Oshi Sushi (押し寿司)

Oshi sushi is a block-shaped piece formed using a wooden mould, called an oshibako. The bottom of the oshibako was lined with the toppings, covered with sushi rice, and then the lid was pressed down to create a compact block. The sushi is removed from the mould and then cut into bite-sized pieces.

Traditional oshi sushi has 2 layers and is rectangular in shape. Modern oshi sushi can be multi-layers, and in round or other shapes.

Belows are examples of traditional and modern oshi sushi.






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Many Americans Ill-Informed About Red Wine, Sea Salt

Most Americans have heard that red wine has health benefits, but many don’t understand the need to limit consumption, finds an American Heart Association survey.

The majority of respondents also mistakenly believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt, the survey found. The poll was conducted to assess awareness about how wine and sodium affect heart health.

Of the 1,000 adults polled, 76 percent agreed with the statement that wine can be good for your heart, but only 30 percent knew the AHA’s recommended limits for daily wine consumption.

Consumption of any type of alcohol should be limited to no more than two drinks per day for men and one drink per day for women. In general, that’s about eight ounces of wine for men and four ounces of wine for women.

Drinking too much of any type of alcohol can increase blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, irregular heartbeat, cancer and obesity.

Forty-six percent of respondents incorrectly said table salt is the primary source of sodium in American diets. In fact, processed foods such as soups, canned foods, prepared mixes, condiments and tomato sauce account for up to 75 percent of sodium consumption in the United States.

Sixty-one percent of respondents believe that sea salt is a low-sodium alternative to table salt. But sea salt and Kosher salt are chemically the same as table salt (40 percent sodium).

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A Dessert of Profiterole filled with Blackberry Curd

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 egg yolk
1 cup sugar
7 Tbsp butter
2 lemons, zest and juice
1/4 cup blackberries

Profiteroles

1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup butter
pinch salt
pinch sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs

Method

Blackberry and Lemon Curd

  1. Whisk all ingredients except blackberries over double boiler until thick (approx 20 mins). Do not boil.
  2. Fold in blackberries. Set aside.

Profiteroles

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine water, milk, sugar and salt in a heavy pot. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add flour, stirring quickly.
  4. Place pot on medium heat and continue stirring until dough forms a ball and pulls away from side of pot.
  5. In a mixer, mix on low until dough has cooled to warm. Add eggs one at a time.
  6. Fill pastry bag with dough. Pipe out 1 1/2-inch rosettes on baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 10 mins. Reduce to 375°F, then bake until brown and crisp. Let cool, but do not refrigerate.
  8. Cut off tops of profiteroles and fill with curd.

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