Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sushi Class (for Adults)

After raving about Marissa Baggett's awesome sushi class at the kids' school over the summer, some friends and I decided to set up a sushi class for adults.

The super cool Aimee Lewis volunteered to host us in her Annesdale-Snowden palace if I would host our collective children at my house. We set the kids up with Hi-Tone pizza and the world's coolest babysitter and took off for a fabulous evening.

Marissa put everyone at ease right away with some funny stories about how she got started making sushi in Starkville, Mississippi. Suffice it to say, there's a good looking orthodontist out there who gets full credit.

Marissa brought along a couple of appetizers to enjoy while we talked through a few things. Oh how I love gyoza. Marissa's was second only to Warren's.

She also brought Okonomiyaki (Japanese “Pizza”) with Heirloom Tomatoes. This was actually a first for me. I loved it.

I'm really not sure what's happening in this picture, but I love it. (Yes, Warren, excuse me, Mr. Oster, voluntarily wore a tie.)

We made four rolls over the course of the next two hours. (We had lots of questions and breaks!) They didn't all get photographed due to our photographer, the one and only Chip Chockley repeatedly getting rice stuck all over his hands.

For the record, we made:

Crawfish with Corn and Pickled Okra Roll
Sour Plum Rolls
Tuna Rolls Topped with Garlic Seared Scallops
Peanut Shrimp Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

This is me waiting for my crawfish. The pickled okra was an awesome match. I like it better than the typical avocado. (If you look closely you can see where I wrote "weapons" on my hand. A reminder to hide the weapons before filling the house with children. And by weapons I mean light sabers, swords, etc.)

The Tuna Rolls Topped with Garlic Seared Scallops required the use of a blowtorch, always a crowd pleaser!

All of the rolls were really, really good. I think my favorite was the sour plum with basil.

For dessert, Marissa made several varieties of Pocky. How awesome is that?

We all had so much fun, we decided to meet again in a couple of months for a potluck sushi dinner where we all show off our newly acquired and/or honed skills.

The best part of the night? Coming home to find the house in one piece and 4 out of 7 kids asleep.

All photos by Chip Chockley. See the full set here.


SushiTail said...

Beautiful foods and great looking crowd!

Wendy said...

Awesome! How fun is that? Color me envious.

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