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Nori substitute? 
15th-Jun-2007 09:40 pm
My daughter HATES seaweed. Even a little bit bothers her. What can I use to make adorable faces and such?
16th-Jun-2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Vegetables. Cheese. Fruit.
16th-Jun-2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Depends on what you're doing. Some ideas:
-deli meats
-food coloring
-rice paper
-soy paper
-fruit rolls/fruit leather
-cucumber skins
-other fruits and vegetables, either sliced thin or use the peels
16th-Jun-2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Soy nori is quite tasty. You can often find it under "mame nori" at sushi stores and on the internet. Or just search the web for "soy sushi wrapper" and you should find tons of links.
16th-Jun-2007 01:51 am (UTC)
Oh I should have mentioned that we're vegan. So that cuts out some of those things. So the soy nori, what does it taste like? Does it not have the fishy taste?
16th-Jun-2007 02:07 am (UTC)
It... doesn't taste like much of anything. More like plain tofu than anything, I guess.

Remember that any fruit or vegetable is fair fame. Try peeling an English cucumber with a vegetable peeler, and then cutting out eyes and things from that.

And what about soy cheese? I bet that would work better than most actual cheeses.
16th-Jun-2007 02:13 am (UTC)
I got a package of this stuff and I like it a lot. It doesn't taste like anything and it's colored with vegan safe stuff like spinach and what not, or at least I think it's vegan safe... I just use it cause it's pretty :)
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16th-Jun-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thin slices of eggplant, sprayed with oil and fried or baked in the oven, are also delicious wrappers.
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16th-Jun-2007 10:06 pm (UTC)
Psst, you made me go and expericook!

16th-Jun-2007 02:24 am (UTC)
you can use spices, and stencils too...
An Idea - get yourself those shape punches - and punch out some leafy veggies or skins of veggies
16th-Jun-2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
My shape punches will only take very thin leaves - nori works, but carrot shaves are often too think! I think that herbs like basil or mint leaves look really good with a shape punched out of them, though.

16th-Jun-2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
*too thick even.
16th-Jun-2007 04:57 am (UTC)
These are all great ideas! thanks!
16th-Jun-2007 10:41 am (UTC)
I've seen onigiri wrapped and the wrapping had a cute face. So, though not edible, it is still cute. :)
16th-Jun-2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
For vegan faces and stuff, use shaves of carrot, zucchini, cucumber, and other vegetables. You can use a veggie peeler for shaving off thin slices or cut your own shapes - there's no need for it to be as thin as nori! Also, inari pouches can be used for cutouts (I used one for my ALF last week).
Tofu slices if you want a neutral background, which is also colorable with soy or sauces, or rice that can be colored with tomato paste or curry in various colors.
For light speckles or stencils, chili flakes, black or white sesame seeds, black/red/green ground pepper or sea salt.

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