Insane Kitchen – One Year On

So it’s the first anniversary since my blog went live! Woohoo! This day, last year, I added a few recipes I had written including my lamb chops and spinach recipe and my steak sandwich. I’ll be honest, in the beginning, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be something that would fade out or if I’d stick with it but I’m really glad I’ve stuck with it so far. It’s a great way for me to relax and switch off for a while and I hope that some people reading have managed to find some nice recipes on the site and have found it helpful.

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Healthy Pizza Toppings

I’m a big fan of delicious pizzas, I make them from scratch and always throw on lashings of lovely delicious toppings like salami, mozzarella cheese, bacon, ham and salmon. I’ve even made pizza with duck! The one thing about pizza though, is that it is not the most healthiest dinners if you’re planning on watching the calories. So in an attempt to try and be a bit more healthy and feeling less guilty, I’ve made some nice pizzas using healthy pizza toppings by ditching the cheese and tomato base. Although I don’t think the base is actually that bad, seeing as it’s just tomato but I’ve decided to try something completely different, just to give another twist to my homemade pizzas.

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How to Make Sushi Rolls

In this post, I’m going to explain how to make sushi rolls. I’ve been making sushi at home now for quite some time. I’ve started having sushi sessions or sushi parties where I get a bunch of friends over to have some wine and beer, make some nigiri, sashimi and sushi rolls and enjoy a lovely homemade feast of sushi!

Sushi rolls or maki as it’s traditionally called in Japanese is delicious. They’re expensive when you eat out here in Dublin, with a typical California roll costing anywhere from €6 to €12 depending on the sushi restaurant you visit. They are surprisingly easy to make however which is what this post is all about. It does take a bit of practice and getting the hang of it but after a few attempts, you’ll be able to make them in your sleep. It’s great to make them at home too as you can experiment with different fillings. I’ll discuss these a bit further down in this post.

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Sushi Ginger Recipe

In this post, I’m going to share my sushi ginger recipe. Sushi ginger or gari as it’s typically known is a pickled ginger dish that is marinated in vinegar and sugar. It goes with sushi as a palette cleanser, traditionally, you will eat a slice of the ginger before or after eating a piece of nigiri, sushi roll or sashimi. I have seen people place the ginger on a piece of sushi and eat it which I believe is a big no no in Japanese culture.

Preprepared gari is available from most Asian supermarkets and tastes quite nice but I always like to experiment and have decided to prepare my own a few times which has been really nice. Slicing the ginger is the tricky part, I’ve tried to do this several ways and have found that using a traditional vegetable peeler is the best way. I’ve done it with a mandolin which yielded very thick pieces of ginger and also tried using a sharp knife which works well but is really time consuming.

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How to make sushi rice

Making sushi is not as daunting as it may seem, practice makes perfect, one of the main ingredients of course, is the rice.

In this post, I’m going to explain how to make sushi rice in a rice cooker. It’s really straight forward and always delivers consistent results. Being of Asian origin, most of my family will rely on a rice cooker for cooking rice, contrary to what a lot of my friends thought that we would cook our rice in a saucepan and that using a rice cooker was ‘cheating’. All of my uncles, aunts and cousins all have rice cookers in their kitchens and use them all the time to make perfect rice every time. Why not check out my post on hosting a sushi party which will give you tips and ideas on getting some friends over to make some delicious sushi.

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Sushi Party Ideas

This is something that I recently did with a bunch of foodie friends, we got together on a Saturday night and decided to have a big sushi party which consisted of beer, wine, sushi, sushi and more sushi! We call it the sushi sessions, it takes a bit of preparation to get the ingredients and bits and pieces together so this post will go through what had to be purchased and what essential tools you’ll need to have a great sushi party, I’ll also link the sushi recipes we came up with.

sushi party ideas

Throwing a sushi party is a great way to get friends together, make and eat some delicious homemade sushi

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Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This peanut butter banana ice cream recipe is vegan friendly and delicious. All my friends who have tried it could not believe that there was no cream used and that it contained only three basic ingredients. Peanut butter, banana and some vanilla extract.

I had friends over for dinner this week and decided to try something a bit different to my regular deserts like chocolate brownie or baileys cheesecake. Not only that, but this recipe is so simple to make, meaning that if you’re cooking a dinner party, you can spend more time focusing on the other courses and less about your desert. I really like this recipe as well as bananas and peanut butter are things I always have at home, so I don’t need to run out to the shop to pick up ingredients if I want to make this. It’s a great conversation topic as well as people are always amazed at how simple and delicious it is if they haven’t tried it before. Continue reading