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Drinkin’ Kirin while makin’ sushi

In At home cooking, blogger fun, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, Reviews, Sponsored, Uncategorized On April 14, 2014 1 Comment

Hi lovely babes!!! Hope you all enjoyed and tried making those Cheesy Vegan Cauliflower Steaks from the last post!!!

Today, I’ve got a particularly special post for y’all;) As you know, entertaining is totally my happy place, so I was ecstatic when Kirin Ichiban & I paired up to host a little get together while enjoying some Kirin Ichiban & Kirin Light beers, as well as some homemade Japanese recipes!
Check this out!
(I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Millennial Central for Kirin. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.)

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First of all, before I share a little background of these awesome beers… …Can I just say one freakin thang!?

Kirin Light offers full flavor and authentic Japanese-style beer with just 95 calories!!!

95 CALORIES! And it’s sooooo TASTY and pairs fantastic with healthier, lighter dishes.
Also for those who aren’t into light beers…also try

Kirin Ichiban which is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

-Kirin Ichiban Frozen which is a draught beer topped with frozen Kirin Ichiban, using a proprietary process.
• It is an innovative way to enjoy Ichiban in Japan, and is now available in select U.S. locations.

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Japanese cuisine tends to be quite light, which is great for us skinny BETCHES;) lol no, but seriously. With a clean, light meal, along with a traditional Japanese beer, you can rest easy knowing that you haven’t broke the calorie bank. I mean… Unless you eat everything tempura. No thanks.

When I received my little Kirin care package, I noticed a little booklet with yummy recipes. I was pleased to see that Kirin has partnered with celebrity chef, Candice Kumai, to bring Japanese-style beer to the growing Asian cuisine movement.

Check out Kirin’s facebook for great recipes posted by Candice
The recipes did look amazing…but we were all dying to hit up Mitsuwa (Japanese market) and pick up some really great looking sushi and sashimi fish!
We went a little nuttzzoooo……

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I am a sushi fanatic!!!! Oh and making your own is soooo worth it! It’s definitely fun to do with friends. We were cracking up. Lol, and you for SURE can’t serve sushi without ice cold Japanese beer.

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Let me give you a little background on Kirin….
Kirin is known in Japan and all over the world as beer at its purest because of its first-press brewing process and clean taste.
• One of Japan’s oldest breweries, with a history dating back to 1888.

• Japanese custom requires never filling your own glass and never letting another’s glass get completely empty.

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• In Japan, when everyone is ready to drink, they salute by saying “kanpai.”
I just really love it. I ALWAYS order a Kirin light and a small cold sake (to share of course..)when it go out to my secret special sushi spots around town;)
With only 95 cals a bottle. Ummm.. I’ll take it. Thanks.

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We went full out restaurant style! Ahhhhh I’m so proud of my sushi skills y’all! Hot damn! Looks so prefeshhh, right!? Haha

But seriously…you need a super sharp knife. I was strugglin’ a bit.
We even picked up some yuzukosho, which is a Japanese citrus chili paste, and pairs delicious with sushi & sashimi.
At the table was also some, not so healthyspicy siracha mayo... Dassss right! Bomb.com.

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Kirin Ichiban is a 100-percent malt, first-press beer with rich flavor, a smooth finish and clean aftertaste.
• Only uses the first strain of malt liquid, which means it’s truly beer at its purest.
• Pairs beautifully with traditional Japanese cuisine and modern Asian cuisine.

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Check out the spread! That sushi is on point! We also chard some delicious Shishito peppers
Despite the word “pepper”, they are far from spicy. They are just right paired with this food and are super easy to prepare. A party fave no doubt.
You can find these super cheap as well.

Also at the table…some jumbo shrimp sautéed in teriyaki sauce and lots of garlic, as well as traditional salted edamame.

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Not gonna lie…this May or may not be my calling.

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Everyone was in awe of the yummy spread. We ate till we couldn’t move and polished off the beers. Haha. Oh..and the sake. I was not surprised to see that everyone loved Kirin. I knew they would. I loveeeeeeee it too!;)

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Anddddd. Then. I got sassy. ;).
Thank you to Kirin for hooking it up with my sweet care package to host the fab dinner! And thanks to my friends for enjoying and waiting to eat till 9:15 p.m. Lol.
Love y’all!

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<3 Paula #sponsored

SUSHI PARTY;)

In At home cooking, clean food, Dinner dates, friends, popular recipes, Uncategorized On August 15, 2013 0 Comments

Continuing on my sushi grade fish obsession…I wanted to share with y’all our fun sushi making party of three from this past weekend:)
Ok, so remember on my last post…how I bought this gorgeous piece of fish at the farmers market?
Yes, that beautiful sashimi from the last post.

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Well…since I had bought a ridiculously HUGE honkin piece it, I thought to myself, “WTF am I gonna do with that!” In my eyes…not so sushi grade after 3 days in the fridge. Sorrynotsorry. So I decided to have some friends over the following day after I had purchased it for an impromptu “HOMEMADE SUSHI NIGHT”

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My friends Yasuna and Andrew came over. Yasuna’s parents recently owned a sushi restaurant, so I thought. “EAZYYYY PEAZZZYY” Well….not so much.

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#1: No sushi knives….

#2: No sticky rice

Time to improvise.

I don’t care what anyone says. Even if your knife is super sharp…nothing can cut like a proper sushi chef knife. It is what it is.
My wusthof knife will have to do. I ripped thought that shit like lion. At this point, the rice had been cooking 45 minutes and I was starving.

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Ok,so I’m not gonna lie. Homegirls does not keep white anything in the house. NO white rice, NO white bread, NO white pasta. Seriously. No joke.
So you can bet Yasuna was not having it. Luckily..well I don’t know bout lucky…but…I had some bomb ass brown rice in the pantry:)
Hmmmm….could we possibly use brown rice as sushi rice? Hunnnaaayyyyy…..DUH! Yes we did!!!
Here’s how:

 

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ONE:
Cook rice. (Short grain) 1 cup rice; 1 cup water in rice cooker
TWO:
Thinly slice any veggies you want in roll and set aside, and slice your sashimi.
THREE:
Once cooked, let rice cool, add 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
FOUR:
Fold together while fanning rice. ( I know, weird, but that’s what all my Japanese friends say to do)
P.S. you could add a tsp of sugar along with vinegar… but you know…I’m not fuckin with dat!
FIVE:
Lay out your seaweed wrap, add a thin layer of your rice, layer in your veggies and fish.
SIX:
Start rolling. Tucking…rolling..tucking.
You get it.

Check out my other attempt at “Can I call this SUSHI?”

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OHHH HEYYY!

Now we’re talking!!!
Let me give you a little memo though…
The cutting of the roll can be tricky without severely sharp knives, soooooo
It may help you to place Saran plastic wrap tightly over the whole roll and cut your pieces through the wrap.
**this ensures a cleaner cut, while keeping the roll from falling apart.
That may or may not have happened to us.
My secret;)

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But I mean. I’m no sushi chef, and this ishhhh looks RIDICULOUS!

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I steamed some yummy edamame (shelled) and served it with crushed garlic, salt, and soy sauce.
The only thing that was missing from our super fun sushi party, was wasabi, and ginger, but hell! We didn’t care:)
Happy..hungry friends were stoked, and now..WE EAT!

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This is a super yummy, budget friendly meal, that can be really interactive and fun to make. If you make your own and take a photo…SHARE ON INSTAGRAM AND TAG: #ff2fhomemadesushi

Love uuuuuu! Happy weekend!
Xo

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