Saturday, July 9, 2011
Saving money (eating in).
The family and I have embarked on a new money and food challenge: we're not going to pay to eat out at restaurants for a year (we're 3 weeks in). People are more than welcome to buy us food at restaurants and we're allowed to get coffee and drinks (alcohol) and I've cheated and bought a few muffins to date (I'm really trying not to!), but considering we ate at a restaurant at least once a week (which is very little for a lot of people), it's been a challenge. I am going hardcore on the menu planning, but have an incredible craving for MSG.
One food we went out to eat a lot was sushi. I've made my own sushi at home since the mid 1990s so have no fear about rolling it up, but yesterday when I went to make the rolls, I couldn't find our mat. I made temaki (cones) instead. Here's a great tutorial on how to hand roll your cones!
There's a tonne of websites out there on the internet with information on how to make rolls and the recipe concoctions and stuff, too (like this one).
Sushi is also probably one of the cheapest foods you can make. Two years ago I bought a commercial sized bag of nori (with like 500 sheets in it) for $13 (considering that at the store 10 sheets is $4). And I'm not even 1/2 way through it. An avocado, some green onions, and a little bit of fish also cost nothing. To make the sweet mayo I just add 1 tsp rice vinegar and 1 tsp sugar to the mayo and the coat the shrimp in that (instead of buying the $8 bottle of japanese mayo).
Do you make your own sushi? What's your favourite kind of roll?