How can I resist when the snippet of email came through with this invitation –
I have a love/hate relationship with cooking. I enjoy creating great tasting food. I like the challenge of trying something new. But, I get tired of figuring out what to eat every night for supper. So when something new comes along, I will give it a try.
I scanned their bouquet of recipes and found two that piqued my interest. (Why couldn’t I be happy with just one recipe?)
Rainbow Vegetable Spring Rolls – I love fresh spring rolls at the Thai restaurant we visit, but I have never made them before. Rice paper wrappers might be a challenge. Plus, they are to have a mango in them. I’ve never bought, let alone cut up a mango.
Thai Green Curry with Spring Vegetables – I do enjoy a Thai curry and especially one with a coconut milk sauce, another new challenge for me.
After printing out the recipes, I made my list of items I would need to create these dishes. I found most of the items needed at the grocery store, but not the rice paper wrappers. I needed to visit the Asian grocery store for them. When I walked in, I thought about asking someone where I would find the rice paper wrappers, but when I looked up, my problem was solved. Then I spent a little more time just looking around (I do love wandering a grocery store).
Here are the special ingredients needed that I didn’t have already in my kitchen.
I began around 3:30 chopping, slicing, dicing. I wanted extra time to prep. The recipes give suggested prep time, but that’s never accurate for me. I must be slow at preparation.
First up, the Rainbow Vegetable Spring Rolls. I stirred together the dipping sauce in the recipe. Uh-oh, the recipe says sweet garlic chili sauce. My jar does not have that word sweet in it. I googled the difference. Hmmm, seems like I don’t have the sweet, but it’s only 1/4 teaspoon, so I go ahead and use it. The prep was complete, I just needed to assemble them at the last minute.
Brown basamati rice needed to get cooking, it takes forty minutes plus another ten to sit. Then I tackled the curry sauce. Since I had everything chopped, it went together perfectly.
Putting the spring rolls together were a little tricky, but with practice I think they will look better in the future.
Finally the moment of truth. Is this a bust (where the recipes will go to the trash) or epic (where the recipes will enter the cabinet where hundreds of other recipes reside)?
It was totally . . . epic! Both recipes are a keeper! They were scooped up and sent to the cabinet to be used again and again. The only change I would make is not to make the spring roll sauce on the recipe (it was fine) but to go to our Thai restaurant and buy their peanut sauce for dipping.