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Ever wanted to make sushi but thought it might be to complicated or too much work? Try this easy Lunch Lady recipe and you’ll be an expert in no time! We’ve also put together a short step-by-step video featuring Lunch Lady Carole to help you through!
Don’t have time to make sushi tonight? Sushi is a featured item on our Winter menu in many kitchens across Canada!
Serving Size: Each serving is 8 sushi pieces.
Shelf Life: Same day for sushi, sushi vinegar can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.
Allergens: Fish, Soy
Sushi Rice Cooked, 1 Cup Cooked
Rice vinegar - Marukan or Kikkoman Rice Vinegar, 2/3 cup
White sugar, 3 Tbsp
Salt, ½ tsp
Seaweed paper, 1 sheet
Cucumber sticks - 1/4” thick, 2 sticks
Finely Shredded Carrot, 2 tsp.
Soy sauce, 1 pk
Pickled Ginger, 2 slices
Wasabi Paste, ½ tsp
Other Things You’ll Need:
Bamboo Sushi Mat - For rolling the Sushi
Small bowl of water - To dip your fingers so rice doesn’t stick to your hands when making the sushi.
Small bowl of rice vinegar - To seal the edge of the seaweed paper
Before You Start: Its always important to wash your hands and ensure you have a clean work surface before starting
Step One: Prepare Rice
Wash rice in a strainer under cold running water until it runs clear.
Cooking ratio of water to rice is slightly more water than rice ex. 5 cups water to 4 cups rice. This yields 8 cups cooked.
If using a rice cooker: follow rice cooker manufacturer’s instructions
If using a stove top: Place washed rice in cold water in a large covered pot. Bring to boil. Stir. Cover. Reduce heat to lowest heat. Stir rice in 10 minutes. Cook another 10 minutes. When cooked remove from heat and let it sit covered for 5 minutes. All water should be absorbed and rice tender.
Step Two: Prepare Flavoured Rice Vinegar
In a pot mix 2/3rd of unflavoured rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 tsp salt.
Cook and stir vinegar, sugar, and salt until boiling and sugar dissolves.
Cool to room temperature. Store the liquid seasoning in a glass bottle for easy use. This seasoning mix keeps for 5 days in the cooler. Do not store in plastic.
Spread cooked rice on clean plastic tray & fluff with fork.
Sprinkle cooled vinegar mixture evenly over the rice until moist and fluff with a fork (rice should be moist, but not soupy) . The ½ cup of homemade vinegar moistens 8 cups of rice.
Cool rice on the plastic tray with a damp paper towel over top until rice is at room temperature.
Step Three: Prepare Sushi
Keep a small bowl of water handy to dip your fingers to keep the rice from sticking to your hands.
Wrap a bamboo mat in plastic wrap.
Put sheet of seaweed shiny side down on a bamboo mat.
Spread 2/3 cup of rice evenly on the bottom 1/3 of the seaweed paper.
Dip finger in rice vinegar, and spread vinegar across top ½ inch of seaweed paper, this help seal the paper after you have rolled it up.
Place 2 sticks of cucumber & 2 tsp shredded carrot along the middle of the rice and roll up evenly
Squeeze bamboo mat around roll until roll is tight.
With a sharp knife cut roll into 6 evenly sized pieces.
Place 2 slices of pickled ginger and ½ tsp. wasabi in a 1 oz solo cup
Presentation: Place 8 Sushi rolls nice side up in a plastic clamshell, place the 1 oz solo and a portion packet of the soy sauce.
This October 16 — 17th, Lunch Ladies and Lunch Guys from across Canada gathered at Stage West in Mississauga for our 5th Annual Retreat. It is always amazing to feel the energy in the room when we all get together each year. We operate nearly 50 franchises that are spread out all across Canada, so the Annual Retreat is an important time for all of our franchise partners, to meet, talk and collaborate on new plans for the company.
At this year’s retreat we made two very exciting announcements!
1. The 2010 — 2011 Lunch Lady Challenge
The Lunch Lady Group has been serving Canadian schools since 1993. In that time we have grown to 815 schools across Canada. On October 16th we challenged our franchise partners to reach 1000 schools by the end of the 2010 — 2011 school year. Its a lofty goal, but we know our franchise partners have what it takes! If we reach our goal of 1000 schools by the end of June, our founder Ruthie Burd, will be shaving her head to commemorate the event! We'll keep you updated on our progress over the coming year. You can also check our homepage at any time for an up to date count!
