Stuff + Things

Fresh Eucalyptus || DIY steam room. Make your own eucalyptus steam inhalation with fresh eucalyptus or essential oils. || Stuff + Things || creamandhoney.ca

H E A L || I was sick with a congestive/respiratory cold last week and I wanted to share with you one of my favourite home remedies and DIY spa treatments. Turning your shower into a steam room!     

Spray your shower walls with cold water. Splash a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on each wall. Turn on the shower to a very high heat. Close the door for a few minutes and let it steam up. Turn down the shower to a comfortable hot temperature, hop in and enjoy!

The eucalyptus steam helps break up phlegm and drain mucus. You can use this steam room method with any other essential oils that might be nice like lavender, lemon, pine, rosemary or mixing your own combination. 

M U S I C || Leon Bridges new album Good Thing is out. Soul music has been a heavy addiction throughout my whole life. I'm currently hooked on Bad Bad News (cannot. stop. dancing. when this is on.) and Bet Ain't Worth The Hand (super sexy slow song). 

P O D C A S T  || This episode about sleep and dreams on The Joe Rogan Experience (#1109 with Matthew Walker) is so good I might listen to it again. The most recent science on sleep, why we sleep and dream, and a ton of other interesting information regarding our current social institution of being overworked, under slept and how we pride ourselves on it. It repeatedly blows your mind throughout the entire talk.

T R A V E L || An article with some very cool and unique hotels around the world that range from free to reasonably priced, because not everyone can afford the water bungalows in Bora Bora we see on Pinterest (they're over $1000 per night btw). There's an old bookstore in Paris (free), a human nest in Big Sur and the last one is a replica of a human anus. Yes, a human anus.

W A T C H || A lava wave eat an entire car

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

When I was a child I knew for a fact, magic was 100% real. Nature and my imagination were the largest vessels sharing that with me. Finding bunnies snacking on clover patches, catching crayfish in a stream lined with shimmering stones, or discovering wild blueberries growing alongside a creek. Mother nature has a way of taking your breath away with the simplest things. 

I loved going on adventures in the forest. One of my favourite discoveries was a small teepee made of long branches. Deep in the woods with a brass door knocker fashioned to the front, I wondered,  “Who built this place? Was it another young person? Was it a witch who cast a spell and if you tapped the knocker in a certain way, a door would swing open and inside would reveal a full sized cottage?". One day I returned and there was an empty can of beans beside the teepee. I decided maybe some runaway kids were staying there while on an adventure train hopping around the country.

When I told my aunt about the mysterious bean can she said, “Sounds like a homeless man to me".

What about some kids who've run away and are having a wild adventure?! Like in Stand By Me?! Don't you think that could be it too?!" I suggested with desperation.

Well... I mean, you never f*#king know Megan." She kept the story alive and I appreciated it.

My aunt Kathleen always held space for my dreams and ideas no matter how absurd and I loved her for it. She lived with us for six years and is only 12 years my senior so we were close. She swore like a sailor, taught me how to burp loudly and insert a tampon (not at the same time). She also had a very magical room. Candles of all sizes, a variety of skulls, and drawings of sexy lady-demons and horses she would show me from her sketchbooks. She always had nice smelling soaps from Lush, incense sticks and essential oils which included vanilla and sandalwood. She is and was, a very cool and unique human, but particularly influential during that time in my life. 

We would go for drives in the countryside to a greenhouse that sold herbs and flowers all year round. It had rooms upon rooms of plants and ten varieties of mint. I'd be like, “WHOA PINEAPPLE MINT?!?!". She'd pick a tiny leaf off, rub it through her fingers to release the smell, and eat it like it was no big deal, “Yep. That's pineapple mint". Then I'd do the same, feeling so badass that I just got a whole mint leaf for free and ate it without washing it. During summer thunderstorms we would get in her car and go storm chasing. We would follow rainstorms along country roads with large corn fields on either side. We would scream profanities when a crack of thunder and lightning boomed down from eerie green skies. We would race the car out of the storm, then slow down to witness the sheet of rain begin to pound down from the back of the car to the front, like a wall enveloping us. It felt as though we were friends with the storm. We knew how to play with it. 

I think without her, my sense of magic might have been lost but she was there to unknowingly show me how different we all are and that it's important to be yourself and own it. Because what else is there besides being you in your own life? And what is life without any magic? 

boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

How do we infuse more magic into our lives? How can we live with a sense of curiosity and lightheartedness? Taking life less seriously, with more fun and excitement. This is different for everyone. These are some things that remind me we are living in a world full of mysteries to unravel. 

