Onigiri

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When my husband and I were married, we really wanted to go to Japan for our honeymoon. We have always loved watching anime together and enjoyed Japanese food, so we dreamed of a lovely Japanese honeymoon. But, it was too expensive for us at the time, so we will just have to keep saving and dreaming.

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We do try to bring a little of Japan into our lives. And that includes our favorite snack: onigiri. It’s healthy, easy to eat, and delicious. It’s also really simple to make, so I like to keep a whole bunch in the fridge for easy snacking.

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Onigiri are basically rice balls with a filling. We prefer cucumber or avocado as fillings, but the choices are pretty endless. Any vegetable will be great, even vegan cream cheese would be a nice choice. The outside seaweed isn’t necessary, but it really makes onigiri special. I just buy the seaweed snack packs and use those because they are thinner and easier for Dominik to eat. They also make flavors like wasabi.

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One day, we will make it to Japan. Until then, we will enjoy having a little bit of Japanese culture through their fantastic cuisine and delicious snacks.

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Onigiri

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sushi rice (or short grain white rice)
  • 1.5 cups water, plus 1 cup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • nori seaweed, cut into strips
  • Filling of choice (cucumber, avocado, picked plums or vegetables, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Rinse the rice very well, until the water runs clear.
  2. Put the rice and 1.5 cups water in a covered saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer, do not stir or remove lid. Cook until water has absorbed, about 20 minutes.
  3. Let rice cool completely. Mix salt and 1 cup water in a bowl. The salt water is to keep the rice from sticking to your hands, periodically dip your hands in the water while making onigiri.
  4. Take a handful of rice and form a bowl. Put the filling of your choice in the center and form a ball around it. Press firmly until it is in your desired shape. Add sesame seeds and seaweed to the outside and enjoy!

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