Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ides of March Sushi

I was talking to my parents tonight, and my dad asked if we've cooked anything interesting lately. Turns out, we had a very interesting lunch! Our fridge was full of fresh greens from this morning's farmers market, and our cupboards have fun things from a recent trip to the Asian market. Here's the recipe (really, a record of the improvisation, since I had no idea what the end product would be):

1. Make brown rice. (I used 1 cup dry rice.)
2. Peel, chop and microwave beets until they're soft. (I used 8 oz., about a cup.)
3. Roughly chop beet greens (4 cups?) and carrot greens (1/2 cup?) - if you have nice, fresh, feathery carrot greens, that is.
4. Put the beets, greens and a little water and soy sauce in a pot on the stove. Cover and simmer until the greens get soft. Stir occasionally.
5. Meanwhile, wash your carrots (10 very small ones - about the size of Sharpies) and a big radish, and cut the radish into slivers.
6. Puree the beet/greens mixture in your food processor.
7. when the rice is done, mix it with the puree, and add a healthy splash of rice vinegar.
8. Make sushi rolls with the rice mixture. Put a carrot and some radish slivers in the center of each one.

The result is a very festive lunch! Carrots for the Easter Bunny, and green rice for St. Patrick. (Note: our beets were very pale pink. The rice would probably turn fuchsia if you used regular dark beets.) I would have taken a picture, but we ate them up too quickly.

I also made our tried-and-true chocolate silk pie.
1. Melt a bag of chocolate chips.
2. Blend the chocolate chips with a package of silken tofu.
3. Pour it into a pre-baked crust. (I used a graham cracker crust.)
4. Let it set in the fridge or freezer for a while.

Next time I make this, I'm going to add some cayenne, and maybe some chopped almonds. Tonight, I just sprinkled a little cinnamon on top, which was also pretty tasty.

(A little early for Easter, but as long as I'm talking about chocolate and the Easter Bunny, I may as well include it!)


JJ said...

hey libby! my boyfriend and i have really been wanting to do a rafting trip through the grand canyon, and i remember hearing some incredible stories of your own trip down the colorado - i'm researching some options, and was curious what guide company you guys used?


Libby said...

Hey Jenn,
We went with Arizona River Runners, and I'd *highly* recommend them! (Scott's dad went on a trip with them a few years ago and liked it so much he returned and brought his family and friends!)

One thing that really cool about them is that all of their meat and dairy is local and organic.

JJ said...

thanks for the recommendation! i will have to look into it - i'll let you know if we wind up going!

thanks again!