On this trip to Finland, I had bought a wok to use in Taina’s house, and had been cooking Chinese food for the week. As a change, Taina asked if I could make sushi on Friday night, for some neighbours to try out. I said sure, as long as we could get sushi-grade fish. Taina called the supermarket, and it turns out that all of the fish in Finland is considered to be sushi grade. Helsinki is right on the sea, and the turnover is high, so freshness isn’t an issue.
I cut up the fish and did some demonstrations, but a lot of the fun in having sushi at home is making it yourself. Thus, Pekka was game to roll some maki.
Watching others learn is entertainment in itself.
Everyone was cajoled to experience rolling maki, including Taina.
The dinner was rounded out with miso soup, salad and wine.
We had started making dinner late, after a long work day, and had lots of fun with a leisurely sampling of the food. The next thing we knew, we were finishing dessert at 1:30 in the morning â€” certainly the latest dining I’ve had in some time!
daviding October 27th, 2006