Halloween Wrap-Up

As I promised, here is my Halloween wrap-up post!  This entry will be equal parts food and equal parts awesome Halloween costume.  Basically, all you need to know is that I was a California sushi roll for Halloween and that (I think) I looked adorable.

For those of you wondering how the hell I made this thing (or even if you’re not), the entire costume was made with a big cardboard circle, construction paper folded in this way and that and chunks of styrofoam (for the imitation crab, cucumber and avocado, duh!).

Ariel was very helpful in the whole glue-gunning process

Here is a picture of the roommates + Linda.  Yes, this is our “make a stupid face” picture.  It was the most in focus picture we had, so don’t complain.  From left-right: Natalie as a mummy (or mummified Cleopatra, your choice), Amanda as Snow White, Alex as Eve (her boyfriend Dane was Adam), me, Ariel as Cleopatra, Linda as a geisha and Brittany as her fabulous self (since her mom was in town and she didn’t go out with us).

The pictures above were actually taken the day before Halloween.  These are the images that composed my October 31:

Marshmallows dipped in liquid candy and decorated with sprinkles

Pictures taken with my pinhole camera app that make our kitchen look like an old fashioned candy shop

Candy apple cupcakes made by roomie Britt and new friend Freya

After we missed buying tickets for the Mayfair showing of Rocky Horror, this was the best discovery of the evening.  Rogers on Demand, you’re a lifesaver!

Best line of the evening? It came from a trick or treater: “I’M A BACTERIA!”  Indeed he was, clad in neon green fabric.  Adorable.

Candy Sushi (and my ultimate demise by sugar coma)

There is one thing I dislike about my job.  No, it’s not my co-workers, Summer Orientation days or designing parent newsletters.  I positively adore all of the above.  It is something substantially more ridiculous and avoidable: the amount of CANDY in our office, and my extreme effectiveness in eating all of it.  Be it at the front reception desk or in my supervisor’s office drawer, there is no shortage of sugar.  As all my co-workers know, I can often be found shamelessly sneaking into someone’s office to get Riesens, jubjubs, licorice or, most often, all of the above.

This being said, eating candy sushi after a full day of pigging out on office treats was not that enjoyable of an experience.  Making this sushi on Thursday night, I found myself surrounded by a pile of fruit roll-up wrappers, Bulk Barn bags and Rice Krispies squares.  Under normal circumstances, I would have been in heaven.  This night, however, found my stomach lurching into an unpleasant rollarcoaster.  Please do not get me wrong, these were good, but unless you would like to have a major sugar crash, I sincerely recommend you eat them one at a time.

So why in the world did I made this candy sushi?  WELL, since we do everything together, my co-worker’s and I decided to throw a sushi party.  After the great success of Gord and LJ’s sushi making adventures a few weeks ago, we all decided that these Japanese delicacies needed to be replicated in mass quantity.

Never one to conform to basic standards and bring something easy like cucumber or avocado to the night, I decided I needed to make something cool.  This was where the website Mommy Knows (awkward site for a 20-year-old girl) came in.  She posted a fantastic candy sushi recipe on her site, and it contained the best and most simple instructions on how to complete this treat.  Basically, all you needed to make these sushi were fruit roll-ups (to double as seaweed), thinly-made Rice Krispie square sheets and some more sugary candy for the inside filling.  Super easy to make and, I think, super realistic.  Try it at home for your next sushi party!

I put my sushi on a cake, which may not have helped with the sugar overload…

So how did the regular sushi work out?  Well it was just GREAT!  As per usual, I ate way too much, but it was totally worth it.  My personal favourite – avocado, strawberry and banana rolls – can only be described in one word: amazing.

Me, pre-sugar coma, happy as a clam.