I’ve just started my second year of travel with one of the best dinners ever – homemade sushi! Lots of it. Made to perfection and by a true artist of a chef.
For the past week I’ve been staying with a fellow traveler, Kristin, in Federal Way, Washington just south of Seattle. On Friday, we drove up to Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, northwest of Seattle. There we met her brother and his wife, Jocelyn, who is part Japanese. She took to her roots and trained as a sushi chef. On the way we picked up a large pack of sushi-grade raw fish, crab and roe from an Asian supermarket (at an incredible savings). Jocelyn already had the rest of the ingredients and rice in the pot.
For the next couple hours, Jocelyn was in her element making her homemade sushi masterpiece. For only four people, it was smaller than other platters she’s created for parties. However, the eighty pieces of sushi she did prepare were made to perfection.
Utilizing different types of roe, as well as the five different types of fish – salmon, tuna, tilapia, hamachi and yellowtale (I think), as well as many different vegetables, each roll was a work of art.
Then it came time to eat. How better to eat homemade sushi than with glasses of wine and a wild game of Cards Against Humanity! We certainly lost track of time, and it was getting into the wee hours of the morning by the time we made it to bed, fully satiated. I’m not expecting to eat any sushi in my travels to top this night until I get to Japan. I plan to volunteer in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, but I don’t think I can wait until then. Maybe I’ll just have to find another host to provide homemade sushi. Maybe with my host in Helsinki, Tiia, who’s apprenticing under a Japanese master sushi chef.
Jocelyn plans to start her own sushi restaurant and blog someday. Stay tuned and I’ll update this post with news of future development!