We have made a ritual out of eating Vegetarian Sushi every week or so. And believe me, no one is more surprised than I am. Growing up on a steady diet of fried steak, bacon fat, and sweet tea, anyone who knew me would never believe I would enter mid-life as a healthy eater.
And I’m not ashamed to admit that I just had a Smart Choice Chocolate Eclair just because I HAVE CRAMPS THAT WOULD KILL ANY MORTAL MAN. I am human.
Anyhoo. On Sushi night, I always have a dilemma as to what China to use. Since I only have Fiesta Ware, the choice is easy. However, because the plates are rounded, my bamboo sushi mats will not lay flat. Even if you turn the plate over. And hit it with a hammer.
My husband had a brilliant idea during one recent Sushi night. He covered the entire kitchen table with Reynold’s Freezer Paper. That way we could roll our Sushi right on the table. AND if you put the paper shiny side down and flat side up, the child who sits at the end of the table, is 5 years old, and has a Sushi Phobia, can eat his Morningstar Chicken Nuggets with a side of Jasmine rice, AND COLOR ON THE TABLE.
Thusly ensuring me a mostly peaceful dining experience.
Don’t worry, a good deal more goes into our Sushi than Marie’s
Then after dinner, you can throw the whole mess away. Or clean it off as best you can, and let all the offspring display their artistic abilities the next day during breakfast.
The only problem that we’ve encountered is that my 9 year old, the child who cannot bear to part with ANYTHING, has deemed all her artwork worthy keeping and can be found with scissors in hand cutting out any and all artwork before the table covering can be dismantled and thrown away.
This slows things down if I’m, say, in a hurry to get the next meal on the table.
Freezer paper, the poor man’s tablecloth. You won’t see it in any issue of Martha Stewart. But still, it’s a good thing.
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