Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Spring Rolls!

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A few weeks ago I was perusing the Asian Foods section at Whole Foods. I’m always looking for some new marinades and sauces made with gluten free tamari. I love Thai food, Japanese food, Vietnamese food, Chinese food….etc. And I miss those flavors.

When I saw these guys peeking out from the bottom shelf

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tons of recipes came to mind.

But I was skeptical. I had never made spring rolls at home. Even when I ate gluten. So for my first attempt, I took it slow. I planned to just try a few with plain veggies.

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Cucumber, red pepper, and carrot

Check out these carrots!

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I love fresh carrots! Our farmer’s market was BRIMMING with carrots.

I sliced the veggies matchstick style and mixed in one tbsp. gluten free tamari and two tbsp. gluten free orange sauce.

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To moisten the rice wrappers, I used a plate that has a raised rim. Filled it with water:

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and submerged the wrapper.

You want the wrapper to be completely pliable.

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Shake off the excess and water and get wrappin’!

I filled my wrappers a little too lightly, but I was nervous about it tearing. But let me assure you, you can stuff these guys FULL.

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But these were so good!

I ended up with a little shortie stack:

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I can’t wait to experiment more with the fillings.

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And apparently you can fry them up too?! I decided to stay fresh, but you can read about frying them up here, on Gluten Free Jesus Freak’s blog.

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So I just got the phone call from my mechanic. After a $70 tow in to the shop, it’s going to cost $329 to get it going again. I guess it’s relatively cheap, and I’m lucky it’s not thousands of dollars. But with my LA trip coming up, this was SO NOT in the budget!

Dang cars!