittedly unpaid – but nevertheless, off work. Also, I mentioned we went food shopping, at last. Nearly seven weeks since we went last. It does mean that hopefully I’ve bought everything for the whole week of noms and won’t need to buy expensive last minute ingredients at the expensive store on the way home from work. Bonus.

Plans For This Week

– Hungarian Goulash

– Levesbe Galuska (lit Soup Dumplings) – also Hungarian

– Mushy Pea Curry, Slimming World Style

– Seaside Fish ‘n’ Chips with Mushy Peas

– Indian Barfi

– Nutella Cookies

– Tteok [this was word of the day on my other blog!]

I used to go to Slimming World and a lot of people swore by Mushy Pea Curry – it’s full of super speed foods [metabolism boosters, low in calories, high in density etc etc] and it supposedly tastes great. Now I’m still in Christmas mode, so I’ll try anything. Even mushy pea curry.

Favourite Food Of The Week – Kedgeree. So it didn’t look like the picture. So what, it tasted good. Hot too, which isn’t a bad thing. And filling, especially good for the budget when a bag of rice is around 10p.

Worst Food Of The Week – Pizza dough. After several attempts it still failed. The toppings were lovely as I splashed out on ‘authentic’ italian meats and cheese. But the dough was a disaster. Funnily enough, pizza dough appeared on todays Saturday Morning Kitchen and James Martin blames my yeast. Maybe third time lucky.

Til next week. Nomnomnom.

Day 9 – Japanese Week Day 1 – Sticky Rice

This week is to be dubbed sushi week. I realise it is Wednesday but that’s when my week can really start. Mondays are manic, Tuesday I am recovering from monday and the weekends I am preparing for Monday all over again. See, it makes sense.

As another of my New Year goals, I’m hoping to lose 40lbs. So far this year, and last, my work lunches have consisted of whatever the not so impressive local shop has to offer- pasties, sandwiches, ready meals. Not the most nutritional fare.

Today we start with the basics. Sticky rice. I have attempted sushi before and it was a disaster – suffice to say my rice was not sticky. Time to try again. I’m hoping that this recipe will work equally well for some awesome sounding Korean dishes too.

Ingredients

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2 Cups – White Sushi Rice

2 Cups – Water

3 1/2 Tbsp – Vinegar

1 Tbsp – Sugar

1 Tsp – Salt

I have seen a few recipes for sticky rice that call for normal short grain white rice. I will try them in the future as ‘official’ sushi rice is beyond expensive but I wanted to make sure all the ingredients this time were authentic to increase my chances of successfully making edible sushi.

Sticky Rice

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1. Measure out the rice into a large bowl and cover with water. Gently mix rice around. The water should go cloudy with excess starch. Drain and repeat until water is clear. Leave rice to allow water to be absorbed for 30 minutes.

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2. Into a pan place the rice and the measured amount of water. Cover with a lid and leave on a medium heat to come to a slow boil.

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3. Once boiling turn to a high heat for 1 minute. Do not remove lid.

4. Turn down to a low heat and leave to fully soak up remaining water for 10 minutes.

5. Take pan off heat and leave for a further 10 minutes.

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The recipe doesn’t actually tell you what you are meant to do with the sugar, vinegar and salt but having googled it, it seems you heat it all together in a new pan and ‘spritz’ over the cooked rice before using. A second recipe says to gently fork the seasoning through the rice.

Final result, sticky rice. It worked, I’m so excited. On to making maki rolls.

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