Here Is That Interpretive Sushi Dance We All Needed
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Because really, otherwise, we just wouldn't get sushi
Remember that piece of performance art a while ago showing a woman doing an interpretive dance on a square of butter? Well, this isn't quite as abstract, but it's still dancing with food in mind.
Trending recently due to BuzzFeed and The Laughing Squid, this series of sushi-inspired dances takes on various types of sushi, such as nigiri, maki, and sashimi, all interpreted via dance in three videos. Titled "The Human Sushi," this special bunch of videos was produced by from Godfisk, a website supported by the Norwegian Seafood Council.
Naturally, there are colorful costumes, Spandex, tutus, and of course, a pas de deux. It's all very hokey, with some killer headpieces, and probably not the best way to mime that you want sushi for dinner. Watch all three below, then imagine what a hand roll might look like. Personally, we're interested in seeing them try out a dragon roll, but that might be too plebeian for these guys.
29 Next-Level Rice Cooker Recipes That Go Waaay Beyond Plain White Rice
The rice cooker is the kitchen tool we didn’t know we needed… until we had one. And now we can’t stop using it.
Yes, it makes perfect plain white rice (and its more nutritious sibling, brown rice). And that’s important, because making rice isn’t easy. Scorched rice, mushy rice, hard rice — we’ve made them all.
For such a simple food, there’s so much to get right: the water-to-rice ratio, the temperature, when the heat needs to be turned down, when it’s done (no peeking!).
That’s why we love our rice cooker. It helps us easily make our favorite globally inspired one-pot meals and side dishes, from tomato-flecked Spanish rice to saffron-infused biryani.
The world of rice has expanded. There’s a lot more on the shelves these days than Uncle Ben’s. White, brown, black, long-grain, short-grain, jasmine, basmati, sticky — you’ll find them all in the 29 recipes we’ve gathered. Talk about an easy way to up your cooking game!
To increase the health benefits of these dishes, try replacing the white rice with healthier types.
1. Spanish rice
What’s the difference between Spanish and Mexican rice? Actually very little. Some will say Spanish rice has saffron, so go ahead and add a pinch of saffron to this recipe.
You’ll need just 5 minutes to dump the ingredients into the rice cooker, and it’ll turn out 5 cups of rice flavored with canned tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder. Talk about feeding a crowd with easy pantry standbys.
2. Restaurant-style Mexican rice
Long-grain rice absorbs the flavors of tomatoes, onion, and jalapeño as it simmers in chicken broth. Serve this favorite with pinto beans, guacamole, and salsa and you’ve got dinner.
3. Mexican brown rice
In this recipe, brown basmati rice is flavored with garlic and onion powders, cumin, and jalapeño. Tomato sauce and vegetable broth keep it vegetarian. Serve with vegan cheese enchiladas.
4. Coconut rice
In this straightforward recipe, white jasmine rice cooks in coconut milk with flakes of dried unsweetened coconut. Sure, it’s a great rice to serve with Thai food, but it’ll also liven up a simple chicken breast.
Keep in mind that brown jasmine rice is a more nutritious choice than white.
5. Coconut brown rice
This dish of aromatic brown basmati cooked with coconut milk seasoned with curry and ginger is the perfect base for grilled veggies. Tip: Soak the rice before cooking to leach some starch from the grains.
6. Indian coconut milk rice
This is a rice cooker version of a traditional spice-filled vegetarian favorite from southern India. Frozen vegetables are fine here — use whatever you have on hand, such as peas, green beans, or spinach.
The key to the bright flavor is a homemade paste of fresh ginger and green chiles. (Thank you, immersion blender.) You’ll want to stock up on cloves, cardamom, cumin, coriander, and curry leaves.
7. Jasmine rice
According to these bloggers, if you want perfect jasmine rice, you’ll have to get your hands in it. Soaking and then squeezing the rice removes more starch. Letting the “polished” rice rest in water for an hour softens it.
Then, just flip on the rice cooker and set it for 25 minutes. That’s how you get floral-scented, soft-textured, slightly sticky jasmine rice. Bonus: It goes with anything.
8. Black rice
It’s fun to have a few black rice dishes up your sleeve for when you’re feeling particularly dramatic or looking for fun Halloween food. Serve up this dark, moody rice (the taste tends to be on the nutty side) with colorful stir-fried veggies or a vibrant carrot soup.
Fun fact: Black rice gets its rich pigment from anthocyanin, a plant compound with substantial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has one of the highest protein contents of any rice.
