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Sushi Art Cookbook
The stalk is formed by wrapping nori around a piece of Kanpyo Simmered Gourd. Multiple half-rolls of elliptical thin rolls are pressed together to make the flower petals. To achieve the 
yellow of the petals, Japanese Omelette is mixed into the rice. This Kazari Roll is a fantastic way to use up omelette scraps from other rolls.

Tips Be sure the thin rolls for the flower petals are uniform in thickness. • Use one smooth motion to cut them lengthwise, and wait until the nori feels slightly moist to the touch. • Add the petals one at a time as you assemble the flower, opening the sushi mat a little as you rotate the roll. • When it’s all together, wrap the flower roll tightly so that it keeps its shape.

Rolls Featuring a “Branch” Made out of Kanpyo 
Simmered Gourd

Flowers, trees and other nature motifs are commonly used in Kazari Sushi Rolls. Using simmered gourd wrapped in nori works well for this, as it’s easy to adjust the thickness, and its malleability is great for branches and stems for flower and tree designs.

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  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 1
    Step 1

    Combine 4 tablespoons of the sushi rice with the ground chicken and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Combine ¹⁄³ cup (65 g) of the sushi rice with the minced omelette. Divide into six equal portions of 1 tablespoon each.

  • Step 3

    Divide the remaining sushi rice into a ½-cup (100-g) portion and two 2½-tablespoon portions.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 4
    Step 4

    Spread the ground-chicken rice on a ½ half-sheet of nori and make a round roll.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 5
    Step 5

    Make the petals. Spread a 1-tablespoon portion of the omelette rice lengthwise across a ¹⁄³ half-sheet of nori and roll. Press the roll from the top to form an 
elliptical roll.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat with remaining omelette rice and ¹⁄³ half-sheets to make 6 rolls.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cut each roll in half lengthwise to make 12 long, thin petals.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 8
    Step 8

    ...

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 9
    Step 9

    Place the chicken-rice roll from step 4 on the sushi mat; this will form the center of the flower. Adding one at a time, arrange the cut omelette roll “petals” from step 5 around the chicken-rice roll with their cut sides facing the center.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 10
    Step 10

    Keep rotating the flower inside the sushi mat as you add the petals.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 11
    Step 11

    Once all 12 petals are in place, enclose the flower in the sushi mat and compress tightly into a round roll.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 12
    Step 12

    Make the leaves. Slice one of the cucumbers lengthwise into 3 equal parts. Setting aside the center for another use, sandwich a ¾-inch (2-cm) strip of nori between the two outside pieces.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 13
    Step 13

    Wrap both pieces in ½ half-sheet of nori. Repeat with the second cucumber.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 14
    Step 14

    Make the flower stem. Spread the Kanpyo Simmered Gourd to a width of 1½ inches (4 cm). Place on the ²⁄³ half-sheet of nori and wrap.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 15
    Step 15

    Assemble the entire roll. Lay the extended nori sheet on the sushi mat with the short edges parallel to the slats. Evenly spread ½ cup (100 g) of the sushi rice on the nori, leaving a space of 1½ inches (4 cm) at the edges.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 16
    Step 16

    Place the flower from step 7 in the center of the rice.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 17
    Step 17

    Place the flower stem from step 9 on top of the flower.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 18
    Step 18

    Symmetrically place a cucumber “leaf” from step 8 on each side of the stalk.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 19
    Step 19

    Fill the space above the leaves with 2½ tablespoons of sushi rice per side.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 20
    Step 20

    Lift up the sushi mat and seal the nori, tightly wrapping the contents.

  • How to make a sushi roll. Sushi Sunflower Rolls - Step 21
    Step 21

    Remove the sushi mat and place the roll on a cutting board. Cover the roll with the sushi mat again and adjust the shape by pressing from above, then remove the mat. Use a very sharp knife dipped in vinegar water to slice the roll into 4 pieces, wiping the blade clean after each cut.

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