Sushi, Jan's re-creation that I helped out with

A dinner party with meat-eaters, a vegetarian and a vegan, for which Jan and I made sushi — but without the fish, of course.  Avocado and smoked tofu proved good substitutes, with fresh ginger and wasabi paste keeping the authentic flavours.


  • Sushi rice (stickier than normal white rice)
  • Flat squares of seaweed “paper”
  • 3 ripe avocados, thinly sliced
  • lemon juice
  • 1 packet smoked tofu
  • fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tube wasabi paste
  • red pepper, thinly sliced
  • carrot, thinly sliced
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • sweet potatoes
  • sesame oil
  • roasted sesame seeds
  • a few radishes
  • soy sauce
  • chilli sauce
  • vegetable dumpling parcels


  1. Cook the rice as per instructions on the packet the night before and chill in the fridge.
  2. Boil the sweet potatoes then mash with sesame oil.  Roll into balls and cover with sesame seeds.  Cut the radishes into pretty rosettes and leaf shapes and garnish this plate.
  3. On several dishes, prepare the sliced vegetables, and cover the avocado with lemon juice.  Chop the tofu into chunks and cover with grated ginger.
  4. Begin making the long rolls of sushi, with a bowl of water ready to keep washing your fingers.  Each one had a slightly different choice of vegetables, but were basically the same…
  5. Place one square of seaweed paper on the sushi rolling mat (which was covered in cling film to make cleaning easier).  Spread a layer of rice over all of it, except leave 3-4 cm uncovered across the top and bottom.  Squeeze a very thin layer of the powerful wasabi across the middle in the line, spreading it out with your finger — be warned, I forgot to spread it out in one roll and was in tears when eating it!
  6. Place on a layer of avocado or tofu (or both) across the middle half.  Place a choice of sliced vegetables on too.
  7. Wet the top and bottom uncovered bits of the seaweed, then roll and press together like a Swiss roll.  You may wish to check out YouTube videos of how to do this, it’s hard to describe in words.
  8. Slice the rolls of sushi and lay out on plates.
  9. The vegetable dumplings were brought by another guest, and boiled for 8 minutes, served with soy and chilli sauces.
Sushi during production

Sushi during production


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