One of the first things that happens to a gal when she reveals to the world about the upcoming "pitter-patter" of little feet, is that she receives what seems like a mile long list of what "to do" or "not to do" during pregnancy. Of course many things on the list go without saying... such as smoking (not a problem here), beer, wine, and alcohol in general (even the thought of the smell turns my stomach), and coffee/caffeine (poor husband now has to drink coffee on the other side of the table). Even though I have not fallen victim to such vices, and junk food and McDonald's at three o'clock in the morning have not tempted me, I have been struggling with one "don't" since I started the list... SUSHI!
Other sushi lovers might understand the difficulty of such a task as to avoid the actually rather healthy delicacy. Rice, vegetables, and fish... really it only takes a short time of looking at all the thin and attractive people in the Asian culture to realize that they might be doing something right... but the hang up is that "preggies" shouldn't eat raw fish.
Well, they say if you can't get in the front door then try the window... so I did! Not all sushi is made with raw fish (even though tuna is my favorite), so cooked crab and fried shrimp were a quite tasty substitute. Last weeks trip to the grocery store found me lingering in the international food section for everything that a girl might need for the inexpensive, DIY at home alternative.
It was actually quite fun to settle in for a Friday evening, "couple's night" before the baby is there, and prepare sushi together. It is not that difficult, but you just need a little time for the whole chop session. It is less about the process and more about the time spent together.
Needless to say, it was yummy, fresh, and divine... just the way forbidden fruit should taste.