  • Exploring in nature – the night sky, a dense forest, a clear lake, rolling hillsides, dirt pathes, fields of dandelions, the swelling ocean, snow capped mountains, a dusty desert, lush swamplands. Mother Nature is the ultimate magic because she is everything and everything has come from her.
  • Creating recipes + herbal concoctions in the kitchen
  • Following moon + planetary phases. 
  • Going on adventures – this can be as simple as taking a walk in the park. But more magic ensues once I've decided that it is now an adventure and I'm open to anything that may happen. There's a surrender with an adventure because it implies there is little human control over it and that life is taking you somewhere unknown. Letting go allows more adventures.
  • Art – fyi, art does not have to be good. I make a lot of bad art. But it feels so good to get your hands moving and dirty. And remember, you can always call it “abstract". Painting, drawing, molding clay, taking photos, random crafts or making a beautiful meal can all be creative and remove you from time and space if you let them. 
  • Listening + talking to plants. They are alive. Everything is alive.
  • Play like a child – climb things, chase each other, make weird movements, dance, go on the swings. Whatever used to be fun often still is. 
  • Connect with others about mystery, synchronicities, the universe or any other juicy thought.
  • Reading – stories are something old and treasured. Fantasy novels, folklore, inspiring biographies, heart breaking fiction, or coming of age tales. It's all so good. 
  • Learning – we are at a time in history where learning is the most accessible it's ever been. We can pick and choose exactly what we want to focus on, learn it well and often for free.          This is a very special thing.
  • Travel – every trip I've been on brings so much magic moment-to-moment and I come back with reflections and spaces in my heart filled with new experiences. 
  • Daydreaming – get up in those clouds ya'll. 
  • Appreciation for things/people/places/myself on a daily basis.
  • Embracing rituals – an evening tea, dream recording, journaling, tarot cards, yoga, a hot bath, lighting a candle, diffusing oils or anything else that appeals to you. Rituals feel sensual  when you choose them solely to be present and honour yourself. You can also track your feelings and body/mind/spiritual changes with rituals.
  • Cannabis – One of my favourite plants of all. A provider of new perspectives, relaxation + sleep aid, pain reliever, mood elevator, and stress reducer among many others. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is a magical plant that has helped me become a more calm, accepting, and loving person.
  • Psilocybin – Humans have been using mushrooms for thousands of years as a spiritual aid. It is now being tested as an effective treatment for depression, ptsd and other conditions. Feeling safe and comfortable in your surroundings is important when using any mind altering plants. Remember to check in with yourself first.

This spray is a soothing and uplifting smell that feels extra special (and pretty!) with the addition of crystals. It doesn't matter if you do or don't believe in the energy of gemstones and essential oils.  Sometimes people can become fixated on the new agey-ness of things like this and they'll be all, “So do you believe in that? Do you think crystals really heal people?". Depending on who I'm talking to my response is usually, “it doesn't matter either way. I just enjoy it and think it's fun." Our culture focuses so heavily on what is “real" and what is “not real", leaving little room for the unseen, the mystical, and the miraculous. Every person is living in their own reality so what is real to one person isn't real to another. It's all subjective and changes with whatever we place our attention on.

If I focus on the things in my life that I am grateful for, then abundance is my reality in that moment. If I then focus on the things that I want and don't yet have, lack is my reality. Two side-by-side moments with two completely opposite realities.                                                                                                     In the end, whatever feels good for you and lights you up is your magic in that moment. 

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin

Clarity Mood + Body Mist

I find that clarity is often preceded by confusion and disarray. Maybe chaos helps us to become more laser focused on what we want, who we are, or what we're moving towards. I've made this mist to help reawaken your senses and melt into the soft places of your mind where I find clarity emerges from. This mist can be used on your body, face, hair, furniture, blankets, in a ritual or as an air freshener. Uplifting and cleansing essential oils are incorporated to help lift your mood and spirits.

Grapefruit Essential Oil                                                                                                                                        

Benefits: uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin, boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, stimulates lymphatic system.                                                                                                                                                                          

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, orange, lemon, rosemary, bergamot, frankincense, geranium, rose, lavender, basil, ylang ylang.


