Monday, October 12, 2015

Rosie Prepares A Fun Saturday Meal.

It's a lazy Saturday afternoon
and I'm in the mood for something different.
Hmmm...  What could that be?
Let's see...
I have bibb lettuce.
Short grained rice, cooked and sprinkled with a little rice wine vinegar
Crab meat.
Pickled ginger.
Julienned carrot, radish, cucumber, and water chestnut.
Bean sprouts and clover sprouts.
Basil, mint, cilantro.

We're making spring rolls!
Well, I am.
Mr. Hawthorne got frustrated after wrapping 2 rolls and left.

I put a bed of rice on the lettuce leaf.
Added shrimp and crab meat.
Pile it on.
Little bit of everything.
And wrap and seal it all up in a rice sheet softened in water.

Slice rolls and serve with dipping sauces.

Orange Marmalade Sauce
Orange marmalade
Ginger juice
lime juice
sliced cayenne pepper

What?  You want amounts?
I do it all to taste. 
 Very rarely do I measure when making dipping sauces,
but if I had to, I reckon it's somethin' like this:
1/4 cup orange marmalade
juice of 1 lime
juice from 1-inch knob of ginger
1 tsp chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp sliced fresh red and green cayenne peppers

Note:  About that ginger juice.
Whenever I buy ginger root,
I cut it into 1-inch pieces and freeze them.
When you're ready to use the ginger,
give a chunk 20-25 seconds in the microwave
and you can squeeze the juice out.
I use a garlic press to juice 
and I scrape some of the pulp in the mix too.
Taste test!
Adjust how you like it.

 Soy Dipping Sauce
1/4 cup Tamari sauce
1 garlic clove
juice from 1-inch knob of ginger
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
1 scallion, sliced
1/2 tsp sliced cayenne pepper

For my next course, I'm having pho,
which is only as far away as my freezer.
If you care to make your own pho broth,
here's how to do it.
It's wonderful to have this on hand.
All you need to dress it up are a few accoutrements.

I found a NY strip in the freezer
which I sliced very thinly.
Easy to do when the meat is still slightly frozen.
Sear the meat in butter and oil over high heat.
Butter for flavor.
Oil to raise the smoke point.
Serve with rice noodles, meat,
jalapeno or cayenne slices, lime slices, scallions,
bean sprouts, clover sprouts, basil, cilantro, and mint.

Rosie is on a roll now!
I was getting ready to make egg rolls
when there was a knock on my door.
My across-the-canal-neighbor, Gervais,
was standing at my door with a package
of hot, right out of the fry pan EGG ROLLS!

Gervais makes most excellent egg rolls.

Serve with a little hot mustard and duck sauce.

For Rosie's egg rolls,

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