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Happy Birthday Cosmo ~ Sushi Handrolls

One of my son’s lifelong friends, Cosmo Wolski, was born on this date in 1990.  My son and Cosmo met in 3rd grade.  They were both attending a new school for the first time and bonded like brothers.  There have been times over the years that I  felt like Cosmo was my son because he spent so much time at our house.   He’s a handsome 20 year old young man today, going to school and working part-time at a very fancy restaurant here in Los Angeles.

Cosmo’s father, Dariusz Wolski, is a successful cinematographer.  Some of  his credits include Crimson Tide, Sweeney Todd, The Mexican, the Pirates of the Caribbean films, and the newly-released Alice in Wonderland.  You can see all of his credits here.

Back to Cosmo.  One thing about him is that he is always hungry.  Even though his stomach is a bottomless pit (he’ll eat just about anything), he has a refined palate.  Sushi is one of his favorites (mine, too).  If you’re new to sushi and/or don’t like the idea of eating raw fish, here’s a tasty and fun way to get started.  It’s an easy way for me to lay out a lot of food for a lot of hungry young men.  So, have yourself a sushi party!

2 cups sushi or short grain rice
2 cups water, plus extra for rinsing rice
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon kosher salt (kosher salt is important; table salt will make it too salty)

Place the rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swirl the rice in the water, pour off and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear.

Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered. Once it begins to boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes.

Combine the rice vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan and heat until sugar and salt are melted (don’t let it boil). Transfer the rice into a large wooden or glass mixing bowl and add the vinegar mixture. Fold thoroughly to combine and coat each grain of rice with the mixture. Allow to cool to room temperature before using to make sushi.

Nori paper
Cucumber – peeled, seeded and cut into thin strips
Avocado – peeled and cut into strips
Cooked shrimp (tails removed) – cut into strips
(You can use anything – cooked crab, raw fish if you can find sushi grade, sesame seeds. Get creative!)
Pickled ginger
Soy sauce

Basically, you’re going to set up a sushi bar.  Have the rice in a big bowl.  Have the other ingredients you choose in separate bowls. Each person lays down a piece of nori paper (helps to wave it over a low heat for a second or two), puts in some rice, then adds the ingredients they want.  Roll it into an icecream cone and enjoy!

It’s really quite easy, and a lot of fun.



One Response

  1. Cosmo lived next door to us in Hollywood when he was just a pre-school age kid. Please say hello to him and his dad when you see them.
    Dan Coleman and Donna Sheridan

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