My first recipe post! I’m so excited to share this easy, delicious, mostly healthy meal with y’all – it truly ticks off all the boxes. And an added bonus: I think this one comes off as kinda impressive! (Say, to your adorable fiancé who says “I can’t believe you basically made sushi at home!”) I guess using ingredients that you normally only eat in a restaurant do that trick.
Also, J came up with the awesome name. “It’s all ingredients of a California ROLL, in a BOWL. Plus that rhymes.” LOVE it. Love him.
Brief detour before the California Bowl – just some musings I wanted to share as I continue to figure out for myself what this blogging thing is all about! If you’ve checked out the love and noodles “About” page recently, you may have seen some changes [all part of keeping things honest around here]! Basically, I’m realizing/deciding – this isn’t necessarily the typical travel blog. No new location every week, no living out of a backpack, and no always-on-the road-style.
I do ADORE those travel blogs and would love to try the backpacking-for-months thing at some point! There are a ton of travel bloggers I look up to, and I actually have a post planned to share my favorite ones, because they tend to be the main sources of inspiration for the trips J and I plan. Stay tuned for that one!
BUT this site can’t be that, because that’s not the life J and I have right now. Travel is only a small part of the picture, because the majority of our life is here in Singapore! Less backpacker, more expat – really, more daily life. And as much as I adore travel and adventure, daily life certainly includes doing other things I love – like cooking! So I’ll be sharing that on here as well.
When we first moved here and were in the hotel for a month, I missed cooking and eating at home more than I could have ever imagined. Moving into our new place meant cooking again, which thrilled me, but also brought cooking challenges! Tiny apartment = tiny kitchen. I’m working with limited counter space, no oven, and two burners. One pot meals are my new best friend! I also don’t have many kitchen items (utensils, cooking vessels, etc) – our “furnished” apartment came with zero, so I stocked up on just the bare minimum basics as I didn’t want to spend much.
The California Bowl was perfect for my limitations – it took one pot, a cutting board, a sharp knife, and a couple of bowls. Here it is – if you decide to try this one at home, I hope you enjoy!
The California Bowl (serves 2)
You will need:
- 1 small/medium cucumber
- brown rice (enough for 2 cups when cooked – go by the measurements on the box!)
- 1 avocado
- 1 pack imitation crab sticks (NOT the frozen ones! try a japanese grocer)
- sesame seeds
- soy sauce
- sriracha sauce
What to do:
- Start preparing your brown rice as per instructions on the box. Make enough for two cups when cooked. Once complete, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then set aside to cool a bit.
- 2. Chop the entire cucumber into small cubes. Once cut, toss the cubes with a splash or two of soy sauce. Set aside.
- Cube the avocado. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Slice the crab sticks into small chunks. They may fall apart on you a little bit – no worries!
- Squeeze two small dollops of mayo into a bowl. Add a few drops of sriracha – more if you like it spicier! Mix completely until the mayo is a nice pinkish peach. (I recommend taste-testing here to see if you need more sriracha or if it needs to be balanced out with a tiny bit more mayo!
- Time to assemble! Grab the two bowls you’ll serve. Start by spreading a cup of brown rice in an even layer at the bottom of each bowl; then add the layer of avocado. Here I added some plain (not the mayo mixture) sriracha drips for extra spice – your call! Next add the layer of soy sauced cucumber, and then the crab stick on top. To top it off, drizzle your sriracha mayo over the crab, and then a sprinkle of sesame seeds to finish.
Ta-da!! Incredibly easy and tastes great, I promise!