Summer wraps

Summer wraps

Cooking during summers is always a catch 22 situation. Why? Well, allow me to elaborate on my statement. First of all, because it’s the holiday season, you can’t but avoid cooking. I mean come on, holidays do have the tendency to bring out the master chefs in all of us. But, during summers literally sweating it out in the kitchen can be quite frustrating. You turn on the fan and the gas goes off or goes berserk, and if you turn it off, you would go berserk. See, told you I’d explain my impediment about cooking during summers.

That said, every problem has a solution. And, I am certainly your angel in disguise to bail you out of a sticky situation, that happens to land itself in the kitchen. So here go a set of delicious rice paper wraps with a yummy peanut sauce, that will make you look like you worked super hard, but in reality, it is indeed a cake walk. Oh, and other than doing the basic prep, you can actually get your kids to do the rest. Will keep them busy and have you reaching out for a cold beer while they’re out of your hair. So read on… and get a cook on…

Rice Paper Wraps

Ingredients

For the wrap

Rice paper – 10nos

A flat bowl full of water

For stuffing number 1

Spinach – 2 bunches

Cheddar cheese – 2 cups

Cream – 3 tbsp

A hot pot of salted boiling water

For stuffing number 2

Cream cheese – 200gms

Chives – 4tbsp

Onion – 1no, chopped

American corn – boiled and drained 1 cup

Pistachios, almonds and raisins – 1 cup

Basil leaves – 1 cup

Seasonings

Salt and pepper

Method

Let’s attack the stuffings first…

For stuffing number 1

  • Blanch the spinach for 3 minutes in boiling water. Don’t bother chopping it, just get the ends off and blanch the remains
  • Leave it to cool and drain
  • Once drained, chop it up real nice
  • Get the kids to shred the block of cheddar
  • Once the spinach is blanched, cooled and drained, add the cheese, cream, pepper and taste it
  • If it needs more salt, add it
  • Stuffing numero 1, done!

For stuffing number 2

  • Whisk the cream cheese with the dried fruits and the basil in a mixer
  • Now fold in the onions, corn and chives
  • Taste and add the salt and pepper, done!

Putting it together

  • Soak the rice paper in water for about 15 seconds
  • Lay it out on a wet towel or a wet plate
  • Add the stuffings (separately, of course) and fold them like so.

And we’re done, no sweat lost. And, for the most time the fan can actually be on. Get your kids to do the grating and the folding and the soaking of the rice paper. Serve it with a peanut sauce or just some ketchup. Where is the peanut sauce recipe you ask? Well if I was to give it all up right now, would you revisit my blog? I don’t put all my ‘trump’ cards right out. I’m quite mysterious like that. So, you have to keep reading… Oh and don’t forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Will help us both!

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