Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone has had a good weekend. Mine has been pretty eventful for just a studying for finals weekend. On Saturday night, my future roomie and I went to the University of Texas vs Texas State Mens Basketball game. It was pretty fun, even if it was a blowout. It was a sad day because the Texas State team is fine, and they can give me a call anytime they want. While the actual game was not awesome, there were some pretty funny events that occurred during the game. One time they were going around with the camera filming random people in the audience, and they got this little boy who was like shimmying his chest like he was a girl. It was hilarious. I was dying. I wish I would have got a photo. Also at the games there is this balloon float in the shape of a BBQ sauce bottle and it floats around dispensing coupons, so there was this wild mob of children chasing around the float through the entire stadium. I was like where are your parents? Not cool.
For some reason the photo came out really bright, but heck this was a slow night and look how many people are there! I was glad that no one was sitting in front of us, so I could rest my feet up on the head of the seat. We actually got tickets for the mezzanine, but because I’m a sneaky Jew and all, we moved all the way down to the normal section that costs way more than what we paid. Mwahaha. Don’t mess with the Jews, we will outsmart you when it comes to money.
Focus Lindsay, focus. Today I’m going to show ya’ll how to make spring rolls step by step. I really wanted to make this a vlog, but alas I have no one to film me doing this, so I have to do a photo how-to, but I think it is pretty great. Spring rolls are super easy to make, and they are a healthy low cal option. Plus they are gluten free! Yay for Asians using rice noodles in most of their cooking. No wonder they are so freaking skinny.
1. Set out all ingredients and tools needed to make spring rolls on table: one plate, a pie plate filled with water, rice paper sheets, rice vermicelli noodles, parsley, shredded carrots, shredded lettuce, and meat of your choice (in this case I used shrimp, but you can make it vegan by using tofu)
3. Place wet rice paper on the plate, but be careful because the texture will have switched from being hard to being sticky and soft, which means that it will rip easily. Once it is on the plate, start piling all of the inside fillers in the middle. Just don’t overload because the paper will rip or it won’t fold well.
5. Next pull the top of the rice sheet down towards you and tuck it in as tight as possible underneath all of the food. This is the trickiest part because when you are pulling it tight, the paper will want to rip. The one pictured above is a little loose, but as long as it isn’t super floppy then the springroll will hold.
6. Now start rolling the middle towards you until all of the rice paper has wrapped around the springroll. If you did the step of getting the paper wet completely right than this shouldn’t be a problem, but if some of your paper is still hard you can brush it with a small amount of water and it will stick. Tada. Now you have a spring roll to enjoy.
Once you get the hang of making them, you can pop them out pretty quick and they are an easy go to meal of mine because I can put it in my pink bento box and take to school without needing to refrigerate it in between classes and eating it. Go crazy with the combinations of what you can put into it. I have seem some pretty interesting things at a few Vietnamese restaurants that I have been to. I usually enjoy mine with gluten free peanut sauce, but you can make your own sauces with soy sauce, peanut sauce, and a variety of Asian condiments.
Have a relaxing Sunday. I just finished making my own review for my functional foods and neutraceuticals class, and it is about 11 pages. I feel like it doesn’t even encompass everything we talked about in class, but oh well. There is only so much you can do and hope that your brain will just retain everything. Luckily I have a pretty high A in the class, so I can just do average on the final and probably still have a really high A or a mid A. Yes, I’m nerdy and I care about my grades.
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