We were joined at the Retreat by Pierre Mouton and Nicolas Bergeron who helped to announce a new partnership between the Lunch Lady Group and Cameleo Photo. Like the Lunch Lady, Cameleo Photo is dedicated to providing innovative products and services to its customers. Cameleo Photo was founded in 2004 by Nicolas Bergeron whose vision was to combine revolutionary school photography software, green technology, and online ordering to serve schools across Canada. Cameleo currently serves 350 schools in Quebec and starting this fall Cameleo services are being offered exclusively to select Lunch Lady schools, outside of Quebec. We are very excited to be able to offer this new service to our schools! Please talk to your Lunch Lady kitchen or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire if this new opportunity is available in your area
In addition to being a place for major announcements, our Retreats are always a great time for franchise partners to gain new leadership skills and receive updates on the state of our industry across Canada. We were lucky enough to be able to bring in two guest speakers to join us for the event. Bobby Umar worked with us to conduct and electrifying and fun session on brand leadership and Luana Felato ran a very informative session discussing the new School Food and Beverage Act and other resources available to schools and food service providers through regional public health offices.
Thanks again to all of our franchise partners for your enthusiastic participation in this year's Retreat. We already can't wait for the next one!
Learn more about our guest presenters through their bios below:
Bobby has an eclectic range of interests. With an undergraduate degree in Engineering and an MBA in Strategic Marketing. He has acquired over 15 years extensive experience in leadership training through recreation and leadership programs across Canada as well as several teaching positions. Most notably, Bobby currently serves as a Faculty of Arts & Leadership for McMaster University’s Shad Valley summer program for gifted high school youth.
Luana Felato is a Registered Dietitian with Peel Public Health on the Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Team. Currently, Luana is involved in the development of a healthy beverage display and theBeing Active, Eating Well website (a teacher resource). Her primary role focuses on supporting the planning and implementation of a pilot program for the School Food and Beverage Policy.
Its an age old question... what will kid's eat? Its our business to know what kids like, and we're committed to going to the source to find out what products will get your child's seal of approval.
On Saturday, May 1st we ran Kids Day, the first event held at our new head office in Vaughan. We are excited to say that it was a great success! Thanks to everyone that participated, we couldn't have done it without you. Kid's Day included a variety of fun activities. Participants enjoyed taste tests of our new products including pancakes, frozen yogurt, popcorn chicken, and crepes to name a few! Every child was excited to go home with a Lunch Lady loot bag, stickers, and a T-Shirt!
To see pictures from the event, take a look at our Flickr page! We look forward to hosting more Kid's Days in the future. If you have any suggestions or would be interested in having your child participate in our next event, please feel free to contact us.
In January 2010, the Ontario Ministry of Education passed new legislation placing restrictions on what types of food can be sold in Ontario elementary schools. The School Food and Beverage Act will come into effect September 2011. To view a copy of the Act, please click here.
What is the goal?
To support healthier food environments for kids by ensuring that foods sold on school property meet specific nutritional requirements.
Who is responsible for implementing these guidelines?
School boards and their representatives [i.e the principal]
All foods sold on school property during school hours, regardless of origin must meet specific nutritional requirements. This includes food service providers, restaurants, parents, school run canteens and vending machines.
10 food events each school year
Food offered to students without cost
Student lunches from home
The staff room
However, it is the Ministry’s hope that school communities will work together to support healthier choices across all venues, events, and programs.
New Legislation — How can the Lunch Lady help?
We were involved from the start. We were honoured to be invited by the Ministry of Education to participate on the Healthy Menus Writing Team set up to support the introduction of the New Legislation. We learned a lot through our participation and as a result have a very clear understanding of the requirements of the Ontario School Food and Beverage Act. Because we operate in the same environment as you we can zero in on the challenges and the opportunities.
We are already committed to healthier choices:
Our company president, Ruthie Burd, has made it her business to promote healthier food at school by finding ways to offer healthier versions of kid-friendly favourites since she began the Lunch Lady in 1993. Today the Lunch Lady is the largest provider of individually catered meals delivered to elementary schools in Canada, serving nearly 2 million meals this year. We have been doing voluntarily what the government is now legislating. Our own programs will be in full compliance with the new legislation by September 2010.
We already provides nutritional information.
We already provide nutritional information on all our meals and do full allergy management so we are very comfortable answering questions and addressing your concerns about nutritional requirements. .
We understand the concerns of school staff, parents and school councils.
We are happy to make presentations about the legislation, the implications of implementation and offer fundraising alternatives that meet the requirements.
Do have any questions about the new legislation, or want to know more about how we can help you and your school community? Contact us at email@example.com and we'd love to help!
Welcome to our new website! As they say, out with the old and in with the new!
Our goal is always to provide you with the highest possible level of service and we hope that this new site will allow us to better serve you. We are dedicated to making it as easy as possible for you to connect with us; at home, at school, and on the go! The Lunch Lady was one of Canada's first hot lunch provider to begin offering online ordering to Canadian schools, and now we want to match that level of performance with a new easy to use website!
For the past few months we have been working on putting the new look together, and we hope you like it. The new website features easy to use navigation tabs, prominent ordering links, and lots of new content to keep you up to date with the Lunch Lady in your community! You will also find links to our new profiles on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Youtube! Follow us to stay up to date on all of the latest Lunch Lady news, products, and services.
While you are here please feel free to take a look around and let us know what you think! We're constantly looking for ways to improve and we want to hear from you.