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Friday 5th December 2008

A Hug in a Cocktail Glass

It’s time to let the “cat out of the bag” so to speak; with my partner in crime Ilva of Luculllian Delights.

Together we have been organising the spreading of a little love;;
a little care; a little surprise; some Virtual Hugs if you like… for someone very special, someone we believe could do with A World of Special Hugs right now!

Who are these virtual hugs for you ask?…

Well… IT’S YOU BARBARA of course!!

Pink Peony

For those of you who don’t know, our dear food blogger and friend Barbara from Winosandfoodies has been receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer over the last several weeks. Now, ask anyone who knows just how absolutely (excuse my language!) SHIT you feel when you’re being pump filled with these awful nasty cancer destroying chemicals, and you will understand why we think Barbara deserves all the love, care and attention food bloggers can give to another. Sadly most of us aren’t able to drop in and give these HUGE HUGS, gifts of food, words, photography and strength to you in person Barbara, over there in Queensland, Australia - however we can give them to you VIRTUALLY!!

So Barbara this food (and some no-so food) blogging weekend - we are devoting to YOU!!
We hope you enjoy quietly exploring your favourite blogs and finding out just how much we all care, love and want to share strength and HUGS with you!

Psst! If anyone happened to miss Ilva and my behind the scenes scheming and also feels strongly about sharing a Virtual Hug with Barbara, please do! We do apologise for missing/forgetting you on our list.
Please send through the link to your post, to either Ilva or myself, that way we can help Barbara navigate her hugs and not miss any!

Sushi in a Martini Glass

For my own VIRTUAL HUG Barbara, I’ve compiled you a little Sushi in a Martini Glass.

It was inspired by something I saw Aussie chef Pete Evans make, my idea being that you may not feel like a large mouthful of Californian roll style Sushi, but with it in a glass you can easily eat it a little at a time, slowly and without it falling apart in your hands. Obviously it’s a little like that Ol’ Prawn Cocktail of years past and if I had the means, I would have dearly loved to put one of those giant Queensland prawns over the side.

However, instead in your Sushi Cocktail you have some of our local and gorgeously fresh Akaroa Salmon Sashimi, hass avocado, telegraph cucumber and a little egg omelette made from my very own chooks/hens. I suggest adding a little Shoyu or Tamari - sweet soy to finish it.
Hope you like it!

Lotsa love and hugs to you! (and Bryan and the boys!)

Sushi in a Martini Glass

  • Sushi Cocktails
  • 350 grams / 12 oz of white short grain rice
  • 450 ml / 15½ fl oz of cold water
  • 50 ml / 2 fl oz of rice vinegar
  • 1½ tablespoons of white caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt
  • Nori sheets (dried Laver seaweed), cut into strips
  1. To make the Sumeshi - Vinegared Rice;
  2. Wash the rice by placing it in a large bowl and covering with cold water. Swirl the rice around in the water until the water looks cloudy or milky. Drain immediately and repeat the process several times until the water is mostly clear.
  3. Transfer the drained rice to a large saucepan and cover with 450 ml / 15½ fl oz of cold water.
  4. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the rice has soaked up all the water.
  5. Try not to check the rice by lifting the lid as you will let very important steam escape and never stir the rice!
  6. Obviously if you have a rice cooker, all the better!
  7. When all the water has been absorbed remove the saucepan from the heat and leave covered for a further 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile measure the vinegar, sugar and salt into a small bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are nearly dissolved.
  9. Pour the vinegar mixture over the rice and fold in using a wooden spatula or Japanese rice paddle and set aside to cool.
  10. Layer the Sumeshi attractively into cocktails glasses with any of the following suggested fillings and toppings.
  11. Makes 8 to 10 cocktails

Sushi in a Martini Glass

  • Suggested Fillings:
  • raw salmon, tuna or other very fresh fish
  • sliced smoked salmon
  • cooked fish, prawns, crab meat
  • salmon roe
  • pickled daikon or other vegetables
  • pickled ginger
  • avocado, diced
  • cucumber, diced
  • capsicum, or other fresh vegetables
  • small slices of marinated rare beef
  • boiled egg or omelette strips
  • mushroom, diced
  • Suggestions to serve:
  • Shoyu Soy Sauce or Sweet Tamari
  • Wasabi
  • Kewpie / Japanese Mayonnaise

You can find another hug here Barbara…
(I’ll be updating this list here as the loves pours in and also on twitter! so you don’t miss one single snuggle!)

