There is a common misconception that sushi is too arduous to make at home, that a domestic kitchen doesn’t have the correct kit or the ingredients themselves are too complicated to find. This recipe should challenge those preconceptions. A bamboo mat is the only necessity, other than that, the saucepan, cling film and sharp knife are most likely already in your drawers. This recipe is for uramaki otherwise known as inside-out sushi as the rice is on the outside, concealing the seaweed nori.
The filling is a simple, fresh combination of cucumber, coriander and ripe avocado, held together by a little mascarpone. The rice is seasoned slightly by a touch of sugar and rice vinegar but it is the smoked salmon that really pulls the sushi together, offering a rich, slightly salty bite to the sweetened rice and creamy avocado. The pink touch of smoked salmon ensures this recipe is an ideal Valentine's Day recipe.