Homemade Sushi and The Voyeur's Motel
Things are getting a little fishy around here today. Just kidding. Kind of. It’s sushi, sure, but there’s no fish involved because I’m one million different kinds of germaphobe when it comes to raw meat. This book, though, is another story.
Make it at home for double the fun.
Homemade SushiBy Page & Plate, May 17, 2019
Making sushi at home is waaaaay easier than you think. Plus, the options for customization are endless!
Makes: 4 servings
- 1 cup of sushi rice
- 1 sweet potato, cut into matchsticks
- 1 TBSP of vegetable oil
- 1 cucumber, cut into matchsticks
- 1 avocado, sliced thinly
- 4 TBSP of cream cheese
- 3 toasted nori sheets
- Let's start by making the rice: get a saucepan and add the rice and two cups of water. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat way down, cover with a lid, and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, spread the sweet potatoes on a baking sheet, cover in vegetable oil, sprinkle with salt, and pop them in the oven. Hit broil, and walk away until the rice is done.
- Alright, alright, we're moving right along. The rice is done, the sweet potatoes are cooked, and we're ready to roll. Literally.
- Set out your cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese where you can grab them, and clear a space on the counter or a cutting board.
- Lay a sheet of nori out, and cover it with about 1/3 cup of cooked rice, spread thinly and evenly.
- Lay the vegetables out in a thin strip across the middle nori, making a thin stripe of vegetables, then add a schwipe of cream cheese on top.
- Roll the nori away from you, tucking the veggie / cream cheese stripe into the roll. Press the nori to itself to close it securely.
- Using a serated knife, slice into 1/2 inch rolls. Was that or was that not the easiest thing you've ever done?
- Serve with pickled ginger, wasabi, black sesame seeds, and soy sauce.
The Voyeur's Motel
Plot: A long, long ago in a state faraway, a man named Gerald Foos bought a motel specifically so he could use it as a means to observe its visitors having sex. Then, because that wasn’t enough of a power trip, he contacted renown writer Gay Talese to tell his story.
Thoughts: Apart from the morbid curiosity (and love of books on sale) that drove me to pick this book up in 57th Street Books, there wasn’t much going for this book. And once you get over the shock value that comes with hearing Foos robotically describe how he and his wives set up a system that allowed him to intrude on the personal lives of hundreds of people over several decades, you realize you’re just reading a book about a really weird dude who found a writer curious enough to get weird with him.
I found this book upsetting, and not just because of the allegations that Talese may have invented certain parts of the story to make it more compelling. Just because I think Foos was a gross dude and shouldn’t have been celebrated for that. And having Gay Talese write a New Yorker article and full-length book that was turned into a TV show about you is being celebrated for that.
Verdict: If I were you, I’d read the article and skip the book. You do you.
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