A sharp knife is vital to sushi-making: You'll use it to portion raw fish, precisely cut other filling ingredients, and slice the finished roll into pieces. Haraguchi's go-to is a gyuto knife from Togiharu, Korin's house brand. "Gyuto" literally translates to "beef sword," and is the Japanese term for a sturdy but nimble all-purpose chef's knife. The Hollow Ground model includes a line of dimples down the side which prevents ingredients from sticking to the steel.
About This Article
To make your own sushi, first rinse 2 cups (400 g) of rice and add it to a saucepan filled with enough water to submerge the rice. Then, bring the water to a boil and cook the rice for 10 minutes. Strain the rice and set it aside. Next, combine 4 tablespoons (60 mL) of rice vinegar, ¼ cup (25 g) of sugar, and 1 tablespoon (6 g) of salt in a large bowl. Add the rice to the mixture and toss everything together by hand. Let the rice soak in the mixture while you prepare your fillings. Tuna, yellowtail, salmon, mackerel, halibut, and eel are popular fishes for sushi, and cucumber, carrot, avocado, bell pepper, and mushroom all make great vegetable fillings. You can also use sesame seeds, wasabi, imitation crab, and spicy mayo to give your sushi even more flavor. Chop the vegetables into thin vertical slices that are roughly 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Cut the fish into pieces that are 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) wide and 3 inches (7.5 cm) long. Lay a bamboo mat out flat, and place a sheet of dried seaweed on top of it. Spread an even layer of rice over the seaweed, and arrange the fish and vegetables in a line along the center of the mat. Then, roll the bottom of the mat up over your fillings and tuck the edge underneath them. Roll the mat again until 1 inch (2.5 cm) remains. Press down gently along the rolled up mat to compress the ingredients. Finally, unroll the mat and use a knife to cut your sushi roll into 5 to 6 individual pieces. To learn how to make other popular types of sushi, like Tiger Rolls, read on!
Healthy recipes we learned from TikTok
Not interested in learning a TikTok dance? That’s ok, because it’s all about fun recipes when I use this app!! I have learned so many food hacks and mouth-watering creations from TikTok over the last bunch of months and they are very user friendly (you do not have to be a chef to create any of these). There are millions of #foodhacks videos featuring meal-prep shortcuts, simple ingredients and healthy options guaranteed to save you tons of time.
TikTok has really ended up the place for the most innovative recipe ideas and cooking hacks. My advice in short: if you’re not already on the social platform, you should be!
Here are 3 of my faves that I found inspiration for on TikTok that I have also created my own videos for – you can find the recipes there. I have a sweet treat, a socially distanced party And the great news- they are healthy and easy to make!
1.) Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge
This fudge is different from regular fudge in the fact that it is much lower in sugar (and uses more natural sources of sweetener), is totally dairy-free and vegan, and is packed with healthy fats thanks to a good chunk of coconut oil. Coconut Oil is a great dairy free and gluten free healthy swap. Both are pantry staples that are so versatile – so many Tik Tok favourites agree! Coconut does not only lend an amazing taste and creamy texture but so nutritious – ideal healthy fat – filled with fibre, MCTs and antioxidants. This freezer fudge also only has 5 ingredients!
- 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Unsweetened shredded coconut, for garnish
Whisk all ingredients together until they are super smooth – I pour the mixture into lined muffin tins and freeze for an hour. I like to cut mine in half so I get 12 servings
2.) Apple Nachos
Ready in under 5 minutes, apple nachos make a great snack, breakfast or light lunch. They are a well loved classic loved by kids and adults alike!
Apple nachos are an easy way to get in a good dose of protein too, easily giving you about 8 grams for every 2 tablespoons of nut butter you use. Not too bad at all!
Gather some of your favorite apples and get ready to enjoy a simple, healthy and delicious treat. They are naturally vegan, gluten free & grain free!
2-4 apples of choice depending on if you’re sharing!
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup natural nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)
- small handful chocolate chips
- small handful shredded coconut
- small handful slivered almonds
- sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Apples: Wash, core and cut your apples into 1/4 inch slices. I like to cut mine into quarters, take a small paring knife and carefully remove the core and upper and lower end where dirt may still be collected (even after washing). Lay apple quarters on a flat surface with the inside of the apple facing up, carefully slice your apple into 1/4 inch slices, even 1/2 inch slices is good too. Whatever thickness you prefer, no rules here! Place apple slices in a small bowl with the lemon juice, toss to coat (this will stop them from browning)
Nut butter: Heat your nut butter just until warmed and somewhat runny, it should be warm enough to drizzle. Stove top or warm in the microwave for 20 – 30 seconds.
