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The November 2009 Daring Cooks challenge was brought to you by Audax of Audax Artifex and Rose of The Bite Me Kitchen. They chose sushi as the challenge.

I was really happy to see this month’s Daring Cooks challenge. I love sushi, and we have made it at home before, so I knew this would be a great challenge.

I almost didn’t get it completed, though! At the end of October I was still busy dealing with macarons from the Daring Bakers challenge. Then November hit and my time was taken up by NaNoWriMo and the Foodbuzz Blogger Festival. OK, the festival was only three days, but I seriously spent the next four days just trying to recover from the food, wine, and mingling overdose. And then, of course, I realized I only had one day left to do the challenge and by the way I was heading to a 12-hour write-in so I needed to get the sushi done between 2:30 and 6.


Our challenge was to cook sushi rice using the posted recipe, and then make 3 specific types of sushi with our choice of fillings. I had to halve the recipe as I had exactly 1 1/4 cups of sushi rice left, but that made the perfect amount in my opinion, considering my time constraints. I thought the rice recipe was great and I’ll definitely be using that when we make sushi in the future. As to the rolls themselves, I admit my caterpillar roll is a little sloppy, and my nigiri is quite sad. But I’m very happy with my spiral roll.

Nigiri with smoked salmon. I tried to do a molded nigiri, but let’s just say I had problems.

Spiral rolls
Spiral roll with roasted red pepper, carrot, cucumber, krab, sriracha, and smoked salmon.

Caterpillar roll
Caterpillar roll with krab, cucumber, and avocado.

Thank you for hosting the challenge, Audax and Rose!

To download a printable version of the recipe we used, click here.


  1. I have to say that dragon roll is perfect-looking and the other sushi are so yummy. Yes a lot of people were under the weather after the festival!!!!! Well done and congrats on your effort. Cheers from Audax in Australia.

  2. You did AWESOME (of course) especially given that crazy lack of time you had going on. Love your spiral roll and your caterpillar/dragon is super cute 🙂

    Hope you’re having a good weekend! xo

  3. I thought about doing molded nigiri, but I figured that if I tried to do it freehand I would feel better if it was lopsided. Way to go with the challenge.

  4. Lovely sushi! Your caterpillar is amazing and your spiral roll is so stunning! I did not leave myself much time for this challenge either, but mine did not come out as crazy nice as yours!
    Great job!

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