Thanks to the timebank, I’m a sushi convert.
A few years ago, I posted a request for a timebank member to go with me as a guide to a sushi restaurant. I was sushi-curious, and more than a little intimidated by the menu and protocol. My request was answered quickly by member Sarah, and we met at a sweet little restaurant for my first experience. While getting to know Sarah over tea, she expertly guided me through the menu. Her knowledge and guidance was even more appreciated once I realized the significant language barrier with the waitstaff. Lunch with Sarah was delightful and informative – and delicious! I was hooked.
Fast forward a few years – and many restaurant sushi meals – later. I wanted to learn how to make sushi at home, so I posted a request for someone experienced to teach me. It turns out that I wasn’t the only member who wanted to learn. Three members responded to say they’d be interested in a class if someone was willing to lead it. When Susie responded as a willing and knowledgeable teacher, we quickly arranged a class at her home with the other members.
Susie deftly led a fun hands-on class that covered everything I wanted to know about ingredients, equipment, and process. It turns out: it’s not that hard! But having an experienced teacher at your side, answering questions and guiding you through the process, is something you won’t find in a cookbook or on YouTube. Besides learning a new skill, I became better acquainted with three other timebank members, and went home with my own little bento box to share with my husband. Empowered with information and confidence, I purchased mats, sushi rice and nori sheets, and rolled my own for the first time. Success! Thanks to Sarah and Susie, sushi is demystified – and regularly happens at our house. 🙂