Monthly Archives: May 2015

Spring rolls

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SPRING ROLLS WITH CUCUMBER

This fresh recipe is also crunchy and full of layers of flavors that awakens the taste buds. You can change it to make it a salad. 

The sauce works on steamed vegetables, slow cooked poultry, white fish or silken tofu… You can prepare a lot of the sauce and keep it in the fridge for a few days. Take those rolls for a pic-nic or lunch but wrap them separately so they don’t stick together and stay humid. 

For 12

Sauce & marinade :

150ml soy sauce

120ml lemon juice

4 tbsp fresh peeled and grated ginger

1 peeled, minced garlic clove

1 deseeded Thaï red pepper, thinly minced (use gloves while working with hot peppers)

2 tsp of sugar

freshly ground pepper

  • Put everything in a bowl, mix well and put aside.

The rolls :

2 cucumbers, peeled to makes stripes, deseeded and cut in thin julienne

1 avocado cut in thin stripes

1 carrot, peeled and cut in julienne about  7,5 to 10cm long

1 red pepper, deseeded and cut in thin stripes

200g thin rice noodles (prepared as said on the package)

1 dozen fresh coriander branches, minced

2 tbsp of sesame oil

12 rice paper sheets

  • First marinate the cucumber. Prepare all the other ingredients then sieve the cucumber but keep the sauce for service.
  • Put the rice sheets, one by one, in warm (but not hot) water so it softens.
  • Garnish the soften sheets with the noodles, then with a little of each ingredients. Roll, folowing the instructions on the rice paper package.

Garnish :

1 small handful of grilled and salted peanuts, coarsely minced

To serve:

  • Cut each roll in two, put on a plate, pour some sauce and sprinkle with the peanuts.
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This is a recipe that makes me travel. I also forget the weather, if it’s a bit too warm to be comfortable or a bit cold for the season. There is some sweetness, some acidity, some salt, a bit of umami. It’s quite balanced and the meat eater won’t miss the meat here although you can add some chicken or shrimp in each roll. Actually, I find it more whole when prepared this way. I guess I could add some crunchy onions but I don’t really miss it here.

I think spring rolls are a great way to eat lots of veggie and to adapt to each season although you might want to change the name then!

What is your favorite spring roll recipe?

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Salmon candy (or tofu, chicken, duck…)

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This is a recipe I love, it’s easy to make, very tasty ( a bit of umami there that’s quite attractive to the taste buds) and versatile.

You can adapt the sauce to suit your diet: use it on another fish, on poultry (duck is great and chicken too), or on tofu.

The ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp of red miso
  • 3 tbsp of mapple syrup
  • 1 tsp of sake or rice vinegar
  • salmon filet, white fish, chicken or duck breast, firm miso

    Turn on the oven at 85°C.

    Mix the red miso with the mapple syrup and the sake to get a smooth sauce. Pour over your protein and put in dish.

    Cook in the oven for about 30 to 45 minutes, until cooked through. As it is a very low temperature, the protein still melt in your mouth and that’s why I call it salmon candy.

    I serve it with steamed rice, steamed brocoli that I sauté for a few minutes with soy sauce and a bit of coconut oil in a hot wok. I like to add some sprouts (like sprouted leeks) and peanuts.

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I really like the flavors and the depth of the taste coming from those simple yet luxurious ingredients. I love some Asian food now and then but I’m not really convince by the (lack of) quality from the take away around my home. Also, I’d like to avoid MSG or too much refined sugar.

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