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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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spring menu

Today it’s pretty windy and we fear everything will fly away. But still spring is there! Flowers bloomed on the cherry tree and you better enjoy it before the wind takes it all! Leaves are burgeoning and green is coming into our plates! 

Last Friday, during one of my cooking classes, we made:

spinach salad with chorizo and oranges

   

risotto with spring onions, curried chicken and al dente vegetables with fresh herbs: carotts, green asparagus and snowpeas wth flat leaf parsley, chervil and tarragon

 and soft still warm madeleines !

I’m sharing with you

THE SPINACH SALAD WITH ORANGES & CHORIZO 

For 8 

2 bags of spinach, stems removed

2 peeled and minced shallots

3 oranges 

1 table spoon of mustard

some chorizo in slices

salt and pepper to taste

some olive oil

• Wash the spinach. 

• Heat a pan and grill the chorizo with the shallots until soft and lightly golden. 

• Wash 2 of the 3 oranges and zest them. Peel it to get to the “meat”. Take the orange’s supremes with a very good knife then press what’s left to get as much juice as possible.

• Press the last orange and add to the previous juice. 

• Mix the mustard with salt and pepper. Add the zest and the orange juice. Mix welle and whilemixing, add the olive oil little by little so you get a beautiful emulsion. Pour the vinaigrette on the spinach, to taste. Add the oranges’ supremes and the chorizo. 

• Mix well, serve and eat right away. 

For vegetarian and vegan, you can replace the chorizo by grilling peeled almond with salt and paprika (if it’s smoked it’s even better)!


This delicious menu is to be shared among good friends hopefully with a ray of sun like in this pcture over our service table!

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gyoza – the Japanese delight

mmmmh some great gyozas! I love that!

Those small Japanese dumplings are half grilled and half steamed… Served with a simple soy sauce and a mix of Japanese Spices. It gets me every time. 

Well, almost, I did taste some awful ones in a terrible and pretentious restaurant! It tasted like old boiled cabbage. I couldn’t believe how bad it was. And I couldn’t understand how this restaurant could serve it.. But anyway, that’s, almost, forgotten!

I give you a super express recipe but don’t hesitate to try a more traditional recipe!

For 30 dumplings:

1 pack of gyoza rolled dough

The stuffing:

200g minced pork, of quality 

3 leaves of Chinese cabbage, cleaned

3 tbsp of tamari

1 tbsp of sesame oil 

1 tsp of fresh grated ginger

1/2 tsp of grounded coriander

1 handfull of grey peeled small shrimps

The sauce:

tamari

sesame oil

shichimi togarashi

 Prepare a little bowl of water.

Mince the Chinese cabbage and the shrimps.

Mix all the the ingredients of the stuffing.

 To stuff the gyozas, place a tsp of stuffing on a sheet of gyoza dough. Lightly wet the edges (that’s why you need the bowl of water) and close the dumpling, pressing the edges.

Star over until you used all the gyoza sheets!

 To cook, heat a little sesame oil in a frying pan. After 5 minutes, they’ll be golden. Don’t turn them over and add a little bit of water to cover the bottom of the pan and cover. When the water has evaporated, take the dumplings away and cook the next one.

Don’t overpack the frying pan and don’t add too much water.

Serve with the sauce (mix all the ingredients) and eat with chopsticks!

 You’ll see, it’s a little bit of work but it’s so good, you’ll forget how much time it took!

For the vegetarian: use firm tofu instead of pork. If you don’t eat shrimp, add a few hydrated seaweeds.

 It’s not new, and you know I love Japanese food. It’s savoury and light, it’s subtle and beautifully presented. And I love the Japanese ceramic as much as the food!

 

 

 
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