Sushi Chef Extraordinaire

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I’ve loved food and cooking from an early age. I was also more adventurous as far as what I’d eat than most kids were. When most children were going through that phase where they’d eat nothing but bologna sandwiches, mac and cheese, or chicken nuggets, I was all about seafood, steaks, and sandwiches made with really adventurous cold cuts and exotic cheeses. Other kids watched Saturday morning cartoons. I was inexplicably fascinated with watching Julia Child and Jacques Pepin on PBS. You get the picture!

My parents were so proud of their little chef, too – especially my mother. It wasn’t long before I was allowed to perform small, safe tasks in the kitchen or help my mother make dinner on occasion. It was wonderful – just like being a little adult! However, there were ways I was still definitely a kid and there were certainly foods that – no matter how excited I was to try them – I had no idea how to deal with because I was a kid. I will always remember my first encounter with sushi for that reason.

One night when I was about 10, my mother arranged to have some girlfriends over for a quiet evening in on a night when my father was out of town. She also told me we’d be trying a special treat that night, something brand new that I’d never had before – Japanese food! Sushi, to be exact. I was so excited!

Even though I’d watch my share of cooking shows, I’d actually never heard of or seen sushi, but I’d certainly heard of Japan and thought it sounded like a wonderful place. I also remember being absolutely dazzled by the beautiful sushi platter my mother brought home from the store. I was delighted by the fact that this mysterious sushi seemed to contain many of my favorite things – fish, shrimp, rice, and so forth. I couldn’t wait to try it and I more or less wouldn’t shut up about how excited I was.

I got even more excited when later that night after my mother’s friends arrived, my mother decided to let me go into the kitchen by myself to get the sushi for the guests. Now… you’ll recall that like a lot of 10-year-olds, I was completely unfamiliar with sushi. That said, I had no idea a sushi platter was supposed to be served “as is”. The raw fish was supposed to be raw and the cold rice was supposed to be cold. That said, I thought what my mother meant when she sent me in after the sushi was that I was being given permission to cook something by myself for the first time. Raw fish, cold rice: I just assumed.

Imagine my mother’s surprise and horror when she came into the kitchen to see what was taking me so long to grab a ready-to-go platter from the fridge and bring it to the living room. She witnessed an oblivious 10-year-old girl busily microwaving plate after plate of maki rolls, shrimp nigiri, and beautiful, nori-wrapped creations topped with salmon roe. Needless to say, sushi night had to take a detour into Takeout Town at that point.

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Cat About Cat

Cat has had a natural affinity for words, language, and creative pursuits since early childhood, so the eventual choice to make writing her life’s work was a natural one for her. She has been working as a professional writer and editor on a full-time freelance basis for over ten years now. Her areas of special expertise as a writer include but are not limited to small business web marketing, social media marketing, professional level copywriting, fine art, food and wine, travel, astrology, and spirituality. In her spare time, Cat enjoys blogging, cooking, painting, and playing the piano. She currently resides on the Central Coast of California with her fiancé and her ginger cat, Cheddar.

Cat is a team writer at Express Writers, a leading US based copywriting agency servicing worldwide clients for all copywriting services.

Cat About Cat

Cat has had a natural affinity for words, language, and creative pursuits since early childhood, so the eventual choice to make writing her life’s work was a natural one for her. She has been working as a professional writer and editor on a full-time freelance basis for over ten years now. Her areas of special expertise as a writer include but are not limited to small business web marketing, social media marketing, professional level copywriting, fine art, food and wine, travel, astrology, and spirituality. In her spare time, Cat enjoys blogging, cooking, painting, and playing the piano. She currently resides on the Central Coast of California with her fiancé and her ginger cat, Cheddar.

Cat is a team writer at Express Writers, a leading US based copywriting agency servicing worldwide clients for all copywriting services.

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