Being an avid cook and gadget freak, one might think that my kitchen would be full of cooking toys and tools. Not the case. I’ve always believed that to cook great meals, one shouldn’t need to have tons of special gear. Not too long ago, someone gifted me a rice cooker. Rice is something I cook a lot and normally whip up in a pot or pan, so my first instinct was to return this very cool looking gadget. On the other hand, I can't tell you how many pots of rice I've ruined over the years from either not adding enough water or rice to the mix, overcooking, or turning the flame too high and having the rice dry out. Add in trying to keep track of two kids while cooking and cooking rice can turn into quite a challenge. And, since Kenya LOVES rice, I finally accepted that a rice cooker might be a nice addition to our kitchen.
If our family could eat sushi every night, we would be very happy. And VERY poor. While sushi is one of the most healthy things you can eat, it is not cheap and if it is, you probably don’t want to be eating it. Still, we love it and when you think about what goes into sushi, the ingredients themselves are not that expensive. All you need is nori (seaweed), rice and a filling (contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be raw. Or fish for that matter). So why not make it at home for a fraction of the price? Even though I was a little nervous at first about trying my hand at making rolls, I knew my Zojirushi rice cooker would help me make perfect sticky white rice (the true secret to sushi rolls). Kenya and I had so much fun patting the rice onto the nori, flattening it and filling it with all kinds of yummy fillings. Kenya downed so many rolls, I was psyched to not be paying sushi restaurant prices. At the end of the day, the money I would have spent taking the family for one sushi dinner probably would have paid for my rice cooker, and the entertainment value of making the rice and rolls ourselves was priceless!
Accompaniments: Soy Sauce (I use low sodium)