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The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Sushi Salad and Chocolate Mousse


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I rarely boast, but I must say there are some things I do well.  Like really well. I am possibly one of the best procrastinators you will ever have the pleasure of meeting.  I know if it came to a vote, I would be elected Queen of Procrastination in a landslide.  I could teach lessons in it, in fact I should, and I know I am rambling — but it’s all part of the plan… You think I’m rambling, but I’m actually procrastinating.

I have just received from my publisher the 455-page copy edited manuscript of my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, coming out this fall.  My editor Cassie sent it with a note that went something like “YOOHOO” –or was it WOOHOO? – “review this and get back to me – this is so exciting.”

And I wrote her back something like, “Really?  Is this what you find ‘exciting’?” I want to cry, stand on my head for a day, do anything but review this – I don’t find this fun – editing a book for eight months and still finding mistakes and having to refer to notes I can no longer find or read.  So instead of reviewing the ms (editor talk for manuscript) for the 50-jilllionth time, I’m writing this post.

But I’m in a combative mood. Our link-up theme is “the best thing I ever ate,” but since I’m feeling salty, or sour, or whatever you wanna call it – I’m not gonna play by the rules.  See, as a foodie I refuse to call out the “best thing” I ever ate – it’s like asking a mother to choose between her children.  Can’t do it; love all food too much to play favorites.  Truth is I can’t even pick a favorite movie or favorite season or favorite style of décor.  My favorite color is black (and white, and red, and royal blue and cream and off white – depends on the day).  And now you see I’m procrastinating, not just on my manuscript but also on picking my “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

My best thing is whatever I’m in the mood for. I often self-diagnose myself as NEEDING chocolate NOW.  While I have been using Chocolate Avocado Mousse to get me through the drudgery of this ms (2 large very ripe avocados, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, pinch of kosher salt, dash of pure vanilla extract and Truvia, honey or agave to taste whipped in the food processor until smooth and creamy and refrigerated for at least 1 hour), my new favorite thing is my Sushi Salad.  I have been making it almost every Shabbos for the past few months and the entire family is hooked.

In Israel, I can’t find mock crab for the sushi (can’t find it ‘cause it ain’t here) so I got this great idea from my neighbor Miri: sub in smoked salmon, which I chop and toss and love.

Here is the link to the official “California Roll” Salad.  And here I will list my latest tweaks.

-I sub in chopped smoked salmon for the cubed imitation crab (as already noted in my ramblings above)

-In place of radishes I add thinly sliced scallion, green part only

-I combine 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 TBS canola oil, 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tsp kosher salt and cook on the stovetop or in the microwave until the sugar dissolves and allow it to cool.  Then I toss it with the hot cooked rice.  When you pour this in to the rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.

-I then toss with 1 to 2 sheets of chopped Nori.  I actually use kitchen scissors  to cut 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.

-Then just before serving I toss the rice the veg and fish and sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds.

-Serve at room temperature (this is KEY) with soy sauce on the side.

-Once tossed it will keep for a few days in the fridge.

Sorry not to have played exactly by the link up rules, but cut me some slack, I’m going through 455 pages and can’t think past what I am craving at this moment.  On second or third thought …As I go through that manuscript, it’s plain that the best, and worst, thing I ever ate was my own words.

What’s the best thing you ever ate?  Share in the comments and post the recipe for all of us to enjoy here.

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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




19 Responses to The Best Thing I Ever Ate – Sushi Salad and Chocolate Mousse

  1. I agree it is impossible to choose one best thing! We love your sushi salad! My kids request it all the time.

  2. avatar says: Maya

    What about lime juice? You find it here in Israel?

    • I haven’t — I just use lemon juice in place – but for this recipe I have swapped the dressing for this one (all easy to find ingredients here): -I combine 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 1 TBS canola oil, 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 tsp kosher salt and cook on the stove top or in the microwave until the sugar dissolves and allow it to cool. Then I toss it with the hot cooked rice. When you pour this in to the rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools. — I serve soy sauce on the side.

  3. avatar says: stephanie

    well, i think it’s exciting! can’t wait to check out the new book

  4. avatar says: Elle

    Is your neighbor Miri Behar?

  5. avatar says: Sina

    Wow, good luck!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

  6. Jamie, I TOTALLY agree about the whole “Best thing” choice. Are you serious!? Oy. What a wonderful chore :) Mazal tov on the forthcoming book!

  7. avatar says: Simcha1

    The best thing I ever ate was something my best friend made one year for Passsover. It was a lamb tagine and it was divine. Sorry- I don’t have the recipe yet, but I will be bugging her for it again soon.

  8. My sister in law makes this salad and always gets rave reviews. Just before Passover we had a pot luck and her 6 year old begged her to make it and the huge bowl she brought was gone in minutes.

  9. You cannot go wrong with sushi salad! So healthy too! The Avocado mousse sounds fantastic! I need to try that!

  10. Sushi salad is delicious and that mousse look soo creamy!

  11. Sushi salad is also one of my faves!

  12. I dont like the mock crab in sushi salad, I always eat around it, so I am loving your salmon swap idea!

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