Chirashi Zushi with special guests
The guests: our daughter, her boyfriend, and of course Mikey came to the table for this meal. This was the first time I met “the boyfriend” and of course I was apprehensive about making a good impression. My friends laughed and advised that it is his business to do so. In fact I believe that such a relationship, should there be such, must be approached as equals. Nonetheless I did not want to seem incompetent or foolish.

Chiarshi sushi, scattered sushi, is a good meal for a nervous hostess especially if one serves the component foods arranged over the table so that each diner can choose what to eat, what they each like best.





Chirashi zushi is simply sushi rice in a bowl, decorated with toppings—chirashi means “to scatter things.” Tokyo-style chirashi zushi takes advantage of the abundant fish and seafood of available because of its closeness to the sea. You can thinly slice sashimi-quality fish such as tuna, flounder, salmon, sea bream, squid, octopus, or scallops. If you order this in a restaurant, you are likely to get a lot of fish because chefs will generally use abnormally-shaped fish that aren’t right for nigiri in the chirashi. A bargain tip for sampling a lot of different kinds of fish!

Five-Color Sushi

This is a type of scattered sushi, please click here to read about this recipe! Scattered sushi and scattered life was the sort of evening we had. Mr. Tess was packing—involved some laundry (of course), searching for keys (oc in [my version of] textspeak), fixing the sink spray-hose thing-y which I don’t use (it has…

Soba Sushi

Soba SushiThis is an unusual dish: sushi made with soba noodles rather than rice! Apparently it’s not well known even in Japan. Funny, but there are recipes in two of my cookbooks: The Japanese Kitchen, and Washoku!

Sushi Rice: Information and Recipe

Sushi MakiSushi rice is Japanese rice dressed with a vinegar-sugar-salt dressing. It is the basis of several different kinds of sushi (rice) dishes. Note: o-nigiri is never made with sushi rice. Use regular white short-grain Japanese rice, or medium-grain California rice. You are likely paying extra if you buy rice sold as “sushi rice.”

Conveying Sushi

Sushi Nara is in the Arbor Square shopping center and has plenty of free parking.Mr. Tess and I went out for lunch yesterday to a “conveyor belt” sushi restaurant. Apparently it is the only such place in the Midwest. A placard with a list of ingredients leads a little group of plates with maki rolls, gliding slowly past our table… What fun!