A Manny Paquiao fight is one of the best excuses for Filipinos to get together, that is, a Pinoy Potluck, specially for Filipinos overseas. It is more fun to be screaming cheering collectively with friends than sitting by one’s lonesome at home. Plus, it’s easier on the pocket if the $50 or so pay-per-view charge is divided amongst several families. ;)
We had one such get-together last Saturday at a couple friend’s house, which unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend because I was “doctor mom” to my daughter that night. However, my little girl gave her dad the go signal to go ahead and watch the fight…in exchange for what, I still don’t know just yet. Hee hee.
My family’s contribution to the mad for Manny gathering was a good-sized tray of homemade maki. It was maki madness!
I made 4 kinds of maki totaling around 70 pieces. That, I say, is literally rolling with the punches. Hee hee. And mind you, those rolls were not microscopic in size. I got the ideas for these maki combinations from my trusty sushi cookbook. ;)
Crab/Mayo Roll – (Imitation) crab meat mixed with a little mayo and salt, then sprinkled with sakura denbu.
Left: Hawaiian Roll – ham and pineapple; Right: Ham and Cheese Roll
Crab and Cream Cheese Roll
There’s just so many combinations one can come up with. You will only be limited by your imagination, creativity and available ingredients. I’ve made Filipinized maki and onigiri before, using longganisa for the maki and afritada and adobo for the onigiri.
After all that rolling, my hands would have welcomed some pampering. Even the heat from hand dryers would have been a nice treat. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to experiment again with more maki combinations soon. This weekend perhaps?
Have a great week, y’all! Cheers and Mabuhay!