Monday, 7 December 2009
Know what's a good idea?
Dessert Pizzas are a good idea. Especially if you have kids.
Maybe not such a good idea if you're concerned about your weight...
just go on a long walk (with kids!) afterwords, this is worth it.
Mostly because of just how easy this is to throw together.
We (the nieces, friend of niece, and I) made pizzas for lunch yesterday and of course we had to have afternoon snacks (although usually our snacks aren't quite so... sugary) and we did have one left-over pizza base..
*Pizza base (or make your own dough, it's not hard! But for convenience sake, I used store-bought bases)
*Cream cheese for our base
*Chocolate (can be chips, we used a bar broke up into squares)
*Fresh fruit (or frozen; we had fresh raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. I LOVE SUMMER BERRY SEASON!!!!)
(or anything else really! go nuts experimenting, this is just what we had around)
Slide that baby into an oven (160 C) for fifteen minutes or so, then let it sit on the counter for another ten-fifteen minutes (DO NOT EAT RIGHT AWAY! Not only will it give the berries a chance to not be molten, but if you let it sit your chocolate will melt and go all ooey and gooey a bit more and that's a VERY GOOD THING)
Enjoy the sugar rush!
Thursday, 3 December 2009
One of my favourite times of day.
I've been getting into a habit recently of eating my dinner out on the balcony to watch the sun duck behind the mountains; braving the mosquitoes and all.
It's worth it.
Goodness, I get more and more nervous every time I go out on this thing; it's only a matter of "when" my foot is going to go right through one of the boards now, rather then "if".
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
Mostly to prove I cook things other then desserts as well. It's been.. hot.. here. And frankly when it gets to the "omg don't touch me" hot the last thing I want to do is cook over a hot stove or oven. So the other day I decided to play around with the rice paper rolls I picked up a couple days ago!
The heat made me quite lazy so I just rustled around in the fridge and pulled out a couple of colours; cucumber, carrots and red capsicum.
Some basil and mint from the garden and a can of tuna is what I used. You could use noodles or rice too, but I didn't have any leftovers available and just couldn't raise the interest to cook some just for these. They were delicious without and just as filling, I promise.
So, first step is to fill up a bowl with warm water and soak a sheet of rice paper in it for about 30 seconds.. probably less. I discovered very quickly that you need to keep ontop of this bit because there's a magic moment when it goes from fairly stiff papery-like object to limp as a noodle and as sticky as cling-wrap in the blink of an eye; fishing a limp, clingy noodle wrap out of the bowl is quite difficult without tearing holes in it... oh dear, that doesn't sound very appetizing does it? I apologize, but you will understand if you try this out yourselves.
Anyways! Bang your rice paper down on the board and start with placing your stuffings at the bottom-most edge. Anything will do really, you probably should slice it up a bit more fine then I have but again.. it was hot, and I was lazy. The gumption just wasn't there.
Don't forget your protein! and I added some shredded mint leaves.
Then you begin to roll, working from the bottom up; I decorated halfway through with an attractive and tasty basil leaf on mine.
This is an art form that is difficult to master, and I am far from that point. But generally if you roll it up from bottom to top and then tuck in the sides, it looks good enough.
It's really tempting to just keep making these once you get going, but don't be fooled by their little packaging; these babies are quite filling.
As you can see I experimented with wrapping techniques, stuffing ratios and even adding in some of the sauce inside the roll.
I whipped up some dipping sauce to go with it, I'm pretty sure it's just soy sauce, some sushi rice vinegar and some crunchy peanut butter whisked together.
They were relatively easy and fun to make (I'm thinking this'll be another fun one to do with kids, just think of all the fun non-conventional stuffings you could make!!) and best of all; no heat (aside from warm water) was necessary for the makings.
They may not have been the prettiest summer rolls, but I am deeming them a big success; will make again for sure.. which is good, because I have TONS of rice paper left over!