Assemble: On a serving plate, lay your apple slices in a single layer around the outside edge, then layer another small layer over those but towards the inside center of the plate. Drizzle the nut butter in a circular motion, from the middle of the plate to the outside edge. You can also just zig-zag the butter from one side to the other if you like. Again, no rules – just do what you feel is best! Top with chocolate chips, coconut flakes, almonds and sprinkle of cinnamon (or whatever you’ve chosen to use as your toppings).
Serves one generously, or two as a small plate.
Enjoy this simple yet delicious treat!
3.) Deconstructed Sushi Bowls
After many failed sushi roll attempts I was over the moon when I came across this idea on TikTok! All of the best parts of the sushi rolls I love simply put in a deconstructed “SUSHI” bowl, yes please!
I always love making a large batch of brown rice for the week to use for meals and this has been one of my favorite “hacks” to play with for lunch and dinner, the bonus is you can also keep it veggie if you like and the simplicity of it is mind blowing!
This is a great pre or post-workout meal, it’s filling but I never feel weighed down. This deconstructed sushi roll salad is quickly and easily assembled with leftover brown rice. Highlighted with Japanese-inspired textures and flavors, it offers a fresh perspective on the definition of salad. Great for lunches and or dinner, this all-in-one bowl is not only pleasing to the eye, but the stomach too.
A salad version of a deconstructed sushi roll, this dish is quickly assembled with leftover brown rice and simple things like avocados, cucumber & shrimp.
Healthy Smoked Salmon Sushi Bowls
We love sushi so much that we drive 30 minutes across town to the best sushi place we have found. Okay, we don’t really know if it’s actually the best but we never seem to want to venture away from it.
I tried to make a vegetarian sushi once with my mom. We even used those bamboo sushi rolling mats that’s supposed to make everything easier. Nope, not doing that again. It was a mess. Everything was falling apart. It stressed me out.
Probably also the same reason I just never want to learn how to pipe frosting on a cake in any fancy way. Too. Much. Pressure.
Sushi rolls are just better eaten at a restaurant, made by a sushi chef who has had years of practice making those cute little rolls. It’s an art.
That’s when the sushi bowls come in. Because, yes, we can chop some veggies and throw everything on top of rice in a bowl and have all of the flavors of sushi but none of the stress of trying to perfectly roll it up and then slice it.
Smoked salmon sushi bowls, I LOVE YOU!
My second hesitation to making sushi at home is the raw fish – where do I even find sushi grade fish? Of course you can make a sushi with cooked fish, or even keep it vegetarian but I still wanted some kind of fish in there that didn’t require any extra effort.
Smoked salmon to the rescue!
And smoked salmon sushi bowls were born.
If you have never had smoked salmon, AKA lox, it’s not a raw fish, even though it kind of looks like it. It’s smoked and sliced very thin. The nice smoky flavor is so good with all the other sushi flavors.
Fun part is that you could have friends over and have a make your own sushi bowl party! Shown above is a fun platter of all the veggies that go on top of your sushi bowl. Allow guests to customize their own bowls.
But, if you’re like me and just wanna have your sushi fix without driving 30 minutes across town and having to pay extra money for it just throw everything on top of some quick cooking rice and call it a day!
Trust me, these smoked salmon sushi bowls will keep that sushi craving at bay!
Here’s what we’ve got happening for our smoked salmon sushi bowls:
- quick cooking brown rice (can use any type you like, including sushi rice)
- smoked salmon AKA lox
- toasted nori sheets, cut into strips
- ginger sesame dressing – a little sweetness to mimic the way they sweeten sushi rice and restaurants (yes, that’s a thing)
- spicy mayo – essential!
- Toppings can include: sliced green onions, wasabi paste, pickled ginger slices, and sesame seeds
All of the flavors of a good sushi, just in a bowl. No tedious rolling. No hunting down sushi grade fish.
These beautiful smoked salmon bowls come together in 20 minutes! They make a great weeknight meal. Or like I said it would be really fun to turn them into a make your own sushi bowl party.
