Posts Tagged ‘green pepper’

Week 3: I Dreamed of Spring Rolls

As most of my FB friends and my roommate will attest, I’ve been SUPER PUMPED about trying to do spring rolls.

First I started off with this recipe, got lazy and moved onto this one and then finally this one.

Those of you who have looked through those recipes will notice they get progressively easier… and less related to my CSA vegetables. The last one (which I attempted) doesn’t actually use any of the vegetables. Oops. But the roommate had a quick solve at the end! 🙂

Anyways, I woke up early on Sunday to prep my vegetables… as you can see.

Beautiful cutting lines

Beautiful cutting lines

Julienned veggies

Julienned veggies

Then I went off to do some stuff outside the house and brought back a helper, my friend Arjun!

Diligently working

Diligently working

As he chopped up the mint, I went to set up the wrappers.  FIRST MISTAKE. See, the directions say “one at a time, dip the rice sheets into warm water to soften before wrapping quickly”. I put the whole block of thawed spring roll wrappers (not the same thing apparently) into water. So instead of nice cooking, I ended up with…

BRAINS!

BRAINS!

At this point Arjun and I panicked and called upon the Master Chef in Residence (my roommate). She tried to salvage my mess, but ultimately suggested I just move ahead with the peanut sauce and dip in my veggies.

Then she asked an important question, “What CSA veggie are you using?”

“Erm, the- oh. None?”

“Quick! Cut up the left over aliens kohlrabi!”

War of the Worlds, anyone?

War of the Worlds, anyone?

So we did. Yay for roomies!

Finally we got to the peanut sauce. I think she realized Arjun was getting super nervous at this point so she took over the mixing of things while my job was to chop up ginger and unfreeze the hoisin sauce.

My fingers smelled of ginger for a good hour.

My fingers smelled of ginger for a good hour.

Dainty hands modelling the peanut sauce

Dainty hands modelling the peanut sauce

Finally finally, we called it a success, dipped in our vegetables and tore through a variety of vegetables between the three of us (it was almost 3pm and we were starving). The sauce lasted through one green pepper, one red pepper, one large cucumber and two kohlrabi. Not bad at all!

I will one day attempt this whole spring roll thing… but not in the near future. I’m too busy enjoying the peanut sauce.

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Week 2: Burrito Bowl

My roommate and I currently have a ridiculous amount of lettuce so last night we decided to team up and try to finish off a good chunk via a burrito bowl before we both go out of town for the long weekend.

This is only 1/3 of the lettuce we have to finish off

This is only 1/3 of the lettuce we have to finish off

 

Prep was pretty quick as usual – she got to try out our new knife on the green peppers (a green thing I’ve never eaten outside of a pizza before!)

Surprisingly tasty

Surprisingly tasty

I boiled some of the dried beans my mom got me about a year ago. These have been life savers because I can make just the right amount of refried beans without having to open up a whole can – and they store nicely in the pantry for basically forever. Seriously need to get more of these via the Indian food network: where people going home (be it India or Michigan) bring back things that their friends’ parents have sent along with them. This is usually limited to sweets and muruku but I suppose I can Americanize it a little bit 😛

Anyways, I basically boil the beans, cut up lettuce (and now green peppers) and then mix it in a bowl with some shredded cheese. Top it off with sour cream and salsa. Big fan of the one bowl meal here. It was fun making and eating dinner with the roomie yesterday – we usually have completely different schedules so I’ve gone 2-3 days at a time without seeing her sometimes. O.o Tonight I’m going to try to make kale pesto so stay tuned for that!