Stay at Home Date #1 - Sushi Night!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

With all this rain that's been around lately - it's hard to think of endless summer starlit nights - or getting dressed up just to be drenched down 5 minutes later. Solution? At-home-date-night. Now I'm not a dinner and obligatory candles kind of girl (okay, okay - I like dinner. I like candles. But I want morrrrrre. So much more than pasta stir-through and tapers and re-runs of Glee on Channel 10 - wait...that was last night!). Shall I get to the point? Okay. Why not try a SUSHI NIGHT!

Sorry - we're just going to have to wait for a moment until the non-seaweed, non-raw-fish, non weird-food-eaters leave the room. Um, the whole: sushi = raw fish thing is soooo 1980's darling. 
Sushi is awesome because you can make it together (heaps of fun!) or you can spend a few hours preparing it yourself and setting the scene ready-to-impress. Either way, it's a win-win. Also - you can combine a whole host of ingredients, so it suits people who don't eat this or don't eat that. Hell, you can even omit the seaweed if you like (Hey, why was the sand wet? Because the sea weed...) (My apologies, I couldn't resist. Blame it on being the mother of a 10 year old!)
Not sure if it's your proverbial cup of green-tea? 

Check this site out: - be educated!
In a nutshell, you'll need the following: sushi rice, sushi mat, soy sauce, pickled ginger, seaweed (nori) sheets, wasabi paste, and rice vinegar. You can get kits that include most of this stuff - and you can even buy handy-dandy sushi-makers nowadays (I'm a bit of a purist, but hell, whatever floats your boat - - if you're interested).
What do you fill it with? You can use any combination of prawns, crab, tuna or salmon (canned or fresh - ensure if you're getting raw tuna or salmon that it's sashimi-grade), hell even chicken works well. Combine that with cucumber, avocado, other vegetables - the sky's the limit - it's your sushi after all! Don't OVERdo it - pick a few ingredients and run with it - especially if you're a first-timer.

Setting the mood.
Light some Japanese style lanterns or candles around your room and lay some cushions or pillows out on the floor so you can both eat from the coffee table - maybe while watching a few Japanese action films (not into those? Lost in Translation or Memoirs of a Geisha works well for me!) 

Serve your sushi on square plates - don't forget chopsticks, and little dishes of soy, wasabi, and ginger! If you're a master of chopsticks (or even if you're not)- you could feed each other!
Feeling really adventurous? Buy some sake from your local liquor barn (please PLEASE avoid Go-Shu. Beer we can make in Australia. Hell, a decent Semillon we can make in Australia. Sake we make not.) It's up to you if you serve it room temperature or slightly warm (check the bottle for how your particular sake should be served). I'm a fan of warm sake - but hell, I'm just a fan of sake in general. It's all good. Serve it in traditional sake cups (Earthborn had these on sale before Christmas for about $20 - I'm kicking myself for not getting them!)
Maybe for the ultimate mood setter, a robe? You don't have to go all out - but there's something very very sexy about handing your partner a robe and the two of you sitting on cushions, in robes, drinking sake and eating sushi and watching Scarlett Johannson in Lost in Translation.....STEPHEN! STOP TAKING OVER MY POST!
Hmmm....maybe those Japanese action films would be a better choice after all?
P.S If you're planning the whollllllllle night (and you know what I mean) - The Body Shop have the most amazing Cherry Blossom body-butter and Body-Puree, which makes for highly scent-ual massages. 



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