Arfi @ Homemades

Chris @ Mele Cotte

Ilva @ Lucullian Delights

Helen @ Tartelette

Peabody @ Culinary Concoctions

Suzana @ Home Gourmets

Tanna @ My Kitchen in Half Cups

Amy @ Cooking with Amy

Susan @ Food Blogga

Cookiecrumb @ I’m Mad & I Eat

Anita & Cameron @ Married with Dinner

Jen @ Use Real Butter

Chris @ Ms Cellania

Kalyn @ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Stephanie @ Dispensing Happiness

Paz @ The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz

Ivonne @ Cream Puffs in Venice

Joey @ 80 Breakfasts

Sara @ MsAdventures in Italy

Beccy @ Peppermint Tea

Rosa @ Rosa’s Yummy Yums

Andrea @ Andrea’s Recipes

Jenny @ Foray into Food

Sam @ Becks & Posh

Patricia @ Technicolor Kitchen

Alanna @ Kitchen Parade

Allison @ Sushi Day & @ Frigg , what’s in your fridge

Jeanne @ Cooksister

Denise & Lenny @ Chez Us

Brett @ In Praise of Sardines

Val @ More than Burnt Toast

Ed @ Wino Sapen

Deeba @ Passionate About Baking

Amanda @ Not Just Desserts

Mary @ La Tavola

Navita @ Zaayeka

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

Dolores @ Chronicles In Curiosity

Lynne @ Cafe Lynny Lu

*—- and Barbara responds to her hugs! —-*


  1. I really am totally overwhelmed Bron. I always thought food bloggers were the best and they are. I am so proud to be a part of such a special group of people. Everytime I see peonies I think of the bunch that arrived in Auckland via a NZ post bag that year. It made me laugh to think of how you posted them after picking them from your garden……and how much longer they lasted than the expensive bunch from the florist.

    The sushi in a glass looks wonderful and today I have an appetite and would really enjoy it.

    Thank you so much for your kindness and love and the special friendship we share. I think I need to go buy tissues now. Hugs Bron.

    barbara — Friday 5th December 2008 2:13 pm

  2. How utterly bright and beautiful - just like Barbara, just like you, Bron. I only wish I could smell the peonies. Thanks for organizing this. xxoo

    Jen Yu — Friday 5th December 2008 4:02 pm

  3. What a stunning idea… bloggers ROCK!!! I missed out on this, have been MIA from blogs for awhile - Im a Christmas baker what can I say?? - and am going away for the weekend but Barbara, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Enjoy all your hugs and love and here’s one from me as well :o) xxx

    Colleen — Friday 5th December 2008 7:53 pm

  4. A hug in a martini glass - what could be finer!
    I’m always delighted to see how somebody can take the know, twist it and give it new life.
    Beautiful Hug!

    MyKitchenInHalfCups — Saturday 6th December 2008 4:03 am

  5. Thank you Bron for including me in such a wonderful and caring group of women. This is decadent and healthy and gorgeous at the same time! Just gorgeous!

    Tartelette — Saturday 6th December 2008 10:21 am

  6. I can’t grow peony here, Bron… sigh. No matter how hard I tried, it won’t grow. Not much cold, do you think? A stem of love. Lovely, Bron! And yes, thank you for including me in this event.

    arfi — Saturday 6th December 2008 12:19 pm

  7. That peony could not be lovelier, Bron. Nor could this event. What a beautiful way to send some love to Barbara. Thank you for including me.

