Deez Rolls

I like making food. I think it is my main hobby now… after 10 years of violin I’ve moved on to a more lifeskill useful hobby.

This time was spring rolls. Pretty easy, the wrapping part took the longest. I used: 

  • half pound ground pork
  • 3 handfuls of bean sprouts
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • oyster sauce – to taste (approx 6tbsp for my tastebuds)
  • 1 pack of frozen spring roll pastry wrappers (must be the frozen kind) of any size, depending on how big you like ’em 😉 hehe… anyways I chose the biggest one 30cm because it would be easier/less intricate to wrap for fat fingers 
  • veggie oil
  • aluminum foil
  • an oven or a frying pan if you’re brave
  • 3-5tbs cornstarch 
  • tiny bit of water

What I do:

  1. Leave spring roll wrappers on counter to defrost 
  2. Cook in skillet the ground pork. Break it into tiny as frick pieces until your arms ache, aka meat browns. Drain the mofucker outta it.
  3. Add oystahh sauce, shredded carrot, and beanz and cook with pork until carrots are soft. Mix and coat (with sauce) everything up well as you cook.
  4. Drain and transfer to a plate to let cool. Wait 15mins or until cold.
  5. Mix cornstarch and enough water together until cornstarch isn’t clumpy in a bowl. This is the glue to the roll
  6. Wrappers should be defrosted by now. Carefully take them out or rip.
  7. Wrapping is pretty self explanatory. Wrap. Use the glue to seal edges.
  8. Place rolls on rack. “paint” it with veggie oil on both sides. 
  9. Preheat 350celsuis. Bake until outside is golden brown coloured
  10. you can also deep fry it but i got scared of the popping oil
  11. Eat with whichever sauce you want; plum, ketchup, chili


I made so much it lasted over a week….

translucent salad rolls?!?

Just kidding, they’re called Vietnamese Salad Rolls. I made these for the first time yesterday and it took THE WHOLE FRICKIN DAY because I accidentally had too many ingredients and didn’t want to waste any so I made dozens of ’em. I’m not giving the quantities I used because I screwed up and had too much leftover stuffing… aka it would not help you at all! But they’re incredibly simple, pinky swear 🙂 

Ingredients:

  • Rice paper rolls (22cm, can be found in Asian super markets)
  • Cilantro 
  • Basil (optional)
  • Mint leaves (optional) 
  • Lettuce
  • Rice noodles, white coloured 
  • shrimp (any size)
  • sweet garlic for the dipping sauce (optional but highly recommended, can be found in Asian supermarkets)
  • Melted peanut butter for the dipping sauce (optional but highly recommend)

Cut the basil/mint/cilantro into small pieces. Lettuce into rectangularish strips. Cook the shrimp until pink and soft. Follow the packages instructions for the rice noodles. Drain everything, and I mean DRAIN. It needs to be dry because soggy rolls are gross. For the rice noodles, run them under cold water before draining and drying to cool them off.

What I did after was fill a bowl full of lukewarm water and dip each rice paper into it for 15 seconds or until it was malleable, not too soft or else it will rip while wrapping! Then in the centre, add shrimp, then the herbs. I found add a literal pinch of the herb mixture to be enough for one roll. Add lettuce strips and less than what you think you need of rice noodles. Always add less than what you think because it will make wrapping more easier. 

What makes the salad rolls awesome is the dipping sauce, but you don’t NEED it but it’s a good idea to dip. really. My first couple salad rolls were shitty, and eventually I got the hang of it. I’ve made way too much… There are actually several plates of the rolls….

   
  

 

5:24 PM

I accidentally overslept by a lot … 4PM. I feel guilty because I’ve wasted my day being a lazy butt. On the other hand, it could be my body recovering from yesterday’s hike, and the throwing up. Throwing up is exhausting. Also I now I feel completely refreshed and full of energy so I decided to make PANCAKES. 

It sounds weird being fascinated by pancakes, but I’ve never made legitimate pancakes for breakfast; I grew up without pancakes. How can a piece of flour plus butter taste good?? I wanted to try…

10 minutes and some pancake flour + milk + eggs + a skillet, later it was done. I made 2 HUGE blobs of pancake. I had the ingenious idea to add chocolate pudding in between the pancake blobs. Then smeared butter on top. It looked weird and kinda gross. But it tasted good! The recipe produced too much pancake for one person and I ended up throwing out most of my unfinished pancake brunch. 

(Yep, it looks like a mess).  

hike no. 1

As the title suggests, I went on my first hike in a long time today. I’ve gone hiking before years ago but I wasn’t too good at it. One time when my cousins took me hiking, I got my first asthma attack. (How exciting). I remember that I wasn’t sure what was happening and why it was so difficult to breathe, then cried while panicking … which made the asthma attack worse. Long story short, I cried all way up there but hey! I finished the trail!

The hike today was at Deep Cove; a very picturesque and leisurely neighborhood. My friend said it was a “short 1 and 1/2 hour walk”, but to my short legged depression- fatigued body, it felt like it took the whole damn day. However, much to my surprise, I wouldn’t have minded even if it did take a whole day. Being away from the city and surrounded by dense and warm green trees feels fresh. The air is cleaner, and the fellow hikers that we passed by feel friendly and open, as if we shared a certain camaraderie by attempting to conquer the mountains together. The people there are much more humble and kinder that it makes me not feel alone. The forest, with the singing birds and running water in the background, gives a sense of “You are physically/mentally here and safe from the outside world.” It is like being in a different dreamy realm there, versus the dreary city.

This “first” time there was no asthma attack. But much to my embarrassment, something possibly even worse happened (worse as in I have no shame left *sobs*). Within the first 15 minutes into the trail, I felt my breakfast coming up. To be fair, I am stupid when sleepy and hungry, thus went to a place known for causing food poisoning for breakfast. Then right in front of several hikers and my friend, I lost my breakfast *sob*. GAHH on one hand, I felt physically much better, but on the other … my pride got punched in the face. I am a terrible person for being terrified if someone witnesses me throwing up … it’s so embarrassing that I metaphorically died. I also almost cried after due to being embarrassed. 

After resting my shameless soul, I was determined to finish the trail even if I would puke the entire way up. The logic was, I’d feel even worse and more embarrassed if I needed to turn back. Hell no! I may be short but I ain’t weak (okay well I am kinda weak and clumsy). And success! No more throwing up PLUS I made it up! The view was spectacular … so much that it couldn’t be captured in pictures, plus it is too tiring to take pictures after dumping out the contents of one’s stomach. 

Long story short, on the way back down, I fell down several times and currently have some bruises. Also to add salt into my bleeding, wounded pride, I automatically scream when falling. The way down was easier. To end the trip, we walked around the village of Deep Cove and watched the sparkles in the water. It was tiring but felt rewarding and relaxing. I enjoyed it, much to my surprise! Being back home feels bland and blerggg … cities are gross and lonely.

  
 

a new art invention by yours truly 

I’ve discovered something new about myself this week! Since Monday I’ve been snickering at the word “Gemini” and laughing my ass off when purposly pronouncing it wrong as “gee-nee-nee”.

I enjoy pronouncing things wrong!!! It is a recent phenomenon and it thrills me that I have found a new thing to wrap my mind around. Also I am finding joy in something new and refreshing. Pronouncing words wrong is not as easy as it sounds. You must reverse vowels and toy around with the different ways it can be used. For example: the vowel “A” can sound like “ah”in “apple”, but more like “uh” in “parrot”. I’m no linguist so none of it probably made sense. 

I found a YouTube channel that entertains me and teaches me the art of mispronunciation. Also it would explain my train of thought. How to Pronounce Crème Brûlée