Rosemary Essential Oil

Benefits: invigorates hair + dry scalp, tones skin + gives a healthy glow, boosts immune system, reduces headaches, removes bad odours, boosts mental activity, increases concentration, relieves stress, respiratory system aid, good for digestion.                                                                                                                                                                         

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, basil, frankincense, sage, thyme, orange, grapefruit, lemon, rose, citronella, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus. 


Conifer Essential Oil

Benefits: uplifting, stimulates and invigorates the body + mind, regenerates energy, promotes strength, motivation + stamina, hormone balancing, helps release mucus, aids in respiratory colds, grounding, purifying, relaxing, boosts immune system. 

Goes well with essential oils of: lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, thyme, tea tree, marjoram, citronella.


Witch Hazel

Benefits: reduces skin inflammation, natural acne treatment, astringent, removes excess oils from skin, nourishes dry skin, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, reduces puffiness. 


Peridot Stone

Benefits: protective stone for the aura, powerful cleanser, releases + neutralizes toxins, opens and cleanses the heart and solar plexus chakras, clears burdens + guilt, releases negative patterns + old vibrations, promotes psychological clarity and well-being, sharpens the mind and opens new levels of awareness, heals tissues, benefits the skin, helps you identify what is missing in your life and helps manifest it.*


Other healing crystals you can add to your mists:

Quartz (rose, clear, smokey), Black Obsidian, Onyx, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Moonstone. 

*make sure to choose gems that are safe for water use. Some can be toxic (here is a list of toxic crystals unsafe for water/sprays/consumption) or they may dissolve if too soft on the mohs scale. It is suggested that crystals with a mohs hardness level of 5 or less is too soft for water solutions. Search your gem here at gemdat.org for all the info.

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

I'll be in that place where time and space falls away if you need me.

See you there, 

Megan xx


MOOD + BODY MIST INFUSED WITH CRYSTALS

the magic

inspiration:              minerals + gemstones

the feels:                  invigorating, clean, cooling, fresh, uplifting,                                      cleansing, rejuvenating.

use for:                    uplifting your mood, a mental or physical boost,                                 an energy shift, relaxing the mind, a fresh skin                                   glow.

might like if you're into:        opening your third eye, palm reading,                                                 tarot cards, meditation, himalayan                                                   salt lamps, talismans, herbalism,                                                     aromatherapy, chakra balancing.

the science

ingredients:

  • distilled, filtered or spring water
  • handful of crystals of your choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 8 drops grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops conifer (or pine/cedar) oil
  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • empty spray bottle

method:

  1. To infuse crystals: rinse them under cool water for a couple minutes. Place gems into glass spray bottle (or glass bowl). Add distilled water until 3/4 full. Place in direct sunlight in the early morning and leave for a few hours or until sunset. Alternatively you can place the crystals in moonlight while you sleep.
  2. Add witch hazel, essential oils, and any other additions you like. Shake vigorously. Add intention or feeling into the mist while mixing if desired. Spray on body, face or hair to invigorate or life your mood. 

*Information on peridot from The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls)

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Are you like, “wtf is onigiri?" or “that triangle looks complicated". If so, I'm here to tell you it's easier than it looks and everything will be okay. The best part about onigiri is that they are a humble food and a minimalist's dream. The result is a stomach full of rice and happiness. Those food emojis that once eluded you ( 🍙+ 🍘) are finally making sense now.

Onigiri are rice balls (or shapes) wrapped in nori and often stuffed with a filling. A comfort food made up of fun shapes and endless fillings– onigiri have the potential to steal your heart. Like all the fancy toasts nowadays, a blank canvas of rice invites almost any creation you can dream up. Maybe this is your first attempt making onigiri. If it is, I'm excited for you. I love first times because you never know what to expect and every step is an adventure and a learning process. Remember your first kiss? I do. Mine was wet and weird and his first kiss too. We were twelve and had just become official via awkward phone call on the kitchen landline. We met up with friends and were wandering the streets; we never had real destinations back then, we went anywhere and nowhere. We stopped beside a large subdivision mailbox and with our friends standing ten feet away “not watching us", we kissed. I had to crank my neck up facing the sky because he was tall and I could smell his breath, which wasn't bad but weird because I was rarely that close to someone. He didn't have a clue what to do, (I had practiced on a pillow so I knew a thing or two). My first kiss felt like something between CPR and a gaping fish mouth sucking up food from the top of the tank. It was methodical with tense tongue action and the entire time I attempted to adjust his robot-like motions with no success. He burped after, (not in a hot way), which didn't surprise me from the way he was sucking the air from lungs moments before. It was not at all what I expected and although I thought I was going to love it, I didn't. At first. I had to keep trying, maybe three or four times before kissing was fun, albeit not as good as my pillow boyfriend. Kissing is weird when you think about it. We put our germy wet mouths together and move them around. Sometimes it feels like I can almost inhale the other person's soul. Like I could pull it into mine through kiss and desire. I've always wanted to be inside someone else's soul and mine at once. Like a double soul! Would I feel twice as alive?!

