Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Deliciously Vegan Sushi

After deciding to move over to a vegetarian diet about three months ago, the only thing I have really craved a few times - is fish, and seafood in general... But then... then I came across a beautiful recipe for sushi, and it was vegan!

Before this, I didn't even know you could eat cauliflower, but it turns out that it is no pro-ble-mo! And with the tahini and lime juice, you get this "sticky rice" texture, perfect when rolling up some sushi!

I didn't have carrots, so I left that out, but it doesn't matter. Should you have some at hand though, do feel free to add them for some extra crunch!

It must be said - my sushi-rolling skills could be improved upon...quite...a bit, sigh!

Deliciously Vegan Sushi
(Serves 2)

For the "rice"
1/2 head cauliflower, grated or processed
2 tbsp tahini
Juice of 1 lime
Good pinch of salt

For the filling:
1 carrot, sliced into thin ribbons
1/2 small mango, sliced
1/2 avocado, sliced
2 spring onions, finely chopped

3-4 nori sheets

For the sauce:
Juice of 1/2 orange
2 tbsp almond or cashew butter
A good pinch of salt

- Start by making the rice: Grate the cauliflower on a grater, or process in a blender until it has a "ricy" texture, stir in tahini, lime and salt and set aside.

- Then, prepare all the vegetables and the mango, and lay out so that you have a somewhat organised work station.

- Place one nori sheet at a time at a sushi mat, fill half the sheet with a layer of the cauliflower rice, and in the middle of that, place some of the veggies and mango in a nice even line. Wrap up as tightly as you can, then wet your hand with some water and brush the edge of the nori-sheet, to allow it to seal properly. Repeat until there is no more rice or filling left.

- Now, use a sharp knife and cut inch-thick pieces of the vegan rolls, so you end up with a lovely plate of fresh makis.

- Last step! Simply squeeze orange juice and mix in the almond/cashew butter and salt until you have a lovely dip.

Serve up the sushi, and spoon over the dressing, and tuck in! These were gone in a flash! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

So after having had a week and a half's holiday (dang, that was nice!), and getting my 'Murican friend addicted to Irn Bru amongst other Scottish things, things are now back to the way they were before, except - my camera is messing up... WHAT is that all about? For some reason it is refusing for me to transfer photos on to my laptop... So if I go a little quiet, that is probably the reason.

Also, yesterday I was lucky enough to have a friend over who'd asked if I could teach him how to cook up some vegan food! That was a lot of fun, and we made a lot of stuff!

As a starter, we had homemade classic hummous, with falafels with zingy guacamole and pita bread.

(Give a man hummous and he will be full for a day, teach a man to make hummous, and he'll never be hungry again! ...or something along those lines *smiles*).

Then, we veganified the 20-minute Dreamy Satay, and served it on a bed of fragrant, fluffy basmati rice.

For dessert, ve had yogi yogi chai tea and some homemade chocolates (close to this) and it was a success!

Time spent with friends, catching up, cooking and sharing a meal - there is something magical about that....

Original source:
Naturlig Godt! p. 18

- Jules


  1. Those look great to me! Even if they are imperfect :) Congrats on going vegetarian, that is awesome!

    1. Thanks! Three months and still going strong :)
      Haha, rolling sushi has never been my fortê (..those two times I have made it...), but these came out great! I loved the flavour combination, and can only thank Ragnhild for the recipe :D I hope you get a change to try them :) x

  2. Yey :D Så gode de ser ut- og det vet jeg jo at de er ;) Takk for at du deler.
    så fantastisk at du trives med din vegetariske kosthold. Tror faktisk nori kan dempe fiske'suget' så du får spise alt du kan av det :)
    Klem til deg

    1. Aww takk! Og ikke minst takk igjen for oppskriften :D De forsvant med en gang, for jeg klarte ikke holde labbene unna :P
      Nori er bra! Iallefall med så spennende fyll som dette og litt saus attåt :) Kjempegodt :D Også en god klem tilbake til deg :) x

  3. I used to make vegan sushi too! That's only because I was too terrified to eat or buy raw fish. Yours looks amazing!! :)
    Are you going vegetarian permanently? I was a vegetarian for a year, but then I became WAY too skinny, so I decided to eat meat again. Maybe I should research what to eat if I try a vegetarian diet again..

    1. Heheh totally understandable! When I once made sushi with fish, I used cooked tuna and smoked salmon, cause I was scared of getting it wrong :P
      So far being a vegetarian is going well for me, though I can say I haven't lost any weight. I am making sure to get lots of healthy fats, protein and my five a day :) When you eat vegetarian though, it is easy to just forget to focus on eating the right things, but I am sure that with a bit of research it'd be fine :) Plus, you always makes amazing cakes as well, surely that should keep you right ;) x

  4. Jeg har et merkelig forhold til sushi. Har jo kun smakt vegetarsushi. Spiste det førte gang i ei venninnes bursdag, og det var sååå godt. Ble stappmett! Måtte såklart lage det hjemme, handlet inn alt mulig digg og gledet meg skikkelig. Etter et par biter ble jeg bare akutt kvalm og klarte ikke lukten eller synet av mat resten av kvelden... kjæresten min spiste heldigvis opp resten ;) Nå er jeg litt redd for å prøve igjen, men må vel gjøre det en dag!

    1. Uff, så dumt at hjemmemekking av sushi ikke var store suksessen - første gangen jeg laget det hang det såvidt sammen, men godt var det :)
      Bare vent til det går av seg, også kanskje du får prøve igjen! Disse er annerledes fra vanlig sushi med blomkålrisen og tahinien :) Kanskje det er annerledes nok?
      Håper du har en god torsdags kveld :) x

  5. Oh, you have made vegan sushi too - it looks delicious! Avocado and mango is always a winner flavor combination :)

    1. Thank you so much Maikki! I loved how perfectly you had lined up yours :) AND found something to substitute salmon with :) xx