Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Making Spring Rolls - The Entire Process

First you go to the Asian market, which happens to be across town, but you get detoured because your brother is with you and wants to take the kids to the pet store...

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(For lots more about that activity, go HERE.)

Okay, NOW you go to the Asian store. You wait a really long time in the car for your brother and 15-year-old daughter because you don't want to take the other six kids in. You wait patiently...

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So do the kids...

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Your brother finally comes out, and you have to take his picture because he just looks so ridiculous, on purpose...

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You go home and he starts making the peanut sauce...

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He tries to get you to try some, and you do, and it's really, really good...

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He gets tired of you taking pictures and he says, "Why don't you put your camera down and help by snapping these?"

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You do...

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....while he and your 15-year-old daughter thinly slice and mince all manner of vegetables and herbs, including asparagus, cucumbers, carrots, snap peas, spinach, alfalfa, and cilantro...,

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They then saute shrimp in butter...,

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...cook the rice noodles in boiling water according to the manufacturer's instructions...,

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...dip rice paper into boiling water, then immediately roll it into spring rolls. Aren't they lovely?...

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Any questions? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for listening.

20 comments:

Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse said...

YYYUUUUMMMM... my mouth is seriously watering.. thanks a lot! lol these look amazing! And I love the pics of your brother, seems like a fun guy!

alessandra said...

Hahaha, great post.
... but aren't spring rolls deep fried?

Jb said...

I love that you are all doing this together! That must be so much fun!

Emily Heizer Photography said...

Hey! I didn't know they had Denny;s in Mexico!!! lol

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Actually, Emily, I am my mother and brother in visiting the states right now. There is no way our Mexican town would have an Asian market. I wish!

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Alessandra, I don't think spring rolls are fried. Are you thinking egg rolls?

Kara Hadley said...

I don't know if you've ever heard of this actor, but you brother looks almost exactly like zach galifianakis. And he seems about as funny as him, too.

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Kara, just yesterday, he told me that everyone says that, but I had never heard of him 'til then and have never seen him.

NatureGirl said...

I DO have a crazy brother to help me with these, but he lacks the fluffy beard and that REALLY adds flavor to this story (but hopefully not the springrolls)!

Molly said...

I think I am totally in love with your brother. He seems like such a fun guy!

Shhhhh don't tell my husband. :)

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Molly, what is wrong with you? :)

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

NatureGirl, indeed, I hope his beard did not add flavor to the spring rolls! :D

beef said...

i heard that you can dip the rice paper in just regular not boiling water and it works the same. haven't tried it yet though. i just got tired of burning my fingertips in boiling water and having the paper clump together. i'm pretty sure a person of bona fide asian descent told me that.

Mom2my10 @ 11th Heaven said...

Thanks, Beef! I'll have to try that next time. Actually, I'm not sure if the water was boiling or just hot. I'll have to ask, but they didn't seem to have any trouble with it, which is good!

alessandra said...

No, Jen I mean spring rolls, in Italian "involtini primavera".
In chinese restaurants in Italy they serve deep fried spring rolls.
Now I googled it and saw that there are non fried ones, funny.
Fried are super delicious but a little hard to digest.

Brian + Cheryl B. said...

Morning Jen, chuckle, chuckle ..

As you know, I get your posts via email (which by the way, I want to than-you for having that option available! I wish more blogs did!!!). I had reached the point in reading this particular posting this morning, of the picture of your brother holding out the beans for you to snap, when Brian walked into the room to say goodbye, he was leaving for work. Instead, he stopped and started reading over my shoulder.

We got to the end of the posting and he says, "Geesh, that looks GOOD! remind me not to come in here anymore when your on there!!!" chuckle, chuckle!!!!!

Above the picture of your brother walking back to the van from the store, you had written, "Your brother finally comes out, and you have to take his picture because he just looks so ridiculous, on purpose..." I had chuckled then too. The old saying "You can dress them up but you can't take them out" came to mind. Except I immediatly changed it to better apply to your brother. "you can't get him to dress up (or is that dress right? ;-p), but you have to take him out anyways" ... o;-p

The twin in the closest to the front seat, looks as though in his opinion, they have taken w-a-y to long in there!!!

Hope that this visit home is refreshing. Are your kids out of school for the summer already?

p.s. while I LOVE for you to visit my blog, you don't necessarily have to, to leave me any comments you might have to the comments I leave you - I know that you get the comments left for you via email. Just click 'Reply' and email me your comments about my comments. (<-- does that make sense?)You are then also of course welcome to leave them on here for others to see as well, if you wish to.

Anonymous said...

Love your brother!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Love this post... although it makes me miss my family back home. Thanks for the recipe, that peanut sauce looks like something I could eat with a spoon. :)

Molly said...

I don't know! I guess I have always been a strange lady. :)

Expat Mom said...

MMmm, can I borrow your brother for a few days? Not only does he look like a lot of fun, but that food sounds amazing!

Love the pic of him with the green beans . . . and your daughter cracking up behind him. :D