So yeah I tried to make the summer rolls with my friends. Brian and I had gathered everything from the store. Everything except the actual rice paper you need to roll the innards up with. But luckily Jason was at the OTHER local store getting random house hold things and could grab it there. BUT they didn't have any at that store either.... guh, after all that running around the store finding everything, I felt defeated. We were trying to think of other plans for dinner and I was so frustrated I didn't want to make anything else or even go out somewhere to eat.
Then Brian suggested pizza,
oh god that is the best/worst thing for situations like this.
So we tried again the two nights later. This time with all the ingredients needed. And it actually was really easy!
I especially loved using my new kitchen tool. A julienne peeler.
It basically looks like a potato peeler but it has these teeth to shredded things into little strips! Like a dumb ass I peeled the carrot and cucumber in my hand instead of holding one end on a cutting board, so there was a lot of left over vegetable because i didn't want to slice my hand.
I even tried to make the peanut sauce the recipe called for.
But the peanut butter I had was salted instead of plain, so adding the fish sauce to it made it super salty and brought out the sweetness of the peanut butter too much. We tweaked it a bit, adding rice wine vinegar or more cock sauce to individual tastes (thanks for the suggestion Gina!). But next time I will try the recipe to the letter with plain pb and we'll see how it goes.
They were so tasty that there was no time to take pictures of the end results. Yummy!
I must now think of other things I can make with my new shredder. hmmmm.
Love and Summer Rolls