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Food
and drink
In the fall
, I tend to enjoy heavier
meals, often with rice. My husband and I
are trying to eat more gluten-free meals
as an experiment to see how we feel.
Sushi and sashimi are gluten-free. Sushi
is a staple in our household. It’s low in
fat, satisfying and pairs nicely with wine.
Sometimes we dine out. But on a more
regular basis, we order our sushi to go.
This allows us to pair a favourite wine
with our Japanese cuisine and enjoy a
movie at home.
We enjoy sushi and sashimi because
they are extremely healthy and good
for us. High in omega-3 fatty acids
and low in calories, sushi and sashimi
are part of a Japanese diet which is
believed to increase life expectancy.
Did you know that the life expectancies
for both women and men in Japan are
among the highest in the world? Sushi
and sashimi with mackerel is good
for preventing heart disease, strokes
and arthritis. Rice is gluten-free and an
excellent source of carbohydrates and
protein. Rice vinegar is an antibacterial
ingredient aiding in digestion, all the
while helping to lower high blood
pressure. Pickled ginger cleanses the
palate between bites of sushi or sashimi.
Ginger is antiseptic, aids in digestion
and helps to boost the immune system.
Soy sauce is high in protein, magnesium,
potassium and iron. Nori should be a
superfood; it contains iodine and is rich
in vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, Niacin and C.
Wasabi stimulates saliva, thus aiding in
our digestion…it is also antibacterial
and antiseptic.
In case you’re new to Japanese cuisine,
sushi does not mean raw fish. It refers to
the vinegared rice that accompanies the
fish. There are two types of sushi – maki
and nigiri.
Maki sushi is a type of roll that is made
from a combination of ingredients. Each
roll has a different name, such as the
California Roll (which combines avo-
cado, crab and cucumber) or the New
York Roll (which contains apple, avocado
and salmon). If you enjoy sushi but your
partner doesn’t, fear not. Nowadays,
many Japanese restaurants offer a var-
iety of sushi rolls for vegetarians.
Nigiri sushi is any kind of fish on rice
with a dab of wasabi. The fish, while
looking raw, might be salted, smoked
or cooked. Maguro (tuna) and salmon
are the least fishy raw fish. The salmon is
deeply frozen and slightly smoked to kill
any parasites. Saba is an oily mackerel
that has been salted and marinated.
Ebi (shrimp) and kani (crab) are both
cooked. Sashimi refers to a type of nigiri
sushi. It is raw fish on top of vinegared
rice, held together by a thin band of nori
or seaweed. Or, sometimes, the raw fish
may be served alone, without rice or
nori.
While sake or Japanese beer might be a
traditional partner to sushi and sashimi,
wine lovers tend to prefer a glass of the
fermented grape.
Pairing Sushi with Wines