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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Serene Sushi Sunday

Ha roo, pups and cool cats. Zim here. Today, I'm putting a little Asian-inspired twist on Serene Scenery Sunday and will show you how Mom's sushi rolls came out. You may remember that Mochi's mom sent our mom some of the key ingredients and equipment needed for making sushi ... and that I had wonderful sushi-filled dreams yesterday! So today, I'm giving you a peek inside the kitchen here at Ao4 HQs and at our sushi. Without further ado... let's get to it!

Here's a collage of pix Dad took, as Mom got started:

Sushi-making, Phase 1

She did the rice, fanned it as she mixed in the vinegar (the fan's from when she lived in Korea; is that mixing too many cultures?), cutting up the veggies, and hauling in some freshly caught crab. Err... OK. So it's fake crab. In a bag. Cut us some slack; we live in Kansas. Sorry... better get my serene theme back...

Let's move on to the next stage - building and rolling the sushi!

Sushi-making, Phase 2

She had the seaweed sheet, the rice, some toasted sesame seeds, the veggies and crab ...
mmmm! Here's how her first ever sushi rolls came out:

Mom's California Rolls

Not bad, Mom! Yes, the picture in my dream bubble yesterday was really Mom's sushi! Guess who got the first taste?


He really enjoyed it, as you can see! And Dad knows sushi. ...or as our dear friend and punster
Marvin said in a comment yesterday, "...if you knew Sushi like I know Sushi..." Ha roo roo roo! That's STILL bouncing around in Mom's head; way to go, Marvin! We love you, buddy! :)

Moving right along... while Dad was enjoying the sushi, the rest of us were working! Check out this next collage:

KP Duty
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Yep. Working hard! Watching Mom assemble, roll and cut, doing some taste-testing, giving Mom the Sad Eyes and Harp Seal Look - it was tons of work! But well worth the rewards!

(An aside from our Mom - the Ao4 only get to taste vet-approved foods, and very little of that. Also, Ammy had a little taste and joined the "Not Really A Fan of Sushi Club", so there are no pix of her. Sorry.)

Where was I? Oh, yeah. So Mom made the California Rolls first - with crab, avocado and cukes. The next round was Vegetable Rolls, with avocado, cukes, and carrots. Let's take a look:

Vegetable Rolls

I think she showed improvement in her technique just from the first round! Oh! And see on the plate there? That's pickled ginger in front (to cleanse the palate - funny, we didn't get to try that) and wasabi! Oddly enough, no wasabi for us, either! Go figure! Dave likes jalapenos; I think he'd probably go for wasabi, too!

Photo collage dedicated to this segment from last season's The Amazing Race. Ha roo roo roo!

Mom and Dad had a great time - and had a wonderful, serene evening together, making and eating the sushi. And even though we Sibes worked incredibly hard doing our part, we also found great serenity in the process. Except maybe for Ammy. But Mom made it up to her with some cookies.

Have a Serene Sushi Sunday!

Play bows,


  1. gosh, I am blushing Marvin.

    "Roll Along Prairie Moon", is kinda in my musical marvin head......

    kinda like "Sushi Rolls" along Prairie Moon............;0D

    lovely pics we love the collages, we used to do those collagey things when we were clever. Way back in our Picasa Days.

    Sadly, she has forgotten her password, there is no hope for her.

    But of course, she knows Sushi.....

    ha ha!

    love and many licks, Marvin xxxxxx

    Krikey am I the first to Komment?????

  2. Zim, your Serene Sushi almost made our mommy want to try sushi but not quite. It was fun watching everyone enjoy it though!

    Happy Valentines Day to all of you!

  3. Sure looks great to me!!! Your dad definitely looks happy eating it and I sure understand why!!! All of you do to, except of course, Ammy but she got cookies! Your collages are so beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day to all of you and a very Serence Scenery Sunday also!! Lots and lots of love, Debbie and Hollydog (After looking at that food, we are now very hungry!!)

  4. Geez you must have all been exhausted after all that hard work! The sushi looks so yummy though! And I can tell your dad really enjoyed it :)


  5. I see your humans have been talking to my humans again. We get to sample the sushi here when they make it, but its been a while... I have a feeling that once they can get to the store again, they'll be stocking up on ingredients... the human woman just drooled on me.


    Zim...this is a great post!!!!
    Soooooooooooooo delicious!!!!
    Looking at your enraptured faces mommy obliged dad to go with her at restaurant tomorrow to eat SUSHI!!!

    And you guys sure are special helper and taster for your mommy!!!
    And your daddy looks a grea taster too!!!!
    yes...you're a wonderful family!!!!!
    Your collages are amazing...
    Thanks for sharing with us your serene sushi Sunday!!!!
    Sweet kisses and licks

  7. Oh Sushi...Need we say more?!?!?

    Wags and Licks,
    Mollie Jo & Bobo

  8. We love the step-by-step collage! Your sushi sure looks yummy!
    We're glad your dad got the first taste!
    Happy Valentine's day, guys!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  9. Great post! I think my pawrents are in that same club as Ammy. Your mom sure makes pretty sushi and again, it sure was nice of Mochi and her momma to send you the stuff ;o)
    Happy Valentine's Day to you all! Sending doxie kisses to your mom and dad!

  10. Very impressive! Wonder if they will taste the same if she sent us some.
    Happy Valentine's Day
    Benny & Lily

  11. Can I have mine to go?

    They look Scrummy Yumptious!


  12. Hi, friends!
    Sure that was a Happy Serene Sushi Sunday!
    It looks delicious!
    I can see your Dad's approval!
    Kisses and hugs

  13. Wow - our humans had salmon (and did not share ANY, believe it or not), but think that the sushi looks excellent.

  14. Ooooh that looks good! My Daddy loves loves loves sushi and sashimi but his favorite is smoked eel (he thinks it is called ogaku). Sometimes he makes it here like your Mom did but to get the really good stuff he has to go to Albuquerque.

    Happy Valentine's Day from
    Zeke, Sushi and Tiger Lily

  15. Are those california rolls?


  16. you guys are so furry lucky to have some yummy looking foodables there
    we are shending you some extra juicy pibble sugars and wishing you a vewy happy vawentines day
    the houston pittie pack

  17. Oooh, those look SO good! My Mom says she and dad made some once before I was around and she thinks your Mom's rolling turned out better than theirs. :)We enjoyed your collages.


    P.S.Happy Love Day!

  18. My mom's a member of that same club, Ammy, so that probably means that I won't ever get to try some.


  19. I think that looks yummy. But sadly noone in my house eats sushi. :-( Woo is me. . .

    BTW -- I gave you guys an award. Stop by my blog to pick it up. ;-)


  20. Mama says that Sushi looks better than any sushi she has bought!!!

    Thanks so much for the Serenity!!

  21. I love that picture of Zim taste testing and his tongue is sticking all the way out! :) So cute!

    Your mom did an excellent job! Do you know that my mom doesn't know how to roll sushi? ha ha! She knew your mom would be a pro at it!

    Let us know if you need more supplies! Oh and my mom said to tell you she loves the Amazing Race and that wasabi challenge was the best! :)


  22. Wow, that looked like a great sushi dinner! Good job mom :)

  23. Woof!Woof! Your mom did a great job. WOW! Looks very Delish Yummy. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  24. Anonymous12:39 PM

    We seriously should have come over! Wow your mom did an excellent job... and looks like your dad enjoyed eating!
    (I stole a computer while I am in ICU)

  25. Wow, sure looks yummy.

  26. That looks good!