I tried to document this thoroughly so I can remember the steps. You first have to lay down soy paper or rice and start patting it into a rectangle.
You should only have 3 items in your sushi roll or else your taste buds will become overwhelmed.
Once you have everything laid out you start rolling it in the bamboo mat.
My first ever sushi roll! I was so proud of myself and everyone laughed at how many pictures I took during this process!
Here's us slicing our rolls! My roll is the one on the right - the less perfect roll. Brian's master piece is on the left.
Emily at one point couldn't handle the stress in the kitchen. Don't worry, we got the knife away before anything happened.
A huge thanks to Mark & Rendy for bringing the soy paper, cooking the tempura veggies and shrimp and being our experts. Also thanks to Brian for making the sticky rice and tackling the hornets nest (that story is below). Thanks to Holly for making the delicious veggie rolls for her boyfriend Jer, even though Jer didn't really like them - he preferred the ones with fish. And a ginormous thanks to Emily and Cailen for hosting a great party and letting us stay at their house all night.
I should mention that before the sushi making started, Emily's husband Cailen and their friend Brian, decided that they needed to get rid of a bees nest. I had to document this event! The hive was sitting at the top of their roof and they were going to spray it, and then knock it down with a stick. It went fairly well and was far more dramatic in person. Emily and I just watched as Brian climbed up on the ladder and blasted the nest with the spray and then jabbed it with the pole. The best part was when the nest flew off and landed on Brian's car. I have video of this, but I haven't figured out how to post video yet.