CHIRASHI ZUSHI – SCATTERED SUSHI

Although sushi is usually not made in Japanese homes (they prefer to leave it to the experts as it takes 10 years in Japan to train as a sushi chef!), this is one exception, most likely because no rolling is required for this type of sushi. It’s served in homes across Japan to celebrate the New Year and other special occasions.

This is a type of sushi where the sushi rice is served in a bowl or on a large serving dish with a variety of ingredients mixed through the rice and also on top of the rice, including beautiful yellow ribbons which are made from egg by simply frying it like a crêpe and then cutting it into thin ribbons.

Serves 4–6

Ingredients

Sushi rice 

Vegetable oil 

Sesame oil 

Japanese Soy sauce to serve 

Black sesame seeds to garnish 

For the sushi fillings and toppings

2 eggs, beaten

½ yellow pepper and ½ red pepper, cut into small cubes

1 avocado, cut into small cubes 

8 large prawns, cut into bitesize pieces 

Instructions

1. To make the egg crêpe for the yellow ribbons to decorate the top of the sushi rice, lightly oil a non-stick frying pan with vegetable oil and place on a medium to high heat. Depending on the size of your pan, place about half the beaten egg on the frying pan so you have a very thin layer of egg like a crêpe. Now adjust the heat to low and leave the egg on the pan until the edges of the egg crêpe start to break away from the pan. Transfer to a large plate and set aside. Continue to do this until all the beaten egg is cooked. Place the egg crêpes on top of each other as they are cooked. When you’re finished, roll the pile of egg crêpes together. Then using a sharp knife cut into thin ribbons.

2. Allow the seasoned sushi rice to cool to room temperature, and then mix half of the peppers, avocado and prawns into the rice. Place in a large serving dish.

3. Scatter the remaining ingredients on top of the rice mix including the egg ribbons.

4. For extra flavour lightly drizzle sesame oil and soy sauce all over and garnish with sesame seeds.

Tip

Decorate with whole prawns and caviar to make this dish look even more impressive.

Matcha Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 250ml buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 180g flour
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon bread soda
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Toppings

Savory

  • bacon, smoked salmon, tomato, mushroom, selection of cheese (cream cheese, goats cheese etc)

Sweet

  • figs, mixed berries, banana
  • honey/maple syrup, to garnish

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix the buttermilk and egg together.
  2. In another large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, matcha, baking powder and bread soda). To ensure that the matcha is evenly dispersed through the flour, pass the mixture through a sieve 2 or 3 times.
  3. Add the dry ingredient mix to the buttermilk and egg, whisk until the batter is smooth with no lumps.
  4. Add vegetable oil to a non stick frying pan and set the heat to medium/high.
  5. Using a large spoon, place one spoon of batter carefully on the frying pan.
  6. Fry for 1 – 2 minutes until bubbles form on top, then flip and continue to fry on the other side for 1 – 2 minutes.
  7. Serve on a plate along with the recommended toppings and garnish with honey or maple syrup.

Simple Miso Soup

One of the secrets of the Japanese diet is “The Power of Miso Soup”. In the traditional Japanese diet miso soup accompanies every meal. Drinking miso soup will boost digestion after meals and help cleanse the body. It’s low in fat and carbohydrates, and high in protein. In addition to its health benefits miso soup makes you feel full for a longer period which stops snacking between meals. Here’s my simple miso soup to get you started on your food journey to the Japanese way of eating.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the dashi
– 1 litre water
– Few thin strips of dried Irish kombu (kelp)
– 3 dried shiitake mushrooms

For the miso soup
– 200g savoy cabbage leaves, washed and roughly chopped
– 2–3 tbsp miso paste, depending on your own taste
– shichimi togarashi, to season (japanese seven spice)

Instructions:

1. Put 1 litre of cold water in a large saucepan. Add the kombu and shiitake mushrooms to the water and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes (If you have time leave to soak for a few hours or overnight in the fridge). Heat the water until it comes to the boil and then remove the kombu and mushrooms immediately.
2. Add the cabbage leaves and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Dilute the miso paste in a small cup of dashi taken from the saucepan.
4. Reduce soup to a very low heat and add the miso paste to the saucepan. Gently stir into the soup until mixed through. Taste to check if you need to add more miso paste.
5. Serve in a bowl and season with shichimi togarashi.

Tip:

Store the miso soup in a flask for a work or on the go healthy lunch option.

Matcha Granola

This is a great way to start your day with the power of matcha (green powder tea) which slowly releases caffeine compared to coffee. I’ve also included a tip and photo to show you how this can be packed and eaten on the go using an old jam jar. You can get small bags of mixed nuts & seeds in most supermarkets for this recipe. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
200g oats
Few handfuls of your favourite mixed nuts (almonds, pinenuts etc) & seeds (e.g. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds etc)
2 heaped tablespoons of coconut oil
2 heaped tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon matcha
1 kaki (persimmon/ sharon) fruit, peeled and thinly sliced (replace with seasonal fruit depending on the time of year).

Note:
I prefer to use fresh fruit than dried fruit as I think it’s a healthier option. However if you’d like to add dried fruit you can simply add it when the granola is removed from the oven and cooled. 

Instructions:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Place the oats in a large flat pyrex dish.

3. Toss in the nuts and mix well together.

4. Over a low to medium heat melt the coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan.

5. Once melted stir well and pour evenly over the oats and nuts.

6. Use a large spoon to completely cover the oats and nuts in the coconut oil and honey.

7. Place in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes (during this time stir a few times).

8. Remove from the oven and once cool, add the matcha powder and mix well.

9. Add a few large spoonfuls of the granola to a cereal bowl and serve with natural yoghurt and sliced kaki fruit.

10. Store the remaining granola in an airtight container.

Tips:
This is a healthy on the go breakfast option to bring to work.