My first time eating sushi wasn't great either. Yes, kissing and sushi can parallel each other. My mouth wasn't used to the textures and flavours and I had to get my mind around eating raw fish after growing up with a white North American diet. I kept trying sushi though, because there was something that appealed to me even though I couldn't eat more than a few bites. It took me five sushi outings before I began to crave it. Then I was hooked. And I loved knowing that you really can't judge a book by it's cover, or even it's first chapter. Life is funny and cliche that way. We are always changing and evolving into someone new but yet we are still the same, or appear to be. Your first onigiri may not be the prettiest but they'll get easier and better each time. Like kisses and raw fish.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Guide To Onigiri

 

Rice

To make onigiri you must use white Japanese sushi rice. Not brown, not jasmine, not wild rice. Sushi rice is the only way because of it's sticky consistency. Onigiri will fall apart with any other type. I use the brand in the above photo and you can purchase it at most Asian grocery stores. It is also very important to rinse the rise in cold water until the water run completely clear or your cooked rice consistency will be off. 

Seasoning The Rice

When the rice is still warm, add to a bowl, season with whatever you like and mix with a large spoon/ rice paddle or chopsticks until evenly combined.. Here are some ideas for seasonings. 

  • Furikake – Japanese seasoning usually made with bonito flakes (fish flakes), seaweed, sesame seeds. Can be found in Asian grocery stores. 
  • Sesame seeds – white or black, I prefer black to give colour contrast.
  • Herbs, fresh + finely chopped – cilantro, basil, mint, parsely, chives, green onions. Just remember to match your filling with your herb. (eg. mint would go well with a cucumber filling but probably not with salmon). 
  • Seaweed– soaked and finely chopped.
  • Kelp or dulse flakes
  • Yukari – Japanese seasoning made with shiso. 
  • Sakebushi – dried, fermented and smoked salmon flakes.
  • Sriracha + Tamari/ Bragg's aminos/ Soy sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Nuoc cham – A Vietnamese sauce that's sweet, fishy and tart. 
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Fillings

Each onigiri only needs about one tablespoon of filling or it will seep out of the middle when you mold it. Be as creative as you like, onigiri are very versatile. Just consider your seasoning, filling and dipping flavours when you dream up your onigiri. You can use almost anything for a filling, especially if you want to use up little bits of leftovers in your fridge (eg. chicken, roasted vegetables etc). Here are some ideas for fillings.

  • Tuna or salmon, canned – w/ mayo (or Kewpie mayo from Japan), a dijon little mustard/ wasabi, salt + pepper.
  • Umeboshi – pickled salted plums, a traditional onigiri filling. Remember to remove the pit. 
  • Avocado – mashed or finely chopped w/ a pinch of salt and squeeze of lemon/lime
  • Radish – fresh or pickled. You can use this recipe for quick pickled onions to do an easy and fast pickle of any vegetable you prefer. 
  • Black garlic – It tastes like something between a sweet beet and roasted garlic. It's my new obsession (nice on fried rice as well) and can be found at most Asian grocery stores.
  • Cucumber – finely chopped. Add a little sesame oil, chili flakes and rice vinegar if you like. 
  • Mushrooms – sauted or pickled, finely chopped. 
  • Cooked fish/meat – finely chopped
  • Kimchi
  • Pickled ginger
  • Shrimp – finely chopped 
  • Egg – scrambled or boiled + chopped
  • Bacon – finely chopped

Flavour Combinations + Pairings

Here are some ideas for matching flavours within your seasoning, filling and dip (if desired).

