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Homemade Sushi Bowls

I could eat sushi erry day.  Especially when we have fresh tuna steaks from a fishing trip.  These homemade sushi bowls are seriously one of the easiest things to make for supper ever, and they’re perfect on a weeknight (or any night).  I especially love the fact that I can satisfy my sushi cravings without a sushi restaurant within a 50 mile radius.

This is an updated post, and I took some updated photos to reflect my new and improved sushi bowl repertoire.

Old, but pin-able photo:

Easy Weeknight Dinners- Sushi Bowls | Oysters & Pearls

New, pretty photos: Homemade Sushi Bowls| Oysters & Pearls    Sushi Bowls, Not Rolls | Oysters & Pearls

Basically: you take all the ingredients in your favorite sushi roll and dump them in a bowl while feeling both accomplished and satisfied.

The most important ingredient to Wheat is the fish.  We prefer to use tuna steaks.  Wheat seared them on a flat top over the grill this time, but usually I do it inside on the stove.

Simple Seared Tuna Steaks: Season with salt and pepper and let the fish come to room temperature.  Lightly coat a cast iron skillet with vegetable oil and bring to medium-high heat. Sear until the tuna steaks no longer stick to the pan, or approximately 1 minutes on each side.  Let rest for five minutes before serving.

Fresh Black Fin Tuna, Seared | Oysters & Pearls

While you’re waiting on the fish to come to room temp, cook your sushi rice according to package directions.  We even had sushi rice in the Winn Dixie in Bainbridge, so I feel confident that almost everyone can find sushi rice in their local grocery store.

Homemade Sushi Bowls| Oysters & Pearls

While your rice is cooking, chop up the veggies you’ll be topping your bowls with.  I like to use carrots, cucumbers, avocado, and quick pickled red onions.  I also prefer to grate my carrots and cucumber on the rough side of a box grater.

If it’s in a sushi roll, it can be in a sushi bowl.  When I lived in the city, I would pick up some seaweed salad (wakame) from the sushi section of the grocery store sometimes to top them with, because it’s my favorite.  None o’ that in Bainbridge, though.  The struggle is real.

Homemade Sushi Bowls| Oysters & Pearls

Once the rice is cooked, mix in two or three tablespoons of rice wine vinegar, and I like to add a couple teaspoons of sugar in there, too.  Put rice in your bowl, top with veggies and fish, and then add sauces to your heart’s content.  I like to add hoisin, soy sauce, spicy mayo, and (duh) sriracha.  Oh, and an extra shake or two of rice wine vinegar.

Homemade Sushi Bowls| Oysters & Pearls

So let’s recap your necessary ingredients:

– sushi rice
– tuna steak
– rice wine vinegar
– sugar
– grated cucumber
– grated carrot
– sliced avocado
quick pickled red onions
– sliced radishes, seaweed salad, various other toppings
– sriracha, soy sauce, hoisin, eel sauce, that delicious yet mysterious white sauce from the hibachi restaurant…

I didn’t give measurements, because obviously it will depend on how many sushi bowls you’re making.  For two of us, we cooked 2 cups of rice according to package directions, and I added two teaspoons of sugar and 2 or 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar (add it a little at a time – you don’t want the rice to be “wet”).  I usually end up with one extra sushi bowl for lunch the next day, which is always fantastic.   This is one of my easiest and most favorite meals, and I feel like it would be pretty good for kids and families, since everyone can top their own bowl.  And who doesn’t like that?

Anybody got any good toppings I should add to my repertoire?


Until Next Time

Pickle Jars

As you can probably tell, I like to keep Monday posts pretty short and sweet.  If you’re like me, you have little to zero attention span first thing Monday morning.  So, without further adieu, here is one more quick pickle post.

One recipe that I tried last weekend for the first time was a Cloud family (my mother in law Nancy’s family) recipe, and I am not sure if and when I’ll share it on here.  However, I did want to share something else about them.  The Cloud family pickle recipe is a recipe for refrigerator pickles.  That just means that you don’t process and seal them, you just stick them in the fridge for a few weeks to cure and then just leave them in the fridge.  Wheat’s aunt Danna Sue gave me the recipe, along with a gallon jar for the pickles (and most importantly, a whole lot of cucumbers).  I had already saved a smaller pickle jar for just such an occasion.

