Monday, March 29, 2010


Someone (yeah thanks) ... reminded me that school holidays start end of this week. Oh Yaaaa. So, I better make the most of the next few days then.

ABOVE: Four little kite (Maori woven flax bags, pronunciation = kitty).. from my niece's wedding. They look lovely at my front door eh? At some point I will adorn them with some greenstone, or shell.

I did say it was Monday eh? Which means it's Patchwork Class this morning.. still working on the cupcakes runner! So lazy, have done no sewing for a week or more.


ABOVE: The recipe for the Vietnamese Spring Rolls...

50g vermicelli rice noodles, 1 red capsicum, thinly sliced, 1 Lebanese cucumber, thinly sliced into matchsticks, 1 carrot, grated, 1/2 c bean sprouts, 1/2 c fresh chopped mint, 1/2 c fresh coriander, 12 rice paper sheets, Asia dipping sauce and lime wedges to serve.

Place rice noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water, stand for about 5 minutes or until tender. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain well. Put noodles in bowl, cut several times with scissors... add all other ingredients. toss to combine.

Working with one rice sheet at a time, submerge in a shallow dish of warm water (not hot) for about 15-30 seconds, or until it softens. Carefully life sheet out and place on chopping board (I placed on a damp tea towel).

At one end place 1/3 cup of the noodle mixture... fold three sides inwards, then roll tightly to enclose the filling. Repeat to make 12-14. Serve with dipping sauce of you choice.

ABOVE: Mixing the innards...

ABOVE: The innards!

ABOVE: Taaa Daaaa, I feel like such a clever Tart! *smiles* So, they were not 'perfect' in shape or anything, but they were lovely! Next time I make them I shall put some chicken in them.. as they were totally vegetarian and we like our meat! We also had a dipping sauce. I had 3 for dinner and that was quite enough to fill me.

Patchwork class was lovely, such a nice bunch of ladies. We have a two week break now due to the school holidays... pffffft.

I am starving! Last night's dinner involved no protein, so I'm so hungry I could chew on me own arm! Cooking some chicken thighs as I type this... *sigh*...

ONWARD... food...

I've had a quiet afternoon! Really did bugger all... bit of housework, bit of tv watching... got dinner cooked (roast chicken) .. dished it up to the family.

End of Day: the usual sorta day here. Cloudy and overcast, but still warm. nite nite


  1. I love those little rolls!! You didn't give the recipe... what's in them?

  2. Hi Chris! I love those little woven bags by your front door...they look perfect there. And those Spring Rolls look so yummy....I can't read the recipe, print is too small. Would you mind e-mailing it to me if you have time? Hubby is a vegetarian and I'm always looking for new recipes for him!

    Have a great Monday!



  3. The recipe looks fantastic - I always mean to try something like that - but fiddly things and me don't really go together! Have fun at patchwork! xxx

  4. I love summer rolls, they are my fav and I love them with shrimp and green onions ( called scallions here).
    Raining, dreary, and the thunder rolls. Spring Break starts this week for us and I'll have Ogre most of the week, the girls still have day care. Love the little kite bags, enjoy messing with them.

  5. These were great for me post op instead of sushi. After my op I could do about 1/2 - 3/4 of one as they are so filling!!!

  6. my, these do look good. chicken would be nice in them. I just may have to give them a try one weekend....

  7. Yum except for coriander which to me is the most horrible taste ever! Where to you find rice paper? I suppose it is just with the Asian foods? I had these once in Surfers at a little Vietnamese restaurant and I just loved them!

  8. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Oh yum! looks mighty good. yeah, I agree, I'd need some chicken too, or crab. and the recipe would be good!...debbie

  9. I might give these a whirl. Meant to ask is that sewing machine of yours behaving itself?

  10. It looks like youa great job on the Spring Rolls. I've had them in restaurants, but never homemade. You are, indeed, clever.

  11. Those bags from the wedding are so neat! Love them! :)

    I love Spring Rolls but would never attempt to make them. Good for you! :)

  12. Wow those rolls look wonderful. You are so ambitious. Those bags are great. Have a great week

  13. I love those fresh spring rolls. You can add cooked chicken (leftover roast is yum), prawns or beef schnitzel.

    I prepare all the ingredients & let every make their own, mixing & matching whatever they want in each one.

  14. Anonymous8:09 PM

    Hi Chris,

    I love rice paper rolls (what we call them in Australia) I make them most weekends for lunch. Try them with smoked chicken..... delish.. I get the chicken from the deli at the supermarket.



  15. Love those rolls :)

  16. oh yum they look delicious I might try those over easter me thinks when I have time on my hands.

  17. Those spring rolls look yummy. You did a good job!

  18. Those spring rolls look awesome!

  19. OOooh yum.. I love spring rolls and these look divine! I'll have to try them soon.
    Thanks for sharing! :)

  20. You did a great job on the rolls. They are much neater than mine!! I just love those things and you can really put whatever you like in them.

    BTW absolutely love your blog:)


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