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       Title: Vegetable Sushi Roll
  Categories: Japanese, Appetizers
       Yield: 6 servings
  
       5 c  White unconverted rice
   1 1/2 c  Sushi rice vinegar
            (or regular rice vinegar
            -w/ts sugar added)
       3    To 4 eggs beaten
       1 pk Fresh spinach, washed
            Small container pickled red
            -ginger slivers
       1 pk (about 6 large) dried
            -Shiitake mushrooms
       1 oz Pkg. Kampyo (dried gourd
            -strips)
     1/4 c  Soy sauce
  
   Jerry’s Long-Awaited Worth-Waiting-For Vegetable Sushi
   Roll (MAKISUSHI) w/Egg
   
   Nori (seaweed sheets) - 10 sheets Bamboo sushi mat **
   Kampyo/Shiitake - ** Wash Kampyo; soak in enough water
   to cover 40 minutes, or until soft. Drain.  Combine
   Shiitake and 2-1/2 cups water in medium-size saucepan.
   Let stand 20 minutes.  Add softened Kampyo to Shiitake
   and liquid in saucepan. Bring to boil; simmer, cover 5
   minutes.  Stir in 1/4 cup soy sauce; simmer 15 minutes
   longer, or until Kampyo is lightly colored.  Stir
   occasionally. Drain and cool; squeeze out liquid from
   Shiitake (using paper towels). Divide Kampyo into 10
   portions, each portion being about 8-9 inches long
   (the length of a Nori sheet).  Remove and discard
   Shiitake stems; cut Shiitake into 1/4-inch thick
   slices.
   
   Rice -  Wash rice until water runs clear; drain well.
   Combine rice and 5 cups water in large sauce pan.
   Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer on lowest
   possible heat, cover 20-25 minutes, or until water is
   absorbed. Don't Stir!!! (stick a fork into rice to
   bottom of pan and if no water remains, it’s ready).
   Remove from heat and let stand covered for at least 10
   minutes.  Rice should be on the firm side, not mushy.
   Remove 1/2 rice to large non-metal mixing bowl and let
   cool some. Pour 1/2 cup sushi rice vinegar evenly over
   top of rice and toss gently to combine. Add remaining
   rice (cooled some) and another 1/2 cup vinegar. Toss
   gently to mix. Cool.
   
   Egg -  Pour 1/2 egg mixture evenly into lightly oiled
   hot skillet and cook over medium-high heat until set.
   Turn out; cool and slice into 10 strips. Repeat with
   remaining egg mixture.
   
   Spinach -  Bring washed spinach to boil in a little
   water, then lower heat and cook for several minutes.
   Drain well and let cool (it is important that as much
   water as possible is drained from the spinach - one
   way is to allow spinach to cool in a mesh strainer).
   Divide into 10 portions of strips (you may not need
   all the spinach you have cooked). ** Putting It All
   Together ** Unroll the bamboo sushi mat away from you.
   Place 1 sheet Nori on mat, lining it up with the
   bottom of mat. Moisten hands with a little of the
   remaining sushi rice vinegar to prevent rice from
   sticking. Place enough rice on Nori to cover 3/4 of
   the sheet and a little more than 1/2 inch thick.
   Press down with fingers (not too firmly). Over center
   of the rice, from left to right, place 1 spinach strip
   along with a Kampyo portion, 2 egg strips, and several
   Shiitake strips. Each strip should extend the length
   of the rice. Finally, add a modest amount of drained
   pickled red ginger slivers along the top of the other
   strips.
   
   Hold line of ingredients across rice firmly in place
   with finger tips. Using thumbs, push up and turn
   bamboo sushi mat edge nearest you up and over filling,
   pressing firmly to enclose filling, and lifting the
   bamboo mat while rolling to keep it free from being
   enclosed in the sushi roll. The idea is to get
   everything rolled before reaching the far edge of the
   Nori sheet.  When sushi is rolled, gently but firmly,
   press bamboo mat around roll again, but this time to
   shape. (The art of making sushi is to get filling
   ingredients lined up in the center of the roll).
   Unroll mat and wrap sushi in plastic or aluminum wrap;
   repeat with remaining ingredients to make 10 rolls.
   
   To serve, place rolls, seam-side down, on cutting
   surface and cut crosswise into about 8 equal slices.
   (Refrigeration will cause sushi to dry out, so eat).
   Enjoy!!!!! Jerry Masefield
  
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