Cucumbers for Refrigerator Pickles | Oysters & Pearls

However, I couldn’t stand having homemade pickles in a jar with a Mount Olive lid… So naturally, I painted them with chalk paint.

Cloud Refrigerator Pickles | Oysters & Pearls

Danna Sue recommended that clear wrap between the jar and the lid to prevent the jar lid from rusting over time.  Other than that, I used my trusty chalk pen to label and date them.  I love it because when we finish these pickles, I’ll be able to wash the “label” right off and re-write it the next time!  Chalk paint for the win, yet again!

Happy Monday!


Dried Oregano

Home Grown & Dried Oregano | Oysters & Pearls

I have been cutting back an unruly oregano plant in my herb garden for a year now.  It puts roots down everywhere it touches, and it grows more like a weed than anything else.  It’s beautiful though, and the bees love the flowers, so I can’t be mad.  I just keep cutting it back so it doesn’t take over the patio by way of smothering the entire herb garden.  However, a couple of weeks ago I was cutting it back yet again, and the idea hit me almost as hard as the aroma of fresh oregano: why don’t I dry my own oregano instead of using {insert cheap brand of store-bought oregano here}?  Fun drinking game: take a sip every time I say the word “oregano.” Ready, Go!

On Growing Oregano | Oysters & Pearls

To give you an idea of what I’m working with… This started as a VERY small oregano plant from Native Nurseries in Tallahassee.  It was in a pot with TWO other herbs (rosemary and lemon verbena).  Well, it suffocating the lemon verbena, and I took the rosemary out before the oregano claimed another victim.  That’s a stray zinnia to the back right of the oregano.  We had a monsoon after we planted everything else from seed in the herb garden, so my carefully planted layout got artfully rearranged by the flood.  That’s remnant rainbow chard to the left of the oregano that is still kicking from winter.

Flowering Oregano | Oysters & Pearls

The flowering is pretty intense on this big guy, but I don’t even worry about it, because there’s plenty for the bees, butterflies, and for me.

Tips for Growing Oregano | Oysters & Pearls

In case you wanted a close-up of the leaves, here ya go.  Doesn’t look like the stuff that comes out of the bottle with the red top, does it?

Essentially, I just cut long stalks like this off at the ground, bunched them up, with the cut sides all even, and tied them up with kitchen twine.  I also failed to take a picture of this step.  Helpful, I know.  However, there’s nothing to it.  Just tie them up and hang them in a dry room in your house.  I hung my bunches in the laundry room, where the dryer keeps everything nice and toasty.  After two weeks, everything will be sufficiently dried!

Growing & Drying Oregano | Oysters & Pearls

On the left are the dried stems of oregano.  On the right are the leftovers.  Hold a stem by the cut end with one hand, and loosely pinch your other hand’s fingertips around the stem.  Run your fingers down the stem to strip all the leaves off into a bowl and discard the stems.  I’m storing my oregano in a small mason jar, but whatever blows your skirt up will work.

We had a salad topped with oregano the night I did this, and we have had it on every salad since! It is SO much more flavorful than the store-bought stuff.  If you’re already growing (and probably cutting back) your own oregano, I cannot recommend drying it enough!  Plus, it’s way prettier, and you totes get Martha Stewart-esque street cred.

Snapped this picture of Wallace while I was snapping pics of the oregano outside.  What a cutie!  So glad we brought that kitten home.

Wallace at Six Weeks | Oysters & Pearls

And on a totally unrelated note… we have CUKES!!! Teeny, tiny, adorable cucumbers.  Yay for victory gardens!

Itty Bitty Cucumber | Oysters & Pearls

Hoping this bodes well for the rest of our garden!  We are a little behind since we started from seed, so we were really excited about this major development in the backyard.

Happy Friday, y’all!