Published August 13, 2009
Tags: art, artistic, cute, fashion, food, food jewelry, japan, japanese, jewelry, kitsch, maki, nigiri, seafood, sushi, sushi jewelry
My friend Jasmin recently sent me a link to what might possibly be the most amazing jewelry ever.
Tiny Bento Jewelry
These tiny artfully crafted pieces of jewelry feature different japanese treats from green tea to uni nigiri to chopsticks to tuna maki. All are individually handmade and are a wonderful mix of kitsch and class…its hard to incorporate sushi into jewelry and not come off as cheesy, but San Francisco based artist Carolyn Tille pulls it off with an elegant and artistic grace. My personal favorite is Silver Ikura Ring.
She also makes Dessert Jewlery and other pieces all of which can be viewed and purchased on her website.
Published July 15, 2009
Tags: food, food fun, fun, geek, japan, japanese, kitchen, sushi, sushi boat, sushi train, toys
Just the other day I was telling my friends about how much I want my a river with sushi boats in my house. Unfortunately most San Francisco landlords are not so keen on people putting tiny rivers in their apartments so I will have to wait until I get a house of my own. But until then, I can fill my need for mobile sushi with a sushi train!
Shinkansen Bullet Train Sushi Go Round Restaurant
Modeled after the infamous Shinkansen Bullet Train in Japan, this kit allows you to build your own bullet train track and comes with train cars to tote the sushi. If youre having a party you can play conductor and decide when your guests get their meal or you could just sit by yourself and play master of the sushi train (totally what I would do). The train comes with two cars and either plates or bowls and can be operated manually or on auto pilot. It also includes chopsticks and fake sushi so you can do some trial runs before using the real thing.
The set can be shipped from Japan and retails for around $66 dollars (not including shipping).
[link via TokyoMango]
Last night I was using my beloved Personal Trainer:Cooking for DS to make my lunch for today. The dish was a simple sushi rice with tuna and broccoli. The best thing to come out of it though was a way to make pickled ginger in a snap. I personally love pickled ginger and would be content to just eat a pile of it smothered in wasabi soy sauce, so this is a nice way to make a quick little pile if you dont have time to run to the market.
- Ginger root
- Rice Vinegar
In a pan boil some water and add a bit of sal. Peel the ginger root and VERY thinly slice it…I would suggest using a vegetable peeler or cheese shredder to get them paper thin. Once the water has come to a boil, toss the ginger in for a few minutes.
While the ginger is boiling mix together equal parts sugar and rice vinegar in a bowl and add a touch of salt. Make sure all the ingredients dissolve!
Remove the ginger from the pan and blot on a paper towel to remove the water. Drop the ginger in the sweetened vinegar and let sit for a minute or two. Remove the ginger from the vinegar, drain and enjoy!
Simple huh? FYI depending on the age of the ginger and how long you let it sit in the vinegar, it may or may not turn pink. Dont worry the taste will be relatively the same. Mine happened to stay a yellowish color but it still tasted delicious.
Published October 23, 2008
Tags: bento, food, gaming, geek, sushi
My friend Jenn over at Infinite Lives pointed me towards the most amazing bento boxes ever. These boxes were made by Derek Lieu by his girlfriend…what a lucky guy!
Super Smash Bros Brawl
The detailing is just stunning! Apparently the Yoshi egg is an actual quail egg!
I also absolutely LOVE the Katamari one.
Seriously! Look at the Prince! Its too cute to eat! My heart exploded into rainbows and unicorns just looking at it.
To check out more of these amazing bento boxes including some adorable anime ones, go to the Flickr gallery.
[link via Infinite Lives]
I was watching Conan O Brien the other night when domestic guru Martha Stewart herself came on. Now Im not usually much into her cooking, its a bit luncheon-on-the-estate-lawn for my taste, but she did mention a nifty little snack that reminded me of an idea Ive long had (I’ll get to that later in the blog).
behold, Sandwich Sushi!
The basic idea is to flatten a piece of bread and spread some sort of condiment inside and roll it up into a bite sized treat for kids (or adults like me who love bite sized finger foods). I imagine this would be great with peanut butter and celery or apples for a sweeter treat or hummus, sprouts and lemon chicken for something a bit more adult.
Now what this reminded me of was my dream that I have long had yet often been made fun of for…this dream is to one day open an all sushi roll inspired restraint. Of course it would have to have a horribly punny name like Way to Roll or Point of Nori Turn. But anyways, this place would sell only food rolled up like sushi and it would be awesome. Imagine, a Curry Roll having yellow curry potatoes and cauliflower wrapped in naan with a chutney dipping sauce…or chicken mole wrapped in a think home made corn tortilla. Of course the physics of wrapping foods and getting them to stay would take a while to master, but with much time and patience like a ninja, I could succeed.
I did once try making a Breakfast Sushi which was almost a success. I say almost because had I used wider strips of bacon, it wouldve been perfect. What I did was scramble some eggs and home fry some rosemary potatoes. Then I baked the bacon on a baking sheet in the oven (so that it would lay flat) until it was still soft, but cooked through. I spread the eggs an the bacon strips and placed a julienne potato in each, sprinkled a little cheese inside, rolled it up and set it to bake for a few more minutes. I then served it with a spicy hot ketchup sauce. Im going to continue experimenting with this recipe until I perfect it (next time Im going to fry the eggs with rice so they stick better). Once I have, you can be sure I’ll post up instructions.