Friday, July 31, 2009

Nigiri Sushi & Zucchini Pizza

I'm torn between two conflicting forces. On the one hand, I try hard not to buy stuff I don't need - consumerism, simplicity, and so on. On the other hand, I'm a sucker for those kitchen gadgets that may have an extremely limited function, but perform that function extraordinarily well. Enter my new nigiri sushi maker - the consumer wins the day.

Nigiri sushi can be made by hand, but this little plastic sushi maker is totally awesome. Stuff some toppings and seasoned rice in the ice cube-shaped mold, press together with a second piece, and pop out perfect nigiri sushi that sticks together like magic. It makes five at a time, so it's quick too. Limited time offer! Buy now! But wait, there's more!

Aren't they the cutest things though? I cut slices of toasted nori to wrap the little guys, like the pros do. There you go...fight the recession, go buy stuff you don't need :)

We've had a cool July here. I know parts of the US are roasting this summer, but it was cool enough one night this week to turn the oven on and make a pizza. This is topped with thinly sliced fresh tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, onions (pre-carmelized in a pan before adding), zucchini, and mushrooms. The basil leaves were added after turning off the heat - I put them on the pizza, and popped it back in the oven for just a couple minutes to wilt the leaves. After snapping the photo I added nutritional yeast, red pepper flakes, and more olive oil.

Every time I make pizza or see it on blogs now I'm even more convinced that vegan pizza is the way pizza was always meant to be.

6 comments:

The Voracious Vegan said...

Vegan pizza is definitely the way pizza was always meant to be! All the wonderful ethical reasons aside, leaving off the cheesy glop and the meaty stink allows the bright freshness of veggies to shine even more clearly! And yours looks like a beautiful example of scrumptious vegan pizza bliss.

I love those adorable sushi rolls, they are really lovely. I'd say your kitchen gadget was well worth the money.

vegan.in.brighton said...

That pizza looks delicious. I think I may have to get myself one of those sushi things, your sushi looks perfect!

aredcardigan said...

Vegan pizza is definitely the way to go and so are nifty lil' kitchen gadgets....maaaaybe I don't need that many kitchen stuff (you do need a sandwich or a panini maker - your tummy will thank you)BUT the need to consume does overlap into another area, clothes. At this point you're going "WOMEN" but hey I won't make any apologies (hehe)...logic will tell you if it ain't clothes, it's always something else....

Maybe in an ideal world, we won't consume that much but can we really settle for a one topping pizza? (See, still "consuming" more ingredients)

God, I hope my little rambling there make some sense, if not just ignore it and click this link...

http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2009/07/31/movie_review_food_inc.php

Oh as for your Nigiri, I bet you can put some sushi chef to shame with that skill of yours and I would kill for some vegan pizza now!

ps: I'm a very lucky girl with a pic of cute pups and awesome travel shots;)

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

so many good eats! That sushi is worth the purchase. We had vegan pizza Friday night with a neighbor's homegrown tomatoes and pesto. And nice pix of the dogs in your last post. I looks like they had a great day.

jd said...

That pizza looks sooo good! And I totally agree, vegan is the only way to go!!

Mmmm...

Sal said...

that sushi is sooo cute!

mmm pizza, i haven't made pizza in ages, i need to fix that. soon.