Tuna Sushi

Life is busy, you guys.  There is always a lot going on, but it seems like recently I haven't had any free time to pay attention to this here blog.  At least there's been some fun had in those busy times!  We had a party for Cole's 4th birthday, which I of course took too many pictures of.  Patti edits things down better than I can, and you can check out her post on the party using my pics!
Luckily, boyfriend and I found time to make some sushi together for dinner the other night.  My coworker had caught a huge tuna and brought some extra in to work for anyone who was interested.  I have never made tuna before and decided others should share in the fun instead.  But then I googled about eating freshly caught tuna raw, and while there is always a risk in eating things raw, it seems that tuna is one of your safest options.  After a little more research, and then another coworker informing me he'd eaten some of his portion raw, Eric and I were a little more confident to try our hand at sushi.

I bought nori, sushi rice, and a sushi mat.  I had avocados and the wonderful tuna.  We were still a little nervous to go all in with raw tuna, but I ate a piece plain to build up some courage, discovered it was crazy delicious, and we just went from there!
I followed the instructions on the bag of sushi rice for their correct amount of water to rice, then added rice wine vinegar to the batch once cooked, as instructed.  I was worried about that, but it tasted delicious in the roll, so I must have done something right!
The rice was really sticky, wet hands helped, and I definitely put too much of everything into my roll, but I still managed to make my first sushi roll!
Just a little soy sauce was all we needed, the tuna and avocado rolls were so delicious! 
 Eric made a roll as well, using a better amount of things.  He's always so good at stuff.
When we had our share of sushi rolls, we tried our hands at quickly seared tuna, and kind of sashimi.  I could have eaten that sashimi all day, the tuna was so incredibly good.
Thanks for the tuna, AJ! 

Tuna and Avocado Sushi

2 cups prepared sushi rice, cooled (follow instructions on box or bag)
About 4 oz. raw tuna, thinly sliced
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
4 seaweed wraps (nori)
Soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger to serve, if desired

Place one sheet of nori onto a bamboo sushi rolling mat.  Wet your hands, and spread about 1/2 cup of rice onto the top 2/3 of the nori, into an even layer.  Place a thin line of both avocado and tuna onto the top 1/3 of the nori (on top of the rice) and carefully roll.  Slice into 8 slices and serve with any or all of the soy sauce, wasabi, and ginger.


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