Getting Kids To Eat Sushi

Today I 'd like to dispel a nasty report about sushi: specifically that it must consist of raw fish. Truth is, sushi does not need to contain fish at all. The term sushi in fact comes from a Japanese word significance "sour tasting" and refers to the vinegary rice from which sushi is made. Originally, vinegar was probably added to rice as an approach of conservation for both the rice and the filling. Another thing you might not know (I didn't!) is that the vinegar solution utilized to develop sushi rice is called su.

I do not know about your kids, however my youngest truly won't go for a big hunk of raw fish on his sushi. So for our very first sushi-making experience, we decided to stick with fillings that were a little bit more kid friendly-- like avocado, smoked salmon, cream cheese and veggies.

KID-FRIENDLY FILLING CONCEPTS:

Avocados
Carrots
Scallions (carefully diced).
Cucumbers.
Red peppers.
Smoked Salmon or other cooked fish.
Cream cheese.

THE BEST WAYS TO MAKE A SUSHI ROLL:.

Make the sushi rice. The Pioneer Female has a tutorial for best sushi rice on her blog site. I followed something very similar other than that my "su" did not include saki (just rice vinegar, sugar and a tiny bit of salt).
Spread prepared rice on a cutting board or cookie sheet (to allow it to continue to cool).

Prepare a bowl of "hand vinegar" (1 cup water, 1/4 cup rice vinegar) for working with rice.
Cover bamboo mat with plastic wrap (not sure if this is traditional, however we were following the instructions that came with the rolling mat).
Lay a piece of nori on the mat, then top with a 1/4 inch layer of rice. (dip fingers in hand vinegar to keep rice from sticking).
Add a thin strip of filling out the middle.
Beginning with the bottom edge of the mat, roll up and far from you, pushing lightly while you roll. At the very end you will have to pull out the mat so you can complete the roll (tough to explain but you'll understand when you do it). Press gently to seal the edges together.

For an inside-out roll, turn over the nori and rice so that the rice is on the outside when you roll!

Mittens "Wheel of Fortune"

Gidday :-)  Good news for those who asked: the pattern of those mittens is ready.

This photo tutorial explains in details how to crochet those beautiful mittens.

Dozens of pictures and clear instructions make it easy for beginners, as long as you know already how to work the basic stitches such as sc, hdc, dc, tr…

You’ll need: Around 30 gr of 4 different colors in 8ply, hook 4mm.

Plaid Checkered Hat (pattern)

Hello everyone !

If you liked the Plaid Checkers Scarf, you won’t resist the assorted hat. Its thick textured stitch makes it a warm and comfy fabrics, a must for the Winter.

This pattern is great if you want to get rid of your leftovers, and you can combine colors any way you wish.
The pattern has been reviewed and corrected by the ladies of ravelry (free patterns testers group), to whom I say a big thanks !

Not recommended for beginners.

Yarn: DK/8 ply/4mm (the model shown here is made with Cascade Yarn – Cascade 220 Heathers – 100gr/200 meters – 18-20 stitches = 10 cm)

Main Color (MC) : Brown = 100 gr
Contrasting Color 1 (CC1) : Blue = 50 gr
Contrasting Color 2 (CC2) : Green = 50 gr
Contrasting Color 3 (CC3) : Mustart = 50 gr

+ 4 double pointed 4.5mm needles

+ 4 double pointed 5.5mm needles

The pattern is available for sale on my Craftsy Store. Click the picture below, and have fun !

Entrelac Cape (Pattern)

Dear All

I hope you’ll enjoy this Entrelac Cape. Dare the try ! The pattern includes the tutorial for backwards stitching.

You will need:

Yarn: I made it with Aya by Noro , col 25, 50gr = 135m, 9 balls (= 450 gr)

Assorted ribbon: around 100 cm, for the yoke

Needles:

2 needles 4.5 mm( US: 7) for the set up rows, you can use a circular needle 4.5 mm (US : 7) for the rest of the cape.

Gauge: 5 sts = 1″ on 4.5 mm needles (US : 7)

Finished Measures: 220 cm (bottom) x 64 cm – If you want it smaller, use 4.00 mm needles with related thread.

 

This pattern will be available or sale on Craftsy.

… Have fun !

Upcycling: Lamp Oils with glass bottles

Hi Everybody,

Would you fancy some new deco ideas for your summer night tables? These lamp oils made from scratch are also a great gift idea.

For the left one, I used a tin can that I painted in red.

Then, I patched a piece of the patterned layer of a tissue and fixed it all with Mod Podge.

I attached a ribbon around the top.

Inside is a beer glass bottle. A long wick goes down the bottle. When time comes, I’ll fill the bottle with half water, half olive oil, and light the candle.

The right one is much more simple. It’s a very old bottle that I found on a boot fair, it doesn’t serve any more work to have character. I just inserted the wick…

I have prepared more tin cans to support lamp oil glass bottles. I hope you like it, come back later or keep an eye on my Facebook page for more pictures and inspiration.