My daughter, Nina, is a crafting savant. I can relate to her because I’ve always liked pulling apart clothes, and then sewing them back together in interesting ways. Let’s be honest, there was no way that my parents would fork over an atrocious amount of money for a green and white striped Benetton rugby shirt, so I had to make do with a similar one from the Gap and embellish. No, I didn’t sew on a fake Benetton emblem, but I did go all Flashdance on it, and frayed the ends of the shirt and sleeves. It wasn’t a pretty sight but in my school, it was ok to be weird.
Fast forward to my forties. Somehow watching my daughter view countless YouTube videos of her favorite crafters, and then seeing her spend hours on end with resin and candy(resin jewelry with embedded candy is her newest obsession), has made we want to make spring rolls. It’s the closest thing to crafting in the cooking world, and I need to use up the left over poached chicken.
Make sure when you’re dipping the rice paper in the hot(but not boiling) water, you don’t leave it in too long. It will soften as you roll.
Keep a small bowl of tap water nearby, and moisten your fingers frequently so the paper doesn’t stick.
Practice, practice, practice, as my piano teacher once said. And have lots of fun doing it!
I couldn’t resist.
- Vietnamese Brown Rice Spring Roll Wrappers(8)
- 1 red bell pepper
- 3 small cucumbers or 1 large english cucumber
- 1-2 green onions
- 1-2 chicken breasts(poached or roasted)
- Chop cucumber into matchstick sized slices, and take care not to include the seedy parts.
- Slice pepper and green onions thinly.
- Shred chicken into bite sizes.
- Boil water in a kettle. Pour boiling water in a large flat bowl and add tap water until it is hot, but not scorching.
- Dip spring roll wrapper into water(about 20 s) and work directly on a clean counter.
- Place ingredients onto the center of the wrapper(do not overload!) and fold down top end. Then fold the sides, as if making a burrito or swaddling a newborn. Roll the wrapper downwards until the ends are seamed. Frequently dip fingers in water if wrapper keeps sticking.