I’m feeling so much better today, muthers. Thank you for your messages and comments about my last post. It was just a moment of weakness that I needed to put out there. I want to let you girls know that (1) hindi kayo nagiisa and (2) it’s normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes. You just have to let it out, cry, shout, eat, shop or whatever and then you’ll feel better. I also want to let you know how important it is to have a time for yourself too. Mothers need to be happy so the family will be happy. A wife needs to be happy so that
the husband’s life will be happy. Mental health is very important so let’s all take care of it.
I’m still nursing a cold and Alvin has been very nice to me yesterday. He went home early and was very pleasant. He even stopped watching the On The Job movie that he was in the middle of to change the movie to something I also like. We were in bed by 6pm because of my stuffy nose and headache. No cellphones and laptops. After Anika’s tutor left, she climbed to the bed with us. I did not try to review her further anymore. I realized that though grades are important, they’re not everything you need to succeed in this life. They do not necessarily make one a good person. I have to learn to settle with that to keep my sanity. I am not saying that I will no longer tutor Anika myself. It’s just that I will not push myself to the brink of exhaustion anymore. Like last night, I was really feeling under the weather so I had to let go of some things and just rest.
Anyway, a few weeks ago, Wowa slept over in our house. That meant we get to make and eat good food that we do not normally have at home. Anika requested for California Maki. She loves them and she calls them sushi. I am actually surprised that she likes maki because it wasn’t until college ata ako when I started eating that food. Dun ko lang siya na-appreciate and naging favorite.
This was the first time we made these so please bear with us. Sabay sabay na lang tayo matuto sa learnings. Hehe.
So when making basic California Maki without the orange fish eggs outside, you just need:
Cucumber cut in match stick sizes
Mangoes cut in match stick sizes
Kikoman and wasabi for dipping
First put the cling wrap on the sushi mat. This will ensure that that rice will not stick to the sushi mat. Wowa put some rice wine nga pala in the rice while she mixed it. Mga 2 table spoon .
And then put the rice on the cling wrap followed by the nori. Be sure that the rice and nori are in the middle of the cling wrap and mat. You will figure it out why when you actually do it. We don’t want the cling wrap to go around inside the maki kasi.
Put the cucumber, mango and kani.
Learnings: Dapat pala sa i-roll muna ng konti yung maki then ilagay sa bottom part yung cucumber. mango and kani.
Then you roll it. Wowa did it because it was kind of complicated. Lelz.
Learnings again, do not put too much rice and ingredients. Tataba ang maki niyo and you will not be able to put them inside your mouth in one go.
After rolling, cut the maki for serving. If you check the photo below, ang lalaki ng maki hahaha! Giant California Maki! Parang Futo Maki ang dating.
Put Japanese Mayo on top.
And then serve.
The California Maki that we made were not perfect but it was delicious. It was so delicious that Anika requested Wowa to make another batch so we can eat more and so that Anika can make them baon the next day.
Wowa made the second batch a little smaller na.
There you go! I just don’t know where to buy those orange fish eggs that they put around the California Maki. If you guys know, please do comment where below ha? =)