  • Vietnamese –         seasoning: cilantro/basil/mint (or combine any together)                                                                                     filling: cucumber or cooked shrimp                                                                                                                             dip: nuoc cham sauce or peanut sauce
  • Japanese –                seasoning: furikake                                                                                                                                                       filling: tuna w/ mayo, rice vinegar + salt                                                                                                                  dip: tamari w/ a bit of wasabi.
  • Korean –                  seasoning: black sesame seeds                                                                                                                                    filling: kimchi                                                                                                                                                                   dip: Bibimbap/ Gochujang sauce.
  • Breakfast –              seasoning: bacon (finely chopped)                                                                                                                             filling: scrambled egg or mashed sweet potato                                                                                                         dip: smashed avocado/ guacamole or sriracha mayo.
  • Mediterranean –   seasoning: sundried tomatoes + fresh basil (finely chopped)                                                                                 filling: goat cheese                                                                                                                                                           dip: lemon tahini sauce
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Wet hands.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Rub with kosher salt + rub.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Take a palmful of rice + make into a ball.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Press a hole with thumb.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Add a tablespoon of filling.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Fold over like a book.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Form into desired shape.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Triangle, sphere or cylinder.

onigiri-17.jpgHow To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

For more guidance, click here for triangle shaping video.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Cut nori sheets into shapes.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Fold around onigiri.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Wet edges of nori to seal on to each other.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Cut strips for smaller nori.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Fold on to onigiri.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Dip in sauce.

How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
How To Make Onigiri (Japanese Rice Balls) || These delicious and simple snacks are easy to make and fun to shape and decorate. Made with sushi rice and filled with many different toppings like cucumber, avocado, tuna, + umeboshi (pickled plum). gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Bite.                                                                                    Chew.                                                                                 Enjoy.


HOW TO MAKE ONIGIRI (JAPANESE RICE BALLS)

the magic

inspiration:            Asian snack food    

the feels:                warm, soft, comforting

eat with:                 green tea, tamari, sriracha, seaweed salad, green                                leaf salad, sake,homemade dipping sauce                                            (below)

might like if you're into:      Japanese cuisine, rice bowls, sushi,                                                   healthy snacks, comfort food, vessels                                                 for dipping sauces, geometric shapes,                                                 Hi-Chew candy (grape is my                                                             favourite), Pocky sticks.

 

the science

makes 6 to 10 onigiri, depending on size || time: 30 to 45 minutes

ingredients:

onigiri

  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 + 1/4 cup water
  • nori sheets for wrapping rice balls
  • bowl of water for hands (or run hands under water at the sink after each onigiri)
  • kosher salt for hand after the water
  • filling for rice balls (cucumber, avocado, pickled radish, tuna, umeboshi). Approximately one tablespoon per onigiri shape.
  • optional: few tablespoons of seasoning for the rice balls (sesame seeds, furikake, kelp flakes etc)

dipping sauce

  • 1.5 tablespoons tamari/ Bragg's liquid aminos (soy free)/ soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon sambal olek chili paste or sriracha
  • 3 tablespoons water (or less if desired)
  • optional: 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

method:

  1. Rinse the rice thoroughly until the water runs clear. 
  2. Cook rice based on your favourite method (mine is always via rice cooker). One cup of sushi rice yields about three cups of rice. Make sure not to cook the rice too far in advance because it is best molded and served when warm.
  3. While rice is cooking, prepare you filling(s). Chop fillings like cucumber or radish finely. Anything that's not already a paste like consistency like tuna or mashed avocado. 
  4. Once rice is cooked, season it with whatever you like since onigiri is predominantly rice so it's important to add some extra flavour to the base of rice unless you're feeling classic plain rice. My favourites to add are furikake, black sesame seeds, or fresh herbs. Scroll up for the section on more seasoning options. Add seasoning to rice and mix with chopsticks or large wooden spoon. Add more if desired and mix again. 
  5. Wet hands with water. Add a sprinkle of kosher salt to hands and rub together for a second to distribute evenly. Grab a palmful of rice and shape into a round ball. Press thumb into the middle to create an indent about a tablespoon in size. Fill with whatever filling you desire, be careful not to overfill the hole or it will be hard to shape the onigiri and the filling will squeeze out. Fold the sides in on each other like you're closing a book. The easiest way to learn the shaping technique is to look at the hand shapes I use in the photos above or use this video to get the hang of it. It's pretty simple once you get the feel of it. Repeat with the rest of the rice.
  6. Once all onigiri are shaped, cut or rip your nori into desired shapes. You can use a whole sheet to wrap your shapes or cut thin strips. When sticking to onigiri, wet the spots you want to stick together and they will adhere to each other. Serve on their own or with sriracha or whisk up the dipping sauce ingredients for my favourite addition.