Thing 2: Sushi

I finally completed one of the “Things” off my list last night – I rolled homemade sushi! Hmm. Parts were easy, others difficult. It didn’t go perfectly to plan, so I think I’ll have to attempt it again. I think I added too much rice to the nori, which made it a bit more difficult to roll, resulting in the sushi being over-stuffed with rice! But live and learn eh! All in all, not too bad for a first attempt. The final product somewhat resembled sushi and what the heck, it tasted good! 🙂

The recipe I used was as follows:

Sushi Rice:

1/2 cup uncooked sushi rice

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar

1 1/4 tbsp sugar

Fillings:

Carrot, thinly sliced

Courgette, thinly sliced

Prawns, cooked

Firstly, combine the rice vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan over heat. Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Next, add rice and water to the saucepan and cook over a low heat. Once the rice has cooked, remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl and allow to cool.

Meanwhile prepare your fillings.

Once the rice and vinegar mixture have cooled, pour the vinegar mixture over the rice and combine. Keep a little leftover to use in the sushi preparation. To roll the sushi:

Take one piece of nori and place it on your sushi roller. Wet your fingers with the cooled vinegar mixture and press a fairly thin sheet of rice to the bottom 3/4 of the nori sheet. Leave room to the top of the sheet for rolling. Sprinkle your carrot, courgette and prawns as filling to just below the half way mark in the rice. Roll gently and firmly with the sushi roller. Once you’ve gotten to the top of the roll, wet your fingers with the vinegar mixture and apply to the inside of the nori sheet and roll further to seal.

Slice the sushi using a sharp wet knife. Serve with traditional wasabi-soy sauce mixture!

So there we go, one Thing complete. Well two technically, seeing as setting up the blog was one Thing. I’m on holidays next week – staycationing. Hoping to complete a lot more things when I have the time next week and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

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Relay Sprint Triathlon. Check.

Again, as part of my ‘Things’ to do, I’ve committed myself to complete a full sprint triathlon. Eeek. In practice for this, I decided I’d do a relay sprint the weekend gone by. I did the cycle element, my sister did the run and my cousin did the swim.

 

We headed off to Rosses Point in County Sligo on Sunday morning. As you can see above, it’s quite the scenic spot.

The event started at 9 am on Sunday morning. The sky was grey and dark as I woke in the morning and it was quite windy. Nerves were high. But all went relatively well in the end. As our first relay sprint, we had hoped to finish in 1 hr 20 mins, but we finished in 1 hr 28 mins, which isn’t all that bad considering. I did the cycle in 45:32, which I was happy enough with.

I’m not sure how I feel about completing a full triathlon. I think I must be nuts? But it’s a challenge and it’s one I would really like to succeed at. I’m going to try my hardest to train and put in the effort to aim to do it towards the beginning of next year’s triathlon season. Swimming will be my downfall. I used to be quite a strong swimmer. But over the years, I’ve become more wary of water for various reasons and I’m not sure I can build up the courage to swim 750 meters in the sea. I don’t like to get out of my depth in the water anymore, once I can touch the bottom I feel pretty secure, but I’m very nervous in the sea or lakes. I do think it’s a matter of overcoming this fear and training to get back to the strong swimmer I used to be. Therefore hitting two birds with one stone – I also need to overcome one fear as part of the ‘Things’! 😉

I’ve put my training program together. It’s an 11 week program. Hoping to complete this twice before the tri season begins, so I will be well fit for my first ever full sprint triathlon. I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

101 Things to Do Before I turn…..3….0…..

554 days to go. Duh duh duhhhh.

That’s plenty of time to complete 101 things I’ve never done before right? Yes. Lots of time.

I don’t usually worry about birthdays. At the end of the day, it’s only but a number. But I feel there are a lot of things I haven’t accomplished, that I would have liked to, at the grand old age of 28.

I’m compiling a list on dayzeroproject.com at the moment and it’s proving rather difficult. The first 42 ‘Things’ were no problem. But I must admit I’m rather struggling to find another 59 things to do and time is ticking.

I’d have no problem coming up with lots of ideas, like travel in South America, China or Africa, go to Coachella, etc. But unfortunately, time and money will put a limit on some of the things I can do. Here’s a link to the list so far.

Any ideas folks, let me know! 🙂