    Susan from Food Blogga — Sunday 7th December 2008 1:15 am

  8. Lovely post. Thank you for inviting me to join you.

    chrisb — Sunday 7th December 2008 10:32 am

  9. what a gorgeous thing - the hug, peony and the delicious deconstructed sushi! what sweeties you guys are, and how blessed Barbara is to have so many hugs coming her way :)

    zoe / puku — Sunday 7th December 2008 12:21 pm

  10. Such a wonderful idea for a way to express our love for Barbara, and I was so happy I could participate. Your post is lovely, beautiful flower, and the sushi cocktails look divine!

    Kalyn — Sunday 7th December 2008 1:25 pm

  11. Wonderful cocktail glass. Thanks for putting this together.


    Paz — Sunday 7th December 2008 5:10 pm

  12. Such a beautiful tribute to Barbara and a lovely way of expressing a virtual hug. This is beautiful in so many ways.

    Margie — Sunday 7th December 2008 6:07 pm

  13. Thank you so much everyone, I’ve had the best weekend, I’ve totally enjoyed everyone’s unique, loving and genuine “hugs” for our dear Barbara - I will reply better to each of you tomorrow, as for now I’m falling asleep at my keyboard after a big day in the garden.

    Thank you again

    bron — Sunday 7th December 2008 10:25 pm

  14. What a beautiful hug for a beautiful lady and congratulations on a brilliant idea.

    beccy — Sunday 7th December 2008 11:36 pm

  15. I’m so sorry I missed this event. My sentiments are echoed by everything everyone has done for this event. Enjoy a wonderful Christmas without chemo and feel all the warm virtual hugs that come your way.

    giz — Monday 8th December 2008 3:44 am

  16. love and hugs to you..positive vibrations too–

    Melanie — Monday 8th December 2008 3:51 am

  17. A beautiful hug for a beautiful person…from a beautiful person! Thank you to you and Ilva for organizing this wonderful round of virtual hugs!

    I love sushi but I have never seen them served in a martini glass before…so elegant! The peony is gorgeous too!

    joey — Monday 8th December 2008 4:40 am

  18. I made my own personal ‘hug’ in the form of a bread pudding, I know its not quite the season for you all to be enjoying that kind of food, but it is enormously comforting! This is a wonderful idea.

    jenny — Monday 8th December 2008 4:45 am

  19. Such a nice recipe! A great way to hug someone…



    Rosa — Monday 8th December 2008 8:20 am

  20. Bron, what a fantastic thing you did for Barbara! Your flowers are beautiful and your sushi in a glass looks and sounds GREAT!!!!! Thank you for thinking of us!

    Chez Us - Denise — Tuesday 9th December 2008 10:54 am

  21. What a great great ‘HUG’ idea this is…am I too late? Am putting my post for Barbara together tonight; hope my hug will be en route to her soon. :0)

    Deeba — Wednesday 10th December 2008 3:54 am

  22. Hi Bron, Just posted my HUGS for Barbara. The link is

    Deeba — Wednesday 10th December 2008 4:48 am

  23. Bron,

    Thanks so much to you and Ilva for arranging this lovely gesture!

    Ivonne — Wednesday 10th December 2008 4:34 pm


    Heres’my hug Bron, new to ur site , infact just today and couldn’t resist sending the hug!:)
    Great job! Keep spreading the love.

    Navita — Wednesday 10th December 2008 7:20 pm

  25. Thank you again everyone, so so much for this great out pouring of love and strength for Barbara, this event has grown far bigger than I expected. It has been amazing, thank you!
    I know Barbara has felt very blessed and touched by each and every “hug”.

    bron — Thursday 11th December 2008 12:03 pm

  26. Hey Bron, the pleasure was all mine!:)

    Navita — Thursday 11th December 2008 4:45 pm

  27. Bron, thank you and Ilva for putting this lovely surprise together. You girls rock! ;)

    Suzana — Thursday 11th December 2008 10:33 pm

  28. Looks like I forgot to stop by here and share my hug with you. Sorry!

    Dolores — Saturday 13th December 2008 7:48 am

  29. Here’s my big hug to Barbara! Hope she likes what I made for her :-) !! What a fantastic idea Bron!

    dhanggit — Thursday 18th December 2008 2:38 am

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