When a freind suggests trying the Sushi for lunch (which I have never ever ever eaten before - EVER) and you have a planned feast of just a miserable cheese twist and a viennese whirl for afters - you kind of get the feeling that its going to be an unexpected if not hideous yet random 3 course lunch that even Gillian McKeith would blow her own gasket over.
Ive known this checkout girl at my local Tesco Express for some time. We chat because both our girls go to the same school. Today she was stacking the cold food counter and we were chatting and she was re-arranging the sushi. She asked if Id tried it. NO! NO! NO! came my reply. Id rather eat a frozen freezer burned fish finger. She begged me to try it explaining that I would love it. Cue alarm bells whirring in my head. I did rather fancy a cheese twist but as she was so delightful about it, I relented and bought the damn thing. And still had plans for that cheese twist. I thought Id wait until belle was home and have it for tea instead. Lunch was written off as I had a bit of a migraine anyway. Belle came home and I was famished at 4pm so we dared to open it and test it. I was so nervous opening the packets expecting live fish to splish and splash on the work top and the seaweed reminded me of overstewed cabbage. Let alone the pickled ginger, some horseradishy stuff and this little fish full of wee, presumably.
The best thing at the precise moment was discovering that each pack had chopsticks - way too cute! So I thought Id document my first ever Sushi and keep the fish and chopsticks for a layout (as you do). Belle can only hold my Fuji camera (the Nikons she cannot handle THAT well). She manged these of me (thank the lord for RAW formatting!) I couldn't breathe for nercous laughter at some points and looked at Belle for reassurance of which she proffered a most quizzical look.
Well besides the seaweed tasting a little bit like rubber tyres, I rather liked the rice-rolled-in-toasted-sesame-seeds-enveloping-tuna-peppers-and-cucumber. I dipped it in the fish wee wee, dabbed a bit of horseradish on it and added a slither of pickled ginger. I loved the rice draped in salmon too. Not Bad. But i tell you what. that horseradish stuff takes the skin fromt he roof of your mouth, huh? HOT HOT HOT! After the Sushi I troughed my cheese twist and then my viennese whirl. JOB DONE. Burp. Hardly sophistication but then again I am from Leeds.
One hour later Belle asked me if she could make her own tea. Why? Do I smell or something? She was hungry and figured if she made it herself then she could get to choose what she wanted. Clever girl! So I supervised from the sink as she took two slices of bread, crammed them with ham and folded over the slices (do you remember doing that?). I offered to cut them but she wanted them like that and with no butter too. She pigged out on this with crisps and pretzel sticks and some Chorizo (her fave) but I had to cut the peppers for her. She completely destroyed the lot in 35 minutes which is a record for her.
Bothe belle and I are certified lovers of pig swill that is for sure. Im keeping the camera loaded forever right now - so much stuff I am missing