Sushi Penguin. Fun food for kids.

Oct 3, 2013

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I love making fun food for kids! It's amazing how with a little bit of effort you can make something average into something really fun. It's so good for enticing young children to eat healthy food. Generally, like the rest of the world, I don't have a lot of spare time so I don't always go to as much effort as I did here. This time, however, I wanted to attempt something a little bit "fancier" (which I've now decided is a general code word for trickier or more effort, haha).




Inspired by our fondness for Little Penguins and our love for sushi, here is my attempt at making a Sushi Penguin. 




Ingredients:

  • Sushi rice (short grain rice with a sushi rice vinegar. We buy ours from the Asian section of the supermarket and all the instructions on how to make the rice are on the packaging)
  • Yaki Nori (seaweed sheets)
  • Steamed carrot



How to make:

  • Cut your Yaki Nori into 4 strips and use 1/4 of a sheet for one penguin

  • Press down on your prepared sushi rice in your container to compact it as much as possible


  • Place your rice on one half of your yaki nori, thick enough so that pulling the other half of the yaki nori over it will form a nice, tight package. (Probably about two finger widths high)


  • If you have a bamboo mat like pictured, use it to help you pull the yaki nori over the rice and apply firm pressure to keep it all together. Use a little bit of water on the overlap of the yaki nori to get it to stick together. (If you don't have a mat, just carefully enclose it applying as much pressure as you can)

  • Sit your sushi roll up with the overlapped join on the bottom and then trim the edges to neaten it all up using a sharp, damp knife. You can also push it in a little in the middle to give it a bit of shape.


  • Using some spare yaki nori and a sharp knife, cut out some little wing shapes, a triangle for the head and some little bits for the eyes

  • These should stick on just fine but you can use a little bit of water on them if you need to help them stick to the seaweed.


  • Cut some feet and a little beak out of your steamed carrot as pictured (or try some fancier feet)

  • Sit your sushi penguin on top of it's feet and add the little beak.

  • Ta-da! One finished penguin. A little rough around the edges but the best our skills would allow. haha


  • To make multiple penguins at the same time, use about half a sheet of yaki nori and then follow the same steps as making one. Once you have it standing up, use your sharp, damp knife to cut off "penguins" as thick as you'd like. I got 3 penguins out of this much.





Happy eating,
Debs :)



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31 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, they're adorable! Fancier = trickier. I love that!

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    1. It felt really bad eating them, lol. But they tasted good haha.

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  3. Ha - very cute! My kids love sushi. Must get around to making it again sometime soon.

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    1. Thanks :) We do make ours occasionally but I must admit that we buy it a lot. :)

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  4. I just LOVE these. My daughter loves sushi too. I really have no confidence in my ability to pull them off, but we're going to have fun trying.

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    1. Well, at least even if they fail, they still taste good, lol. :)

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  5. Who knew sushi could look sooooo adorable! Penguins are so cute and these would absolutely entice any fussy eater. Great work.

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  6. Cute! I need to try this--maybe I'll like homemade sushi more than others! ;) Pinning!

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    1. Normally we add tuna or avocado, cucumber etc to ours but I wasn't game enough to attempt adding extra ingredients to this one. Hope you have success making them :)

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  7. So clever Deb! My girls haven't tried sushi yet so this might actually encourage them to try!

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    1. Thanks Jode. I think I started both my kids eating it from pretty young so they've never known any difference. I was funny myself with the seaweed when I first had it as an adult and it took me a while to get used to it.. now, love it! :D

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  8. Awww they turned out so darn cute! Jack is MAD for penguins, mad I tell ya! :) He would flip for these....and might actually decide to eat rice for once!

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    1. There's something ultra cool about penguins so I can see why he likes them. These were almost too cute for us to eat though, haha. :)

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  9. Tee hee hee! TOO CUTE! This reminds me of Pingu. I love that show. My kids love sushi and could eat a whole sushi shop if left alone. xo P

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    1. I love that show too, haha. If I had of called any of them Pingu I think we wouldn't have been able to eat them, LOL. I am constantly surprised by the things my kids will try at the sushi shop. Things that even I can't seem to get excited about trying. They love it all!

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  10. Naw they are cute! I love things that are rough around the edges - shows that they are really homemade. :)

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    1. haha, yes, I agree. These were truly, homemade, there's no denying that! haha :D

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  11. That's the cutest piece of sushi I've ever seen! Fun idea :-)

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  12. I can't believe you made them! Thy're adorable. You creative thing, you!

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    1. haha, look closer, I think you can believe that I made them. ;) Thought you might like them though :D

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  13. This is just too cute. My daughter (and me) love sushi, I think this will have to be our next food creation too . Thanks!

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    1. All the best with it. Let us know how you go :D

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  14. I love these! I think my picky eaters would be better if I was creative like this! So cute!!

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    1. Thanks Rachel, haha, if only we had the time to be creative like this all the time. I actually don't want to make my kids food fancy and special all the time or they'll come to expect it. Fun every now and again though :)

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  15. So creative and adorable. What a fun way to enjoy sushi.

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  16. So very cute! These are very appealing even for the sushi shy

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