Since Lindsay has started her new job I have had Fridays off. Despite the fact that it sometimes seems like a false start to the weekend I have really enjoyed it. The main reason for it being so awesome is I get to spend time with Finn. One on one time is hard to come by around here and this has been awesome for both of us. One of our favorite things to do is cook and eat together (go figure, right). However the act of cooking becomes so much more fun when we both realize we can make all the things that Mom and Gavin will not eat, but we love! Runny egg sandwiches, sure! Liverwurst with mustard and onions, oh yes! He is most definitely my son. Today I asked him what we should make for our special lunch and without hesitation he said "Sushi, Dad". This is a little more labor intensive than most of our Friday lunches but it is always fun to go a little overboard now and then. Plus, having Finn help prep veggies with his "safe knife" is always a good time.

We actually do sushi pretty often for dinner at home, it works really well for those nights when none of can decide on what we want. About a year ago I bought a sushi press for making Oshizushi which really cuts down on prep time and it makes it a lot less fussy than rolling it. The press also makes it much easier for the boys to help.

Here is how we do it.

1. Make your rice. Japanese short grain/sushi rice. As much or as little as you wish. 

We usually err on the side of more than we need, it's usually not enough.

Put the rice in a large bowl and wash it with cold water. Cook it up. Read those instructions if you're unsure on your ratios of rice to water.

As soon as the rice has fished cooking spread it out on a large cookie sheet or plate to cool.

 While rice cools, prepare vinegar.

Sushi Vinegar

2/3 Cup Rice Vinegar (unseasoned)

1 Tbl. Mirin

1 Tbl. Salt

1 Tbl. Sugar

Add all ingredient together Heat to dissolve.

Once rice is cooled. Add Vinegar solution 1 Tbl. at a time until rice is evenly coated. Be careful not to add too much, the rice will not want to stick to itself.

Now it's time to prep your veg.

This is the part that make this recipe so versatile. You can pretty much add whatever you want to these and they will still taste good. Salmon, Cucumber, Avocado, Carrot, whatever. You wanna add a hot dog, I won't judge you!

Our list today included:




Green Onion

Haricot Vert

Sweet Potato

Yellow Bell Pepper

Smoked Salmon

If you don't want to end up with everything in the produce section don't take this guy!

We set up our boards and prepared for our "Mise".


even plated his without my help. Makes me proud.

Now that you've finished your prep, it's time to start making some sushi. 

Finn makes it look pretty easy. 

Because it is!

1. Stuff a little rice in the bottom.

2. Add whatever the hell you want.

3. Add some more rice.

4. Put on the top and smoosh it all together. This is Fins favorite part!

5. Top with additional what have you's

6. Use the guides to slice em into squares.

7. Repeat until you run out of ingredients. Which may take a while!

That's it. Pretty simple.

If that wasn't enough of a tutorial,

watch this dude

whip some up

We had extra, so we took some to mom at work.

Hope you all had an awesome Friday!

"Day Off"Bird and Cleaver