We got a fantastic sushi making kit from friends as a Christmas present. It contained all the hard to find ingredients, essential equipment (rolling mat!) and a lovely set of special Japanese-style serving dishes with wooden chopsticks.
Our first go at making maki sushi resulted in this...
Excuse the blurry photo, I was in a bit of a rush to take it because we were so hungry by the time we'd made the sushi! Its asparagus in the centre of the maki and we had it set out on the special dishes with little bowls of miso soup. There was slightly too much wasabi in it for my liking but having the soup on hand helped!
According to the brilliant Yo Sushi book that we got as part of the present, maki is quite an adventurous thing for beginners to make, so we didn't feel too bad about it being a bit rough around the edges. I can imagine that the whole process is very zen-like once you get the hang of it. I'm looking forward to making some more! :)