Use Your Sushi Machine To Craft These Signature Rolls The acquisition of a sushi machine would be sure to fire any sushi lover with enthusiasm to begin crafting his or her own creations. For inspiration, a look at some of the designer rolls of American sushi chefs might help. One of the best-known items of sushi, the California Roll is, as its name suggests, an American innovation. Distinguished by the rice being on the outside of the roll, this traditionally features a filling of crabstick, avocado and cucumber. Until recently, the roll was mostly unheard of by the Japanese. Chef Ichiro Mashita, an early Japanese import to Los Angeles’s budding sushi scene, invented the California roll. In his tenure at the Tokyo Kaikan sushi bar, he soon became aware of the way Americans responded to sushi. Observing their reluctance to eat seaweed, he hid it by cleverly placing a layer of rice on the outside of the roll. With American food restrictions on the consumption of raw fish, he began playing around with replacements. He was impressed with the avocado’s properties. When crabstick was added to the combination, the world-famous California roll was born. This innovation lead to further deviations, such as the Boston Roll, which uses poached shrimp in the place of crabmeat. A speciality on the East Coast of America is the Tampa Roll. Its key ingredient is fried grouper, something that might not be available if you live outside of Florida. The succulent tempura batter distinguishes it, and the combination is rounded off with scallions and mayo. Sometimes, what amounts to the same roll can bear different names, depending on the region you find yourself in. The Philadelphia Roll is popular and relatively well-known, but when you get to the north-west of the United States, you will be surprised to learn that the same delicious set of ingredients, salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, also goes by the name of Seattle Roll. Asparagus is an optional extra. One would expect a roll that bears the name Rainbow roll to be visually attractive. Based roughly on the California roll, it is made of different varieties of fish sashimi. It often features salmon as well as tuna, plus a third choice which could be halibut, sea bass or red snapper. Avocado adds color and taste to the whole and for garnish and crunchy variety, sesame seeds and Daikon sprouts are incorporated. Sushi is a culinary art form where rice forms the canvas and fish and vegetables make up the paints. Unleash your own muse of inspiration now that you own a sushi machine to take the struggle out of sushi.