The 5 Best Low Carb Rice Substitutes for Keto
If you can’t eat rice, what can you eat on a low-carb diet as a suitable alternative? Here are the best low-carb substitutes for rice that are both healthy and keto-friendly:
- Riced cauliflower
- Miracle rice (shirataki rice)
- Cabbage rice
- Hemp seeds
- Mushroom rice
1. Riced Cauliflower
This is the most popular low-carb rice alternative since it is relatively cheap, low in carbs, and packed with health-boosting vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
In general, ½ cup (85 g) of prepared cauliflower rice has 4 grams of total carbs and 2 grams of net carbs, which makes it easy to fit into a strict keto diet as well as non-keto low-carb diets.
Riced cauliflower is available at your local grocery store pre-packaged, but it can be made just as easy at home if you have a cheese grater or food processor.
How to Use It:
Riced cauliflower makes a great keto pizza crust, the perfect rice substitute for fried rice, and a tasty low-carb alternative for sushi rice. Scroll below for more keto cauliflower rice recipes.
2. Miracle Rice — The Lowest Carb Keto Rice, No Cauliflower Necessary
Made from konjac root, miracle rice (and shirataki noodles) only contain trace amounts of net carbs and are packed with health-promoting fiber. More specifically, a 3 oz. serving (85 g) of miracle rice comes with 10 calories, 3 g of fiber, and less than 0.5 g of net carbs.
Miracle rice is available in most health food stores or online. You may also see it called “shirataki rice,” “slim rice,” or “konjac rice” as well.
As long as the product is listed as having zero net carbs per serving, it’ll be the perfect rice alternative for keto.
How to Use It:
Try using miracle rice as a rice alternative in a stir-fry, pilaf, or cauliflower rice recipe. It would also work well as a rice or barley replacement in a soups and stews.
3. Cabbage Rice
Another great keto rice substitute is cabbage rice. You can prepare cabbage rice as you would cauliflower rice: in a food processor or with a cheese grater.
Both red and green cabbage are keto-friendly options, with green cabbage having a slightly lower net carb count:
- Red cabbage — 1 cup,chopped (89 g) has 6.2 grams of total carbs and 3.9g of net carbs
- Green cabbage — 1 cup, chopped (89 g) has 4.9g of total carbs and 3.2g of net carbs
How to Use It:
Riced cabbage is great in stews, as an alternative to fried rice, or as the feature vegetable in a keto bowl. It will pair exceptionally well with spices commonly used in Indian food, such as garam masala, cumin, and turmeric.
4. Hemp Seeds
Shelled hemp seeds are great for mimicking the taste and texture of wild rice and other heartier grains.
They are also packed with healthy fat, plant-based protein, and fiber, making them the best rice substitute for anyone looking up their intake of these nutrients while keeping carbs low.
Overall, each ½ cup of shelled hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) provides us with:
- 442 calories
- 39 g of fat
- 25 g of protein
- 6.9 g of total carbs
- 3.7g of net carbs
Since this is the highest fat rice substitute, make sure not to overdo it. The fat calories can add up surprisingly fast and slow weight loss.
How to Use It:
Use as a wild rice substitute for wild rice pilaf, or add it to your keto meals to mimic the mouthfeel of couscous or wild rice.
5. Mushroom Rice
With their earthy umami flavor, mushrooms are a delicious keto-friendly substitute for rice as well. Just make sure to keep the carb counts in mind because they will vary depending on the mushroom variety.
Here are the carbs in the most commonly consumed mushrooms (in every cup, sliced):
|Mushroom type||Total carbs (g)||Net carbs (g)|
How to Use It:
To prepare mushroom-based keto rice, finely chop a cup or two of mushrooms and saute with some butter and salt. You can also combine mushroom rice with the other low carb rice alternatives to switch up the flavor and texture of your meals.
1 1/2 cup raw rice
2 cups water
3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup grated monterey jack cheese
1 pound rare roast beef, sliced 1/8.25 inch thick
1 cup refried black beans
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 medium green bell pepper cut into thin, lengthwise strips
1 medium red bell pepper cut into thin, lengthwise strips
2 cups prepared salsa, for dipping
fresh chives, for tying sushi if desired
Cook rice with water until all liquid is absorbed. In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, and cumin. Boil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir into cooked hot rice, allow mixture to be absorbed. Let rice cool completely. Stir in parsley, cilantro, salt, pepper and cheese. Set aside.
Cut roast beef into 2-inch by 3-inch rectangles. Stir cumin into refried beans and spread in a thin layer on each beef slice. Top with some of the rice filling. Place strips of peppers vertically across rice roll up jellyroll-style. Trim peppers evenly with edges of beef.
Refrigerate rolls until firm. Cut each roll into 3 1-inch slices. Tie with a chive if desired. Serve with salsa.
Rice Cooker, Fancy Rice Cooker or just a plain old Pot?
All in all, I don't think it really matters.
Personally, I have two Zojirushi's. A simple one button one (NHS-10 6 cup) on the left above, and a fancier one ( NS-ZCC18) in the middle above that uses the "fuzzy logic" technology that does all of the thinkin' for you (I just love this unit.) It will pre-soak, cook, and steam the rice after cooking for you all you have to do is wash the rice, put it in the pan, add water and push a button or two.
If you want to learn everything you ever wanted to know about all the different models of Zojirushi rice cookers, visit my review page here.
But overall, rice cookers are nice to have to make things more convenient and to give you more options (like settings for regular rice, sushi rice, keep warm, etc.,). And they do make the rice cooking process more consistent.
In this sushi rice recipe however, we will focus on using a plain old non-stick cooking pot with a lid. Everybody has one, and it will allow those who have not yet committed to investing in a rice cooker to experience the joy and pleasure of making sushi rice with this sushi rice recipe.
The process can be slightly different between using a pot as opposed to using a fancy dancy rice cooker but we'll focus on the pot method first and will cover the minor differences when using different rice cookers afterwards.
Iyama's Friendship Events
In order to unlock all extract recipes, you need to reach maximum Friendship with Iyama. In order to do this, you need to craft the extracts that he requests as scavenger hunts by collecting various ingredients from around Kamurocho. Here's a full breakdown of each Friendship Event.
The Hermit of the Dragon’s Palace
As previously mentioned, you'll automatically meet Iyama as part of the storyline. Help him out, defeat the thugs, then once you are in the Dragon's Palace with him, he will ask you to craft an extract. Create whichever one you have available ingredients for.
Completing this will unlock the Esoteric Knowledge skill, which increases the great success rate when crafting extracts and can be purchased under the Special tab with SP. There are two further skills that will unlock.
From here on out, you can go into your "Items" menu, then under "Valuables", you can see the Extracts that you can make. Next to one of them will be the "Request" message, showing that this is the extract that Iyama wants next.
Note: When collecting crafting ingredients, you can reset/respawn them by traveling somewhere else by taxi. Required ingredients can be found or purchased all over Kamurocho, but we'll give you a couple of suggestions as to where to find what you need in the guide below.
Scavenger Hunt: Extract Recipe: Throw
First up is the Throw Extract once you have the required ingredients, you need to return to Iyama.
- 2x Empty Bottles: These can be found on Park Boulevard Alley or near Pink Street.
- 2x Twigs: These can be found on Park Boulevard near the hedges.
Scavenger Hunt: Extract Recipe: Power Attack
Your next scavenger hunt request from Iyama is to collect the ingredients for the Power Attack Extract. Once you have the ingredients, make the extract and then return to Iyama.
- 2x Dented Carbon: Can be found on West Shichifuku Street.
- 2x Bronze Plate: Can be purchased from Ebisu Pawn just south of your office, or is dropped randomly from enemies.
Scavenger Hunt: Extract Recipe: Stealth
Iyama's next request is for a Stealth Extract and it requires more ingredients than the past requests, but fortunately, they can all be purchased in stores. Once you have all of the ingredients, craft the extract, and return to Iyama.
- 5x Tuna Onigiri: Can be purchased from the Poppo convenience store on Showa Street.
- 5x Tuna & Egg Sandwich: Can be purchased from the Poppo convenience store on Showa Street.
- 4x Fresh Tuna Cat Food: Can be purchased from Don Quixote on Showa Street.
- 2x Sushi Set: Can be purchased from the Poppo convenience store on Showa Street.
Scavenger Hunt: Extract Recipe: One-Two Knockout
Your final request from Iyama is to make the One-Two Knockout Extract. Once you have all of the ingredients, craft the extract and return to Iyama to fully complete your Friendship Meter with him.
- 4x Exquisite Screws: Can be purchased from Ebisu Pawn just south of your office, or found around the city, such as inside the Mantai Internet Cafe or on West Shichifuku Street.
- 2x Old Circuit: Can be purchased from Ebisu Pawn just south of your office or found around the city, such as in Pink Alley.
- 2x Mysterious Stone: See our Mysterious Stone guide.
- 4x Gold Tuna Cat Food: Can be purchased from Morio Onodera's SP Shop in the sewers (accessed through the manhole in the Children's Park).